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June 07, 2012 #4,482 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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APMA STATE COMPONENT NEWS

IPMA Podiatric Physicians Volunteer at Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

More than a dozen members of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association volunteered at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Research held in Chicago on June 2-3. Participants raised $6.3 million to advance research to fight breast cancer. The podiatric physician volunteers were: Drs. Kathleen Daly, Marlene Reid, Mark Pietz,  Khalid Husain,  Michael Chin, Joseph Kim, Alice Cisneros, Mansoor Virani, Sarah Mahowald, Neil Horsley, Debra Young, Kathryn Grace, and  Zacharia Facaros. Representatives from the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants-Illinois Chapter and students from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine also volunteered in the podiatry tent at the Avon Walk.

(L-R) John Schwab, DPM; Carole Thiel, PMAC; Zacharia Facarous, DPM; Kathleen Daly, DPM; Paula Hollister, PMAC; Ton Norquist (student); Mark Pietz; DPM; Karen Keathley; PMAC; Kathryn Grace, DPM; and Mansoor Virani, DPM

The volunteer podiatric physicians staffed the podiatry tent and treated a number of walkers who trekked 13 and 26 miles to raise funds for breast cancer research. Blisters, calluses, and sprained ankles were common ailments. Walkers could access a number of medical services during and after the racing, including the medical and physical therapy tent.

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FUTURE PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

MA Graduate Prepares for Podiatry School

Emily Sanphy of Saugus has her future nicely mapped out. The recent Salem State University graduate will move to New York City at the end of this summer to start podiatry school. “My biggest tip for people who want to go to graduate school is to do a lot of research,” Sanphy said. Many schools have requirements students must meet before enrolling, she said. Plus, you want to make sure you like the field of study, which for Sanphy, meant shadowing a podiatrist.

Emily Sanphy (Photo: John Wilcox)

And even though graduate school is a couple of months way, Sanphy continues to prepare. “Neuroscience, which is a class I have to take in the fall, is hard for me,” she said. “So I’m going to read up on neuroscience topics over the summer.” She said though that might sound “nerdy,” it’s important to “swallow your pride and study.” “I won’t stress as much once school starts,” she added.

Source: Rochelle Stewart Rubino, Boston Herald [6/5/12]

Langer


HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

IL Podiatrist Joins Hospital Staff and Orthopedic Group

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Burgess to its staff. Brian Burgess, DPM, specializes in podiatry, practices in New Lenox, IL, and graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago.  

Dr. Brian Burgess

Burgess, who is certified in both Salto Talaris Total Ankle Replacement and Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement (STAR), will be joining Hinsdale Orthopaedic Associates in Hinsdale, IL in July which currently consists of 26 orthopedic surgeons.

Dr.Comfort


PODIATRIC PRODUCTS IN THE NEWS

SuccessEHS Acquires IPS

SuccessEHS has announced the acquisition of Integrated Physician Systems (IPS), a comprehensive healthcare professional services firm. IPS offers revenue cycle management, business services and strategic advisory and consulting services to healthcare entities across the U.S. The addition of IPS will incorporate full practice management services into SuccessEHS's current offerings, which include an Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management solution with Integrated Medical Billing Services. 

(L-R) Drs. Jon Hultman,  Robert Katz, and Gene Pascarella

The acquisition transfers full ownership to SuccessEHS from former majority owners Drs. Gene Pascarella, Robert Katz, and Jon Hultman, who will all remain with IPS in a long-term consulting capacity. Integrated Physician Systems (IPS) was founded in 2000 as a healthcare professional services firm to 250 healthcare professionals in 35 states. IPS currently manages approximately $250 million in accounts receivable.

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SPORTS MEDICINE

Barefoot Running More Efficient

Runners are faster with "minimalist" shoes, but they can also injure themselves during the transition to this barefoot running style, researchers reported here at the American College of Sports Medicine 59th Annual Meeting. One study showed that competitive runners shaved about 20 seconds off a 1-mile run by taking off their shoes. However, another documented 37 injuries in a group of 109 serious runners.

In another study presented, conducted at Adrian College in Michigan, competitive runners tried Vibram Five Finger Bikila shoes. These shoes resemble gloves for feet and have a thin tread. They are supposed to simulate running barefoot while providing some protection. The runners ran 1 mile faster with these shoes than with traditional running shoes (7.17 ± 1.04 vs 7.36 ± 1.06; P = .004). The researchers calculated that the weight of the shoe accounted for only 18% of the difference in speed.

Source: Laird Harrison, Medscape News [6/5/12]

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E-HEALTH NEWS

Association to Study Liability Risks of EHRs

The American Health Lawyers Association will sponsor a year-long research project to address patient-safety events and malpractice liability stemming from the implementation of electronic health-record systems, the association has announced.

The goal is to produce tools and a checklist of best practices “to help minimize the occurrence of EHR-related errors,” according to an association news release. The research project is supported by a $45,000 contribution from the American Hospital Association-affiliated American Society of Healthcare Risk Management to the AHLA's public interest committee.

Source: Joseph Conn, Modern Healthcare [6/5/12]

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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY

Set Phone Policy

Make conscious choices about when you answer the phone. Otherwise, you will be a slave to the ringing, and it will interrupt you throughout the day. These practices allow you to be responsive and professional:

  •  Use the phone features. Check caller ID to decide whether you should pick up. Record a greeting that provides important information to callers. Example: “I will return all calls by 5 p.m.,” assures people that they don’t need to keep dialing until you answer.
  •  Guard your numbers. If you do tell patients your personal number, also explain when it is okay to call that line, so they don’t abuse the privilege.
  •  Schedule phone time. Set two or three times during the day to check messages and make calls, just as you should for your email.

Source: Adapted from “When to Answer Your Business Line,” Denise Griffitts via Communication Briefings

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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)

Query: NC-stat System

I'd like to find out from PM News readers if anyone is utilizing the NC-stat System (Neurometrix) in their office for non-invasive sural nerve testing and, if so, what has their experience been with this system.

Mohammad Sharif, DPM, Atlanta, GA

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 1

RE: DEA Certificate Cost

In 1988, I paid $60 for a DEA certificate and 34 years later, June 5, 2012, I paid $700...over a 1,100% increase...truly unbelievable!

Joseph Borreggine, DPM, Charleston, IL, footfixr@consolidated.net

Sanifeet


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL) - PART 2

RE: Ovation Medical (Art Hatfield, DPM)
From: Greg Mangum, DPM

I also have received calls, samples, and products from Ovation Medical without a problem. They promote aggressively, but have good pricing and good products.
 
Greg Mangum, DPM, Houston, TX, Gregorymangum@aol.com

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON -CLINICAL) - PART 3

RE: Vision 2015, Vision 20/20 (Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM)
From: Charles Morelli, DPM
 
Dr. Steinberg said something that could not be more true when it comes to what our responsibility is as not only members of this profession, but also for those dues-paying members of their state association. It is those doctors I am speaking to directly. The ones who are not dues-paying members of their respective associations (primarily here in New York), I really don't care that much about, as it is WE who are not only carrying the water for all podiatrists who will benefit from our labor, but also paying the bill for that water and that labor.
 
Regarding Title XIX, Dr. Steinberg states, "A permanent place in Medicaid requires the passage of Title XIX, something the APMA has thus far not been able to do. But, I don't place the blame at the feet of the APMA. I place the blame at the feet of every single podiatrist who cannot produce copies of multiple e-mails to their congressmen and senators."
 
As president of my local chapter of the NYSPMA, I ask repeatedly that our members simply send a letter, phone call, or utilize the Cap Wiz program to immediately send a letter to their respective legislator(s) regarding the issues we continue to fight for on a daily basis. The fact that the Cap Wiz site has been taken down by the APMA due to lack of use by members (and I do not blame APMA), speaks volumes to the apathy that exists in this profession by so many of us. For those of you who have not used Cap Wiz, or lobbied your Legislators, gone to "Lobby Day" or sent a check to either the APMA PAC as well as your local state PAC, you should not only be ashamed of yourselves, but you should also not bitch and moan when things do not go your way.  Things may have been different if you had contributed.
 
Charles Morelli, DPM, Mamaroneck, NY, Podiodoc@gmail.com

MEETING NOTICES

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RESPONSES / COMMENTS (SUCCESS TIPS FROM THE MASTERS)

RE: Success Tips From the Masters (Eric J Roberts, DPM)
From: Bryan C. Markinson, DPM

Dr. Roberts proclaims, “The reason I entered into the profession was so that I could be all-encompassing in medicine AND surgery.” Wow! He adjusts his proclamation by saying that anything he can’t handle, he will send to the appropriate clinician. Okay. But the striking thing about his proclamation is that he feels exactly like the podiatric colleges want students to feel when they “enter” into the profession. By the third year, it becomes clear that medicine is trivialized, and trips to Russia to learn Illizarov techniques are glorified.

We simply need to drop the “all encompassing” mentality and stop beating each other up. The American Board of Podiatric Medicine will be the first step, as hopefully those of us who love podiatric medicine will not be second fiddle to the surgical arm of the profession, which is wholly and absolutely and undeniably a situation we created for ourselves. Only when the ABPM certification is also a “certification you can trust,” will we be truly colleagues within  our own profession, as the MD and DO communities enjoy. I should live so long.
 
Bryan C. Markinson, DPM, NY, NY, Bryan.Markinson@mountsinai.org

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GREAT OFFICE STAFF FOR HIRE - SOUTH JERSEY

Very experienced office staff needs jobs. Office is closing and they are experienced people to hire in South Jersey. E-mail for CV and or what you are looking for They know podiatry and are both certified podiatric medical assistants. They do billing, scheduling, chairside, and much more Footcare@comcast.net

EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: EPAT

(Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment) for sale. D-Actor 200. This machine is still new. Purchased in late 2011.( new machines>30K). It is the conservative alternative to surgery. Treats Plantar Fasciitis, Heel spurs, Achilles Tendonitis, Joint pain. Great Buy. $17,995 or best offer. Please call 713-541-3199 for more information. or email contactus@houstonfootankle.comEQUIPMENT FOR SALE

Retiring from practice. Equipment For sale. Mini x-ray. One year old Ultrasound with MS arterial/venous X-ray plates. Great condition Ritter chairs. Drills, surgical tools. So much. Just ask, I probably have it: Footcare@comcast.net

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE - NYC
 
This is a great opportunity to expand or establish a new practice. Fully furnished, large modern Podiatric office in an upscale doorman building on the east side. Fully equipped and Wi-Fi ready. (Rent includes electricity and supplies). Available immediately for full or part time occupancy. Save up to $100,000 in initial costs and avoid any start-up mistakes. Email podofficenyc@gmail.com for further information. Price is considerably below market value. Confidentiality will be strictly upheld.
 
SPACE AVAILABLE - NYC & LI

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PRACTICE FOR SALE - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

Established 40+ year old well-rounded practice of both surgical and non-surgical care with special emphasis on sports medicine. Medicare and BS/private insurance base, no Medical assistance. Needs to transition to a confident well trained individual. Purchase can include building. Contact: podiatrypracticesale@gmail.com

PRACTICE FOR SALE — BROOKLYN, NY

This practice has been in the same location for 31 years, seeing 80-100 pts/week, working 4.5 days/week. Grossing $350K and netting close to 70%. All surgery referred out. Low rent, option to buy the building in future. Asking $225K, doctor willing to finance. Call 800-983-4194, or email:contactus@podiatrypracticeconsultants.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MICHIGAN SOUTHEAST & SUBURBS

Perfect Career Opportunity for experienced DPM. This unique opportunity is for any level of training from RPR to PSR to PSR3. Fast track partnership for the right individual. Must have Michigan license. All phases of practice can be expanded including surgery. Local hospital privileges available. Individual must be ethical, personable, hard working and committed to high quality care. Competitive salary with buy-in or partnership available. Please fax a letter of interest and CV to 734-981-0487.

ASSOCIATE POSITIONS – NEW YORK CITY

Looking for someone with some working experience in a podiatric office. Two sessions (1/2 day) a week for July and August for Upper West Side of Manhattan. References a must. One 8 AM to 12, one 12 to 5 PM. Reply to fabienne.rottenberg@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE - NORTH CAROLINA

New associate position available that may lead to partnership. We are a very busy practice providing care in both office and hospital settings. We are fully integrated in a large tertiary teaching hospital. We are located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. Research opportunities are available. Applicant should be ethical, personable, hard working, and committed to quality in patient care. We are offering a competitive salary with bonus opportunities and a wide range of benefits. All interested candidates should send a CV to MFAS828@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - YORK, PA

Three-office practice with hospital, surgical center & nursing home privileges. EMR since 2000. Digital x-ray, ultrasound, progressive practice. Competitive salary and benefits offered. Practice offers good mix of surgery, wound care, and general podiatry. Open to associate with potential future buy-in. Please forward your information and CV to footdocpa@aol.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

Well-established practice seeking associate with opportunity for buy-in. Must have a minimum of 2 years surgical residency, or have 10 years practice experience with rear foot surgical skills. Great opportunity for growth with in-house surgical center, 2 hospitals within walking distance & more. Puerto Rican License required. Send CV/Resume to admin1@podiatrycenterpr.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - BOSTON

Immediate opportunity just became available in Boston for FT or PT surgical or non-surgical podiatrist(s). Established rapid growth cash Laser Clinic. No insurance hassles Profit sharing. Reasonable hours. No hospital call. Contact chrismichaud@yahoo.com for more information.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW YORK

WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER. Join a modern, well-established 42-year-old podiatric medical/surgical practice within a multi-specialty office. Located just 20 minutes from NYC. Must be responsible, compassionate, driven, and self-starter. Enjoy cross-referrals from other specialists and support of medical assistants, office managers, and medical billers with over 50 years combined experience. Utilize modern technology: state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasonography, fluoroscopy, ESWT (machine is owned by practice), physical therapy, x-ray, circulation testing, NCV, and in-office operatory suite. Very strong and effective advertising/marketing program. No nursing homes, No HMOs, No Medicaid, No Medicare. Must be licensed for podiatry in New York. Send cover letter/CV to: linchpindpm@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL FLORIDA

Busy, two office group practice seeking a full-time, self motivated and hard working podiatry associate. Good mixture of general podiatry and surgery. Applicant should be PMS 36/Board Qualified/Certified. Competitive salary and benefits are offered. Please email CV to: toesrus7@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - FLORIDA

Looking to hire an associate who is caring, friendly, and holds a patient in the highest regard. I am a single practitioner with a large podiatry practice in Tampa, FL. Will provide an outstanding salary with additional incentives, excellent healthcare benefits, retirement and cell phone. Please email resume to:Heliodiety@aol.com or fax to 813-854-6105.

ASSOCIATE POSITION – PHOENIX, WEST VALLEY SUBURBS

A well-established, solo-physician practice seeking a Full Time Associate Podiatrist. Applicant should be well trained physician with sound surgical skills and applicant must have completed a 24-36 month residency, & be board eligible/certified. Practice offers a state of the art practice setting, with a good general mix of all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. Competitive salary and benefits. Partnership opportunities available. Fax resume: 623-935-5783 or email to AzPodiatrist@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NYC

Full and part-time opportunity available in 40 year old practice in downtown Brooklyn. State-of-the-art office with EMR and digital x-rays. Must be experienced, highly motivated with good clinical skills. Competitive salary. Possible buy-in opportunity available. please email resume to dpm10019@yahoo.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MANHATTAN

Podiatrist needed for busy state-of-the-art offices in Manhattan. Offices are located near Penn and Grand Central Station. 10+ years experience only and an out-of-network doctor for most insurances. Please forward your information and CV to: roni@myfcny.com

ASSOCIATE POSITIONS - MULTIPLE STATES

Podiatrist Needed in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. Expanding multi-state medical practice seeking podiatrists to service long-term care community residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We offer an established patient base, scheduling, equipment allowance and cover travel expenses. Provide generous compensation, bonus opportunities, disability, health insurance benefits, malpractice coverage and flexible scheduling. Looking for a podiatrist with excellent skills, able to provide expert and compassionate care to patients. Email CV to: careers@aggeus.org or call 773-770-0140 x300/x305.  www.aggeus.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

Immediate opening for a full time/part-time PSR 24/36 podiatrist in a 30 year old, well established practice with an excellent reputation and referral base. State-of-the-art office with EMR, digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound and beautiful office. Generous base salary, malpractice insurance, health insurance, benefits and bonus structure. A well rounded and energetic podiatric surgeon needed for this group of 4 board certified podiatric physicians and surgeons. Please send CV to: michiganfootandankle@gmail.com

ASSOCIATE POSITION - MANHATTAN

Part-time associate position making home visits in Manhattan. Please fax resume and references to 718-987-6648.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - NEW JERSEY

Immediate opening for a full-time podiatrist in a rapidly expanding multi-office practice in central New Jersey. Well established referral base with full admitting hospital privileges. Availability to become part owner of a multi-room, multi-specialty ASC. Excellent opportunity for the right doctor with potential to achieve $200K in the first year. Wonderful working conditions. Applicant must have at least PSR-24 surgical training. Valid NJ license and Medicare number is required. Applicant should also be familiar and competent in biomechanics, trauma, ESWT, PRP, wound care, and ultrasound diagnostics. Participating insurance #'s a plus. Please fax resume to: (609) 259-6637.

ASSOCIATE POSITION - ILLINOIS

Full and Part-time opportunity to provide conservative, ethical podiatric care to residents in long-term care throughout Illinois . Full time position includes health, disability, 401, auto/travel expenses. Ideal Full-time candidate would be willing to travel 2-3 days per month, or be located in central or downstate IL. We have a 30 year history of providing exceptional care and service, with appropriate reimbursement. Please email queries or resumes to: gh@podiatryplus.net

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