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November 25, 2013 #4,924 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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AT THE COLLEGES
Barry Podiatry Students Form Overseas Podiatry Association
 
Timothy Graham and Romain Onteniente, 4th year students at Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine, have formed the Podiatry Overseas Association (PODOA). 
 
(L-R) Timothy Graham and Romain Onteniente
 
PODOA is a growing non-profit organization that puts podiatric physicians at the service of the men, women, and children of West Africa. The main purpose of PODOA is to take podiatric medicine on a humanitarian journey abroad.

REMEMBERING JFK
TX Podiatrist Recalls Assassination of JFK
 
Podiatrist Dr. Dwight Bates of Athens was 18-years-old on Nov. 22, 1963. The president’s death didn’t have the affect on him that day that it would in later years. He was particularly moved by a book, “We Were There,” containing the personal recollections of the doctors at Parkland Hospital who attended to the President and Gov. John Connally, who was seriously-wounded in the burst of gunfire from the Texas Schoolbook Depository. He has a copy signed by William Osborne, MD, who operated on Connally’s wounded wrist, injured by a bullet that came to rest in the governor’s thigh.
 
Dr. Dwight Bates
 
“I was moved by the words. They convey more than a video could,” Bates said. “A video couldn’t describe the extent of the damage like the doctor’s terminology. It can’t describe the smell.” Bates is impressed by the professionalism of the doctors who turned off their emotions enough to allow their training and professionalism to take over. No amount of effort could save Kennedy, but Connally survived and served several more years in Austin. “They were suddenly thrust into this gruesome medical situation, and their first thought was, do your job,” Bates said. 
 
Source: Rich Flowers, Athens Daily Review [11/22/13]

20/20


PODIATRISTS AND POLITICS
Obamacare Fails to Achieve Universal Coverage: CA Podiatrist
 
The botched implementation of Obamacare has created a bittersweet moment for advocates of a universal, single-payer healthcare system: They saw this coming, but they can't gloat about it. California Democrat Dr. Lee Rogers, a podiatrist from Simi Valley, unsuccessfully challenged Republican Rep. Buck McKeon for Congress in 2012 on a platform emphasizing single-payer, and he plans to run again next year. To Rogers, the problems with Obamacare's websites pale in comparison to the program's greatest shortcoming: It fails to achieve universal coverage. 
 
Dr. Lee Rogers
 
According to the Congressional Budget Office, even though the Affordable Care Act will reduce the ranks of the uninsured by 25 million over the next decade, 30 million people will still lack health coverage. "It is not universal coverage. It doesn't even get close to it; it just gets closer. So that's been a disappointment to me looking at the original way that they had gone about the reform," Rogers said.
 
Source: Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post [11/22/13]
Dr.Comfort

MEETING NEWS
FL DME Audit Dinner Symposium Raises Money for APMA GEF
 
Dia-Foot hosted the 'Taking the Fear out of the DME Audit' dinner symposium which attracted over 100 DPMs, CPeds, and exhibitors on November 21st in Boca Raton, FL. $715 was raised for the APMA Government Education Fund (GEF). Mark Block, DPM spoke about the new APMA bill regarding dispensing diabetic shoes, Barney Greenberg, DPM spoke about the GEF and the PAC. 
 
Attendees at DME Dinner Symposium
 
The featured speaker was Mia Gott a senior analyst from CGS Medicare, who discussed what the auditors are looking for in a diabetic shoe audit and proper documentation. The dinner symposium was sponsored by Gill Podiatry, Owen, Cutera, Dr. Jill's Foot Pads, Vascular Centers of America, CBL, Realm Labs, Tetra Labs, ICS Software, and Orthofeet.

Neuremedy


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1A
From: Thomas Graziano, DPM, MD, Eric Edelman, DPM
 
Remove the implant and revise the arthrodesis site. Correct the interphalangeus by taking a medial based wedge from the proximal phalanx stump. Fixate with either 3.0 cancellous screw or 2 crossed 0.62 K-wires. The latter might be better choice depending on bone density in this 76 year old.
 
Thomas Graziano, DPM, MD, Clifton, NJ, TGrazi6236@aol.com
 
Based on the information provided, here are some revision options (in rank order): 
 
1. Remove the internal fixation device, perform additional bone resection of the proximal phalanx, essentially an arthroplasty. 
2. Remove the internal fixation device, freshen the edges of the non-union, and attempt a second fusion with an appropriately sized screw. 
3.  Remove the internal fixation device, see if the patient feels better. 
4. Remove the internal fixation device, attempt the second fusion, add a Jones tenosuspension. 
5. Remove the internal fixation device, amputate the distal phalanx. 
 
Eric Edelman, DPM, Syracuse, NY, ericedelman@gmail.com

Redi-thotics


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 1B
From: Brian Timm, DPM
 
This would be a case of resection of the non-union through a transverse incision. Use a retrograded partially threaded headless 4.5 cannulated screw fixation from MMI/Stryker after removal of this implant. Some physicians would even consider multiple small compression staples; but I would avoid this mainly because of the lysis and cystic formation around this implant which is shown in the radiograph. The joint itself does not appear to have been resected entirely or adequately. This is evidenced by the normal contour of part of the medial aspect of the base of the distal phalanx. So, there will likely be some cartilage even present here. 
 
It would almost be like doing the surgery the first time. The difference here is that the fixation will be improved and the arthrodesis will be sufficiently performed via the excision of the fibrocartilaginous non-union. Consider bone morphogenic protein and even a bone stimulator the second time around.  
 
I have never been a fan of this sort of fixation for an IPJ hallux fusion (which is seen here), as this joint may take an unusually high amount of load depending on the first MPJ range of motion. This small screw which is clipped internally within the bone, may not be sufficient depending on both extent of joint resection and the load of the IPJ relative to the associated MPJ motion available.
 
Brian Timm, DPM, Naples FL, drtimm@familyfootandlegcenter.com

neurogenx


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (CLINICAL) - PART 2
From: Simon Young, DPM
 
The fissures are due to dermatitis. Prescribe a class-1 steroid such as Temovate.
 
Simon Young, DPM, NY, NY, Simonyoung@juno.com

SWI


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL/LEGAL )
From: Pete Harvey, DPM
 
It is always a good idea to refer patients to other specialists to obtain more opinions. However, advise the patient to check with the family doctor first. Understandably, family doctors tend to get a little upset if a patient is referred away from their care without their knowledge.
 
Pete Harvey, DPM, Wichita Falls, TX, pmh@wffeet.com

Dr. Remedy


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Mohammad Sharif, DPM
 
Dr. Morse, I also utilize NeuroMetrix at my office and luckily knew about the expiration of the test strips. I wanted to make sure you know that you can get credit for the strips that you get error messages on. There is a form you need to complete and send to Neurometrix, and they will give you credit on your future purchase of more strips. It is not a perfect system, but it has allowed me to continue to use the device.
 
Mohammad Sharif, DPM, Atlanta, GA, MSharif@villagepodiatrycenters.com

Gilllaser Podiatry>


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)- PART 2
From: Wm. Barry Turner, RN, DPM, CWS
 
I read Dr. Sullivan's note regarding a wound care center. I feel that his reaching out via PM News is a smart idea. Wound care centers, similar to surgical centers, can be very profitable, regardless if free-standing or hospital-based. I frequently wonder if there are any statistics available to show how many surgical centers actually become profitable versus those that never do. 
 
I wonder how many hospitals have been put in financial ruin due to investing in wound care centers. I have opened three free-standing wound care centers. It is important to...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Turner's extended-length letter can be read here.
Medpro

RESPONSES/COMMENTS (APMA COMPONENTS)
From: Jeffrey Conforti, DPM
 
The NJPMS has filed a lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross of NJ because that insurance company has decided to not cover EWST (by any type of provider). We lost by summary judgment, and it cost us a lot of money. Now, NPMS wants to spend even more of our money by further pursuing this case. 
 
I predicted the adverse EWST judgment and waste of money from the beginning. I brought this up several times at the...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Conforti's extended-length letter can be read here.
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NYCPM


RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)
From: Tahir Khan, DPM, MD, MPH, PhD
 
I agree with APMA President Dr. Garoufalis that proper footwear can help improve balance. As a co-author of several leading studies specifically dealing with preventing falls, I believe as podiatric physicians, we have an important role to play in preventing falls among the elderly and diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients. One of our studies, a prospective, randomized control trial study, conducted at the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research and published in the May/June 2013 issue of the Journal of American Podiatric Medical Association, found that diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients had much more stable gait and were at lower risk of falls when wearing shoes. This study also reinforces the need for continued funding for the diabetic shoe program. Here is a link to another landmark study:
 
Tahir Khan, DPM, MD, MPH, PhD. NY, NY. tahir.khan.dpm@gmail.com
MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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We are looking for a toenail fungus laser that is fairly new and still works great. Please e-mail us at contactus@flfootandankle.com
 
IMMEDIATE POSITION AVAILABLE IN SW FLORIDA 
 
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IMMEDIATE ASSOCIATE POSITION AVAILABLE IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. 
 
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Excellent opportunity to join a well-established multi-office group practice in the beautiful Tampa Bay area starting July 2014. We are seeking a highly motivated, ethical and outgoing physician with Florida license to join our growing practice. Competitive salary, excellent benefits, bonus structure with partnership opportunity. Please email CV: Kpontious9@yahoo.com
 
POSITIONS AVAILABLE - BUFFALO AND CONNECTICUT
 
Looking for podiatrists to see residents in nursing homes in Buffalo and Connecticut. Great opportunity for supplemental or full time income. Email inquiries to phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION -  ARKANSAS 
 
Ethical, highly motivated, enthusiastic associate needed to join successful, well-established practice located in Northwest Arkansas. Certified/qualified by ABPS with rearfoot training preferred. The practice has an excellent working relationship with a high referral base from local PCPs and other specialists. Well-rounded practice incorporates general podiatry, surgery, wound care, and sports medicine. Salary plus excellent bonus potential for the right individual. Send CV to: footdocmanager@yahoo.com. 
 
PART-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION – CHICAGO, IL 
 
part-time opportunity in Chicago to provide treatment to homebound patients. You can create your schedule- logistical support provided. Reimbursement is 40% of collection. If interested, please call 312-375-6430.
 
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Available immediately. Looking for a Board Certified Surgeon with strong RF and ankle skills. This 20 year established practice offers EHR, digital x-ray and Noveon laser. All dues, malpractice and health insurance paid as well as 401K available. Excellent compensation. email lynnleblanc@cox.net
 
PART-TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION - ILLINOIS
 
Part-time podiatrist wanted for Franklin Park, IL office to begin December 2013. Please contact Dr. Ballard at 630-307-7463 and fax vitae to 630-529-0087 to apply.
 
HOUSE CALL DOCTORS WANTED - NYC 
 
A well-established practice with an elaborate house call service is seeking responsible, ethical and compassionate doctors to treat patients in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Create your own schedule, full support, excellent compensation. Send CV to WPerez1000@aol.com or call Dr. Perez 917-757-1921 for more information.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CENTRAL FLORIDA
 
Associate wanted for well-established practice in central Florida. Experienced support staff, malpractice coverage and health insurance provided. Excellent opportunity for a promising future. To apply please go to www.yourcareerinpodiatry.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND 
 
Seeking highly motivated, ethical, enthusiastic associate to join successful, well-established practice located in close proximity to Maryland and Delaware beaches. Certified/qualified by ABPS with rearfoot experience preferred. The practice incorporates surgery, wound care, sports medicine and general podiatry. Fully equipped office with diagnostic ultrasound, fluoroscopy, vascular testing, radio frequency ablation, six treatment rooms and three satellite offices. Main office has accredited ambulatory surgery center. This opportunity has excellent salary potential with benefits for the right individual. Send CV to: dpmkthomas@gmail.com.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – DALLAS/FT WORTH, TX 
 
Dynamic, busy practice in Dallas/Fort Worth area, seeking surgically trained, Board Certified/Board Qualified podiatrist, PSR-36 preferred. Excellent salary and benefits compensation package, for the right candidate, who is motivated to work hard. Contact/Send resume to: jmh6122@yahoo.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - CT (GREENWICH, FAIRFIELD AND NORTH HAVEN) 
 
Join one of the largest podiatric groups in Connecticut. Well-established and progressive offices, including EMR, digital x-ray, vascular and NCV studies, Pinpointe and CO2 lasers, diagnostic ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy. You can expect a full schedule of patients the day you start, and a very competitive salary. For more info www.greatfootcare.com. Send resume to: Dr.Kassaris@yahoo.com
 
DIABETES MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP - CENTRAL KENTUCKY
 
CVs and letters of interest are being accepted now for the most unique and well-rounded fellowship in podiatric medicine. This non-accredited, 1-year fellowship starts in July of 2014 and offers a wide variety of training opportunities that focus on diabetes, including diverse pathologies and unique medical and surgical opportunities. Regular surgical case load, intensive practice management, and the best prep for real world practice. Work with our on-staff certified orthotist, physical therapist, shoe store staff, MRI director, etc. Generous stipend, benefits, and free housing. Learn more at www.myhappyfoot.com (click the Fellowship Tab). Send CVs to jmoore@aappm.org.
 
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Busy, well established , fully equipped , newly redecorated office in good neighborhood. Grossing approximately $500k. Doctor relocating, but will stay on through July. Contact dfoot35@gmail.com
 
PRACTICE FOR SALE - CONNECTICUT 
 
Well-established, 35-year-old reputable practice/condo with approx 2,500 Square ft. Grossing approximately $450,000. Outside Hartford area. All phases of podiatry. Contact drsch52@hotmail.com
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - PADNET
 
Barely used PadNet machine for sale. Purchased in 2010 for $22k seeking $9,900 includes shipping. If interested email Dr. Eric Jamrok at drjamrok@yahoo.com
 
EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - PADNET
 
Padnet vascular testing machine with updated security software (purchased in 2012). Perfect condition only used for training. We do not have the patient population to provide this valuable diagnostic tool. Purchased for 20K, asking 12K (and we will pay for shipping costs). Please contact vcrismali@gmail.com 
 
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