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March 20, 2019 #6,378 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PM NEWS QUICK POLL

Quick Poll

Should podiatric students be allowed to take the USMLE or COMLEX exams?
 
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AT THE COLLEGES
The Bako Medical Education Foundation Announces Grant to NYCPM
 
The Bako Medical Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance diagnostic excellence in the field of podiatry, announced a grant of up to $100,000 to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) to fund the newly established Bako Medical Education Foundation Scholarships. The grant, to be paid over four years, subject to certain conditions, will provide annual recognition and financial assistance to top accepted and/or enrolled New York College of Podiatric Medicine students.
 
Dr. Steven Berlin
 
“The Foundation is pleased to provide this grant to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine,” said Steven J. Berlin, DPM, a Foundation Board Member and Grants Committee Chair at the Bako Medical Education Foundation. “We recognize the important role that the New York College of Podiatric Medicine plays in educating and training our future clinicians and we are honored to play a small role to further this important endeavor.”
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PODIATRISTS IN THE MEDIA
CA Podiatrist Discusses MIS Bunion Surgery on The Doctors
 
Alireza Khosroabadi, DPM recently appeared on the TV show The Doctors, following up on a patient he had performed minimal incision bunion surgery on.
 
Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi
 
His patient, a professional dancer and mother of three, explained how his minimally invasive bunion surgery has improved the quality of her life in such a short period of time and that she is already dancing again six weeks after surgery.
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PODIATRISTS AND THE LAW
OK Podiatrist Pays $76K in Compounding Kickback Settlement
 
Mary Johnson, DPM of Claremore has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma after an investigation into numerous healthcare providers that are alleged to have accepted payment to write prescriptions for pain creams that OK Compounding compounded and sold, the office announced Monday. Johnson, 44, a podiatrist, agreed to pay more than $76,000 to settle the claim that she took kickbacks in 2013.
 
Source: Kelsy Schlotthauer, Tulsa World [3/18/19]
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FROM PM's CURRENT ISSUE
Several times a week, PM News posts an entire article from a recent issue of our partner, Podiatry Management Magazine. Please note that the views expressed in Podiatry Management Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of PM News or Barry Block.
 
Today's Featured Article
 
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QUERIES (NON-CLINICAL)
Query: Pay Structure for New Associate
 
I am a solo podiatrist of 21 years. I have been blessed with a very busy and growing practice.  I am currently building a new office large enough to accommodate two doctors. My question is in regard to how to pay the new associate. I know there are so many variables to consider so even just some general rules or formulas would be appreciated. For the sake of argument, let us assume this is a fresh 3-year trained resident graduating from their program and I would be paying their malpractice, CME, health insurance, and any other "normal" benefits.
 
What range of base salary is considered normal for a smaller southern city of a population around 100,000 people? For example would a $100K base salary based of a 40% split based off gross collections be a good starting point?  (In this example, the new associate would have to collect $250K to break even, and then would keep 40% of the gross collections above $250K.) I am open for all suggestions. I would like to pay associates fairly, yet incentivize them to produce.
 
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CODINGLINE CORNER
Query: Complicated Series of Amputations 
 
A general surgeon at the hospital performed a partial 1st ray amputation (included the 1st metatarsal head) on a patient due to osteomyelitis. The same surgeon then resected part of the 2nd metatarsal head due to osteomyelitis. MRI revealed osteomyelitis of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd metatarsals. I then performed a trans-metatarsal amputation (CPT 28805). My biller added modifier -58. Is this correct?
 
Joseph Proebstle, DPM, Pasadena, MD
 
Response: The -58 modifier implies a staged procedure by the same surgeon. Yes, this is a potentially staged procedure, but since you are not the original surgeon, I would bill your CPT code without any modifier.
 
Tony Poggio, DPM, Alameda, CA
 
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (MEDICAL-LEGAL)
From: Paul Kesselman, DPM
 
A little bit over a year ago, I had the same experience, where I received a shock of a bill for my DEA number renewal. Being part time clinical, not doing much surgery, and with the surgery I did perform being well managed with high potency NSAIDs, I also felt it was absurd to renew my DEA number. I called the NYS Board of Pharmacy and they told me I absolutely did not require a DEA number to prescribe non-narcotic or non-scheduled meds. To be clear, certain non-narcotics such as Lyrica and Ultram are scheduled in NY
 
With those facts in mind, I did not renew my DEA license and then the fun started. Every insurance company I was contracted with hounded me for...
 
Editor's note: Dr. Kesselman's extended-length letter can be read here.
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)
From: Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
 
Much of my career has been in areas outside of podiatric medicine. Yet, I consider my DPM the single most important reason for the professional path that I followed. While I did engage in so-called private practice for five years, while seeing patients in the clinic of a major New York City hospital, I was identified by the clinic director and encouraged to apply for entry into Columbia University School of Public Health. I enrolled and received an MPH (Master of Public Health), receiving financial support from both the U.S. Public Health Service and the APMA. This led me to become the dean of the then California College of Podiatric Medicine followed by other academic positions. 
 
The bottom line is that I am so grateful for my DPM degree since I could not have accomplished all this without it. Yes, it's good to be a podiatric physician even if you want to diversify your career.
 
Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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RESPONSES/COMMENTS (APMA HOD NEWS)
From: Michael R. Borden, CAE
 
A personal standing ovation for Paul Liswood, DPM for his President’s Award honor at the 99th APMA House of Delegates. Dr. Liswood has been a constant, competent advocate for the exceptional value and quality of podiatric care. He has spent innumerable hours with policymakers, insurance providers, practitioners, and patients, providing real life examples of how preventative care  saves lives and limbs. He has also authored several white papers on the subject and has demonstrated time and time again his exemplary grasp on why podiatry is a significant part of the team care approach. He is a great ambassador for podiatry and for medicine! 
 
Michael R. Borden, CAE, NY, NY
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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoes of the Day

Just in case the hotel does not provide irons?

Source: Submitted by Dr. Nargiza Mahmudova

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MEETING NOTICES

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CLASSIFIED ADS - PRACTICES FOR SALE OR WANTED, EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
PRACTICE FOR SALE - EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
 
30 year established surgical practice in rural East Central Illinois. Re-locating. Turn-key operation with 3 treatment rooms and surgical suite. Certified EHR. Generates $450K, asking $300K. Call 217-549-1887 or email drjoe@myfeethurt.net.
 
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CLASSIFIED ADS - ASSOCIATE POSITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
FACULTY POSITION - DES MOINES, IOWA 
 
The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) at Des Moines University is actively seeking applicants and nominations for a faculty position that will participate in academic, clinical patient care, scholarly, and service activities within the College, University and community. Qualified candidates are invited to apply by submitting a CV and cover letter to www.dmu.edu/employment.  Candidate review and/or interview scheduling will commence immediately and continue until position is filled.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - GEORGIA
 
Practice serving beautiful, historic Savannah, seeking Georgia licensed podiatrist. Practice has solid patient base of general podiatry, specializing in diabetic foot care. Superior medical assistants, scribe, and  EMR. Income guarantee, first two years with bonus potential. Send CV and location to U.W. Plummer at drjadandy@yahoo.com or contact her at 912-927-8011.
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA 
 
Well established practice is looking to expand and have eventual partner and possible even transition to possible buyout. Compensation along with 401K, health insurance, malpractice, vacation,  etc. Looking for pleasant person, who is desiring to become rearfoot and ankle certified along with skills in wound care and general foot-care.  We have a large referral base and new office, digital x-ray, lasers, EMR, etc. Please send CV to scfootdoc@gmail.com
 
FULL-TIME MOBILE PODIATRIST NEEDED - NEW JERSEY  
 
Well-established and fast growing House-call podiatry practice (www.homefootcareservices.com) is looking for Full-Time podiatrist  to do home visits to home-bound patients in mostly Central and Southern parts of NJ. Salary - 100K Plus Bonus, Health Insurance, Vacation time, 4 days work week. Email resume - Lana.Raginsky@homefootcareservices.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – TENNESSEE 
 
Well-established multi-specialty physician practice group seeking well trained and ambitious specialist to treat podiatry and wound care patients. Would be joining a podiatry group with a 40+ year-old established practice. Perfect opportunity to enter academic medicine, as the group is the faculty practice plan for a large medical teaching institution. Demonstrated experience in management of foot problems, experience in foot and ankle surgery, and an interest in teaching and training required. Submit CV’s to uch_hr@uthsc.edu
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – NEW JERSEY
 
Part time associate with active NJ licensed podiatrist needed in a busy practice. Please send your CV to Kcorona@footandankleps.com
 
POSITION AVAILABLE – PENNSYLVANIA / MARYLAND 
 
One owner, group practice looking to hire business minded associate for buy-in/buy-out relationship. I will teach you to become a top earner in the field. Full benefits package including 401k w/ match. I am ready to slow down and sell 2 of the 3 locations in three years.  Eventually selling the 3rd location and becoming an employee working a few days a week. I own two of the office locations as well, so real estate investments are also possible. Investment shares available in physician/hospital owned surgical center. Don't miss this unique opportunity. AtlanticFootSurgeons.com. drhenrock@yahoo.com
 
POSITION AVAILABLE – ROCKLAND COUNTY AND UTICA, NY 
  
Looking for podiatrist to see residents in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Rockland County and in and around Utica, NY.  Great opportunity for part-time income. Position available immediately! Send inquiries to: phasetwopodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – ALABAMA

Love the beach?  Busy, established practice located in a coastal community is looking for a full-time or part-time podiatrist!  ABFAS board qualification or certification is required.  Must be motivated, hardworking, positive, and dedicated to growing the practice and individual career and reputation.  Must have great people skills, caring bedside manner, and positive demeanor.  Must work well with staff and local medical community.  Competitive pay and partnership track available.  Send CV and contact information to:  manager@southbaldwinpodiatry.com

FULL TIME ASSOCIATE POSITION - GREATER NEW YORK CITY AREA
 
3 location group practice requiring a full-time Associate Podiatric Surgeon with minimum 3 years of surgical residency training in all aspects of foot and ankle surgery, ABFAS board qualification in foot and RRA required.  Must be comfortable with all foot and ankle procedures.  Must be motivated, hardworking, positive, and dedicated to growing the practice as well as individual career and reputation. Traveling by car is required (not just public transportation). Interested candidates can contact via email: delucia@faasny.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION W/BUY IN OPTION – MARYLAND 
 
Very busy established practice looking for a full-time or part-time podiatrist! We are participating with three local hospitals and all insurances. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical skills including ulcer care, diabetes, surgery and general foot care. Must have a strong office personality with the ability to maintain and attract patients. Must be willing to merge into an already established protocol-based office. Great benefit package to include 401k/health insurance/vacation time/CEU allowance and much more!! Please send C/V and cover page to: marylandpodiatry@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – WESTERN PA 
 
Well-established podiatry practice in Western, PA looking for a full-time podiatrist to join their team. Position will involve seeing patients at multiple hospitals, wound care centers and satellite offices. Basic qualification: Graduation from an accredited medical school and completed accredited residency program. Board Certified/Qualified. Certificate/license medical license to practice in State of Pennsylvania. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to our team members.  email CV to: dysteindpm@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION – KENTUCKY 
 
Busy 2 office practice looking for energetic well trained associate. Unique opportunity for long term commitment!!   Plenty of surgery to keep you busy. Residency program affiliated. Opportunity for wound care center. Wonderful location. Great place to raise a family. Very podiatry friendly community.  Must take KY exam this spring.  Send resume to poddoc2019@gmail.com 
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - SUBURBAN MINNEAPOLIS
 
Well established general care practice looking for motivated, ethical associate with excellent surgical and people skills and desire to thrive in a private practice providing personalized care. Unlimited potential leading to buy-out. Wonderful area to live and raise a family. Submit resume to: wwfootclinic@gmail.com
 
ASSOCIATE POSITION - ST. LOUIS
 
Group practice seeking motivated DPM. Only 25% Medicare (no Medicaid) resulting in excellent compensation from substantive workload with good surgical balance. Clinic based with no travel. Please send CV to stlouispodiatrists@gmail.com
 
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