DPM Blogs

How Much Should You Be Paying Your Podiatric Medical Assistants?

Lynn Homisak PRT
7/3/14 | 696 reads | 0 comments
I’d like to share with you a two-part question that both staff and doctors ask me frequently (maybe you’re even one of the ones who have approached me): What is the “going rate” average salary for a podiatric medical assistant and is there a salary “cap” for what an assistant should be earning? As long as the podiatric medical assistant’s scope of practice remains undefined, training remains on the job and marginal at best, and tasks delegated to staff vary from office to office, determining an average “going rate” salary will continue to be a challenge in our profession. Read More.

Why Charging Patients For A Biomechanical Evaluation Makes Sense

Jenny L Sanders DPM
7/2/14 | 505 reads | 0 comments
Let’s face it. Insurance reimbursements are shrinking while the costs of maintaining a successful podiatry practice are increasing. Critical to surviving in this challenging environment is finding ways to increase revenue sources without increasing overhead or staff costs. Read More.

Facilitating Insurance Coverage For Venous Ablation Procedures

Alison J. Garten DPM
6/26/14 | 695 reads | 2 comments
This is a follow up to my previous blog post regarding venous ablation procedures (see http://tinyurl.com/odulpd4 ). I recently had an eye-opening conversation with a vascular surgeon, Jane Lingelbach, MD, with whom I work closely at Healogics Wound Care Center. She recently expressed why there is a delay of treatment from the time of a requested consult to the time of a venous ablation procedure performed due to an ulceration in the presence of venous disease if indicated. Read More.

How To Diagnose And Treat The Sometimes Elusive CRPS

Jeffrey Bowman DPM MS
6/24/14 | 846 reads | 0 comments
Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can be extremely debilitating for patients and can have a sometimes elusive diagnosis. Often, clinicians might consider someone with chronic pain to be “mental.” In fact, CRPS is truly a diagnosis of exclusion.1 The following will not be a deep and detailed discussion of CRPS. My only goal is to provide you with a little more information so you don’t always assume psychological issues are the cause of an individual’s intractable pain. Read More.

Should Podiatric Physicians Surrender AFO Therapy To Pedorthists?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS
6/23/14 | 798 reads | 4 comments
I often give workshops at scientific symposia covering topics relevant to ankle-foot orthotic (AFO) therapy. Often, people ask me questions about Medicare regulations for coding and billing for these devices. Recently, someone asked me about a new program in which a commercial AFO company offers to have a certified pedorthist (CPed) evaluate and treat patients in podiatric medical practices. Read More.

How Do We Ensure Adherence In Patients With Diabetes For A Better Quality Of Life?

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD
6/19/14 | 356 reads | 0 comments
Given the mounting evidence that patients with diabetes have a lower quality of life if they do not adhere to their foot care regimens, how can physicians drive home the importance of adherence? Read More.

Key Insights On Joint Preparation For Arthrodesis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS
6/18/14 | 378 reads | 0 comments
I have recently changed my approach to lecturing by trying to present concepts based on literature instead of the traditional approach. This means I have had to write several new lectures over the past few months, which is both good and bad. It has been good because I have had to literally read hundreds of articles for research. It has been bad for the same reason as the time required to do so is enormous. Read More.

Why You Should Consider The Use Of Supplements In The Management Of Diabetic Neuropathy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS
6/17/14 | 604 reads | 1 comments
Supplements have proven useful for improved management of diabetes and diabetes-related complications such as neuropathy, wounds, cardiovascular complications, renal complications and ophthalmic complications. Read More.