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  • July 2002 | Volume 15 - Issue 7
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    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    4,134 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/02
    Paying malpractice insurance premiums is a necessary evil for doctors. Lately, however, both doctors and insurance companies have been feeling the crunch more than ever before. The entire country faces a “crisis” when it comes to medical malpractice coverage, although some states, like Pennsylvania and Texas, are hit particularly hard, according to PICA President and CEO Jerry Brant, DPM. “I’m fortunately busy enough that I can afford to do surgery,” says Stephen A. Monaco, DPM, who practices in suburban Philadelphia, an area with high insurance and settlement costs. He acknowledge... continue reading
    This portrays a typical venous stasis ulcer. Note the location—medial malleolar—and the associated hemosiderosis, dermatitis and brawny edema.
    By Richard M. Stillman, MD, FACS
    15,961 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/02
    About four of 1,000 people will develop a leg ulcer during their lives, but the prevalence of leg ulcers rises dramatically with age, increasing to about 1 percent in people over the age of 60 and 2 percent in people over the age of 80. In the U.S., about 3 million people suffer from leg ulceration, costing an annual $4 billion in treatment costs and losses of over 2 million days from work. In general, diagnosing the cause of leg and foot wounds requires examining the wound, the extremity and the patient. Let’s start by taking a look at venous problems. Any disease state that leads to ven... continue reading

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    By Robert Smith
    8,533 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/02
    Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out and the staffer you thought to be perfect for your team winds up bringing down your practice in some significant way. It is when you recognize that you must fire the employee that the real work of managing your office truly begins. Indeed, with the increasingly litigious nature of our era, firing staffers has become a problematic process, fraught with many legal and ethical landmines. “We all know how to terminate someone,” notes Hal Ornstein, DPM, who has a private practice in Howell, N.J. “It’s not hard to say ‘You’re fired.’ The id ... continue reading

    2,718 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/02
    I read with great interest your recent editorial regarding HIPAA (see “Ready Or Not, Here Comes HIPAA,” page 14, April issue). As Vice-President of the APMA and Chair of the Health Policy Committee, I have direct oversight of these activities. We fully agree with the need for education regarding HIPAA and implementation of the final guidelines. The APMA is producing a HIPAA Compliance Manual that will be free to APMA members. However, after the March release of revisions to the proposed rule and final standards, we decided to delay production of the manual until 60 days after the final r ... continue reading
    By Patrick Agnew, DPM
    6,017 reads | 0 comments | 07/03/02
    Is the term “overuse injuries” really appropriate? After all, many so-called “overuse” injuries of the lower extremity are unilateral. In most cases, the right foot is used just as much as the left foot so the term becomes illogical. Perhaps stress failure phenomena would be a more accurate description of these injuries. Some examples of mechanisms leading to stress failure problems include repetitive motion, repetitive loading and repetitive impact. Your patients might encounter repetitive motion injuries in endurance sports like swimming or sports such as cross-country running or b ... continue reading