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  • December 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 12
    By Anthony Poggio, DPM
    12,890 reads | 0 comments | 11/25/08
    While undergoing a Medicare audit can be a stressful situation, this author emphasizes cooperation and documentation, and outlines key factors that commonly trigger an audit of one’s practice.      You have been notified that you are about to be audited by Medicare. Do not panic. Audits are simply the cost of doing business. Many entities may audit you during the lifetime of your practice. Your practice may be subject to audits from insurance companies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).      When y... continue reading
    By Stephen M. Schroeder, DPM, and G. Dock Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    47,942 reads | 0 comments | 11/25/08
    When surgeons perform distal first metatarsal osteotomies, avascular necrosis (AVN) is a relatively common complication. Accordingly, these authors emphasize having a strong understanding of the involved vascular anatomy, share intraoperative pearls for minimizing the risk and offer treatment insights when AVN does occur.      Although it is a relatively rare problem, avascular necrosis (AVN) of the first metatarsal head is a condition that we should be aware of and understand. This condition started getting attention when surgeons offered the first descriptions of dis... continue reading
    By Graham A. Hamilton, DPM, Travis L. Sautter, DPM, and Lawrence A. Ford, DPM
    45,618 reads | 0 comments | 11/25/08
    When it comes to treating hallux valgus, the Lapidus arthrodesis can be an effective procedure. These authors discuss the evolution of the technique, offer a guide to key indications and contraindications, and provide essential step-by-step pearls for performing the procedure.      Hallux valgus is one of the most common deformities we see as foot and ankle surgeons. There are over 100 different types of surgical procedures for this deformity.1,2 With the considerable variety of procedures, it is fairly evident that no one procedure has been able to provide ... continue reading