Volume 16 - Issue 1 - January 2003

Feature »

Exploring The Potential Of AFO Devices

By Douglas Richie Jr., DPM | 40405 reads | 0 comments

While several large orthotic laboratories have offered AFOs for over 20 years, the increasing demand for the devices has become a significant phenomenon in the podiatric field. Why have podiatrists turned to AFOs more and more in recent years? There are three key reasons that have caused this shift in treatment.
First, there has been a meteoric rise in the number of patients who have challenging foot and ankle pathologies. Two of these pathologies, adult acquired flatfoot secondary to posterior tibial tendon insufficiency and diabetic Charcot’s arthropathy, have disappointing treatment re



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HIPAA Update: Are You Ready?

By Robert Smith, Contributing Editor | 3829 reads | 0 comments

It had long been assumed that many medical practices (including podiatric practitioners) were lagging behind in complying with then-forthcoming HIPAA regulations. The actual figures released after the recent October deadline confirm those assumptions.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate about 550,000 health care organizations filed for a one-year extension to delay HIPAA compliance. “It had previously been estimated that there were more than 2 million physician practices and other clinical Level 1 entity groups impacted by the law,” according to Dr. David Marcink



Editor's Perspective »

Does Perspective Pay In Treating High-Risk Patients?

By Jeff Hall, Editor in Chief | 2076 reads | 0 comments

Perspective. They say it comes with age and is the result of an ongoing culmination of life experiences. It is the hope that as we develop this sense of wisdom, we’ll be better equipped to make smarter choices and decisions that may have a lasting impact.
However, no matter how much perspective we have, the gravity of economic realities has a way of derailing our long-term view. Certainly, bottom-line decisions are more prevalent given the current downturn in the economy. More than ever, though, it is clearly critical to maintain perspective when it comes to cost concerns in wound care fo



Forum »

Reinventing The Wheel After The Computer Crashes

By John McCord, DPM | 2507 reads | 0 comments

There’s an old Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” The past four months have been very interesting in the business segment of my practice. Curse is a good description of my situation. I returned from a short vacation the first week of July. My office manager said, “I’ve got some bad news. You better sit down.”
I immediately feared something had happened to one of my patients. To my relief, it was only my computer. It had crashed big time.
Amy explained the screen showed an error message when she logged on the previous day. She looked up a patient file. T



Diabetes Watch »

Treatment Options For Diabetic Foot Infections

By Jeanine L. Jones, DPM | 10262 reads | 0 comments

A recently released study by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the number of diagnosed cases of diabetes rose by a third (from 4.9 to 6.5 percent) between 1990-1998. This percentage will increase to 9 by 2025. The breakdown of cases by age was particularly alarming. The incidence of diabetes increased 40 percent over a period of eight years for people 40 and over. It increased 70 percent for people 30 and over.
This is of serious concern when you consider the resulting complications that may be prevalent earlier in life and the exuberant medical care costs th



New Products »

A FREE-ing Change

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Is it possible to foster improved wound healing as patients return to work?
KCI has attempted to answer that question in the affirmative with its VACFreedom, the latest model of the successful Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) device. Recently showcased at the National Association of Home Care 21st Annual Meeting and HOMECARE Expo in Salt Lake City, the V.A.CFreedom system offers improved portability and ease of use for patients, according to KCI.

The system provides a large 300ml canister that facilitates fewer dressing changes and a TRAC (Therapeutic Regulated Accurate Care) Pad that maximiz



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