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  • February 2010 | Volume 23 - Issue 2
    You must adequately chart the procedure that you perform for bunionectomies. The chart will substantiate the procedure you performed and allow for proper processing of your claim. Photo courtesy of Trenton Statler.
    Anthony Poggio, DPM
    85,326 reads | 3 comments | 02/01/10
    Given the common nature of bunionectomies, this author offers pertinent insights on coding for bunionectomies that involve the first metatarsal as well as coding for combination procedures.    Bunion surgery can be difficult to code as there are many variations to each procedure. The key to billing the bunionectomy is to focus on the inherent procedure as opposed to one’s personal preference in regard to variations to the procedures, the use of specific fixation devices/material or even additional services. ... continue reading
    Megan Lawton, DPM
    5,014 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
       How many times has a patient come into the office and said, “What about this thing I heard of on the Internet? Would that work?” Whether it is an ingrown toenail or a severely collapsed foot or ankle, a simple search on the Internet shows thousands of pages of alternative therapies.    Do any of them work? ... continue reading

    7,662 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
    Accommodations Made Easy    A new workstation may provide more comfort and accessibility for physicians when treating patients.    Care Exchange™ Workstations can easily accommodate electronic medical records, digital diagnostics and electronic prescriptions, all in the procedure room. The manufacturer, Midmark Corporation, says physicians can have everything completed before the patient even leaves the office. ... continue reading
    Ron Raducanu, DPM, FACFAS
    51,822 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
       As our population gets more and more active, it stands to reason that they will suffer from more and more sports-related injuries.    In the adult population, we see this with the “weekend warrior” types, who have not been conditioned regularly to participate in strenuous activity. Alternately, we may see adult patients who take on an exercise regimen without seeking the proper guidance on how to progress in intensity. ... continue reading
    Bruce Werber, DPM, FACFAS
    12,589 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
    As healthcare moves further into the digital realm, having a competent electronic medical records (EMR) system becomes a necessity and not just a high-tech toy. This author discusses key attributes to look for in an EMR system, how these systems can streamline the practice and how to decide upon a particular system. ... continue reading

    22,633 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
       These expert panelists share their most commonly used orthotic modifications as well as insights on using highly inverted orthoses and the lateral Kirby skive. Q: What are the most common orthotic modifications that you prescribe and why? ... continue reading
    Ryan H. Fitzgerald, DPM
    11,392 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
       In recent years, there have been numerous studies that demonstrate the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Several studies have demonstrated that modest weight loss in at-risk patients with impaired glucose tolerance reduces the incidence of new diabetes nearly 60 percent over four years.1 ... continue reading

    6,308 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/10
    Studies Suggest Possible Link Between CT Scans And Cancer By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In recent years, computed tomography (CT) has gained wider usage among podiatrists as a diagnostic tool. However, recently published studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine sound a warning about a potential link between CT scans and cancer.    In the first study, researchers estimated that about 29,000 future cancers could be related to CT scans performed in 2007. ... continue reading