Volume 16 - Issue 2 - February 2003

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What Boards And Organizations Are Doing For You

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 6680 reads | 0 comments

APMA. ACFAS. ABPOPPM. A glance at the acronyms of the various podiatric organizations can fill you with visions of alphabet soup. For those just starting out in podiatry or those who are trying to cut back on how many organization fees they’re paying each year, choosing from among these organizations can be very daunting. The question has to be asked: What are the goals of these boards and organizations and what will they do for you?
The types of organizations run the gamut from state societies and educational organizations to practice management groups. To join some groups, you’ll no dou

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Negotiating The Maze Of Insurance Contracts

By Michael Metzger, DPM, MBA | 5818 reads | 0 comments

I can remember the days of the first managed care organization (MCO) contracts. Typical comments ranged from “Where do I sign and did I sign up before Dr. Smith down the street?” to “Who has time to read these things? I get my UCR fees anyway.” I have tried to target many of the most common items I overlooked in the past. Granted, in some cases, you will not be able to negotiate some items but you should still know what you are getting yourself into.
Before you even get into the finer details of a particular contract, you need to keep in mind that the contract was developed and writt

Editor's Perspective »

High Resolution Ultrasound: Hope Or Hype?

By Jeff A. Hall, Editor in Chief | 2080 reads | 0 comments

It offers more proactive diagnostics. It offers a more precise diagnostic view. It’s more portable. It fosters better patient compliance. These are just some of the claims that have been made about the potential impact of using high resolution ultrasound (or ultrasound biomicroscopy) in both diagnosing, monitoring and, in some cases, facilitating effective treatment for certain conditions you may see in your practice.
Speaking strictly from a layman’s perspective, the possibilities of using this modality for some podiatric applications do sound intriguing. I was particularly struck by the

Forum »

What Hiring A New Associate Can Do For You

By John McCord, DPM | 2582 reads | 0 comments

After a very pleasant 26 years of solo practice, I hired a young associate. Mike is a good kid with excellent surgical skills. My patients like him and he has added a new element of energy to my practice.
Mike had called my office seeking work about 18 months ago. He told me he was entering his second year of a PSR-24 and wanted to work in a small town in western Washington. I was happy with my solo practice but stayed on the phone to be polite. Then I told him I had no need for an associate. We exchanged e-mail addresses and I expected not to hear from him again. Wrong!
Mike sent me an e-ma

Diabetes Watch »

How To Identify Underlying Causes Of Problem Wounds

By Yuki Morita, DPM | 7532 reads | 0 comments

Recent advancements in technology have led to numerous adjunctive therapies for healing chronic wounds. In many cases, though, we can achieve healing in a short period of time once we identify the underlying factors that inhibit proper healing. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of these common impediments.
While wound hypoxia is the most common obstacle we see, it is also the most difficult hurdle in facilitating wound healing. You can measure wound hypoxia with transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcPO2). A TcPO2 reading of less than 40mmHg has been correlated with poor wound

Sports Medicine »

Assessing And Treating Cold-Related Injuries Among Athletes

By Mark Caselli, DPM | 20661 reads | 0 comments

Skiers, ice-skaters, joggers, mountain climbers and outdoor enthusiasts are all prone to cold-related skin injuries. Local cold injuries occur when the core (consisting of internal structures such as the brain, heart, lungs and abdominal organs) temperature is maintained but the shell (skin, muscles and extremities) temperature dramatically decreases.
The feet are among the most commonly affected body parts with these local cold injuries. Duration of the exposure, the temperature to which the skin has been exposed and the wind velocity are the three most important factors to consider when de

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