Volume 26 - Issue 1 - January 2013
Does billing eat up too much time in your practice? Are you overly dependent on one employee to bill for your practice? Are you losing significant money with your billing practices? With these questions in mind, this author discusses key considerations in assessing the billing process at your practice and key questions to ask if you are considering an outside billing service.
News and Trends »
What type of bunionectomy do you most commonly perform? A recent Podiatry Today online poll reveals a range of preferences for the best surgery for hallux valgus (see www.podiatrytoday.com/polls/what-type-bunionectomy-do-you-most-commonly-... ).
Diabetes Watch »
There are certain protocols/algorithms that physicians follow within the hospital setting. When a patient with diabetes comes into the emergency department with an infected ulcer, a cascade of events takes place: lab tests, X-rays, wound cultures, blood cultures and consults to the appropriate specialists. Medicine, infectious disease, vascular, endocrinology and podiatry personnel usually comprise the “team” that assembles to take care of this patient while he or she is in-house. The chart, whether it is paper or electronic, serves as a means to disseminate and share information among the specialties.
Surgical Pearls »
The European approach to the bunion commonly involves the scarf bunionectomy, much more so than here in the United States. Of the many bunion approaches, why should we bother adding another to the list? Those who utilize the scarf approach understand the stability, power of correction and utilitarian nature of this bunionectomy choice. I use the scarf as one of my go-to procedures for correcting mild to severe hallux abducto valgus.
Wound Care Q&A »
Treatment Dilemmas »
Patients with chronic heel pain represent a significant percentage, up to 20 percent, of the population presenting to healthcare providers specializing in foot and ankle disorders.1 Patients frequently comment that their plantar heel pain is worse with the first few steps they take in the morning after arising from bed. The pain declines after a few minutes but returns through the day the longer the patient is on his or her feet. Significant findings associated with plantar heel pain include tightness of the Achilles tendon, high body mass index (BMI) and unsupportive shoe gear.2