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  • September 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 9
    In regard to the proposed CoPs revision, the author says this should resolve a potential non-payment issue for a hospital if a DPM has performed the admission H&P. For frequent, independent podiatric admitters, this will remove an enormous financial o
    By Martin C. Yorath, DPM
    10,077 reads | 0 comments | 11/24/08
         In recent years, there has been more of an emphasis upon podiatrists performing their own history and physical examinations (H&Ps) for the purposes of hospital admission. This was spurred on to a large degree by the pivotal ruling by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 2000 and the new residency models required by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME), which now require a minimum number of history and physical examinations during the residency training period.1,2 Most training programs will certainly exceed thi... continue reading
    By Gary L. Dockery, DPM, FACFAS
    18,104 reads | 0 comments | 11/24/08
         Atopic dermatitis (AD) has a multiplicity of clinical presentations and many authorities consider it to be a syndrome. It is a chronic inflammatory pruritic skin disease that is often associated with elevated serum IgE levels and a personal or family history of type 1 allergies, allergic rhinitis and asthma. This condition is made up of a group of specific signs and symptoms that characterize the dermatological expression of the atopic diathesis.      Atopic dermatitis predominantly affects infants, children and young adults. Approximately 60 percent of th... continue reading
    By Lowell Weil Jr., DPM, MBA, and Richard A. Schilling, DPM
    75,098 reads | 0 comments | 11/24/08
               Offering insights and pearls from their experience, these authors discuss essential preoperative and intraoperative steps for reducing the risk of complications from hammertoe surgery. They also offer salient advice for rectifying complications when they occur.      There are several reasons why patients undergo hammertoe surgery. While pain is the most common indication for hammertoe surgery, one cannot separate pain and cosmesis in many of these cases. Certainly, there are severe deformities associated with hammertoes and in many in... continue reading
    By Justin Franson, DPM, and Babak Baravarian, DPM
    48,306 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       An athletic, 35 year-old male presents to the office four months after suffering an ankle sprain while playing soccer. In spite of a period of immobilization and a course of physical therapy, he has had continued pain and stiffness localized to the ankle joint. He has been wearing a lace-up ankle brace, icing the ankle and taking OTC NSAIDs.    A physical examination reveals mild tenderness upon palpation to the ankle joint line but there is no significant pain along the medial or lateral collateral ligaments. He has a negative anterior drawer. Routine X-ra... continue reading
    When it comes to billing for multiple X-rays, one should use the modifiers RT and LT for clarification. Otherwise, they may be deemed as duplicates. Make sure to use appropriate diagnosis codes for an X-ray service in order to attest to the medical necess
    By Anthony Poggio, DPM
    56,729 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Getting a denial for claims is, at best, upsetting for both the doctor and staff. Often, the doctor sees this in a negative light. If the dollar amount in question is small, he or she may totally disregard it, believing it is “not worth it” to appeal. When repeated problems involving specific CPT or ICD-9 codes occur, DPMs sometimes select alternative coding choices, which may not be the best option either.    Instead of looking at a claim denial as a defeat, try to look at it as an educational opportunity. Unless one understands the reason for the deni... continue reading
    Here one can see a photo of an Achilles tendon wound.
    By Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS, Hong Yoon, MS, and David G. Armstrong, DPM, MSc, PhD
    33,884 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Skin ulceration of the lower extremity affects millions of people in the United States alone and may be secondary to a myriad of etiologies including pressure, metabolic, trauma, venous, arterial and diabetic neuropathy.1 The medical, psychosocial and financial impacts imposed by lower extremity ulcerations are tremendous. The attributable cost for the treatment of chronic lower extremity ulcerations has been estimated to be as high as $3.6 billion dollars per year.2 Medicare expenditures for lower extremity ulcer patients were, on average, three times h... continue reading
    Customized ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are very helpful in special situations in which pressure relief is required but cannot be achieved through simple means.
    By Nick Martin, DPM, Tim Oldani, DPM, and Matthew J. Claxton, DPM
    28,592 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Increased plantar foot pressure is a leading cause of ulceration in the diabetic population.1 Healing these ulcers requires adequate blood supply, control of infection, excellent wound care and offloading or pressure redistribution of the ulcerative area.2-16 Out of all these factors, offloading presents a particularly unique challenge in treating chronic wounds. As diabetic foot care has evolved over the years, podiatrists have used numerous approaches including complete bed rest, cutout felt pads and total contact casting to offload these wounds.3... continue reading
    By John H. McCord, DPM
    2,879 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       As a fourth-year podiatry student in 1974, I decided to start my practice debt-free. As a student, I heard horror stories about young DPMs going $60,000 into debt to open their first office. In 1974, $60,000 would give you a posh office with state-of-the-art equipment and plenty extra to live on before the revenue started pouring in.    I heard stories about young podiatrists who ended up falling behind and losing everything before they completed the first year. Our current graduates are now toughened by the overwhelming burden of six-figure student loans an... continue reading
    By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor
    1,996 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Sports medicine reportedly drives a large number of folks to study podiatric medicine. However, it does not appear to be much of a priority at the majority of the podiatry schools. Only two schools offer a semester course in sports medicine in the third year. Virtually no residency program devotes significant time to sports medicine, according to one prominent podiatrist with an active sports medicine practice.    A professor at one of the colleges bluntly sums up her school’s commitment to sports medicine: “We truck in an expert every couple of years t... continue reading
    Richard Bui, DPM, and Khiem Vu, DPM, (below right) are the first two podiatrists seeking doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Both believe the DO degree will enhance their podiatric knowled
    By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor
    11,893 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/08
       Adding a new twist to the ongoing debate about dual degrees for podiatrists, the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-COM) recently announced that two podiatrists have enrolled in the college’s new, accelerated doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) program. College officials say the program is the first of its kind developed specifically for DPMs.    The program was formulated in association with the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine, according to Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH, an Associate Dean f... continue reading