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  • September 2005 | Volume 18 - Issue 9
    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
    56,985 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
    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
    28,749 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
    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
    33,975 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