Volume 19 - Issue 10 - October 2006

Editor's Perspective »

Looking For Alternatives To Conventional Assumptions

By Jeff Hall, Executive Editor | 2624 reads | 0 comments

     The numbers jump out at you. Steven Peltz, CHBC, a leading practice management consultant, estimates that over 40 percent of an average practice’s accounts receivable are over 90 days old. As Peltz points out, this may signify a lack of a sound process for collecting on overdue accounts or perhaps less effort in collecting on older claims and denials as they may be more difficult and time-consuming than collecting on more recent claims.

     This is one of the salient points that emerges from Peltz’s cover story, “In-House Billing: Assessing The Pros



Diabetes Watch »

Is Inhaled Insulin A Viable Alternative For Patients With Diabetes?

By Jennifer Pahira and John S. Steinberg, DPM | 8206 reads | 0 comments

     According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), diabetes affects more than 230 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 350 million by 2025. Controlling blood glucose levels via subcutaneous injections of insulin has been a key clinical intervention for many people. While injected insulin has proven to be a reliable intervention, it is met with significant resistance by patients who want to avoid the stigma and pain associated with this therapy.

     Over the years, extensive research has been conducted in an effort to develop a less i



Practice Builders »

What Improved Goal Setting Can Do For Your Practice

By William N. McCann, DPM | 3890 reads | 0 comments

     The excitement has been building for months. The whole family has been packing, reviewing brochures, talking about the spectacular scenery and preparing for what they expect to be the vacation of a lifetime. The day of departure arrives and the whole family loads into the packed station wagon for the fun-filled, two-week adventure. Starting down the road, you have a general idea of the direction of your destination but nothing more. Who needs a map? Just head south and ask at convenience stores along the way. The locals are always helpful.

     Would you e



Orthotics Q&A »

How To Maximize The Efficacy Of Orthotic Prescriptions

Guest Clinical Editor: Scott Spencer, DPM | 9950 reads | 0 comments

     In this month’s discussion, our expert panelists discuss the importance of an arthrometric exam, whether one should lean more toward accommodation or control with orthotic prescriptions, and share a few key pearls they have learned over the years in optimizing the effectiveness of prescription orthoses.

     Q: Do you feel that the arthrometric examination plays a relevant role in your orthosis prescribing?

     A: For Kevin Kirby, DPM, the arthrometric examination along with the physical exam and gait exam enable podiatrists to



Feature »

In-House Billing: Assessing The Pros And Cons

By Steven Peltz, CHBC | 6326 reads | 0 comments

Should you go with in-house billing for your podiatric services or use a billing company? A leading practice management consultant presents the pros and cons of each option, and offers inside secrets for evaluating the effectiveness of either option.



Feature »

Chronic Ankle Instability: Can Orthotics Help?

By Douglas Richie, Jr., DPM | 33631 reads | 0 comments

     Podiatric physicians use foot orthotics daily to treat a myriad of lower extremity conditions. Yet while the foot orthotics industry has been growing each year, researchers in the field of biomechanics have begun to challenge previous clinical studies showing that foot orthotics really work. At the same time, third party insurance payors have started questioning the value of foot orthotic therapy on the grounds that this treatment intervention is “experimental” and still without verification of the overall benefit.

     Podiatric physicians may have a