Volume 20 - Issue 1 - January 2007
As the calendar turns to 2007, podiatrists should be aware of the changes to reimbursement codes instituted by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Starting on January 1, there are a number of changes that will affect Medicare billing. Accordingly, let us take a closer look at key CPT/ICD-9 codes that are more pertinent to podiatry.
There are a number of changes to the CPT codes that practitioners should know. There is no 90-day grace period for deleted codes as there had been in the past. New CPT codes are valid as of January 1, 200
Treatment Dilemmas »
The correction of flatfoot deformity has been an evolving and somewhat troublesome treatment in the realm of foot and ankle ailments. The treatment has differed in children versus adults and has gained extended popularity as simpler procedures have become available. The problem with simple procedures is they do not always treat the full complex of the underlying deformity.
Accordingly, let us take a closer look at the treatment of flatfoot in children and adolescents. We will consider the underlying deformity, its causes and treatment options. I wi
Do you recall the emotions you felt as a new podiatry student? More than likely, feelings of anxiousness, strife and unrest filled your mind. After completing my first month of podiatry school, much of my uneasiness has subsided but there still remains uncertainty in this ever evolving profession.
After declaring majors in every subject from chemistry to psychology and actually obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I had no choice but to commit to a career. (I will not even go into how many different types of jobs I have considered over the years.) Taki
More and more people are in the pursuit of becoming active and staying fit. More often than not, individuals tend to achieve this goal by participating in sporting activities. Whether they are participating in intramural or competitive activities, these athletes place a great demand on the ankles and feet.
According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System for 2000-2001, the ankle, knee and lower extremity were common sites of injury. The ankle joint is reportedly one of the most common sports-related injuries cli
Yes. John S. Steinberg, DPM notes that the test is minimally invasive and easy to perform with sensitivity, specificity and positive predictive values similar to those of MRI and bone scans.
By John S. Steinberg, DPM
It comes down to patient selection and common sense. In the properly selected patient, the “probe to bone” test can be a very strong diagnostic tool in determining the presence of osteomyelitis at an ulcer site in the diabetic foot.
Grayson, et. al., formally popularized and documented this import
The use of musculoskeletal ultrasound provides podiatric practitioners with non-invasive diagnostic capabilities in the office setting. In addition, this diagnostic tool can also assist with interventional medical techniques for treating a number of pathologic conditions. One may also combine ultrasound with duplex imaging and color Doppler to provide a vascular assessment tool.
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