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Inside Secrets For Maximizing Reimbursement

By David Edward Marcinko, MBA, CMP, and Hope Rachel Hetico, RN, MHA, CMP | 7154 reads | 0 comments

When one speaks of maximizing medical practice reimbursement, most physicians immediately think of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) or coding-oriented consultants. However, bolstering reimbursement involves more than just using the newest Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes, parsing old codes or even becoming a CPT coding expert.

It is the entire economic compliance ecosystem that surrounds the office cash flow and revenue recognition cycle. This cycle is defined as the process that serves patients, accounts for receivables and collects those receivables from



News and Trends »

Do Trauma Patients With Diabetes Face Higher Complication Rates?

By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor | 4002 reads | 0 comments

Patients with diabetes face a higher risk of complications in a number of areas. A large study recently published in the Archives of Surgery notes that those with diabetes also face more complications from trauma surgery.

From 1984 to 2002, researchers examined 12,489 patients with diabetes, matching their ages, sex and injury severity with 12,489 non-diabetic patients from 27 Pennsylvania trauma centers. The study concluded that patients with diabetes spent more time in the intensive care unit and received ventilator support for a longer period of time. Twenty-three perc



Diabetes Watch »

Can Daptomycin Have An Impact With Skin And Skin Structure Infections?

By Gerard Guerin, DPM, CWS | 8812 reads | 0 comments

Podiatrists commonly encounter and treat skin and skin-structure infections (SSSIs), ranging from cellulitis to more complicated surgical site infections and infected diabetic foot ulcers. Aerobic gram-positive cocci, such as Staphylococcus aureus and streptococci, are the most common causative agents of skin infections.1

While the treatment of simple and superficial infections is relatively straightforward with brief courses of oral antibiotics, many skin infections of the foot are complicated by diabetes.1,2 Foot ulceration, usually secondary to peripheral n



Dermatology Diagnosis »

Treating A Pigmented, Slightly Pruritic Nodule

By G. “Dock” Dockery, DPM, FACFAS | 9447 reads | 0 comments

A 37-year-old Caucasian male presents with a chief complaint of a nodular growth on the left calf. He first noticed the bump about two months ago but says he did not think too much about it until recently. At that time, he noticed it was causing mild discomfort when he touched it but the growth was only slightly pruritic. The lesion did not appear to be infected and it did not drain or bleed at any time. He says he checked the rest of his body for any similar looking lesions and found none. Otherwise, he has no other complaints or concerns.

The patient has not changed his diet or



Orthotics Q&A »

How To Address Conditions That Affect Pediatric Gait

Guest Clinical Editor: Edwin Harris, DPM | 9177 reads | 0 comments

Given that toe walking and other gait disturbances are common among children, these expert panelists take a closer look at these conditions, offer keys to the diagnostic assessment and share their insights on appropriate treatment modalities and physical therapy regimens.

Q: What is your treatment plan for children with diplegia and hemiplegia?
A: Mary Keen, MD, says most children with diplegia and hemiplegia walk so she strives to facilitate independent ambulation. In order to achieve safe, efficient ambulation, Dr. Keen says children need ad



Sports Medicine »

Four Essential Keys To Athletic Shoe Fit

By Josh White, DPM, CPed | 19203 reads | 1 comments

For professional athletes and weekend warriors alike, having the right shoe and the correct fit can mean the difference between participating and sitting on the sidelines. Since most podiatrists now fit shoes in their offices, it is imperative that they develop a true expertise in this critical aspect of foot care, particularly with respect to the special needs of athletes. Providing proper shoe fit and selection for active individuals holds great potential for both injury prevention and for practice expansion.

When podiatrists themselves fit patients with athletic shoes, it fills



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