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Navigating Pain Management Prescriptions In Wound Care

Clinical Editor: Kazu Suzuki, DPM, CWS | 16,621 reads | 0 comments | 12/19/2012

Offering insights and perspectives on prescribing medication for patients with painful wounds, these expert panelists discuss drugs for neuropathic pain, extended-release narcotics and how to be wary of pain medication “seekers.”

Q: Do you use gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer), pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer), or duloxetine (Cymbalta, Eli Lilly) and other medications for neuropathic pain? A:

“I would estimate that not a day goes by in which I have not prescribed antinociceptive therapy for neuropathic pain,” says Allen Jacobs, DPM.

How A Positive Attitude At The Top Can Spur Staff Productivity

Lynn Homisak PRT | 3,607 reads | 0 comments | 11/08/2012

It is no secret that the attitude of one’s practice starts at the top with the doctor(s) and trickles down to staff. If the doctor walks into the office in high spirits, smiling and ready to take on the day, that positive energy transfers to his or her staff and then of course, to the patients. On the other hand, a grumpy entrance has a negative spiral down effect. Douglas McGregor (1906-1964), a social psychologist, defined two different models of management and how they can affect productivity outcomes.

Secrets To Motivating Your Staff

Lynn Homisak, PRT | 6,686 reads | 0 comments | 09/03/2008

Motivation does not always come wrapped in a dollar bill.Yet whenever the topic of “staff incentive” comes up, so does the topic of money. Even though I try to emphasize that it takes more than cold hard cash to incentivize staff, far too many physicians are unable to grasp this notion and keep reverting back to the bankroll in an effort to “buy” their staff ’s enthusiasm.

Expert Insights On Mastering Staff Training

By John V. Guiliana, DPM, MS | 3,789 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/2005

   Well-trained and efficient employees are crucial to the success of any business. Often a shortcoming, staff development is something that podiatric practitioners need to take seriously, building an integrated training process into their business plan. Without an adequate plan to train employees, doctors often feel as though the practice is inefficient and that they are constantly taking corrective measures.    In many medical practices, staff training is often inadequate.

How To Maximize Staff Productivity

By Brian McCurdy, Associate Editor | 6,799 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2005

   From scheduling appointments to answering patient questions to billing, DPMs would be lost without competent and productive staff members. Indeed, having a good support staff is essential to a successful practice. However, with the hustle and bustle of everyday practice, it can be easy for staff to get bogged down in tasks. How can DPMs maximize the productivity of their staff?

Ten Ways To Retain Top Staff

By Anthony Leone, Special Projects Editor | 5,218 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2006

It would have been devastating to his practice if it happened. She knew the operation of his office and losing someone like her would have sent his professional life into a tailspin. Hal Ornstein, DPM, said one of his office workers felt that she could not grow anymore in his office and was thinking about leaving. Dr. Ornstein had just the cure for her: more responsibility in a leadership role. “It would have been bad if I lost her,” he states. Finding quality staff is hard for many podiatrists but keeping them is even harder.

Navigating The Nuances Of Risk Management

By John H. McCord, DPM | 2,411 reads | 0 comments | 02/03/2008

I used to play a game called Risk with a group of friends during the early years of my practice. We would gather at somebody’s home or office, bring pizza and beer, and start the game. Risk is a game where you try to conquer the world with little plastic armies, using dice and strategy to gain continents and countries. As the night wore on and the beer and pizza were ingested or thrown at other players, our “risk” tolerance grew. A strategy I enjoyed was irritating another player by slinging insults about his profession and then conquering his countries.

Pertinent Roundtable Pearls On Orthotic Management

hmpadmin | 12,550 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2009

   These expert panelists expound on the use of orthotic treatment for a range of issues including hyperpronation, overuse injuries and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. They also discuss treating pediatric patients with both flexible flatfoot and those with non-compensating equinus.

   Q: What are your insights into the orthotic treatment of pediatric flexible flatfoot following reconstructive surgery?

Debating Current Issues In Orthotic Management

hmpadmin | 10,794 reads | 0 comments | 07/28/2009

   In addition to discussing the most common problems they see with orthosis irritation and how they remedy these issues, the expert panelists weigh in on two recent studies and their potential impact.

   Q: What is the most common orthosis irritation problem that you see in your practice and how do you solve it?

Taking An Active Role In Medical Staff Leadership

By Larry Crystal, DPM | 4,174 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/2007

      “Good morning, Chief” “Here comes the Chief” and “Good morning, Mr. President” are all greetings that I have heard since I was elected into the position of Medical Staff President of a tri-campus rural hospital with 65 active staff and 45 mid-level providers. So how did the only podiatrist on staff come to serve as Chief of Staff?       Some might say that my election was the result of a fortune of circumstance and those with experience in medical staff leadership might say that I was the victim of circumstance.