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Why It Is A Smart Move To Have A Risk Management Checklist

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,862 reads | 0 comments | 03/18/2015

How often do you think about risk management? How much importance do you place on having adequate safeguards in your practice to prevent unwanted incidents? I suspect your malpractice insurance company wants it to be a top priority for you but is it?

Knowing The Consequences Will Help Prevent Staff From Breaking The Rules

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,001 reads | 0 comments | 12/03/2014

“Just wait until your father gets home!” It wasn’t often that my mom had to resort to threats like this but when she did, my brothers and I were aware there would be consequences for our negative actions or poor behavior. Like it or not, Dad’s punishment always taught us a lesson, which was never do that again or suffer the consequences. It did not take us long to know the difference.

With Gratitude And Thanks To Podiatry Today’s Editorial Staff

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 1,565 reads | 1 comments | 11/24/2014

Without the tireless efforts of Jeff Hall and Brian McCurdy, Podiatry Today would not be the award-winning clinical magazine and resource it is. During this season of gratitude and thanks, I wanted to use this blog post to acknowledge Jeff and Brian’s service and contribution not only to Podiatry Today but podiatrists everywhere. For those readers unaware of Jeff and Brian’s dedication and accomplishments on behalf of the magazine, I thought it was important to note the following highlights.

Are You Really Listening To Your Staff?

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,136 reads | 0 comments | 09/05/2014

Truth … I enjoy my work. Part of that is because it offers the opportunity to meet and speak with hundreds of doctors and staff who are fresh out of school, decades in practice and everywhere in between. This happens sometimes in person in their offices and at seminars; other times during phone conferences, emails or webinars. Regardless of our surroundings, typically, the same combination of speaking and listening takes place. It’s called communication. Everyone likes to be heard, but the question is: how well do you listen?

Current Insights On Perioperative Management Of Anticoagulation Therapy

Allen Jacobs DPM FACFAS | 5,039 reads | 0 comments | 08/12/2014

Increasingly, the podiatric physician must perform surgery on patients receiving anticoagulant therapy. Decisions on the perioperative management of anticoagulation represent a balance among concerns regarding postoperative hematoma, excessive bleeding and patient safety with consideration of the reasons why the patient started on anticoagulant therapy.

Essential Insights On Surgical Management Of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Crystal L. Ramanujam, DPM, MSc, John J. Stapleton, DPM, FACFAS, and Thomas Zgonis, DPM, FACFAS | 11,990 reads | 0 comments | 11/21/2014

Diabetic foot ulcers can lead to an array of complications including osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection. Surveying the research and relying on clinical experience, these authors provide a guide to surgically managing diabetic foot ulcers to reduce the risk of re-ulceration and complications.

Current Insights On The Pathophysiology And Management Of Frostbite Blisters

Kristine Hoffman DPM | 4,177 reads | 0 comments | 11/28/2014

There is a wide spectrum of frostbite injuries, ranging from those with minimal soft tissue loss and no long-term sequelae to disastrous injuries with severe necrosis resulting in major amputations. Several factors influence the severity of frostbite injuries and these factors include temperature, humidity, wind chill factor and length of exposure.

Are You Aware Of When Your Staff Goes The Extra Mile?

Lynn Homisak PRT | 968 reads | 0 comments | 10/30/2014

I overheard a baseball player say to his teammate (with the coach in earshot), “Coach only sees what he wants to. He only sees the times I miss the ball!” The coach turned to his player and assured him that coaches do see everything.

“Then why, Coach, do I only hear it when I do something bad or really good?” the player asked. “What about all the plays I contribute on a regular basis that helped to make this team the best in our league? Don’t you ever notice those everyday things?”

How Do You Motivate Office Staff?

Lynn Homisak, PRT | 7,492 reads | 0 comments | 06/26/2013

Motivating your employees is not always as simple as writing a check or a form letter thanking them for their service. This author draws on real-life scenarios to present the most effective ways of encouraging staff to perform to the best of their abilities, and provides advice on avoiding the inherent pitfalls.

How To Be ‘Management Smart’ To Improve Your Practice

Lynn Homisak PRT | 1,946 reads | 0 comments | 08/05/2014

I have not met a doctor yet who wanted to work harder, not smarter. Now more than ever before, we need to be more resourceful. It is necessary to find better ways to pinch our pennies, cut our overhead, eliminate unnecessary spending, operate more efficiently and better manage cash, staff, time, systems and marketing.

It is time to reassess and think positively at the same time. Necessary changes can lead to innovative ideas, which lead to renewed, more effective efficiencies. Keep an open mind and read on for some simple tactics.