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2,540 reads | 0 comments | 08/20/2014

A recently introduced House act seeks to reform the process for Medicare to audit Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) claims.

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3,980 reads | 0 comments | 07/23/2014

As the federal government cracks down on nosocomial infections and injuries, one-quarter of the hospitals in the United States will reportedly lose some of their Medicare funding.

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3,856 reads | 0 comments | 06/23/2014

Elderly patients can be at risk for falls and a recent study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry finds that antidepressant use can cause gait disturbances in older people.

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3,517 reads | 0 comments | 05/26/2014
Two recent studies offer bad news and good news about diabetes. One study tracks a continued rise in the incidence of diabetes and stability in the numbers of those with undiagnosed diabetes, and the other study notes a decrease in complications of the disease. | Continue reading

2,864 reads | 0 comments | 04/21/2014
Clostridium difficile. Ryan Fitzgerald, DPM, notes a paucity of data on how best to perform surveillance for C. difficile infections, either in healthcare or community settings. "> Acknowledging the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine supports the notion that hospitals should consider expanding surveillance and prevention activities against such infections, particularly those caused by Clostridium difficile. | Continue reading

2,990 reads | 0 comments | 03/20/2014
Can an emerging minimally invasive decompression technique be beneficial for neuromas? A poster abstract presented at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Scientific Conference says the technique holds promise and is less time consuming and cumbersome than an endoscopic technique. | Continue reading

4,687 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2014
A new study in Foot and Ankle International finds that platelet rich plasma (PRP) is more effective over a longer time period for patients with plantar fasciitis in comparison with cortisone injections. | Continue reading

4,468 reads | 0 comments | 01/27/2014
When performing a bunionectomy, surgeons have a variety of techniques at their disposal. A Podiatry Today online poll reveals that half of the respondents use the Austin procedure as their most common bunionectomy procedure. | Continue reading

4,518 reads | 0 comments | 12/20/2013
A recent study in Diabetes Care suggests that subthreshold depressive episodes are a risk factor for poor health outcomes for patients with diabetes and early monitoring of depressive symptoms may lead to better functioning and quality of life. | Continue reading

5,178 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2013
A number of existing classification systems for threatened lower extremities gauge patients’ ischemia but can fail to consider factors such as tissue loss or the extent of infection. A new system, recently published online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, proposes to classify at-risk limbs with a broader range of criteria. | Continue reading