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6,483 reads | 0 comments | 06/27/2012
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its latest guidelines for diabetic foot infections, updating the recommendations from 2004. | Continue reading

3,819 reads | 0 comments | 05/23/2012
By the year 2030, the rate of obesity in the United States will increase by an estimated 33 percent while the prevalence of severe obesity will rise by 130 percent, according to a recent study. | Continue reading

7,329 reads | 0 comments | 04/18/2012
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association speculates that equinus may occur more frequently than previously reported in patients with diabetes. | Continue reading

5,919 reads | 0 comments | 03/26/2012
A recent systematic review found that one in every five patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy undergoing a partial first ray amputation subsequently required a more proximal amputation. | Continue reading

6,533 reads | 0 comments | 02/22/2012
The prevalence of diabetes has increased in recent years and is projected to keep rising. However, a recent study in Diabetes Care may offer a silver lining: Non-traumatic lower extremity amputation rates have fallen in patients with diabetes over the age of 40. | Continue reading

5,834 reads | 0 comments | 01/30/2012
The American Medical Association (AMA) is opposing the Conditions of Participation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that would allow podiatrists to hold leadership positions at hospitals. | Continue reading

5,253 reads | 0 comments | 12/21/2011
Although Congress acted last month to prevent a 27 percent reimbursement cut for Medicare, questions remain as to ensuring long-term reimbursement stability for podiatric physicians. The House passed HR 3630, which would increase Medicare physician payments by 1 percent each in 2012 and 2013. | Continue reading

9,006 reads | 0 comments | 11/22/2011
As part of the proposed reforms for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), podiatric physicians would be eligible to attain leadership positions in hospital staffs. The rule would change the requirements that hospitals and critical access hospitals must fulfill to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Under current requirements, hospitals are permitted to assign management positions to MDs, DOs or, when permitted by state law, doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine. | Continue reading
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4,216 reads | 0 comments | 10/20/2011
Two podiatric physicians are on the Congressional ballot in 2012 and each cites malpractice reform and Medicare issues as part of his agenda. | Continue reading

5,428 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2011
Offloading and immobilization are key in the initial treatment for diabetic Charcot foot but the current staging for the deformity may not be effective, according to new recommendations from the International Task Force on the Charcot Foot that were jointly published in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. | Continue reading