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6,454 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

5,745 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

5,203 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

8,940 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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4,158 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

5,368 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

5,621 reads | 0 comments | 08/24/2011
Diabetes Care recently cited 11 risk factors that one could use to predict amputation in patients with diabetic foot infection. Lead study author Benjamin Lipsky, MD, notes the risk score includes findings from the history, physical examination or simple laboratory tests."> Given that lower extremity amputation is a devastating consequence of diabetic foot infection, physicians must be vigilant for the signs that could presage amputation. In a new study in Diabetes Care, authors have developed a risk score of 11 factors that could predict amputation. | Continue reading

5,158 reads | 0 comments | 07/25/2011
California podiatric physicians could eventually have the same license as their fellow physicians and surgeons from other disciplines. The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) recently formed a task force with the California Medical Association and the California Orthopaedic Association to develop a plan for California’s podiatric medical schools to eventually attain accreditation as full-fledged allopathic medical schools. | Continue reading

5,285 reads | 0 comments | 06/21/2011
Neurology examine the efficacy of different modalities for painful diabetic neuropathy."> New evidence-based guidelines for painful diabetic neuropathy, recently published in Neurology, examine the efficacy of various types of modalities to relieve the pain of diabetic neuropathy. The authors note that pregabalin (Lyrica, Pfizer) is effective for Level A neuropathy while venlafaxine (Effexor, Pfizer), duloxetine (Cymbalta, Eli Lilly), amitriptyline (Elavil, Merck), gabapentin (Neurontin, Pfizer), valproate (Depacon, Abbott Laboratories), opioids and capsaicin are effective for Level B neuropathy. | Continue reading

9,508 reads | 0 comments | 05/18/2011
A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows good results from the precautionary measures instituted in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in 2007 to prevent the spread of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, a second NEJM study suggests MRSA precautions are not effective in intensive care units (ICU). | Continue reading