The Foot & Ankle Weekly
Apr. 9, 2013

ACFAOM members-only Billing & Coding Webinar presented by Dr. Michael Warshaw
Tomorrow, April 10 at 7 p.m. EST, ACFAOM Fellow Dr. Michael Warshaw will present a FREE members-only webinar 'Billing & Coding Updates for Podiatry 2013.'

Dr. Warshaw is a well-know billing and coding expert in podiatry having traveled and lectured extensively across the country. If you have questions about billing and coding in podiatry and want the most current information available, then you can't afford to miss this opportunity. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a live question and answer session. ACFAOM members should have received a link to register last Wednesday and again on Monday.

If you are not yet a member of ACFAOM, by joining you will gain access to critical practice management resources like our members-only webinar series, reduced conference rates, and a free copy of the Review Text in Podiatric Orthopedics & Primary Podiatric Medicine.More

Meet Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM; Erika Schwartz, DPM; Alison Garten, DPM; and Aparna Duggirala, DPM - today at 9 p.m.ET
Drs. Kathleen Satterfield, Erika Schwartz, Alison Garten and Aparna Duggirala will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Satterfield serves as ACFOAM President and is the scientific chair for the American Association of Women Podiatrists (AAWP). Dr. Schwartz is president of AAWP and practices at DC Foot & Ankle in Washington, DC. Drs. Garten and Duggirala are co-Vice Presidents at AAWP and also serve the DC podiatry community in many capacities. To register for this FREE weekly, and unique, learning experience that will give you additional insights into the profession's past and future click here. More

Less invasive method IDs bone infection in diabetic foot
Medscape Today
In a small study of diabetic patients presenting with a foot ulcer and no signs of soft-tissue infection, bone infection was safely and accurately diagnosed in a 2-step method that included less invasive bedside bone puncture rather than a bone biopsy. First, patients underwent single-photon-emission computed tomography and X-ray computed tomography (SPECT/CT) using a gallium (67Ga) tracer. Then, patients with positive scans had bone punctures.More

Bioabsorbable pin shows similar results to metal pin for correcting osteotomies after foot surgery
Orthopedics Today
Researchers in this study showed fixation with a bioabsorbable pin was comparable to fixation with a metal pin in the correction of osteotomies used to treat hallux valgus deformities.More

Make cost part of the conversation with patients
American Medical News
With healthcare costs and patient deductibles rising, physicians are discovering that cost is an integral part of the conversation with patients during an office visit. Studies have shown that patients and doctors want to engage in such discussions, despite worries about potential awkwardness. Physician advocates and medical societies say these conversations could lead to lower costs for patients without lessening the standard of care.More

When a diabetic foot ulcer is complicated with tophaceous gout
Podiatry Today
In an interesting case study, this author discusses the diagnostic workup and multidisciplinary efforts to resolve a longstanding combination of a diabetic foot ulcer and tophaceous gout.More

Bunion laser treatment: Is it possible?
The Huffington Post
Neal Blitz, DPM, FACFAS, writes, "In my Manhattan bunion surgery practice, patients frequently inquire about laser bunion removal. Because lasers are often associated with advanced techniques in medicine, most people assume that a laser can zap away their bunion, even though many patients are not exactly sure what a bunion is or what a laser can accomplish."More

8 easy steps to conducting successful, stress-free payments
By Jan Keller
Money has a strong emotional tie for all of us. Discussing it, especially when you're the one asking to be paid for something, can be downright stressful. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, the best outcome — a "win/win" where both parties feel they have an agreement that is fair and reasonable — is absolutely achievable. In addition, communication regarding fees can actually help build trust in patient relationships, if done correctly. The process that leads to implementing this type of payment arrangement is a straightforward, eight-step process that covers all aspects of the payment arrangement system.More

Foot ulcer experts weigh use of hyperbaric oxygen
Lower Extremity Review
Two February publications sum up the polarizing nature of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for treating recalcitrant diabetic foot ulcers. A meta-analysis supported use of HBOT, while a large cohort study found a lack of effectiveness in community-care settings.More

When Charcot arises after surgery
Podiatry Today
Charcot arthropathy is a devastating condition of the foot and ankle that causes severe instability and resultant deformity. Any patient who has peripheral neuropathy, regardless of the etiology, is susceptible to this condition. More

Reducing medical practice staff turnover
Physician's Practice
Trim the fat from operating expenses all you like, but if you can't seem to stem that elusive leak in your budget you might try focusing on the revolving door to your practice instead. Offices that experience poor staff retention often get stuck spinning their wheels, unable to reconcile higher recruiting costs with lackluster productivity. More

Foot type biomechanics part 2: Are structure and anthropometrics related to function?
Gait & Posture via PubMed
Many foot pathologies are associated with specific foot types. If foot structure and function are related, measurement of either could assist with differential diagnosis of pedal pathologies.More