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Nov. 21, 2011
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A small state making a big difference
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In the latest installment of APMA CEO Forum, APMA Executive Director and CEO Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, congratulates podiatrists in Iowa for their hard work in their state and their shining contributions to the profession as a whole. Visit APMA CEO Forum and read about why Iowa is the example you want to follow. And don't forget to sign up to get email notifications of new blog posts. Just enter your email address in the "Get Updates By Email" box. More

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CMS offers grace period for 5010 compliance
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is giving payers, providers and vendors a bit of a break. It has instituted a 90-day grace period for HIPAA 5010. Jan. 1, 2012 is still the compliance date, but CMS said it will not "initiate enforcement action" on that compliance before March 31, 2012. More

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Medical malpractice reform efforts stalled
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In a bid to win support for health reform from skeptical doctors back in 2009, President Barack Obama pledged action on an item near the top of their wish list — malpractice reform. And he delivered an initial step: $25 million to test alternatives to the medical liability system. That won praise from the American Medical Association, among others. But since then, tort reform on the federal level has been put on ice, a victim of both tight money and bitter politics. More


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Diabetic seniors can take steps to keep mobility
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Arthritis and brittle bones cause many seniors to lose mobility. More than one in five people, age 60 and older, are living with diabetes. These individuals have another potential challenge to their independence: Diabetic foot ulcers that can lead to amputations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60 percent of lower-limb amputations, not caused by trauma, occur in people with diabetes.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications.
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Hospitals see wound care as growing specialty
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A wave of wound care centers are opening around Connecticut as hospitals look to expand into a service line that is expected to grow significantly in the coming years as a result of the state's aging population and higher incidence of patients with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

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Fast, coordinated effort is key to saving limbs
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The infection on Joseph Rivera's shin started out as a small red spot. Over-the-counter antibiotic creams didn't help, and the area got redder and larger, eventually spreading to his other shin. By the time he went to the hospital and received a diagnosis of diabetes, the infections were raw-meat red and encircled by a black crust of dead and dying skin and muscle. Doctors warned that he'd probably lose both legs.

Editor's note: APMA's Diabetes campaign focuses on Hispanics with diabetes — share our resources with your patients.
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Barefoot guru touts new steps to perfect running form
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Author Christopher McDougall found his stride among the minimalist runners of the Tarahumara Indians in the Copper Canyons of Mexico, and shared their secrets in his best-seller "Born to Run." The book helped fuel the minimalist running movement, which now, according to McDougall, accounts for about $1.7 billion in sales for the sporting industry.

Editor's note: Check out APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
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Neuropathy diminishes pain, sensations in feet
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Not being able to feel whether the ground is hot or cold, or whether your shoes don't fit right. Or worse, not noticing the damage you could be causing to your feet. "When you realize you've lost pain, you are in trouble," says Dr. Andrew Boulton, professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Editor's note: Share APMA's Diabetes Awareness Campaign resources with your patients.
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Barefoot running: Choose minimalist shoes for that barefoot feeling
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Barefoot runners know that as much as they love running barefoot, there are some likely situations when it just isn't practical. Sometimes the weather is too cold, your running surface is dirty or for some other reason, you need to have shoes but want to feel like you're still running barefoot. The good news is that today there are more options than ever before to allow this. It all begins with a great pair of minimalist shoes.

Editor's note: Check out APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
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Diabetic neuropathy — the agony of da feet
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P.J. Skerrett writes, "People tend to think of diabetes as a silent, painless condition. Don't tell that to the millions of folks with diabetes-induced tingling toes or painful feet. This problem, called diabetic neuropathy, can range from merely aggravating to disabling or even life threatening. It's something I have first-hand (or, more appropriately, first-foot) knowledge about."

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications.
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