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ACFAOM 2014 Conference online registration now open
ACFAOM
All DPMs and office staff, residents, and students can now register online for ACFAOM's 2014 Clinical Conference in Alexandria, Va., June 5-8. Remember, the conference for all paid-up ACFAOM members is absolutely FREE if registered by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost.

ACFAOM 2014 will be centered around five interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education), starting at 1 pm on Thursday, June 5; Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. All sessions will focus on what the DPM in private practice faces every day – with the latest evidence-based treatment approaches. The main conference will end at 5 pm on Saturday, June 7. On Sunday morning the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Put ACFAOM 2014, June 5-8, in your 2014 calendar now - and register today.
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Meet Michael Brody, DPM, FACFAOM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
ACFAOM Fellow Dr. Michael Brody will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Brody has been practicing for over 25 years and is the chief compliance officer at ICS Software. As an expert in health IT and meaningful use, Dr. Brody has lectured extensively across the country and is active on a number of national committees related to technology. 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.
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PROFESSION NEWS


Patients' costs skyrocket; specialists' incomes soar
The New York Times
Kim Little had not thought much about the tiny white spot on the side of her cheek until a physician's assistant at her dermatologist’s office warned that it might be cancerous. He took a biopsy, returning 15 minutes later to confirm the diagnosis and schedule her for an outpatient procedure at the Arkansas Skin Cancer Center in Little Rock, 30 miles away. That was the prelude to a daylong medical odyssey several weeks later, through different private offices on the manicured campus at the Baptist Health Medical Center that involved a dermatologist, an anesthesiologist and an ophthalmologist who practices plastic surgery. It generated bills of more than $25,000.
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Why the flexor digitorum longus transfer offers effective hammertoe/claw toe correction
Podiatry Today
Sometimes the procedures that we perceive as the simplest are those fraught with the most peril. Surgeons often think of hammertoe surgery as such a procedure, regardless of the type. Both arthrodesis and arthroplasty come with baggage and substantial complications that surgeons often downplay because, after all, “it is just a toe.” Tell that to the person who owns that toe and see if he or she feels the same way.
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New contractor for insurance exchange website faces quite a challenge
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After its three-year contract to build the federal health insurance exchange website culminated in a launch full of glitches and bad press, CGI Federal did not receive a contract renewal. Instead, the federal government is putting its faith — and more than $45 million — in Arlington, Va.-based Accenture Federal Services to oversee the HealthCare.gov website. After the myriad problems that plagued the site at the time of its launch, experts say Accenture has its work cut out for it over the next year.
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Doctor performs foot surgery with the help of Google Glass
Examiner
During a three-day medical conference held in Jaipur, India, a U.S.-based doctor successfully performed foot and ankle surgery using Google's forthcoming eyewear gadget, Google Glass. According to India Today, Selen G. Parekh took Google Glass into the operating room for the procedure, which was broadcast live over the Internet.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: An unmet clinical need (Medscape)
Key insights on conservative care for adult flatfoot (Podiatry Today)
Developing an evidence-based clinical pathway for the assessment, diagnosis and management of acute Charcot Neuro-Arthropathy: A systematic review (Journal of Foot and Ankle Research)
Are bouncy running strides more economical? (Runner's World)

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Switch trials: Shoe use, striking affect risk in runners
Lower Extremity Review
Switching between different pairs of shoes may help prevent running-related injuries, but switching from a rearfoot strike pattern to a nonrearfoot strike pattern may not, according to two separate studies from Luxembourg and Iowa State University.
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Doctors recommend universal diabetes testing for pregnant women
NPR
All pregnant women should get tested for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy, a federal panel says, to reduce the risk of dangerous complications for both mother and child. This isn't one of those controversial bits from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, like its recommendation that women under age 50 not get mammograms. Most obstetricians are already screening their patients for gestational diabetes.
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Report: Staff engagement key to patient experience
FierceHealthcare
Healthcare providers must encourage employee engagement if they want to improve patient care, according to a new report from the Point of Care Foundation in the United Kingdom. "Staff engagement is a function of good management and teamwork, staff satisfaction and staff health and well-being. These are, in turn, related to a number of aspects of clinical quality, patient experience and productivity and costs. Staff well-being, for example, is an important antecedent of patient care performance," authors write in the report.
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How to navigate the politics of medicine
By Karen Childress
There are plenty of doctors who willingly take on leadership roles that land them squarely in the middle of all kinds of interesting and challenging encounters within an organization. Thank goodness for them, because someone needs to be on the front line advocating for patients and members of the medical staff. Your hospital's medical staff bylaws may require a certain level of committee participation on your part. If this is the case, pick and choose so that you can contribute in areas that are a good fit with your strengths and interests.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Physician work-life balance challenges for 2014
Physician's Practice
Dr. Jennifer Frank writes, "I came across an article in Medical Economics that addresses the top 10 challenges physicians will face in 2014. Along these lines, I thought I'd write the first blog of 2014 on what I predict will be the top 10 challenges to your work-life balance in 2014."
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


A review of the foot function index and the foot function index – revised
Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
The Foot Function Index (FFI) is a self-report, foot-specific instrument measuring pain and disability and has been widely used to measure foot health for over twenty years. A revised FFI (FFI-R) was developed in response to criticism of the FFI. The purpose of this review was to assess the uses of FFI and FFI-R as were reported in medical and surgical literature and address the suggestions found in the literature to improve the metrics of FFI-R.
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