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Abstracts being accepted for presentation at ACFAOM 2014
ACFAOM
ACFAOM invites you to submit an abstract of unpublished original work for poster presentation on Friday, June 6 at the 2014 ACFAOM Annual Clinical Conference, in Alexandria, Va (just outside DC). Accepted Abstracts will be published in a 2014 issue of The Foot. All podiatric research topics will be considered for presentation, including retrospective, prospective and meta-analyses. Students only may also submit case studies for consideration.

ACFAOM 2014
will be presented as five 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lecture-based education); Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. Following the main conference, the popular ACFAOM 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Michael Warshaw, DPM, FACFAOM, will be presented on Sunday morning as an option for a small fee, with the 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

Program details here. Online registration here. Download the registration form here.  Remember, for all paid-up ACFAOM members ACFAOM 2014 is absolutely FREE if you register by May 5. That's 20 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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Meet Shawn McAskill, MS - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Mr. Shawn McAskill 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. Shawn is the content marketing specialist at WASP Mobile and has worked in online marketing for the past five years, with experience in content writing, SEO and social media marketing. He will answer your questions on how to use social media to create a successful online presence. 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


Physician compliance not a given with evidence-based protocol changes
Modern Healthcare
Lack of physician compliance with evidence-based protocols may progress in efforts to improve outcomes and make hospitals safer, but a study of wider-scale standardization at the Mayo Clinic is showing promise as a means of getting doctors on board.
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Why are solo physicians half as likely to adopt EHRs?
EHR Intelligence
In news that may not come as much of a surprise to anyone who works in a smaller medical practice, the Commonwealth Fund has produced new data that shows solo physicians are about half as likely to have adopted EHR technology than larger groups of primary care providers. Practices of twenty or more physicians currently boast an overall EHR adoption rate of 90 percent, while only one in two independent practitioners has access to such technology.
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Current concepts with revisional bunion surgery
Podiatry Today
Following hallux valgus surgery, patients may end up with complications or undesirable results, including bunion recurrence, nonunion or hallux varus. This author focuses on revision bunion surgery techniques that keep the big toe joint functional and provides several case example strategies for revision surgery.
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Physician wait times vary sharply among major US markets
HealthLeaders Media
Physician appointment wait times tracked in a Merritt Hawkins survey varied from one day to more than eight months. The average wait in all metro areas and specialties is 19 days. Boston has the longest waits (45 days); Dallas had the shortest (10). A survey on wait times for physician office visits [PDF] in 15 cities across the nation could be a harbinger for access to healthcare providers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Achilles tendinopathy and body mass index
Lower Extremity Review
Research suggests that obesity influences the development of Achilles tendi­no­pathy to a greater degree than other types of foot and ankle pain. This phenomenon will become increasingly important to lower extremity practitioners as global obesity rates continue to rise.
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Obesity is found to gain its hold in earliest years
The New York Times
For many obese adults, the die was cast by the time they were 5 years old. A major new study of more than 7,000 children has found that a third of children who were overweight in kindergarten were obese by eighth grade. And almost every child who was very obese remained that way.
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Adocia's diabetic foot ulcer treatment receives Japanese and US patents
PharmaBiz.com
Adocia, a biotechnology company specializing in the development of ‘best-in-class’ medicines from already approved therapeutic molecules, in particular proteins and oncologic drugs, has been granted two patents. The first patent is granted in Japan for the BioChaperone PDGF composition and the second in the United States for the BioChaperone polymer. Both patents will protect Adocia's findings in the field of chronic wound healing, especially for diabetic foot ulcers.
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Attracting young adults to insurance exchanges proves difficult
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After a slow and rocky start, the state and federal health insurance exchanges seem to finally be taking off. By the end of December, enrollment surpassed the 3 million mark for state and federal marketplaces combined. But young adults — who many claim are key to the success of the Affordable Care Act — haven't been as eager as their older counterparts to enroll. Adults between the ages of 18 and 34 make up 40 percent of the potential market for exchange plans. But a recent report by the Department of Health and Human Services shows they only accounted for a quarter of total enrollees.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


8 warning signs your practice isn't ready for ICD-10
Physician's Practice
Betsy Nicoletti is the founder of Codapedia.com. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Physician Coding." She believes all physicians can improve their compliance and increase their revenue through better coding. Here she offers eight warning signs that your practice might not be quite ready for ICD-10.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Comparison of foot segmental mobility and coupling during gait between patients with diabetes mellitus with and without neuropathy and adults without diabetes
Clinical Biomechanics via ScienceDirect
Reduction in foot mobility has been identified as a key factor of altered foot biomechanics in individuals with diabetes mellitus. This study aimed at comparing in vivo segmental foot kinematics and coupling in patients with diabetes with and without neuropathy to control adults.
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