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The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM) is dedicated to the professional success of every one of its members. Membership in ACFAOM will enhance your professional stature, increase your clinical capabilities, and grow your practice. In addition to providing valuable resources, ACFAOM vigorously promotes the importance of biomechanics and medicine to the schools and residency programs, and the profession at large as an affiliated specialty organization within the APMA, so that the foundation upon which everything we do as podiatrists remains the primary focus of our profession.

If you are interested in joining ACFAOM, or want to learn more about the organization, visit our website at www.acfaom.org. Or click here to join now.
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Meet Lawrence Rubin, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Lawrence Rubin 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. Rubin is President of Professional Communications, Inc. and Director of the Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP) Alliance in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, he has served on the American Podiatric Medical Association Health Policy Committee and Coding Committee. 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


Can scaling theory aid in Charcot foot reconstruction in obese patients?
Podiatry Today
Body mass index is an objective patient finding that is known to correlate with not only the development and outcome of diabetic foot ulceration but also perioperative and long-term patient morbidity and mortality. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2010 that 35.7 percent of United States adults and almost 17 percent of youth are defined as obese based on the body mass index (BMI). Put bluntly, obese patients have worse clinical and surgical outcomes following the development of lower extremity pathology.
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EHRs rush in where doctors fear to tread
HealthLeaders Media
Resistance to new technology may be futile, but it remains an issue for healthcare. "Physicians do have to spend more time at computers now, which diminishes the amount of time we can spend at the bedside and interacting with patients and actually doing those things like surgical procedures and interventions that only we have the skill and the knowledge and the training to do," says Steven J. Stack, M.D., chairman of the board of the American Medical Association.
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Articular incongruency associated with poor results in patients with SER IV ankle fractures
Orthopedics Today
Surgically treated patients with supination external rotation type IV ankle fractures and articular incongruity showed worse clinical results than those without articular incongruity, according to research presented recently.
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Obama healthcare law faces big challenges on 3rd anniversary
The Hill
Three years after President Obama signed his signature healthcare law, his administration is facing big challenges to make sure it works. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spent the past week touting the law's benefits ahead of its third anniversary on Saturday. But HHS still faces a steep climb to fully implement the law - and sell it to a skeptical public.
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9 ways to market a medical practice after ACA takes hold
American Medical News
Some physicians may be tempted to stop marketing their practices once the Affordable Care Act is in full swing in 2014, believing it will bring in more patients than they can possibly handle. But having a strategic marketing plan in place still will be an integral tool for practices as they seek to rise above the competition and attract a desirable patient base from this new pool.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Doctors may lose potent legal tactic against insurers (American Medical News)
Podiatrists finding new demand for their specialized care (Chicago Tribune)
Understanding the biomechanics of the transmetatarsal amputation (Podiatry Today)
New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry (Reuters)
Does diabetic peripheral neuropathy really have a stocking distribution? (Podiatry Today)

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Americans exporting obesity, must take responsibility
The Collegian
Every country has its own problems with diseases, and the prime problem for America is obesity. Unfortunately, America is exporting its problem and it is starting to affect other countries. Why is this happening, and how should we change our food habits? It's not too hard if we just follow the proper steps.
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The influence of obesity on ankle fracture risk
Lower Extremity Review
Obese patients are more likely than non-obese individuals to sustain an ankle fracture, particularly a severe ankle fracture. Contributing factors may include increased torque on the ankle or low bone mineral density relative to body weight.
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When a venous ulcer leads to a rigid varus ankle deformity
Podiatry Today
A 56-year-old patient with venous disease presented after she began walking on the side of her left foot to avoid painful motion at the medial ankle where she had a longstanding painful venous ulcer. Over several years a resultant rigid varus deformity prevented her from wearing most shoe gear and led to calluses and wounds along the lateral column. The patient has poorly controlled schizophrenia complicating her treatment course.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of Foot & Ankle Weekly, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ACFAOM, your knowledge and experience in the profession can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Julie Bernhard to discuss logistics.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


How to be happy: An entrepreneur's perspective
Forbes
Jason Nazar writes, "Are you happy? I'm not always. I'm driven, focused, ambitious, and have a deep sense of purpose, but I can't honestly say I'm happier than the guy or gal next to me. As entrepreneurs, we live for the future, and we cultivate the discipline of delayed gratification. Accomplishment, is often our driving force, but what happens while we're waiting to be accomplished?"
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Geographic variation in Medicare spending and mortality for diabetic patients with foot ulcers and amputations
Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
The purpose of this study was to identify the presence or absence of geographic variation in Medicare spending and mortality rates for diabetic patients with foot ulcers (DFU) and lower extremity amputations (LEA).
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