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Practical Biomechanics: Solving Problems in 2014 –
Thursday, June 5

ACFAOM
This 4-hour CME session at ACFAOM 2014 (June 5-8, Old Town Alexandria, Va./Washington, DC) will focus on how current concepts in biomechanics can be integrated into your practice with the latest tips for getting more consistent and predictable outcomes. Real cases to be reviewed will include posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, sinus tarsi syndrome, lateral ankle instability, adult acquired flat foot, and falls. Faculty will be Drs. Stephen Albert, Ray Anthony, and Jonathan Moore. The session will be sponsored by Langer Biomechanics. On Friday morning, Langer Biomechanics will host breakfast, and Mr. Jason Kraus (President/COO) will present a provocative non-CME talk, "Podiatry Reimagined".

Full Program details here. Registration here. Remember, for all paid-up ACFAOM members, ACFAOM 2014 is absolutely FREE if you register by May 5. That's 21 CE credit hours plus a discount on your PICA premium - at no cost. One-day registration also available.
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Meet Loring Stead, DPM today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Loring Stead 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. Stead is a dedicated supporter of many local/regional non-profits and has served on numerous professional committees. 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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Walking the walk: Overground training boosts poststroke gait
Lower Extremity Review
Chronic stroke patients who can walk independently but retain gait deficits experience greater gains in both walking speed and quality with an overground walking intervention than with body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT), according to results of a pilot study epublished by Clinical Rehabilitation in February.
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Stretching: Is it beneficial for plantar fasciitis?
Podiatry Today
Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS writes, "Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common condition that the podiatric physician treats. We all have a myriad of treatment regimens and protocols that ultimately get our patients back on their feet. Usually, we suggest stretching of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles very matter of factly. We know that these two muscles distally form the Achilles tendon and that tendon expands around the posterior aspect of the calcaneus to join into the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia or plantar aponeurosis is a thick, fibrous band made of collagen tissues that have a tensile strength of 7,000 pounds per square inch within the central portion."
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Overcoming communication challenges of EHRs
By Jessica Taylor
The transition to electronic health records can bring some concerns for healthcare providers, including workflow, training, privacy and security. But one of the most important issues is communication, and many clinicians are concerned that using a computer with a patient will hinder communication. To overcome these challenges and make sure your patient has your undivided attention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided five communication behaviors for the integration of EHRs into your practice.
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Cuticle removal can induce onychomycosis
Dermatology Times
When addressing onychomycosis caused by cosmetic procedures, says Zoe D. Draelos, M.D., cuticle removal represents a key culprit. Dr. Draelos spoke about onychomycosis treatment options at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is a dermatologist in private practice in High Point, N.C. "Unfortunately, for some reason the cuticle is considered cosmetically unattractive," although the main purpose in removing it is to make the manicure easier to perform and ensure that polish around the edges of the nail doesn't chip, Dr. Draelos says.
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Common tests may miss pediatric diabetic neuropathy
Medscape
Noninvasive methods for screening pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes for peripheral diabetic neuropathy (DN) have low sensitivity, according to a systematic review published online April 7 in Pediatrics. The American Diabetes Association recommends that starting in puberty, children with type 1 diabetes undergo annual screening for DN using a 10-g monofilament to see whether the patient detects light touch. However, the authors found that neither this method nor screening with a tuning fork was terribly useful for detecting DN.
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Forefoot-strike running, shorter steps both decrease patellofemoral loads
Lower Extremity Review
Shortening step length and switching foot strike pattern both effectively decrease patello­femoral joint loading during running, according to research from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
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Vitamin D deficiency screening may help prevent osteoporosis fractures
Endocrine Today
Physicians could help patients stave off bone density loss by ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests as an early detection method rather than a diagnostic tool, according to findings published in the Southern Medical Journal. In a retrospective study at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., Karen E. Huang, MS, and colleagues examined data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey — both offering data from 112 geographic areas across the United States — to assess the rate of outpatient visits linked to a vitamin D deficiency diagnosis. An estimated 7.5 million visits were linked to the condition during a 3-year span, according to the data.
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In surprise move, CMS announces Medicare Advantage pay increase
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. The decision came as a surprise, especially to insurance industry leaders who were pushing for rates to remain unchanged.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Managing physician and administrator relations
Physician's Practice
Owen Dahl writes, "I recently attended a Medical Group Management Association sponsored conference on the 'Business of Care Delivery.' Discussions focused on how physicians and administrators can work together to meet the complex challenges facing medical practices; now and in the future. These discussions focused on leadership and management, collaboration, and improving the quality of care."
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