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The 'Business of Practice' at ACFAOM 2014 – June 5-8
ACFAOM
In addition to four sessions on key clinical issues facing office-based practice, a 4-hour session on Saturday, June 7, will cover malpractice protection, in-office embezzlement, and the effective use of clinical assistants for practice growth. Real ‘cases’ will be the basis of the presentations, with plenty of time for participants to interact with faculty. And attendees at this session will receive a 10 percent discount on PICA premiums.

ACFAOM 2014 (June 5-8, Alexandria, Va.), with 26 possible CMEs, will also present 4-hour interactive learning sessions using case studies (not the usual passive lectures) on Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine, and Imaging, plus the popular 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop by Dr. Michael Warshaw, with his 300-page 2014 Podiatry Manual included.

All paid-up ACFAOM members can attend absolutely FREE if registered by May 5. One-day registration available. Non-members also warmly welcome at very reasonable fees. Full program details here. Registration here.
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Meet Marta Rendon, DPM and Bryan Markinson, DPM today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Drs. Marta Rendon and Bryan Markinson will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. 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


Rise of middle-aged joggers sees surge in ankle replacements as exercise craze puts strain on our bodies
Daily Mail
The boom in middle-aged joggers, tennis players and footballers is likely to fuel a growing demand for ankle replacements in later life, surgeons are warning. Tens of thousands of operations will be needed each year – up from about 1,000 currently performed on the NHS. And those who suddenly take up exercise in their middle years are most at risk, as well as regular sports players who have suffered ankle strains but refuse to hang up their shoes at 40.
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For young runners, shin splints all too common
The News Journal via USA Today
Every year, at the start of spring track, coaches and trainers brace themselves for the most common complaint from their young runners – shin splints. It is sort of an “eye roll” injury, one that is basically expected to occur and many times not taken too seriously. But the pain from shin splints is serious.
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Managing traumatic foot wounds from foreign objects
Podiatry Today
Physicians frequently see acute traumatic foot wounds in the emergency room. Reportedly more than 12 million traumatic wounds are treated in the emergency department every year. Puncture or impalement injuries are common. In 1999, there were 8.2 million emergency department visits for open wounds in the United States.
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Reactions mixed to CMS decision to release payment data
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
For the first time since Jimmy Carter was president, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted physician fee-for-service payment data to its website for public review and analysis. While researchers and number crunchers applaud the move, some in organized medicine are issuing warnings that the data should be used with caution as it can be misleading when taken out of context. CMS made the file available with a caveat that there are limitations to the data — a point with which the American Medical Association agrees, which is why it has successfully advocated for more than three decades to keep it private.
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Single-stage procedure can address tibial malunion, nonunion with concomitant hindfoot arthritis
Orthopedics Today
A single-stage procedure consisting of tibial osteotomy and retrograde intramedullary nailing for correction of the angular deformity and hindfoot fusion can address tibial malunion or nonunion with concomitant hindfoot arthritis, according to study results.
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1 in 5 Asians has flat feet issues
Yahoo News Singapore
Dr. Gerard Evans writes, "'Do I have flat feet?' is a common question asked by patients I see at SGH. You’ve probably come across or heard about the terms “flat feet” or 'pes planus' (to apply the correct medical terminology). These terms are often used by patients, shop assistants and healthcare professionals, but what do they mean?"
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Cleat smarts: Foot posture and injury risk in pitchers
Lower Extremity Review
Injuries in baseball are fairly common, with an incidence of 5.8 injuries per 1000 athletic game exposures and 1.9 injuries per 1000 athletic practice exposures in the collegiate ranks. The amount of time lost due to injury is significantly higher in pitchers than in position players.
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Make them fit, please!
The New York Times
When Dr. Ali Sadrieh, a podiatrist, started Evo Advanced Foot Surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif., 13 years ago, he thought it seemed a little vain for women to ask for surgery because their feet hurt wearing fashionable shoes. “Patients would bring in shoes they dreamed of wearing,” he said over tea recently at the St. Regis New York, where he was staying to see New York patients. “On the surface, it looked shallow. But I came to see she needs these shoes to project confidence, they are part of her outside skin. That’s the real world.”
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


The ICD-10 delay is a blessing for many medical practices
Physician's Practice
As most readers are aware, on March 31, 2014, the Senate passed a bill that delayed ICD-10 enforcement, which was originally slated to be implemented Oct. 1, 2014. The delay was achieved through a paragraph in a bill that focused on postponing cuts in Medicare reimbursement to doctors that would otherwise be required under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The one year delay in ICD-10 implementation was cause for celebration by some, but also angered and frustrated many in the healthcare industry.
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