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NEWS FROM ACFAOM

Mark your calendars for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference in Old Town Alexandria, Va., June 5-8, 2014
ACFAOM
ACFAOM is excited to announce the details for ACFAOM's 2014 Annual Clinical Conference, which will be held at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in historic Alexandria, VA, just minutes away from Washington DC. ACFAOM members will be able to attend the conference and earn 24 CECHs for FREE, plus receive a 10 percent savings on your PICA Premium.

Focusing on the clinical conditions faced in the typical podiatric office, ACFAOM 2014 will be based on clinical cases and presented in an interactive and practical manner, with demonstrations and hands-on learning. The program will feature five 4-hour sessions: Biomechanics, Wound Care, Medicine/Dermatology, Imaging, and the Business of Podiatric Medicine. There will also be an optional 4-hour Billing & Coding Workshop on Sunday Morning. Bring the family for a learning experience for everyone; you on how to be a more astute and capable clinician; your family learning about our Nation's history.

More information will be available during the coming weeks and will be posted at ACFAOM.org. Mark your calendars today!
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PROFESSION NEWS


Top 5 responsibilities physicians and patients have to each other
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
If you've ever been in a hospital, you may have noticed placards or posters that talk about the hospital's responsibility to the patient and the patient's responsibilities while at the hospital. Most of these center around treating the patient with respect and privacy and conversely with the patient treating the hospital and its employees with respect. But I think there is also a code of responsibility between the physician and patient in the clinic setting, outside of the hospital. Something more personal than just patient and hospital. I'm talking about the oft-referenced patient-physician relationship.
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Obamacare tougher to launch than Medicare
Politico
President Barack Obama says he's not worried that all the Obamacare fights will kill the law - because people fought the creation of Medicare and Social Security too, and now they're more popular than ever.
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Pediatric ankle rule significantly lowers use of radiographs, study finds
Orthopedics Today
Physicians who employed the Low Risk Ankle Rule used significantly less radiography when confirmed pediatric ankle fractures compared to physicians who did not apply the rule, according to results of a recently published study.
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US doctors uncertain about future of healthcare
Renal & Urology News
Physicians report concerns regarding health care delivery and the future of health care, according to survey findings published by athenahealth. Researchers from athenahealth surveyed Epocrates' physician member base to examine physicians' opinions of the current state of U.S. health care. Survey responses from March 2013 (1,200 physicians) were compared with those collected in March 2012 (507 physicians from Sermo's member base).
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3-D scan shows how stilettos cause unsightly clawed toes, knobbly bunions and even arthritis
Daily Mail
The first 3-D scan of a female foot in high heels has highlighted the painful price fashion-conscious women may pay for tottering around in towering Christian Louboutins or Jimmy Choos. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Andy Goldberg says all the body weight gets forced on to the front of the feet, eventually causing unsightly clawed toes that can become arthritic.
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Obesity rate levels off in most states
MedPage Today
Obesity rates remained steady in every state except one in the last year, halting a 3-decade trend of near universal increases, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Wounds heal better when debrided often (MedPage Today)
A vision for the future of healthcare (By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan)
Achilles surgery may not help function in diabetes (TeleManagement)
Osteomyelitis and heel ulcers: What you should know (Podiatry Today)
Balance deficits persist after sprain despite clearance to return to sports (Lower Extremity Review)

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Brace relations: Complex effects are not only mechanical
Lower Extremity Review
Research presented in late June at the annual National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) meeting in Las Vegas added to the body of evidence suggesting that the effects of ankle bracing are not solely mechanical, and that even the mechanical effects may be more complicated than they seem.
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Diagnosing and treating a pigmented lesion on the hallux
Podiatry Today
A 66-year old Caucasian male with a history of controlled diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, psoriasis, obstructive sleep apnea and post-traumatic stress disorder received a referral by dermatology to our surgery department. The referral was for surgical treatment of a suspicious lesion in the left hallux.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PEARLS FROM AAPPM


Why physicians should steer clear of treating family members
Physician's Practice
For many, the idea of having a relative as a physician is a source of pride. For many more, the idea of having a physician in the family means easy access to prescriptions, free healthcare, and someone to ask, "Does this look infected to you?" Most physicians have encountered the relative/friend/acquaintance looking for quick care outside of office hours. While many physicians happily (or not!) oblige, there may be consequences to treating these "informal" patients.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


Effect of rocker shoe design features on forefoot plantar pressures in people with and without diabetes
Clinical Biomechanics
There is no consensus on the precise rocker shoe outsole design that will optimally reduce plantar pressure in people with diabetes. This study aimed to understand how peak plantar pressure is influenced by systematically varying three design features which characterize a curved rocker shoe: apex angle, apex position and rocker angle.
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