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Meet Richard Jacoby, DPM - today at 9 p.m. ET
ACFAOM
Dr. Richard Jacoby 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. Jacoby is one of the country’s leading peripheral nerve surgeons. He practices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy; progressive damage to the nerves that often results from diabetes. Dr. Jacoby is one of the co-founders of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center. He is also the past president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. 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


Antibiotics first choice for diabetic foot osteomyelitis
Medscape
The first-ever study to compare the use of antibiotics with surgery for the treatment of diabetic foot osteomyelitis has found that the 2 approaches provide similar outcomes in terms of healing rates, time to healing, and short-term complications. The findings, which are published online Oct. 15 in Diabetes Care, therefore point to antibiotic therapy being the logical first choice for the patient population in this trial, those with diabetic foot osteomyelitis and ulcers in the forefoot, lead author José Luis Lázaro-Marinez, Ph.D., from Unidad de Pie Diabético, Madrid, Spain, told Medscape Medical News.
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Biofilms: Diabetic foot ulcer care gets personal
Lower Extremity Review
Opportunistic microorganisms called bio­films constitute an age-old diabetic wound care problem that defies traditional anti­microbial therapies. Experts believe interventions customized to individual patients based on molecular diagnostics may be the best line of defense.
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Achilles surgery may not help function in diabetes
TeleManagement
A surgical procedure sometimes offered to people with diabetes to reduce their risk of foot ulcers may have drawbacks. Because of nerve damage resulting from diabetes, people can lose sensation in their feet and this can lead to recurrent ulcers on the soles. Lengthening the Achilles tendon can improve the situation by increasing ankle mobility, thus allowing pressure on the foot to be spread more evenly, and by reducing point-pressures while walking.
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Bunion surgery may be a bad choice for you, warns Dr. Oz
EmaxHealth
Are you considering bunion surgery because your feet look less than ideal and you cannot fit into high heeled shoes any longer? Dr. Oz warns viewers that choosing surgery may not be the answer to your foot problems. "Today we are talking about a painful and often crippling condition that could affect more than half of you at some point in your life,” says Dr. Oz as he warns viewers that treating your bunions with bunion surgery may be a bad choice for you. “Many of you will turn to surgery, but will surgery cause more problems than the bunions themselves?”
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How to handle patient no-shows
FiercePracticeManagement
It's no secret that missed appointments are bad for your practice and potentially for your patients, but practices have varying approaches to solving the age-old "no-show" problem with their particular clientele. To cut down on costly no-shows at your practice, consider a combination of these three strategies.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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New CMS policies will lead to 'big change' in wound care practices, analyst says
McKnight's Long-Term Care & Assisted Living
New Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement practices within the next year will significantly change preferred treatment methods for wounds that are common in long-term care settings, according to a new market analysis. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated it will switch from a fee-for-service model to a bundled payment system for wound care services. This will put pressure on providers to use more cost-effective wound care therapies, says Jason Napodano, a sell-side equity research analyst with Zacks Investment Research.
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Key Senate, House Committee Chairmen offer plan to fix Medicare doctor payments
Kaiser Health News
The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided, a step that could put an end to the annual "doc fix" debate.
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CURRENT RESEARCH ARTICLE OF INTEREST


In-hospital mortality and length of stay in patients with diabetes having foot disease
Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications via ScienceDirect
This study aimed to determine whether in-patient mortality and length of stay were greater in diabetes patients with foot disease compared to those without foot disease.
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