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Mar. 29, 2012


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Another (slim) chance to avoid eRx penalty
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Physicians who were recently informed by CMS that they will be penalized this year for not e-prescribing for their Medicare patients have a second chance. Physicians with questions or concerns about the eRx penalty and denials of hardship exemptions can ... More


Focusing on the future of podiatric medicine
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Know a colleague who may be interested in launching a residency program? Share AACPM's residency genesis video. Know a student who may be interested in pursuing podiatric medicine? Share APMA's career resources. More

Get some shut-eye to stay on your toes
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Rest is important. Are you getting enough? How has fatigue affected you in your practice? The repercussions of healthcare worker fatigue are discussed in an alert from the Joint Commission. Read more and share your thoughts on this topic on APMA CEO Forum, the blog of APMA Executive Director and CEO Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM. Leave a comment and subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the GET UPDATES BY EMAIL box in the blog. More

Sgarlato Med

Sgarlato Med, LLC is committed to providing end customers (surgeons and their patients) with superior service and support and a knowledgeable sales force. From Sgarlato Med’s corporate office, located in San Jose, CA, the company provides clinical, technical, in-service training, sales and marketing. MORE


 Health Care in the News


SAVE THE DATES! October 11-14, Walt Disney World ® ( Wound Management, Medicine, Biomechanics, Surgery (by ASPS), Imaging, HIPAA, EHRs, billing & coding. Top faculty. 21 CMEs. MORE

Medicare cost board targeted by House GOP
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A Medicare cost-cutting board targeted by House Republicans in a recent vote would have little to do until 2022 at the earliest, healthcare officials and experts say, and might not have been necessary if Congress had followed the recommendations of the panel it created to control Medicare spending. More

Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix

Graftjacket® regenerative tissue matrix is a thin, fenestrated, human acellular dermal matrix that supports host tissue regeneration. For superficial and deep wounds such as DFUs.

Road to affordable care runs through Medicare pay panel
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Nothing in the debate over healthcare reform is more depressing than the verbal attacks each party lobs against the other for attempting to cut costs. Republicans denounce President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act for seeking to trim a few percentage points from Medicare spending over the next decade—out of $5 trillion. In turn, Democrats deride Representative Paul Ryan's plan, which would create a voucher-like program enabling seniors to shop among competing health plans, for ending Medicare as we know it. More


Senate approves malpractice bill
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The Senate has passed a bill aimed at providing an alternative means of settling medical malpractice claims. The Senate voted 18–5 in favor of Senate Bill 406, which would a establish an "early offer" program for patients and their families who suffer injury or death due to a medical procedure. More

Western Foot and Ankle Conference

Register Now! June 7-10, 2012. The Western celebrates California Podiatric Medical Association’s Centennial. 25 CMEs including radiology, 3-day Assistants program, PICA discount, and more!

Weight-loss surgery may help treat, even reverse, diabetes
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Surgical procedures that are commonly used to help obese people lose weight can also dramatically improve—even reverse—diabetes, according to two studies released recently.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves healthcare dollars.
SIGVARIS Diabetic Compression Sock
A recent study shows that diabetic patients may benefit from wearing diabetic socks with built in graduated compression. These socks can help alleviate swelling, improve circulation and help a person with diabetes maintain an active lifestyle. With a flat toe seam and extra soft padded sole, the SIGVARIS Diabetic Compression Sock is comfortable and designed to help keep diabetic legs healthy. MORE
Q-Clear™ Laser is now FDA Approved!
For the treatment of Toenail Fungus. We are one of the few lasers where actual cases were submitted to the FDA. Results showed that there was 56.7% increased clearing of the toenail in 95% of the cases. Soon to be published in leading Podiatry Journal. This is a Great Laser at a Great Price. Call us to learn more...888-510-2410.
Metasurg launches the DigiFuse™ Cannulated Inter-Digital Fusion system!
The DigiFuse™ system is the first Cannulated Hammertoe Fixation system of it's kind. The titanium implants are offered in zero, ten degree and short blade options, giving the surgeon the ability to treat a wide range of anatomy.

 What Your Patients Are Reading

Health tip: Keep toenails healthy
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Ingrown toenails and nail fungus are just a couple of foot problems that may be prevented with proper care. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help keep your feet and toes healthy.

Editor's note: Share APMA's nail problems brochure with your patients.


Cool cure for foot pain
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If you're among the 40 percent of women who wear heels daily, you can attest to the aches and pains that come from making that sky-high fashion statement—namely, cramped toes (which can lead to a bunion or hammertoe) and throbbing in the balls of your feet. For fast relief, skip the warm bath and reach for something cold, says New York City-based sports podiatrist Lori S. Weisenfeld, D.P.M. More


High heel, high risk
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Women love their high heels. But they can do some damage to your feet on and off. Aretha Franklin fractured her toe after stepping on a spiked stiletto and killer heels sent Victoria Beckham into foot surgery. But even without a freak accident, you may want to hang up your favorite pair of pumps. More

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Advanced Therapies for Diabetic Wounds

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