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May 5, 2011

 News from APMA

ACO Task Force tackles opportunities and pitfalls of proposed rule
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APMA's Task Force on Accountable Care Organizations, chaired by Lloyd Smith, DPM, held a conference call last week to discuss CMS' proposed rule on ACOs. The task force was created at the direction of the APMA House of Delegates to help provide guidance and communication regarding ACO-related strategy. More

Update to 2011 APMA Podiatric Practice Survey
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Thank you to everyone who has completed the APMA 2011 Podiatric Practice Survey. The initial response has been outstanding. There were some glitches in the survey that may have prevented some from being able to complete the survey and these have been corrected. So if you attempted to answer the survey and were unable to complete it, please try again. More

The National 2011: Team APMA 5K Run/Walk
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Join your colleagues and friends for another exciting Team APMA 5K Run/Walk at The APMA Annual Scientific Meeting (The National)! This year's event takes place Saturday, July 30, at 6 a.m. at beautiful Castle Island Park. Transportation to and from the park will be provided. Buses will depart at 5:15 a.m. from the Sheraton Boston Hotel. More

New Medicare Freedom to Contract (Opt Out) Bill
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U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., on May 3 introduced H.R. 1700, a bill that would allow physicians and other Medicare providers, whether they are participating or non-participating in Medicare, to privately contract with Medicare beneficiaries. More

Bill would exempt DPMs from antitrust laws
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Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced H.R. 1409, the Quality Health Care Coalition Act of 2011 on April 7. The bill would exempt from federal antitrust laws any health care professional engaged in negotiations with a health plan regarding the terms of any contract. More

Make Some Feet Happy Today

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 Health Care in the News


Cotton candy-like glass fibers appear to speed healing in initial venous stasis wound trial
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Imagine a battlefield medic or emergency medical technician providing first aid with a special wad of cottony glass fibers that simultaneously slows bleeding, fights bacteria, and other sources of infection, stimulates the body's natural healing mechanisms, resists scarring and — because it is quickly absorbed by surrounding tissue — may never have to be removed in follow-up care. More

Hands-Free Vascular Testing by Koven

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Good news: Diabetes-related amputation rate falls
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The rate of foot and leg amputations among people with diabetes fell by as much as 36 percent in one four-year period, according to a study of patients at Veterans Affairs clinics. Taking patients' age and sex into account, amputations — major and minor — dropped from about seven per 1,000 patients in 2000 to between four and five per 1,000 by 2004. More

You Bet We Listened - 2012 Review Course Now February 23-26

The Foundation heeded your request—February 23-26 are the new dates for the 2012 Board Review Course. This gives ample time for candidates to prepare before their ABPS/ABPOPPM exams.


Structured exercise training associated with improved glycemic control for patients With diabetes
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Implementing structured exercise training, including aerobic, resistance or both, was associated with a greater reduction in hemoglobin A1c levels (a marker of glucose control) for patients with diabetes compared to patients in the control group, and longer weekly exercise duration was also associated with a greater decrease in these levels, according to results of an analysis of previous studies, published in JAMA. More

DiabetiDerm Helps Teach Diabetics About Proper Foot Care

DiabetiDerm®, the #1 name in diabetic foot moisturizers, is offering a “Healthy Foot Care Poster”. This 2’ x 3’ laminated poster provides valuable tips to your patients with diabetes regarding proper care for their feet. Please fax your request to 631-789-3143 or register online at more

Study: Certain analgesia decreases phantom limb pain
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Optimized epidural analgesia or intravenous patient-controlled analgesia can decrease phantom limb pain, according to a study published in Anesthesiology. Researchers studied 65 patients who underwent lower-limb amputation in one of five different analgesic regimens. More

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 What Your Patients Are Reading

Diabetics step up: Proper foot care is important
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Got diabetes? You're not alone. More than one in 10 U.S. residents age 20 or older has it, says the American Diabetes Association, with 8.3 percent of all Americans having the disease. For anyone with diabetes, it's important to take care of your feet. More


Common running injuries: 6 injuries that can strike
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Kurt Simonsen writes, "I'm what I call a seasonal runner. Not out of desire, but rather necessity and a seemingly endless need for change. I truly love to run, but I have this aversion to bone-chilling temperatures and the repetitive nature of a gym's treadmill." More

Podiatric Pathology Lab: Celebrating 35 Years!
A national podiatric pathology laboratory licensed in every state with 35 years of experience and accredited by CAP. We supply all necessary materials for the shipment of specimens and pre-pay all postage fees. Our pricing for onychomycosis testing with a PAS is lower than most other labs. Contact us today! more

Taking care of your feet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ground is white again but at least this time it's not snow, merely petals saying goodbye to spring and hello to summer. So cast off the boots and break out the flip flops, but before you do there are some things you should know. More



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