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Nov. 17, 2011

 News from APMA

Diabetes Awareness takes over Times Square
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Because American Diabetes Association data show Hispanics are 66 percent more likely than nonHispanic whites to be diagnosed with the disease, APMA has continued to reach out to Hispanics throughout November's Diabetes Awareness Month to encourage all with diabetes to "Knock Your Socks Off" and visit today's podiatrist. The campaign has made an appearance in Times Square (pictured) and a press release was distributed to national media, which discusses a podiatrist's vital role in the diabetes management team. To further the cause and foster online discussion, @APMAtweets hosted a "Tweet Your Socks Off" event on its Twitter page on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14, to answer questions related to diabetes and foot care. Visit the diabetes resource page today for customizable diabetes tip sheets, a free poster and other new materials, many of which are available in both English and Spanish.


Call to action: Write to Congress about APMA's Title XIX legislation
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APMA's Title XIX legislation has now been re-introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid. Now we need your help in garnering cosponsors to the legislation. More

APMA members save 30 percent on GoldToe socks
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APMA has a new addition to its Professional Purchase Program! GoldToeMoretz, maker of GoldToe socks, has joined the ranks and is offering APMA members a 30 percent discount off the retail price (plus standard shipping charges) of its SoleUtion socks line for men and women. SoleUtion socks promote feel-good feet and legs by offering enhanced functionality and style with the reliable fit of GoldToe. Visit the Professional Purchase Program page for the discount code and to order. More

APMA committed to preparing members for ICD-10
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APMA President Michael J. King, DPM, attended the AMA interim House of Delegates meeting this week. One resolution approved in the AMA house instructs AMA to work to halt implementation of ICD-10 due to concerns about physicians' ability to tackle what will be a massive change in coding. More

APMA met with HHS director of health reform
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APMA Executive Director and CEO Glenn B. Gastwirth, DPM, and Director of Legislative Advocacy Peter Stein recently met with the Department of Health and Human Services Director of Health Reform, Michael Hash. Hash is supportive and cognizant of podiatrists' education and training. The discussion included a variety of topics including Title XIX legislation and reimbursement issues as well as the Thomson Reuters and Duke studies and patient access challenges. This meeting was a positive step and future meetings are being discussed. More

APMA meets with Aetna
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APMA had a successful and productive meeting with Aetna. As part of the Health System Committee's private insurance outreach initiative, APMA shared the results of the Thomson Reuters study and Duke Study, which underscore the value of care by podiatrists in saving limbs and lives. The collaborative meeting discussed member concerns and HSC established contacts with AETNA and plans to have further discussions. As part of its private insurance outreach initiative, the Health Systems Committee met with CIGNA at its headquarters in Connecticut last month, and this month APMA is collaborating with New York State Podiatric Medical Association to educate insurers in New York about the Thomson Reuters study. APMA will continue to have constructive dialogue with insurers on member issues and keep members updated on its progress. Visit the APMA members' website for more information on APMA's private insurance efforts. More

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 Health Care in the News

Highmark wins Medicare contract for 7 states
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Highmark Inc. announced recently that its Medicare division has won a five-year contract to process Medicare parts A and B claims for seven southern and western states, and says it will add 500 jobs because of the new contract. Highmark Medicare Services Inc. will be the new Medicare Administrative Contractor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. More


Foot study: Cheap orthotics equal to pricey inserts
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An over-the-counter device could be just as effective at relieving foot pain as high-end custom fit orthotics that can cost 10 times more, new University of Calgary research suggests. Each year, roughly one million Canadians suffer from plantar fasciitis. The foot ache happens when the plantar fascia — a thick connective tissue that supports the arch and runs from the heel to the ball of the foot — becomes inflamed. More

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Local podiatrists win NASA award
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Drs. Steven Glickman and Michael Schey are local podiatrists, experts in feet — whether they were given at birth or mechanically designed. The two career podiatrists are also the principal owners of College Park Industries in Fraser, Mich. The company designs and manufactures high quality, anatomically correct prosthetic foot and ankle systems with a superior range of motion. More

2011 Clinical Conference a Success for DPMs & Exhibitors!

The Foundation sends a big "THANK YOU" out to all attendees at last week's Clinical Conference. More than 400 DPMs and exhibitors participated in a very successful event. See you next year!


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PAL Launches Platinum Trim Gauntlet
The Platinum Trim Gauntlet is a slender, less rigid alternative to the standard Platinum Gauntlet, providing a more comfortable fit for any patient who is moderately-to-highly active. The Trim is ideal for patients with chronic ankle sprains, PTTD or arthritis. The Trim provides the perfect fit, for everyone, every day

 What Your Patients Are Reading

When must you go see foot doctors?
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Podiatrists look after feet as well as keep them in good shape. The health of the feet is important, because they can take you places, and foot doctors exist to cure the feet should they feel discomfort and pain. More


Dealing with shin splints
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The fall high school sports season is winding down and winter sports is gearing up and with it is the prevalence of shin pain in athletes' lower legs. Shin splints isn't a medical term, but it's the one everyone uses. The problem is shin pain can be one of three of four different medical conditions. Muscle soreness, tendonitis, stress fracture or compartment pressure are all possible causes of shin pain. More

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Treatment of lower limb sports injuries
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Lower limb injuries include knee injury, foot injury, ankle injury, running injury and others. This is all about the sport podiatry which covers injury area. However, there are several ways to treat this acute pain and get back to the sport activity. More

The Orthotic Revolution!

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Team Approach to Wound Care and Limb Salvage

Save A Leg, Save A Life
Annual National Conference October 27-30, 2011 Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando

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