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Save 10 percent on PICA premiums and attend ACFAOM's 2012 Annual Clinical Conference FREE, Oct. 11-14, at Disney World
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The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine's annual clinical conference will present a special session sponsored by PICA that will entitle you to a 10 percent reduction on your annual premium so you can to attend the ACFAOM conference (21 CE credit hours) effectively FREE. You will be taken through three cases by an experienced malpractice defense attorney who will show you what could have been done to prevent serious legal challenges, and how to apply reasonable risk prevention strategies to all your patient encounters. The conference will be held Oct. 11-14, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista located directly across from Downtown Disney. The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics, with a special 'not-to-be- missed' session Lasers in Podiatric Practice: Pros and Cons. Also, a new feature this year will be a special surgery track presented by ASPS. Early bird registration is July 9, save $100 if you are not insured by PICA. More

Meet future Congressmen Drs. Lee Rogers and Brad Wenstrup - today at 9 p.m.
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Dr. Lee Rogers, an ACFAOM Fellow, and Dr. Brad Wenstrup, will be the guests on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. These experienced DPMs are running for Congress this November, and this will be a rare opportunity to hear them together, one a Democrat, one a Republican, but both proud podiatric physicians. This is one session not to miss! 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. More

Direction change: Backward running may reduce PF pain
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Backward running involves lower patello­fem­oral joint compression forces than forward running and is a viable strategy for rehabilitation of patellofemoral pain syndrome in runners, allowing them to continue exercise without increasing these forces, according to U.K. research e-pub­lished in April in the Journal of Bio­mechanics. More

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When excising diseased peroneus longus tendon may make more sense than tendon reconstruction
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Peroneal tendon disorders are fairly common after ankle inversion injuries or in patients who have chronic wear and tear associated with the pes cavus foot type. Peroneus brevis tendon partial tears and tendinosis seem to be more prevalent than peroneus longus tendon disorders. More

iPad solves healthcare providers' clipboard conundrum
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Clipboards are used by healthcare organizations to collect patient information; however, the push to abandon paper processes has made them an obvious target in need of a high-tech solution. Some healthcare professionals are opting to replace their clipboards with mobile computing devices like the Apple iPad in an effort to increase efficiency and reduce the headaches associated with paper and pencil–based data collection methods. More

Protect Your Practice with PICA
For over 30 years, PICA has been protecting and supporting podiatric physicians and the podiatric profession. We are more than just malpractice insurance. Endorsed by ACFAOM, we offer a variety of risk management tools, outstanding customer service, expert claims handling and access to other insurance products. more

Patients look to docs' offices for cost info
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Although some reports suggest that online tools to help consumers compare health prices may not be quite ready for prime time, patients' go-to source for information about the cost of their care is none other than their physician's office. According to the most recent Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll on price transparency, 16 percent of respondents who'd received healthcare in the past year said they'd sought price information beforehand, up from 10 percent in 2010. More

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States quietly get ready for healthcare law
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For 14 months, a bipartisan group of 17 states quietly has been collaborating with the Obama administration to help build a foundation for the healthcare-reform law's success. The group includes some of the law's staunchest supporters working alongside a handful of its bigger detractors. They are backed by $3 million in funding from eight nonprofit organizations that hope to see the Affordable Care Act succeed. More

Aggressive pre-diabetes approach needed, say researchers
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People with "pre-diabetes" have higher than normal blood sugar which has not yet reached diabetic levels. A U.S. study, published in the Lancet, showed restoring normal sugar levels more than halved the numbers going on to Type 2 diabetes. It is thought that seven million people have pre-diabetes in the U.K. and 79 million in the U.S. They are at heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Many are undiagnosed. More

Peroneal latency's role in inversion ankle sprain
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A delay in the activation of the peroneus longus and peroneus brevis muscles is thought to contribute to the risk of inver­sion ankle sprain. New research suggests that ankle taping, in addition to providing mechanical stability, also helps reduce this peroneal latency. More

Most diabetes amputations preventable
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Diabetes U.K. said as many as 80 percent of the 199 amputated lower limbs could have been saved. It comes as Diabetes Week launches, with a focus on raising awareness of the complications that people living with the condition can encounter. Iain Foster, National Director at Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said many people with diabetes are not aware of the risk of losing a limb. More

Largest health insurer to keep key parts of law regardless of court ruling
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The nation's largest health insurer will keep in place several key consumer provisions mandated by the 2010 healthcare law regardless of whether the statute survives Supreme Court review. Officials at UnitedHealthcare will announce that whatever the outcome of the court decision - expected this month - the company will continue to provide customers preventive healthcare services without co-payments or other out-of-pocket charges, allow parents to keep adult children up to age 26 on their plans, and maintain the more streamlined appeals process required by the law. More

Toe amputation: A predictor of future limb loss?
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Digital toe amputation is a relatively minor surgical procedure but there is a historical view that it is the "first stage in a predictable clinical course" leading to eventual limb loss. There is a paucity of contemporaneous data on the long-term outcomes of patients undergoing toe amputation. We aim to study the experience from our institution, focussing on the risk factors for progression to future limb loss, by conducting a retrospective review of our practice. More


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