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Novel device scans feet to prevent amputation
A new device, not dissimilar in appearance to bathroom scales, has been developed that scans the foot for early signs of foot damage, helping to prevent amputation. Around 6,000 lower limb amputations are carried out on people with diabetes in the U.K. each year. Amputation is nearly always preventable if damage is spotted early and treatment received promptly.
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Direct-pay practice: Ensure patients know financial risks
Although direct-pay primary care is now more affordable to the masses, many patients remain at financial risk should they need specialty or hospital care not covered by practice membership fees, according to an article from KHI News Service.
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Return of strength after Achilles tendon surgery
Lower Extremity Review
Despite excellent subjective outcomes following Achilles tendon repair, significant plantar flexion and dorsiflexion strength deficits often persist. However, modern trends in postoperative rehabilitation represent a progression toward a more functional strength recovery.
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Addressing hallux rigidus in the presence of metatarsus primus elevatus
Podiatry Today
Given the common nature of hallux rigidus and the challenges of concomitant metatarsus primus elevatus, these authors share key diagnostic insights, explore possible surgical options and discuss two illuminating case studies.
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Emphasizing the fundamentals and patient education in diabetic foot care
Podiatry Today
Treating the diabetic foot is relatively straightforward. We need to ensure that blood flow is adequate, eradicate infection, eliminate pressure from the wound site and regularly remove the dead and devitalized tissue from the affected area. If we do all those things, the wound heals. It really is that simple.
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The controversial coding and billing areas of foot care
Foot care coding and billing has always been tricky and controversial because of medical necessity requirements from Medicare and other commercial insurance carriers. Most number of insurance carriers only reimburse for the treatment of conditions of the foot, and not for the preventive care. For instance, routine foot care in patients without any symptom is not covered by the carriers. This reimbursement restriction has lead to confusion and complexities in diagnosis and CPT coding of foot conditions, and it is now necessary to prove that the treatment provided is medically necessary for the patient.
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GoLaser Podiatry Laser System
Sheaumann Laser has received FDA clearance and has released its first medical laser system: the GoLaser™ for podiatric indications. This is a significant achievement in the company’s quest to supply the medical world with high quality laser systems that are reliable and compact. Learn More
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Physicians, hospitals work to meet EHR Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines
Orthopedics Today
Research has shown that in the last few years, significantly more physicians and hospitals have adopted electronic health records. According to data from the 2009-2013 Electronic Health Records Survey, 78 percent of office-based physicians had adopted some type of electronic health record (EHR) in 2013; 48 percent were equipped with at least a basic EHR system. Results of the Medscape EHR Report 2014, which surveyed 18,575 physicians in 25 specialties, yielded similar results: 83 percent of respondents indicated they currently use EHRs; another 4 percent currently implement a system; and 6 percent plan to do so within the next 1 year to 2 years. In 2012, the last time this survey was completed, 74 percent of respondents had implemented an EHR.
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New FICO credit score formula may hurt medical collections
By Christina Thielst
A new version of FICO's credit score formula will be launched this fall that could improve the chances of getting a mortgage. But it also has the potential to impact the collections and cash flow of healthcare providers. While this is good news for the mortgage industry and individuals wanting to finance or refinance, there may be some unintended consequences for medical and healthcare providers. Physicians, clinics, hospitals and other care providers may soon find some of their patients reprioritizing the debt they will pay off.
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How can I maintain my patient with diabetes and history of foot ulcer in remission?
The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Patients with diabetes and previous history of ulceration occupy the highest category of risk for reulceration and amputation. Annual recurrence rates of diabetic ulcerations have been reported as high as 34 percent, 61 percent, and 70 percent at 1, 3, and 5 years, respectively, with studies reporting 20 percent to 58 percent recurrence rate within 1 year. As the ever growing epidemic of diabetes expands globally, this sequelae of diabetic complication will continue to require increasing resources from the healthcare community to effectively manage.
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