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ACFAOM 2012 Clinical Conference is just 2 weeks away, Oct. 11-14, at Disney World
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ACFAOM 2012 is just around the corner and there is still time to register for one of the most educational and entertaining conferences in the country! Located just across the street from Downtown Disney, the conference provides endless opportunities to relax and enjoy the Disney attractions while gaining invaluable clinical skills from our faculty.

During your stay at ACFAOM 2012, you can celebrate culinary adventures at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. From tasty tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there's something to satisfy every taste and interest. This is the perfect opportunity to refine your palate and clinical skills in wonderful Disney World. You can also visit Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

The focus of the ACFAOM conference will be Wound Management, Medicine, Dermatology/Pathology, and Biomechanics using both didactic and hands-on workshop learning, with additional sessions on Billing & Coding, and the latest technologies for Podiatric Imaging. New features this year include an exciting survey of Lasers in Podiatric Practice: Pros and Cons, plus a surgery track presented by ASPS. You can also save 10 percent on your PICA premium by attending. Click here to register now.

Study: Obesity rate to jump by 50 percent by 2030
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Lots more pounds. That's what's in the future for the United States for the next 20 years, according to a new report on obesity trends. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health released a new report recently projecting America's obesity rates through 2030. If current obesity rates continue, every state could have an obesity rate above 44 percent by 2030, and most states could have rates higher than 50 percent, the report found. More

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Selective plantar fascia release assists healing of recalcitrant forefoot ulcers
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Korean surgeons have developed an alternative to Achilles tendon lengthening for reducing plantar pressure and promoting wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. In the July issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the group reported on a simpler, less morbid procedure they've developed, selective plantar fascia release, which involves transection of plantar fascia fibers that insert into the affected toe. The surgeons followed 60 patients with nonhealing diabetic forefoot ulcers who underwent SPFR for a mean of 23.5 months after surgery. More

Medicare modifier could hit unsuspecting doctors with pay cuts
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Hundreds of thousands of physicians will have their 2015 Medicare payments adjusted either up or down by a value-based modifier to account for the quality and cost-effectiveness of the care they provide in 2013. Organized medicine groups, however, say doctors will be left with too little time to make the changes that might be necessary to excel under the new payment model. More

Patients with Achilles tendon rupture may have deficits in tendon length
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Side-to-side differences found in maximal heel-rise heights in patients with Achilles tendon ruptures may be caused by differences in Achilles tendon length, according to this study. Researchers studied eight patients with acute Achilles tendon rupture and 10 healthy participants. Researchers evaluated heel-rise height, patient-reported outcome and Achilles tendon length at 3, 6, and 12 months. Motion analysis and ultrasound imaging measured the Achilles tendon length. More

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Non-invasive technology could help diabetics avoid amputation
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New non-invasive technology created by researchers at Columbia University could help diabetic patients to better detect and monitor peripheral arterial disease, a complication which often leads to the amputation of limbs, The Optical Society announced recently. More

Study finds noise-enhanced insoles reduce gait variability in older adults
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A subsensory level of mechanical noise delivered directly to the foot soles of healthy older adults during walking has the potential to normalize gait variability and possibly reduce the risk of falls, according to research published in July in Gait & Posture. Investigators at Harvard University in Boston randomized 29 volunteers to six double-blinded trials of treadmill walking wearing sandals customized with three actuators embedded in each sole that produced stochastic-resonance mechanical vibration. In three trials, actuators provided subsensory vibration; in the other trials, they did not. The participants wore reflective markers for kinematic analysis. More

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Foot problems leading cause of hospitalization for adults living with diabetes
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John Wells, a 65-year-old, semi-retiree, living in Canada, knew his diabetes could impact the health of his feet but he never gave too much thought to foot care until a trip to Europe four years ago. After each day of sightseeing, his feet were overheating and he experienced a painful burning sensation. Although Wells didn't know it at the time, he was suffering from end-stage bilateral Charcot Joint Disease- a painful condition that causes the middle part of the foot to fracture and collapse over time and then re-fuse. His foot problems were a complication of diabetes. More

How to get optimal reimbursement for wound debridement and skin substitutes
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These knowledgeable panelists provide insights on using appropriate codes for wound debridement and skin substitutes to maximize reimbursement. They also address the correct use of modifiers and offer coding pearls for those entering practice. More

Liking it or not, states prepare for health law
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Like many Republican governors, Jan Brewer of Arizona is a stinging critic of President Obama's healthcare law. When the Supreme Court upheld it in June, she called the ruling "an overreaching and unaffordable assault on states' rights and individual liberty." Yet the Brewer administration is quietly designing an insurance exchange - one of the most essential and controversial requirements of the law. More

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Indexing severity of diabetic foot infection with 99mTc-white blood cell single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography hybrid imaging
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Management of diabetic foot infection (DFI) has been hampered by limited means of accurately classifying disease severity. New hybrid nuclear/computed tomography (CT) imaging techniques elucidate a combination of wound infection parameters not previously evaluated as outcome prognosticators. Our aim is to determine if a novel standardized hybrid image-based scoring system, Composite Severity Index (CSI), has prognostic value in DFI. More


REGISTRATION OPEN! October 11-14 - Disney World. Total Immersion in Wound Management, Medicine, Biomechanics, Surgery (by ASPS), Dermatology/Pathology, Imaging, HIPAA/EHRs, Billing/Coding, PICA premium discount. 21 CE Credit Hours. MORE

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