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Quality Assurance in Charting Workshop - Jan. 27, 2011, New York City
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This ACFAOM six CME-credit workshop on best practices in clinical charting has been designed to help candidates for certification and re-certification by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM) prepare cases for submission. However, the fundamentals of good clinical record keeping that is the bulk of this workshop are common to all podiatric practices, and so this will be a valuable educational experience for all DPMs wanting to know more about how to correctly prepare and maintain patient records and face possible audits. The full-day workshop will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, immediately preceding the NYSPMA conference in New York City. (It is not necessary to register for the NYSPMA conference to attend this workshop.) For program information click here; for workshop registration click here; for information about the NYSPMA conference click here. More

Plantar pressure and gait in patients with diabetes
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Reducing peak plantar pressure (PPP) under the foot during walking has been a domain of research interest regarding persons with diabetes, since repetitive mechanical stress and loss of protective sensation on the plantar surface of the foot have been considered the most relevant factors in skin breakdown resulting in diabetic foot ulcerations. This article will review the biomechanical aspects related to normal foot function for plantar pressure distribution during gait cycle observed from healthy individuals. More

Essential insights on managing the rheumatoid foot
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a seropositive immunological disease of the body that often manifests in the foot with significant deformities and is estimated to affect 1 to 2 percent of the population. It is a progressive, debilitating disease that can present in the skin as ulcerations, in the subcutaneous tissues as rheumatoid nodules, in the blood vessels as rheumatoid vasculitis, and in the eyes, kidneys and liver. More

Koven Technology Introduces Hands-Free Vascular Testing... Now that's Smart!

Koven has simplified vascular testing with the BF8 flat vascular probe for our Smartdop Dopplers. The BF8 makes vascular testing with Doppler fast and easy.

Meet Dr. Stephen Barrett - today at 9 p.m. EST
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Stephen Barrett, DPM, will be the guest on today's Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m. EST) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky. Dr. Barrett is board certified by ABPOPPM & ABPS, and holds patents for the development of two endoscopic surgical procedures: endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) and endoscopic decompression of intermetatarsal nerve (EDIN). He has published 29 articles in peer reviewed medical journals, authored several chapters in medical textbooks, and has also co-authored a textbook on the interpretation of neurosensory testing. 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

How to solve the dilemma of the jumbo bunion
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When it comes to surgical treatment of very large bunion deformities, we all scratch our heads a little and have to ponder what to do. For the average run-of-the-mill deformity, it is pretty much a slam dunk. You do whatever you are comfortable with such as an Austin bunionectomy, Scarf bunionectomy, distal-L osteotomy, etc. What we are talking about in this article, is the jumbo bunion. More

Internal fixation may be an option for older patients with displaced cancaneal fractures
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A study conducted by Duke University Medical Center investigators shows significantly better clinical outcomes for older patients who undergo internal fixation for intra-articular calcaneal fractures compared with younger patients and finds similar complication rates between the groups. Trevor Gaskill, M.D., and colleagues compared the outcomes of 96 patients aged 50 years or older who had internal fixation for intra-articular calcaneal fractures with those of 50 patients who were younger than 50 years and underwent the procedure. The patients were followed for a mean of 8.98 years, according to the study abstract. More

Revise unfair e-prescription policy, doctors say
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The American Medical Association and more than 100 other state and specialty medical societies are urging the Dept. of Health and Human Services to revise a Medicare e-prescribing policy that slaps doctors with a financial penalty in 2012 if they don't meet specified e-prescribing criteria during the first six months of 2011. The medical organizations are dismayed with a new regulation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that uses e-prescribing activity during the first six months of 2011 as the basis for imposing penalties in 2012. More

New dermagraft coding to streamline reimbursement process for Medicare providers
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Advanced BioHealing, Inc. (ABH), a leader in commercializing cell-based therapies and delivering on the promise of regenerative medicine, announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has assigned two new procedure codes for the application of Dermagraft®, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Dermagraft is an FDA-approved cell-based therapy for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and is indicated for up to eight weekly applications over a twelve-week period. More

Obesity plagues a large percent of population
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Most Americans are aware of the term obesity - a medical term used for people who are more than overweight. The medical profession uses the term obesity to define a person whose body mass index is 30 or more. Studies have shown that Americans on the whole, steadily have been gaining weight. In fact, the surgeon general has announced that adult obesity has grown from 13.4 percent in 1980 to more than 34 percent now. Recent studies have shown that, considering the current population of the United States, 65 percent of American adults either are obese or overweight. More
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