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Age, antibiotics factors for infected diabetic foot ulcers

February 9, 2016

Older diabetes patients who receive prolonged courses of antibiotics are at the highest risk of having infected diabetic foot ulcers, a new study shows. Researchers at Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in Iran studied 500 patients with diabetes mellitus over two years.

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Intensive glycemic control reduces risk of amputation in people with diabetic foot syndrome

February 9, 2016

Intensive control of blood glucose reduces the risk of amputation in people with diabetic foot syndrome, according to new research.

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Burnout prevention tips from the trenches

February 9, 2016

It’s no longer a secret that symptoms of professional burnout — exhaustion, cynicism, lack of effectiveness — are spreading through the healthcare workforce like wildfire. While recent large studies have shockingly revealed burnout rates of 50 percent or higher, a recent small survey from the Studer Group indicated that nearly all doctors (90 percent) are afflicted by burnout at least some of the time. Also troubling, more than half (54 percent) of the 350 physician respondents said the leaders of their organizations were not taking steps to treat or prevent burnout.

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Upcoding vs. downcoding: Know the difference

February 9, 2016

“Upcoding” means reporting a higher-level service or procedure or a more complex diagnosis, than is supported by medical necessity, medical facts, or the provider’s documentation. For example, reporting a diagnosis of chronic bronchitis if the patient has acute bronchitis qualifies as upcoding, as would billing a level 5 evaluation and management (E&M) service (e.g., 99215) for a minor patient problem, or coding for excision of a 2.5 cm skin lesion (e.g., 11403 Excision, benign lesion including margins, except skin tag (unless listed elsewhere), trunk, arms or legs; excised diameter 2.1 to 3.0 cm) when the lesion actually measured 1 cm (e.g., 11401 … excised diameter 0.6 to 1.0 cm).

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Orthosis-shaped sandals are as efficacious as in-shoe orthoses and better than flat sandals for plantar heel pain: A randomized control trial

February 9, 2016

The objective of this study was to investigate efficacy of a contoured sandal being marketed for plantar heel pain with comparison to a flat flip-flop and contoured in-shoe insert/orthosis. 150 volunteers aged 50 years with plantar heel pain were enrolled after responding to advertisements and eligibility determined by telephone and at first visit

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March 1 is Early Bird Deadline for ACFAOM 2016

February 9, 2016

ACFAOM 2016 will be held June 24-26 at the luxurious Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Georgia, and plenty of time has been scheduled for sightseeing in this charming and historic Southern city. The education program is focused on what the office-based podiatrist needs to know and is presented in an interactive manner using real clinical cases. No boring lectures! You will be an engaged learner; the best form of adult education

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Meet Sev Hrywnak, DPM, MD and Stanley Blondek, DPM, MD — today at 9 PM ET

February 9, 2016

Severko Hrywnak, DPM, MD and Stanley Blondek, DPM, MD, will be the guests on today’s Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 PM ET) with host, and former ACFAOM president, Dr. Bret Ribotsky, DPM, FACFAOM. Dr

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Growth plate fractures in children’s ankle injuries are much rarer than previously thought

February 9, 2016

A new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children found that lateral ankle injuries in children without X-ray evidence of a fracture are most often sprains that can be easily treated with a removable splint. The study looked at 135 children with lateral ankle injuries and normal X-rays; of these, only four cases (three percent) showed evidence of a growth plate fracture with magnetic resonance imaging, two of which only had partial growth plate injuries. The majority of children in the study had ankle sprain injuries.

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Johnson & Johnson, Viacyte testing possible diabetes cure

February 9, 2016

Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder. They’ve already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients

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Developing physician referrals for the podiatric practice

February 9, 2016

The backbone of any new healthcare practice is the ability to communicate with your colleagues.

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