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Vitamin D deficiency screening may help prevent osteoporosis fractures

April 15, 2014

Physicians could help patients stave off bone density loss by ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests as an early detection method rather than a diagnostic tool, according to findings published in the Southern Medical Journal. In a retrospective study at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C., Karen E

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In surprise move, CMS announces Medicare Advantage pay increase

April 15, 2014

After proposing in February a 1.9 percent cut in reimbursement to insurers in the Medicare Advantage program, Medicare made a surprise announcement and said there would, instead, be a 0.4 percent increase. This is the second year Medicare has reversed proposed cuts despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act to bring pay parity between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage

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Managing physician and administrator relations

April 15, 2014

Owen Dahl writes, “I recently attended a Medical Group Management Association sponsored conference on the ‘Business of Care Delivery.’ Discussions focused on how physicians and administrators can work together to meet the complex challenges facing medical practices; now and in the future. These discussions focused on leadership and management, collaboration, and improving the quality of care.”

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Practical Biomechanics: Solving Problems in 2014 – <BR>Thursday, June 5

April 15, 2014

This 4-hour CME session at ACFAOM 2014 (June 5-8, Old Town Alexandria, Va./Washington, DC) will focus on how current concepts in biomechanics can be integrated into your practice with the latest tips for getting more consistent and predictable outcomes. Real cases to be reviewed will include posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, sinus tarsi syndrome, lateral ankle instability, adult acquired flat foot, and falls

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Meet Loring Stead, DPM today at 9 p.m. ET

April 15, 2014

Dr. Loring Stead will be the guest on today’s Meet the Masters audio-conference (at 9 p.m

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Stretching: Is it beneficial for plantar fasciitis?

April 15, 2014

Lisa M.

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Overcoming communication challenges of EHRs

April 15, 2014

The transition to electronic health records can bring some concerns for healthcare providers, including workflow, training, privacy and security. But one of the most important issues is communication, and many clinicians are concerned that using a computer with a patient will hinder communication

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Cuticle removal can induce onychomycosis

April 15, 2014

When addressing onychomycosis caused by cosmetic procedures, says Zoe D. Draelos, M.D., cuticle removal represents a key culprit. Dr.

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Common tests may miss pediatric diabetic neuropathy

April 15, 2014

Noninvasive methods for screening pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes for peripheral diabetic neuropathy (DN) have low sensitivity, according to a systematic review published online April 7 in Pediatrics. The American Diabetes Association recommends that starting in puberty, children with type 1 diabetes undergo annual screening for DN using a 10-g monofilament to see whether the patient detects light touch. However, the authors found that neither this method nor screening with a tuning fork was terribly useful for detecting DN.

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Forefoot-strike running, shorter steps both decrease patellofemoral loads

April 15, 2014

Shortening step length and switching foot strike pattern both effectively decrease patello­femoral joint loading during running, according to research from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., presented in February at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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