10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience

October 28, 2014

The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations

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New Antibiotics – Tedizolid

October 23, 2014

As I mentioned in my previous post, this has been a pretty exciting time in the area of lower extremity infectious diseases. Not only do we have 2 new drugs for onychomycosis (to be covered in future posts) but we also have 3 new FDA approved antibiotics for the treatment of, in FDA Speak; “acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections” (aBSSSI).  These drugs are tedizolid, dalbavancin and oritavancin.  Of these, the one that I am most interested in, at least at this moment, is tedizolid.

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Physicians warming to Affordable Care Act

October 21, 2014

After much initial backlash to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), physicians are beginning to rate the law and some of its components more favorably, according to a new survey from the Medicus Firm physician search consultancy. Most significantly, the number of physicians giving the ACA a failing grade (F) overall fell from 30.2 percent in 2013 to 22.35 percent this year.

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Lipedema: A Review of the Literature

October 17, 2014

Lipedema is a disorder of adipose tissue that primarily affects females and is often misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphedema. Relatively few studies have defined the precise pathogenesis, epidemiology, and management strategies for this disorder, yet the need to successfully identify this disorder as a unique entity has important implications for proper treatment.

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Principles of Management of the Diabetic Foot Ulcer

October 5, 2014

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Strategies for Managing Bone Defects of the Lower Extremity

October 1, 2014

Management of posttraumatic segmental bone loss as a result of severe open injuries of the lower extremity, high-energy closed injuries, and following failed initial treatment of complex fractures that develop pseudarthrosis continues to challenge reconstructive surgeons. There are numerous strategies for dealing with such injuries but the outcome is unpredictable.

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When A Patient Presents With A Dry Crust On The Shin

September 25, 2014

Issue Number:  Volume 27 – Issue 10 – October 2014 Author(s):  Myron A. Bodman, DPM An 82-year-old Caucasian female and retired small business owner presented for ongoing care of multiple pressure keratoses overlying arthritic, contracted toe joints on both feet. She had managed the pressure keratoses with periodic paring, buttress crest padding, digital strapping, felt toe regulators and extra-depth shoes

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Saving the Limb in Diabetic Patients With Ischemic Foot Lesions Complicated by Acute Infection

September 25, 2014

Ischemia and infection are the most important factors affecting the prognosis of foot ulcerations in diabetic patients. To improve the outcome of these patients, it is necessary to aggressively treat 2 important pathologies—namely, occlusive arterial disease affecting the tibial and femoral arteries and infection of the ischemic diabetic foot. Each of these 2 conditions may lead to major limb amputation, and the presence of both critical limb ischemia (CLI) and acute deep infection is a major risk factor for lower-extremity amputation.

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New FICO credit score formula may hurt medical collections

September 16, 2014

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.

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