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Interesting Article on How DPMs are Helping to Rebuild in Haiti

Cool article about how DPMs are helping to rebuild in Haiti, from the blog of Patrick DeHeer DPM written by Fairuz Parvez DPM: When asked about my experience in Haiti, at first I did not know where to begin. If I were to sum it up in a word, it would be: shocking. It was eye opening to say the least. I was at a loss for words when I first landed in Haiti. I knew there was some structural destruction but I did not truly understand at what level, the depth of the devastation, and why it was still so. I was as guilty as the next American assuming Haiti was not so bad off. Boy, did I get a crash course in the reality of things there. The first thing that shook me to my core was just how impoverished the country really was. I have visited developing.
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No Surprise: High Heels Culprit of Most Women’s Foot Issues

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) today announced the results of its Today’s Podiatrist survey, which measures the public’s attitudes toward foot health. The study, which surveyed 1,000 US adults ages 18 and older, revealed that nearly half of all women (49 percent) wear high heels, even though the majority of heel wearers (71 percent) complain these shoes hurt their feet. These findings seem to fit the old adage that “beauty is pain.” Even chronic discomfort doesn’t appear to deter women from purchasing the strappy stilettos they love: The average woman who owns high heels has nine pairs! Asked what they do when shoes hurt their feet, 38 percent of women said they’d “wear them anyway if I like them.” However, in spite of their extensive shoe collections, only two percent of women say they wear high heels every day, and just five percent say they wear high heels five.
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APHA ‘Get Ready Day’ Helps Americans Prep for Emergencies

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is creating awareness through their Get Ready Day campaign, which will be held on September 16, 2014. The campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including the flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. It’s certainly a good reminder to be aware of potentially dangerous situations and how they are safely handled. Here is a list of how to prepare for pretty much any emergency situation you can think of. This is also probably the cutest video you’ll ever see about emergency situations…Get Ready Video.
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REPORT: Office Visits by Patients With Diabetes Rising Rapidly in United States

Office visits in the United States for diabetes rose 20% from 2005 to 2010, with the largest increase in adults in their mid-20s to mid-40s, according to a new data brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Nearly 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, putting them at risk for other chronic conditions, such as heart disease, eye disease, and stroke, Jill J. Ashman, PhD, and colleagues from the NCHS note in the brief. On an annual basis, the cost of diabetes in the United States approaches $245 billion, and patients with diabetes have medical expenditures 2.3 times those of patients without diabetes. The researchers analyzed recent trends in office visits by patients with diabetes using the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), a nationally representative survey of visits to nonfederal office-based physicians (excluding anesthesiologists, radiologists, and pathologists). They.
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We Treat Feet Offers Plasma Rich Therapy at 65% Discount!

We’ve been seeing reports of late stating Plasma Rich Therapy costs between $500-1000 – this seems like an awful lot to us as our rate for PRP Therapy (without insurance!) is only $300! So if you’ve been considering this restorative therapy give us a call and take advantage of our professional team and unbeatable prices! You can reach us by phone at 410-363-4343 or Schedule An Appointment Online!.
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What is driving a physician shortage and how can it be stopped?

As its name insists, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is supposed to give more American access to reasonably-price healthcare, but this affordability would prove fruitless if the number of primary care physicians in the United States continues to decrease. Recent findings from the likes of SERMO, the largest online community of physicians, show that amongst all provider specialties family and internal medicine are two of three unhappiest groups of physicians, 62 percent and 60 percent, respectively. Only obstetricians and gynecologists come in lower at 59 percent. For internists and family physicians, dissatisfaction with lifestyle was a common factor leading many to rethink their choice of specialty, 25 and 23 percent, respectively. “These are the doctors on the front lines in medicine who are seeing the increase pressure and in particular now with the ACA in play and a higher stream of patients coming in,” SERMO CEO Peter Kirk tells EHRIntelligence.com..
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APMA Advocates for Permanent Medicare Payment Reform

WASHINGTON—The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) today voiced its concern over the short-term solution known as the “doc fix” legislation passed by voice vote in the House of Representatives. APMA calls on Congress to discontinue use of these temporary fixes, and instead focus efforts on continuing bipartisan negotiations, working toward a permanent SGR replacement package that includes provisions of the APMA-sponsored HELLPP Act. The one-year “doc fix” keeps Medicare payment levels at their current level and averts the 24-percent payment cut scheduled to take effect April 1. Instead, providers would see a 0.5-percent increase in payments through December 31, 2014. Payments would then revert to their current levels through April 15, 2015. The bill would also delay the ICD-10 transition until October 2015. While the delay does allow for additional time for preparation, it poses a significant financial and resource impact on entities that were heavily invested in the transition..
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New Children’s Foot Health Campaign Kicks Off

April’s foot health awareness month provides APMA the opportunity to educate the general public about the importance of maintaining children’s foot health at all stages of development, and the role today’s podiatrist plays in promoting positive foot health. This year’s campaign, titled “First Steps: Keeping Kids’ Feet Happy and Healthy”, will provide members with a host of new educational materials, including an online resource page, poster, customizable newsletter, kid-friendly worksheet, and shareable multimedia. A dedicated media relations strategy targeting “mommy bloggers” will also take place throughout the month, positioning APMA members as experts in the realm of children’s foot health. The “First Steps” campaign kicks off April 1, and resources will remain on APMA.org for a full year after the campaign’s completion for members’ use. For any questions, or to learn more about how you can get involved, contact the APMA Communications department..
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