2nd Annual 2009 Journal of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association
In This Issue...
Young Members Committee
Executive Director Report
TSBPME Rule Revisions
TPMA Southwest Foot & Ankle Conference
September 11-13, 2009
Sports Medicine Lectures, Conﬂict Management,
Hands On Workshops and Assistant Program
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Martin Sloan, DPM
Abilene, TX 325-695-1890
President Elect:Samuel Nava, Jr., DPM
Irving, TX 972.432.9191
Vice President: Damien Dauphinee, DPM
Lewisville, TX 972.219.3338
Vice President: Steven Brancheau, DPM
Greenville, TX 903.455.2383
Past President: Robert Taylor, DPM
Journal of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Frisco, TX 972.712.4161 2nd Annual 2009
Region I: Tim Abigail, DPM
Richardson, TX 214.217.3668
Region I: Leslie Campbell, DPM This Issue Features:
Allen, TX 972.747.5800
Region I: Nicole Hancock, DPM President’s Message................................................................. 4
Denton, TX 940.300.3054
Region II: Marque Allen, DPM
Letter From the Editor................................................................ 5
San Antonio, TX 210.699.8326 Executive Director Report.......................................................... 6
Region II: Maureen Caldwell, DPM
Victoria, TX 361-578-2777 TSBPME Rules.......................................................................... 7
Region II: James Miller, DPM
San Antonio, TX 210.650.0314 Legislative Report..................................................................... 8
Region IV: Cory Brown, DPM
Abilene, TX 325.695.8990 TEX-PAC Contribution Form..................................................... 10
Region IV: Bradford Glass, DPM
Midland, TX 432.685-3650
Southwest Foot and Ankle Conference..................................... 10
Region V: Jonathan Hosch, DPM Southwest Foot and Ankle Conference Registration Form....... 14
Tyler, TX 903.596.9173
Region VI: Jeffrey Bowman, DPM Young Members Committee...................................................... 15
Houston, TX 713.467.8886
Region VI: Maria Buitrago, DPM TPMF - Treating Indigent Patients............................................. 17
Houston, TX 713.680.3668
Region VI: James Kutchback, DPM TPMF - Annual Meeting Recap................................................. 19
Kingwood, TX 281.348.2166
Region VI: Scott McKinney, DPM
TPMF Updates.......................................................................... 21
Pasadena, TX 713.946-1500 Medicare Corner........................................................................ 23
Region VI: Jason Miller
Kingwood, TX 281.348.2166 Classiﬁeds.................................................................................. 25
Region VII: Angel Lopez, DPM
Fort Worth, TX 817.625.1103 TPMA Website Updated........................................................... 27
Region VII: Ed Singleton, DPM
Watauga, TX 817.656.0303
Region VIII: Carlton Newman, DPM
Austin, TX 512.451.7929
Region VIII: Jonathan Smedley, DPM
Round Rock, TX 512.255.0125 2009-2010
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Martin Sloan, DPM
Colleagues, conflict and agreed-upon legislation, publishing a new rule mir-
roring said legislation while in the long term securing legislation
In the four short weeks since making in 2011 which will again, without ambiguity, define scope of
my opening remarks as the incoming practice for podiatrists in the state of Texas. The mediation task
president of the Texas Podiatric Medi- force comprised of podiatrists geographically representative of
cal Association (TPMA) for 2009-2010, Texas while at the same time utilizing the talent of those who
the staff and leadership of TPMA have have been instrumental in the process for the past eight years,
hit the ground running. You may recall will meet in Austin on August 15, 2009. The mediation format
some of the goals I outlined for our and personnel, which has been agreed upon by all parties, will
members. My primary goal is for the take place in Austin on August 18, 2009.
podiatrists of the state of Texas to retain
the right to practice podiatric medicine In my goals outlined at the Annual Meeting, I urged the utiliza-
and surgery in the manner in which they were educated, trained, tion of a professional public relations team with a proven track
credentialed and have practiced throughout their careers. I record to help navigate us through the waters of the current crisis
stressed the importance of maintaining unity as one body as and to get the message out to the public, the legislature and the
we move forward in the scope of practice battle. We at TPMA medical profession that we ARE the best-educated, best-trained
are committed to fight the good fight to ensure that no further and comprehensively the most proficient specialists in foot and
revocation of surgical privileges takes place. We are committed ankle care. Don Canada has put his heart and soul into TPMA in
to ultimately having a rule or law in place that defines without recent weeks and we have contracted with The Vollmer Group.
ambiguity the scope of practice of podiatry in the state of Texas. This state-wide PR firm headquartered in Austin with offices in
Houston, Dallas and New York is committed to help us attain
To that end TPMA requested approval of a new rule by Texas our goals. On July 14, 2009, we had a teleconference between
State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (TSBPME) at their the Vollmer Group, Don Canada, Shana Spring and Drs. Angel
July 6, 2009 meeting. (Interestingly, a proposed rule expires in Lopez, Leslie Campbell, Scott McKinney, Robert Taylor, Jeff Bow-
six months if not adopted, and the original rule was published on man and Martin Sloan. They clearly understand the urgency of
January 2, 2009 so we barely missed the deadline.) The TSBPME our message. In our discussions great strides were made in key
graciously agreed to discuss repeal of the definition of “foot” and message development, strategic planning and crisis communi-
to consider resubmission of a new rule (to replace the one which cation. We are contracted with Vollmer through November and
had initially been submitted in January.) beyond as necessary. Further, they will assist us in our public
awareness campaign, our manpower study showing future health
Representatives of TPMA and Texas Orthopaedic Association care shortages and our advocacy program. As we establish our
(TOA) met with the TSBPME on July 6, 2009 to testify as to their grassroots effort toward successful legislation in 2011 (essential
respective positions. TPMA was represented by Judge Tom Phillips, if we are to succeed) The Vollmer Group will prove invaluable.
Mark Hanna, Don Canada, Drs. Sloan, Nava, Taylor, Dauphinee, and
Bowman. TOA was represented by Dr. John Early, TOA President, On another front we are moving forward in the establishment
TOA legal counsel, Susan Henricks, and TOA Executive Director, of a Young Members Committee and the addition of a Young
Donna Parker. After extensive testimony a closed door “Execu- Member to the Board of Directors. You may read more on that
tive Session” was held, after which the parties were then invited elsewhere in this publication.
in for more discussion. The votes were then taken. The TSBPME
voted 5 to 1 to repeal the old rule defining “foot” and 5 to 1 to Before closing we at TPMA must extend a congratulatory hand to
propose new rules. Dr. Paul Kinberg. This gentleman works tirelessly for all podiatrists
in Texas, largely unrecognized. On July 16th, I had the pleasure
The intent of this rule is to clarify that treatment may include of meeting with Dr. Kinberg and Debra Patterson, MD, Medical
surgical and non-surgical procedures performed on soft tissue Director, Trailblazer Health Enterprises, LLC. The purpose of the
structures distal to the tibial tuberosity that affect the foot and meeting was to discuss proposed guidelines to wound care
ankle. The net effect of this is for the time being podiatrists debridement codes and reimbursement. At issue were prepay-
who are credentialed to perform procedures should be able to ment audits and the difficulties some practitioners have had with
continue performing those procedures. The Board voted to hold reimbursement from Medicare. I will defer to Dr. Kinberg for that
their next meeting on November 16, 2009 at which time they report. But suffice it to say the interchange and the dynamics
will consider final adoption of the proposed rules. were cordial, professional and educational.
At the same time we have been in extensive discussion with TOA
and our legal team on the matter of how best to resolve this Classifieds are available online at
ongoing battle. We have been encouraged by TSBPME, TOA and www.txpma.org. Send your Classifieds to
others to attempt to resolve the issue with mediation. A mediation email@example.com.
task force has been established to formulate a proposal, which if
successful, will in the short term result in resolution of the current
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Letter from the Editor
Ken Dennis, DPM
IT IS HOT! No matter
if you talk about the
weather or the politics
of Health Care – It Is
Hot. It might be scope
of practice issues
across the state or
single payor consider-
ations on the national
front, but health care is
a hot topic right now. I
know that I am glad to
have the Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA)
and the American Podiatric Medical Association
(APMA) representing my (and my patient’s ) best
interests. As you will see in almost every article in
N A F T I N
this issue of Texas Podiatric Medicine, the politics of
health care is HOT.
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Back to hot topics - how often does someone ask
you, “how’s business?” If you are like me, you are
almost afraid to say that business is really pretty
good right now. Considering the economic times,
I feel pretty darn lucky to have my “day job” – es-
pecially considering the fact that all my retirement
dreams are in the basement right now. The more
I listen to the news, the more depressed I get, and
then I try the ignorance is bliss approach – all to no
avail. We really have no other choice but to keep
plugging away and make the most of our situation.
I still feel blessed to have the fellowship of my peers
and the support of a truly wonderful profession!
So between air conditioning bills and water ration-
ing and summer vacations we are already more
than half way through the summer of 2009. And
yes there will be a cold front (probably with a hur-
ricane or two mixed in) to cool us down into the
80’s sometime in the next 6 weeks. I hope to see
you in Frisco on September 11-13, 2009, because
as I said before, the fellowship developed by the
Texas Podiatric Medical Association is “Priceless”!
Please take care, and continue all you do for the
citizens of our great state.
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Executive Director’s Report
Just to review the situation with the Texas If we can jointly agree on legislation, then there will need to be
State Board of Podiatric Medical Examin- an interim TSBPME rule to govern until that legislation becomes
ers (TSBPME) and the proposed rules, the effective, and decisions will have to be made on how and when
TSBPME met on December 15, 2008 and to take the “foot rule” down which would make the Supreme
voted to publish rules that would delete Court case moot, and hopefully get the Court of Appeals opinion
the definition of foot and added new off the books as well.
language that better identified what a
podiatrist is able to do regarding scope Although we have been through this before, I am optimistic
of practice. Those rules changes were that we have an opportunity to work together with TOA/TMA
published on January 2, 2009 and a Public to resolve this issue outside the courtroom. Time will tell.
Hearing was held on February 27, 2009.
Those rules could have been adopted
at their next meeting on March 30, 2009 but after much discus-
sion, the TSBPME left the rules pending and did not take action
at that time.
They met again on July 6,2009 and the significance of that date
is that the rules process allows for published rules to expire if not
adopted within 6 months. So TSBPME missed the opportunity
to act on those rules by the 6 month rule and if they wanted to
proceed, they would have to republish the rules.
On July 6th, the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) and the Texas Future TPMA
Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) made presentations to the
Board under public comments. That went about as you would
expect: TOA opposed the rules on their same premise, that the
rule exceeded their authority and TOA considered it as “legislat-
ing by rule”. Afterwards, TSBPME went into a lengthy Executive
Session to consider what to do, which gave the parties (TOA/ Southwest Foot & Ankle Conference
TMA and TPMA) to sit outside in the “bull-pen” an opportunity
to discuss the situation. September 11-13, 2009
TOA asked if TPMA would be interested in trying mediation Frisco, Texas
again, to which I responded, absolutely! And we had a lot of
the major players there (John Early, MD, Susan Henricks (TOA
attorney), Judge Phillips, Mark Hanna, Drs. Martin Sloan, Robert
TPMA & Dallas County Winter
Taylor, Damien Dauphinee and Jeff Bowman (and me) so the Conference
January 22-24, 2010
conversation went to what does each side see as the sticking
points, and how can we work out something that can be taken
to the legislature in 2011 to once and for all, resolve this issue.
Both sides agreed on a Mediation date and a mediator (Patrick
Keel – former District Judge and professional mediator) so TPMA Annual Meeting
the mediation will be held at the offices of Baker and Botts on
Saturday, August 18,2009. Prior to that (this coming Saturday) June 4-6, 2010
we have assembled a TPMA Mediation Task Force to meet at
the TPMA office to prepare for the mediation. That task force Houston, Texas
includes, Drs. Sloan, Nava, Dauphinee, Brancheau, Taylor, Carpen-
ter, Bowman, Lifshen, Mendicino, Falknor, Jason Miller, Marque Southwest Foot & Ankle Conference
Allen, and Leslie Campbell. At the actual mediation, TPMA will
be represented by the Executive Committee (Drs. Sloan, Nava, September 24-26, 2010
Dauphinee, Brancheau, and Taylor).
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Proposed Changes to TSBPME Rules pursuant to Board approval to
publish in the Texas Register at the July 6, 2009 TSBPME meeting:
§375.1. Definitions amended to provide that: (6) Condition means any disease, disorder, physical injury, deformity or
ailment of the human foot.
The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have
the following meanings, unless the context indicates otherwise: The proposed change for §375.3 implements Texas Occupations Code
§202.001(a)(4) and Texas Health and Safety Code §241.101.
(1) Board--The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
§375.3. General. Amended to provide that:
[(2) Foot--The foot is the tibia and fibula in their articulation with the
talus, and all bones to the toes, inclusive of all soft tissues (muscles, (a) - (b) (No change.)
nerves, vascular structures, tendons, ligaments and any other
anatomical structures) that insert into the tibia and fibula in their (c) A licensed podiatric physician may treat that portion of the body at
articulation with the talus and all bones to the toes.] or below the ankle by any system or method.
(2)  Medical Records--Any records, reports, notes, charts, x-rays, or (d) The intent §375.3(c) is to clarify that treatment may also include
statements pertaining to the history, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment procedures performed on soft tissue structures distal to the tibial
or prognosis of the patient including copes of medical records of other tuberosity that treat conditions on that portion of the body at or
health care practitioners contained in the records of the podiatric below the ankle.
physician to whom a request for release of records has been made. (3)
(e) The intent of §375.3(c) is to clarify that this includes fractures that
(3) [(4)] Office--In the singular, includes the plural. extend into the ankle joint.
(4) [(5)] Public communication--Any written, printed, visual, or oral (f ) Complex surgical procedures of the ankle by a podiatric physician
statement or other communication made or distributed, or intended shall be performed only in a JCAHO approved hospital or a licensed
for distribution, to a member of the general public or the general ambulatory surgical center.
public at large.
(g) The Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners recommends
(5) [(6)] Solicitation--A private communication to a person concerning individual privileging based on an individual practitioner’s level of
the performance of a podiatric service for such person. documented experience, documented training or board certification/
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Legislative Report - 81st Legislature
Mark Hanna, JD
More than 7000 bills were filed during by a podiatrist rather than a physician (MD or DO). HB 1570 (Rep.
the 81st Session of the Texas Legis- Thompson) provides that a preferred provider contract between an
lature which adjourned Sine Die on insurer and a podiatrist must provide that the methodology used to
June 1, 2009. Many good bills failed compute the amount of payment or reimbursement for services or
to pass this Session due primarily to procedures covered by the contract is the same as the methodology
the log jam in the House triggered by used to compute the amount of payment or reimbursement when
the delay tactics put forth by many the same services are provided by a physician. HB 1570 passed the
House Democrats to kill the voter ID House, was heard by the State Affairs Committee in the Senate, and
legislation. The following is a sum- left pending. Opposition by the health insurance industry caused
mary regarding the bills of significant the bill to die late in the Session. TPMA supported. Did not pass.
interest to the Texas Podiatric Medical
Association (TPMA). Expedited Credentialing – SB 779 (Sen. Watson) provided for expe-
dited credentialing for health care providers under a managed health
Medicaid – SB 1 (Sen. Ogden), the Appropriations Bill, includes full care plan. Passed the Senate. Died in the House. TPMA supported.
funding for podiatric medical services for both children and adults. Did not pass.
TPMA supported. Passed.
The Healthy Texas Program – SB 6 (Sen. Duncan) created a new
Franchise Tax Exemption – HB 4765 (Rep. Oliveira) increased the health insurance program for small employers. TPMA supported an
State franchise tax exemption from $300,000 to $1,000,000. TPMA amendment to include all health care providers (not just “physician
supported. Passed. services”). Passed the Senate. Died in the House. Did not pass.
Insurance Coverage For Orthotics – HB 806 (Rep. Gallego) man- Children’s Health Insurance Program – HB 2962 (Rep. Coleman)
dates insurance coverage for prosthetic devices, orthotic devices, amended CHIP so as to allow 80,000 children above the current income
and related services. TPMA supported. Passed. limit to join the Program. TPMA supported. Passed the House. Died
in the Senate. Did not pass.
Agency Consolidation – No legislation was introduced this Session
which would have consolidated the health licensing agencies under Student Loan Forgiveness – HB 1876 (Rep. Chisum) as introduced,
an “umbrella” regulatory framework. would have provided student loan forgiveness for physicians, dentists,
and social workers who practice in certain underserved areas. TPMA
Scope of Practice – No legislation was introduced this Session supported an amendment that would have added podiatrists. Did
regarding the DPM’s scope of practice. not pass.
Regulation of Lasers – HB 449 (Rep. Jackson) provides that a person Medicaid – HB 1541 (Rep. Turner) would have added 258,000 children
may not operate a laser or pulsed light device with the intent to treat to the Medicaid Program by expanding the enrollment period for
an illness, disease, injury, or physical defect or deformity unless the the Program from six months to twelve months. TPMA supported.
person is authorized by law to treat the illness, disease, injury, or Did not pass.
physical defect or deformity in that manner. TPMA supported as
amended. Passed. Health Education Programs – SB 706 (Sen. Nelson) provided incen-
tives to recruit health education program faculty, including podiatric
Diabetes Mellitus Registry – HB 1363 (Rep. Gutierrez) establishes medical education faculty. TPMA supported. Did not pass.
a diabetes mellitus registry pilot program. Passed.
Loan Repayment – HB 2154 (Rep. Edwards) revamps the Texas Physi-
Diabetic Equipment and Supplies – HB 1487 (Rep. Pitts) relates cian Education Loan Repayment Program. Currently, the state forgives
to the alignment of certain Medicaid procedures regarding written up to $45,000 of a medical graduate’s loans if he or she practices in a
orders for diabetic equipment and supplies with comparable Medi- shortage area. Most physicians graduate with more than $160,000
care written order procedures. Passed. in school loans, however in order to qualify family practitioners
would have to serve in areas designated as medically underserved
Discount Health Care Programs – HB 4341 (Rep. Truitt) provides for a minimum of four years, and in turn would qualify for more than
for the regulation of discount health care programs by the Texas $150,000 in loan repayment. TPMA and the Patient Choice Alliance
Department of Insurance. Passed. supported an amendment that would have added other health care
providers, but the effort was unsuccessful due to the additional fiscal
Parity – Section 1451.104, Insurance, prohibits the discriminatory implications. The funding for the bill will come from an increase in
payment or reimbursement of providers based solely on the type of taxes on smokeless tobacco. Passed.
health care practitioner selected by the insured. However, several
insurers doing business in Texas have issued preferred provider Out-of-Network Providers – SB 586 (Sen. Carona) would have
contracts to participating podiatrists which arbitrarily provide a prevented insurers from retaliating against participating health
lower level of reimbursement if the covered service is provided care providers who refer patients to out-of-network facilities. TPMA
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Legislative Report - 81st Legislature - continued
Mark Hanna, JD
supported. Passed the Senate. Died in the House. Did not pass.
HB 4171 (Rep. Christian) relating to procedures to help ensure that
Other Legislation of interest which did not pass is listed below. certain state agency rules are consistent with the meaning and intent
of applicable legislative enactments.
HB 40 (Rep. Corte) relating to regulations on certain complementary
and alternative health care services. HB 4349 (Rep. Tracy King) relating to certification of a person as eligible
for disabled parking privileges.
HB 223 (Rep. Eiland) relating to regulation of the secondary market
in certain physician and health care provider discounts. HB 4455 (Reps. Martinez and Fischer) relating to prompt payment
of insurance claims.
HB 531 (Rep. Anchia) relating to medical loss ratios of certain health
benefit plan issuers. HB 4519 (Reps. Homer and Deuell) relating to standards for indepen-
dent review organizations.
HB 698 (Rep. Zerwas) relating to the designated doctor’s examination
under the workers’ compensation system. HB 4572 (Rep. Zerwas) relating to insurance
coverage for certain devices that facilitate
HB 1166 (Rep. Leibowitz) relating to cer- insulin therapy and enhance glucose control
tain requirements for doctors providing in the treatment of diabetes.
professional services under the workers’
compensation system. SB 556 (Sen. Hinojosa) relating to require-
ments for certain contracts with physicians
HB 1369 (Rep. Rodriguez) relating to unfair and health care providers.
claim settlement practices by an insurer
that issues a preferred provider benefit plan. SB 793 (Sen. Hegar) relating to certification
of a person as eligible for disabled parking
HB 1442 (Rep. Hancock) relating to the privileges.
operation of certain managed care plans
regarding out-of-network health care SB 821 (Sen. Shapiro) relating to the regula-
providers. tion of medical radiological technology.
HB 1929 (Rep. Jim Jackson) relating to payment of claims of certain SB 1461 (Sen. Duncan) relating to the registration of diagnostic imag-
out-of-network physicians and health care providers. ing equipment, the accreditation of diagnostic imaging facilities, and
the regulation of diagnostic imaging providers.
HB 1930 (Rep. Jim Jackson relating to health services provided to
health benefit plan enrollees by certain out-of-network health care SB 1527 (Sen. Shapleigh) relating to the creation of an electronic
providers. medical record for certain individuals enrolled in the Medicaid or
child health plan program.
HB 2029 (Rep. Zerwas) relating to the establishment of a laser and
intense pulsed light device registry. SB 2332 (Sen. Duncan) relating to the regulation of preferred pro-
vider benefit plans regarding network adequacy, contracting and
HB 2203 (Rep. Isett) relating to the continuation and operation of reimbursement activities.
the Texas Department OF Insurance and the operation of certain
insurance programs. SB 2383 (Sen. Shapleigh) relating to universal health coverage for
HB 2279 (Rep. Thompson) relating to the provision of and billing for
certain diagnostic imaging services. SB 2426 (Sen. Deuell) relating to the establishment of a laser and
intense pulsed light device registry; providing a civil penalty.
HB 2599 (Rep. Thompson) relating to the registration of diagnostic
imaging equipment, the accreditation of diagnostic imaging facilities, SB 2441 (Sen. Uresti) relating to the enforceability of covenants not
and the regulation of diagnostic imaging providers. to compete and to certain procedures and remedies in actions to
enforce those covenants.
HB 2938 (Rep. Truitt) relating to the conduct of investigations, prepay-
ment reviews, and payment holds in cases of suspected fraud, waste, If you have questions or require additional information regarding bills
or abuse in the provision of health and human services. passed during the 81st Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, please
contact TPMA Legal/Legislative Counsel, Mark J. Hanna, 900 Congress
HB 3507 (Rep. Fletcher) relating to specialized license plates and Avenue, Suite 250, Austin, Texas 78701; telephone: (512) 477-6200;
parking placards for vehicles of persons with disabilities. facsimile: (512) 477-1188; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I want to support the podiatric medical health and care for
citizens of the State of Texas, and pledge my support to the
TPMA Political Action Committee!
My Contribution: President’s Council ($1,000) Platinum ($500) Silver ($250) Bronze ($100) Other
City, State, Zip: Phone/Fax:
Payment: AMEX VISA MC Check Bill Me Total Enclosed: $
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Return to TEX-PAC: 918 Congress Ave., Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701, 512.494.1129 fax
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September 11-13, 2009
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Young Members Committee
Maureen Caldwell, DPM, Co-Chair Young Members Committee
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Young Members’ Program was established in August 1997, and exists to serve the
needs and interests of APMA young members (students, residents, fellows, postgraduate, and associate members) and to encourage
And I am happy to report that the Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) has developed and is implementing the TPMA Young
Members Committee recognizing that students, residents, and new practitioners have unique concerns deserving special attention.
The TPMA Young Members’ Committee will focus on the needs and interests of members with five years or less of experience in the
practice of podiatric medicine, as well as resident and student members. The Committee also leads recruiting efforts of young prac-
titioners into TPMA and assists with development of CME programming for TPMA’s young members.
At our recent Board meeting, TPMA voted to develop a Young Members Committee and at the Annual Meeting, we passed a bylaws
change that puts one designated Young Member on the TPMA Board as a voting member and that position this year will be held by
Scott MacTavish, DPM. In addition, we added a position on the CME committee for a young member to help with programs that will
specifically benefit the young practitioner. That position will be held by Linnie Rabjon, DPM. These are very good steps forward to
provide benefits and integrate the members with less than five years in practice into the mainstream of TPMA.
The TPMA Young Members Committee appointments were made by Martin V. Sloan, DPM, TPMA President and include:
YOUNG MEMBERS COMMITTEE
Maureen Caldwell, D.P.M. Co-Chair
Young Member TBD Co-Chair
Jason Hancock, D.P.M.
James Kutchback, D.P.M.
Scott MacTavish, D.P.M. (To also serve on TPMA Board)
David Pytowski, D.P.M.
Linnie Rabjohn, D.P.M. (To also serve on TPMA CME Committee)
Nealand Willingham, D.P.M
Kary Ann Shebetka , D.P.M. Emerging Leaders Program Co-Chair
Jonathan Hosch, D.P.M. Emerging Leaders Program Co-Chair
Young Members Committee Meeting
Saturday, September 12, 2009
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Embassy Suites, Frisco, Texas during the
Southwest Foot & Ankle Conference
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas/HMO Blue Texas
Professional Multiple Surgery Pricing Guidelines
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas has published its June 2007 multiple surgery reimbursement
policy, and can be found at:
This includes payment provisions for multiple procedures performed unilaterally or bilaterally at
the same operative session. If you have received payment from BCBSTX that is not consistent with
its stated policy.
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TPMF ADDS RESOURCES FOR TREATING INDIGENT PATIENTS OF TEXAS
Indigent Care Liaison for Greater Houston Area: Houston area. Doctors must donate their time, but TPMF will provide
The TPMF is committed to coordinating resources to serve the indigent Gateway funds to reimburse as possible for hard goods, ie DME,
patients of Texas. The first step of this project has been completed Medicines, etc. This will make it easier to care for those that need it.
and includes a liaison with Gateway To Care of Greater Houston. Dr.
Don Falknor of Houston has worked with Gateway for over a year and How do I become involved?
shares his experience: “Most Podiatrist have a desire to give back to the 1. Pledge Card can be downloaded at www.txpmf.org/pdfs/
community and provide help to those that need help but can’t afford it. ind_pledge_card.pdf. Mail this to Gateway.
I want to help others but I want to know if the patient I am helping really 2. Refer indigent patients that show up at your office to Gateway
needs help. I also don’t have time to spend traveling to outlying clinics or participating clinics or Gateway will refer patients to you
to treat the indigent. Gateway To Care of Greater Houston provides the with your permission. Patient Consent for Charitable Services
ability to provide charity work without a lot of hassle. They screen the is required and can be downloaded at www.txpmf.org/pdfs/
patients, refer them to your office, re-evaluates them and the best part ind_pat_consent.pdf.
is they work with your schedule. It is your choice how many indigent 3. Read the FAQ questions in working with Gateway of Houston.
patients you want to treat. “ Contact TPMF with any questions.
4. Take advantage of Gateway as a resource for indigent care though
Gateway To Care Provider Health Network is based on a national their hotline and website. www.gatewaytocare.org
model called Project Access where a network of physicians and health
care providers have agreed to see low income, uninsured patients What about other areas besides Houston?
who are pre-screened and determined eligible for the program, on The TPMF is working on creating partnerships with other indigent
a charity basis. Patients eligibility is based on not having any insur- networks in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. Watch for further details
ance coverage, being at 150% or below the federal poverty level for these areas. For rural areas where there are no networks in place,
and must be referred by a Gateway physician or participating clinic. as a TPMA member, you can contact the TPM Foundation Indigent
Currently, Gateway has over 800 participating physicians and 34 Patient Committee and request assistance or funding for hard goods.
hospitals/ clinics. They are a non -profit entity and have provided All requests are based on current donations available.
over 8 million people charity care since 2005.
Other Indigent Supplies Available:
The TPMF Indigent Patient Program for Houston will be a liaison with Currently as of June 2009, the TPMF has access to 50 pairs of diabetic
Gateway To Care PHN. The TPMF is approved as a partner with Gate- shoes donated by Dr. Comfort, some Oxistat supplies, and 1000 pairs
way and any of our physician members can refer indigent patients to Croc-type shoes that can be provided to indigent patients or clinics
Gateway. The only commitment is to provide services based on the based on availability. To request aid, volunteer or donate for the
number of patients you want to see annually, 1 - 100. It is your choice. indigent patient project, contact any Foundation Board member or
TPMF has begun work to raise grant monies to reimburse our par-
ticipating DPMs for their expenses in caring for the indigent of the
Check the TPMA Website for Current Information & Meeting Registration:
Have you visited the TPMA website? You need your APMA membership number to access
“members only section” but there is an abundance of resource information and links
available to you.
If you have suggestions or edits for the website, please send them to email@example.com.
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Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation
William L. Van Pelt, DPM - TPMF President
TPMF EVENTS AT TPMA ANNUAL MEETING RAISE OVER $18,000 !
The Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation would like to thank EVERYONE who helped make the Annual Meeting Events a success! These events
are the biggest fundraiser of the year and it is vital to the continuation of TPMF projects. With the support of all the participants, auction donors
and sponsors – the TPMF raised over $18,000 in funds.
A special thank you to our Annual Meeting Sponsors: Bako Podiatric Pathology, Mile High Orthotics and Gulf Coast Surgical of Houston. Also
a special thank you to our Golf & Fishing chairman, Dr. Larry Mactavish of Houston, the Poker Tournament Chairs – Dr. Jason Miller of Houston
and Dr. Bill Van Pelt of Canyon Lake and the Auction Chair – Nelda Falknor of Houston. Thank you to all of the Foundation volunteers who
donated their time and money to make these events successful: Dr. Scott & Sandy McKinney, Dr. Jim & Elizabeth Kutchback, Cyndi Lara and Dr.
Caporusso’s staff, Dr. Bill & Judy Van Pelt, Dr. Jim & Kris Miller, Dr. Don & Nelda Falknor and Dr. Maria & William Buitrago.
Congratulations to the following winners:
TPMF Golf Tournament – Greg Armstrong, Mile High Orthotics
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Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation
William L. Van Pelt, DPM - TPMF President
2009-2011 Foundation Board Elected
TPMF welcomes the new 2009-2011 Foundation Board of Direc- I would like to support
tors including: the TPMF with my fully
President- Bill Van Pelt, DPM tax deductible gift.
Vice–President – Jason Miller, DPM
Secretary/Treasurer – Javier LaFontaine, DPM
Directors: Visionary Donor $3,500
Steven Brancheau, DPM Principal Donor $1,500
Cory Brown, DPM
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Brian Carpenter, DPM
Damien Dauphinee, DPM Memorial Contribution:
Don Falknor, DPM
In Memory of:
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Karry Ann Shebetka, DPM
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Paul Kinberg, DPM
Trailblazer Health Enterprises (THE), the J4 Medicare Administrative wanted the grafts “fixed” via suture or staples. The final LCD reverts to
Carrier (MAC), has announced the final Local Coverage Determination the CPT statement that it is the surgeon’s choice as to the fixation device
(LCD) for Bioengineered Skin Substitutes. The LCD has, at the time this with sutures, staples, Steri-Strips™ or by other appropriate techniques.
article is written, has not yet been published. So its effective date has
not yet been set and there could be other changes written into the Another issue podiatry had questioned was the use of these products
policy. Watch for the LCD publication on the THE internet site and you on small wounds. Again we were heard. The final LCD states these
will know when it will become effective. There were several changes grafts can be “applied to wounds of reasonable size given the clinical
to the draft LCD podiatry requested and we have been successful in circumstances. For instance, Medicare would not expect routine use of
getting those into the final version. graft material in treating small wounds (smaller than 1.0 cm2 or 1 cm in
smallest diameter) unless the medical record clearly demonstrates the
Of course Dermagraft and Apligraf remain a part of the LCD. Their in- wound to be refractory to conservative treatment but otherwise heal-
dications for use and documentation guidelines and limitations remain able. Use on small wounds that have demonstrated adequate healing
unchanged from the prior version. But there are several new additions by conservative means is not covered.”
that will enhance our ability to treat wound.
But with one victory comes another issue. TPMA has been the first
The first is the addition of GraftJacket, but not GraftJacket Express to the organization to met with the THE Carrier Medical Director (CMD). The
list of bioengineered skin substitutes that can be used for a one-time issue, revisiting the Wound Care LCD. Specifically the debridement
application to a full-thickness or deeper diabetic wound. It seems the codes (11040 -11044) and the pre-payment audits podiatrists have had
peer-reviewed, on-line article showing data from a prospective, random- to undergo on codes 11042 and 11043 since the fall 2007. The CMD
ized, controlled, multicenter level-1 study showed data to confirm the wants to rewrite the LCD so these audits can be suspended. It was a
effectiveness of GraftJacket for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. very good exchange and we were promised that podiatry would be in
David G. Armstrong, DPM, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Director of the loop as the LCD is rewritten. The revised LCD will be brought up
Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University Of at the October CAC meeting for discussion. Podiatry again made sure
Arizona College Of Medicine led the study entitled, “Clinical Effective- THE understood that debridement is the “gold standard” from which all
ness of an Acellular Dermal Regenerative Tissue Matrix Compared to other wound care extends.
Standard Wound Management in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers.” The
study did not include GraftJacket Express and THE is waiting to see a We were told that the review of the 200+ claims by the CMD showed
similar article on the effectiveness of GraftJacket Express. that many, if not most, of those debridements did not meet the docu-
mentation requirements of the LCD. One concession we got was for
Oasis, originally excluded from the initial draft of the LCD, but included THE to give physicians the specific documentation requirements they
in the prior LCD, remains in the final LCD. Again the reason was the need so the codes would be paid without problems. We were told that
articles published on use of this product for diabetic ulcers. Another once a new LCD is put in place, THE will again audit the codes to be sure
issue in the draft revolved around the fixation of these graft products. they are being paid correctly and the documentation is appropriate.
The final LCD has sided with organized podiatry’s statement that the CPT Until then plan on THE continuing to audit CPT codes 11042 and 11043.
verbiage took precedence over what THE had written in the draft. THE
Ronald Wuntch, DPM, 56, of Dallas, TX
Dr. Ronald J. Wuntch, 56, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, April 3, 2009. He leaves behind his beloved
wife, Katie of 35 years, sons Marcus and Zev and daughter, Rachel, his parents, Israel and Beverly, younger
brother, Barry and wife Judy and their son Brandon. His brother, David and his grandparents preceded him in
death. Ron was born on January 8, 1953 in Houston, TX. He loved the many adventures they shared which
included travel, golﬁng, skiing, tennis, scouting and games. He was a Board Certiﬁed Podiatrist who practiced
for 30 years. Ron’s ofﬁce was at RHD and was on staff at many local hospitals. He was a member of the
American Podiatric Association, past president, and served on the State Board. As much as Ron enjoyed his
patients, his family was closest to his heart. He was always willing to become personally involved in the
activities and interests of his wife and children.
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The 2.4 mm and 3.0 mm Headless Compression Screws work like lag screws,
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compression sleeve to compress the fracture prior to fully inserting the screw.
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We have been working on simplifying and streamlining the TPMA website to make it more user friendly and
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thanks to Linda Koepsel at Eppointments Plus who handles our site for her diligent work with our staff to make
The TPMA E-News from the Texas
Podiatric Medical Association has been
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