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Group photo:
Front row left to right: Sandy Ford, two nurses from Vaiola Hospital, Dr. Greg Rowan,
Michelle Moore, Emily Pinnock.
Back row left to right: Jake Ford, Dr. Jeff Bray, Vaiola hospital
worker, Dr. Scott Richins.

Read more about Dr. Bray’s work in Tonga HERE

 

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

APMA_DiabetesCampaign_Logo_ƒAPMA has launched its November Diabetes Awareness Month campaign to educate the public about the incredible work our members are doing. The materials for the campaign are easy to use and are ready and waiting for states and individual members to implement during November. Just a reminder: If you have not already contacted us to receive the digital tool kit, please do so now. There’s still plenty of time to implement many of the materials for Diabetes Awareness Month. To receive a copy of the tool kit, please email PR Specialist Nora Younes, nryounes@apma.org.

1 April 2016

APMALogoGood Afternoon,

Foot Health Awareness Month (April 4—30) provides APMA and its members and affiliates with the opportunity to help educate the public about podiatrists’ education, training, and experience.

Join us in supporting APMA’s “Today’s Podiatrist Keeps America Walking” campaign, which provides a host of new educational materials for both member and patient use, including an online resource page, newsletter, social media posts, feature articles, tip sheets, shareable memes, and more. Many of these materials will be customizable, so you can provide the patients in your community with information most relevant to them.

APMA encourages all state components and affiliates to recognize foot health awareness month and share the valuable resources in this year’s digital toolkit with their local communities and membership.

Visit www.apma.org/walking to download the digital toolkit with all campaign materials.

Thank you for your participation! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Best,

Nora Younes, M.A
Communications Associate
American Podiatric Medical Association
9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-1621
301-581-9221 (direct)
301-530-2752 (fax)
www.apma.org
Twitter: @APMA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theAPMA

 

 

To All Members of the Idaho Podiatric Medical Association – Posted August 4, 2015

 With the recent Supreme Court ruling, access to care is even more important. In an effort to bolster our grassroots engagement for building more congressional cosponsors for our signature HELLPP Act (HR 1221 / S 626), we have devised this grassroots petition (also available at www.apma.org/PetitionForHELLPP) which we ask that you print out, display in your front office and urge your patients to sign.

The rationale for this grassroots petition is simple: the more constituents/voters we can get to weigh in with our elected officials that they must cosponsor this important legislation, the more lawmakers will find it increasingly difficult to ignore our collective voices.

So please take a minute today to print out this grassroots petition, display it somewhere in your front office, and ask your patients to sign it.

We will send out periodic reminders to ensure DPM members are taking this basic grassroots step to engage constituents. And later this summer we will be communicating our process for delivering these petitions to your elected officials. But for the time being, we need you to be aggressively gathering signatures on this petition.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this important grassroots endeavor.

 Sincerely,

Seth A. Rubenstein, DPM
Chair, APMA Legislative Committee
Member, APMA Board of Trustees

Attention all Idaho Podiatrists – Posted August 4, 2015

This information was sent to us from the Division of Medicaid with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Please take the time to read the information and be informed on the upcoming changes that may affect you and your practice.

-IPMA Board Members

“Medicaid recently learned that the site of service reduction had not been applied to podiatrists’ claims since at least 2010 when Molina started.  Going forward, we will be making a change that aligns with both the allopathic and osteopathic physician claims and the midlevel practitioner claims.  This includes a reduction in reimbursement for claims billed for the sites of service listed in the announcement below.  This is the announcement that will be in the August MedicAide newsletter.  In August you will find the finalized document here:  https://www.idmedicaid.com/MedicAide%20Newsletters/Forms/All.aspx

Site of Service Differential Will Be Applied to

Podiatrists’ Claims

Effective for dates of service on or after September 1, 2015, Idaho Medicaid will begin paying podiatry providers 70% of the rate on file, to account for the site of service differential, for claims billed with place of service 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 51, 52, 61, or 62. All other podiatry claims will continue to pay according to the Medicaid fee schedule. Please check the website for the current rate on file.

Medicaid Fee Schedule

http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Providers/MedicaidProviders/MedicaidFeeSchedule

If you have any questions, please contact Lourie Neal, Senior Financial Specialist at the Office of Reimbursement: 1 (208) 287-1162.

 A new handbook section will be added and you will be able to find it here: https://www.idmedicaid.com/Provider%20Guide/Provider%20Handbook.aspx

New Handbook Section will be added

Add section 2.2.6.1

2.2.6.1. Site of Service Differential

For dates of service on or after 9/1/2015, Medicaid will pay a site of service differential of 70% of the numerical fee schedule for claims billed with a place of service:

21    Inpatient Hospital
22    Outpatient Hospital
23    Emergency Room – Hospital
24    Ambulatory Surgical Center
25    Birthing Center
31    Skilled Nursing Facility
51    Inpatient Psychiatric Facility
52    Psychiatric Facility – partial hospitalization
61    Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation

If a person is eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare or other insurance, Medicaid’s payment for services will not exceed the amount allowed by Medicaid minus Medicare’s or other insurance’s payment.

Thank you for helping us to inform the podiatric provider community.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions. 

 Jeanne Siroky, BSN, RN
(208) 364-1897
Alternative Care Coordinator
Division of Medicaid
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Contact Members of Congress – Posted June 24, 2015

June is legislative month and if you have not encouraged your members to contact members of congress on the HELLPP ACT and on VA parity please do so. I will try to keep you informed. Legislative conference tomorrow evening to review progress and ramp up support. To reach me ckratzer53@yahoo.com, 252-521-0511, and please leave a voicemail and PLEASE Remember I am in Eastern time zone. Thanks and I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU THIS YEAR.

Meet Carroll Kratzer, DPM – Posted June 23, 2015

Hello to everyone. Carroll Kratzer, DPM here. I am your new legislative assistant from  APMA Legislative committee assigned to Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, And Washington. . I have been on the committee since April and hope that I can be at your service. When I get the bugs out of my contact lisat I hope to be at your disposal for all legislative needs at help and your suggestions for the committee. I am A 20 member of the HOD, and APMAPAC Co coordinator from NC and we have already our giving goal for this year to the APMAPAC.

2015 Legislative Session – Posted September 15, 2014

The Board of Podiatry is submitting a proposed rule for review during the 2015 legislative session.  The rule has been published in the Administrative Rules Bulletin and can also be found on the Board web page here: http://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/BoardPage.aspx?Bureau=POD

 You can view the rule under the Proposed Laws and Rules link to the left of the home page.

Bylaw Changes – Posted August 2014

The IPMA board would like to propose changes to the state  Association bylaws. Historically it has been challenging to fill the role of Association leadership on a year-to-year basis. The executive board is recommending that all offices be held for a two-year time frame to help alleviate this issue in the future. Members will be asked to vote on this issue when a proposed copy of the bylaws will be sent to each member. We welcome the comments of all association members with respect to this issue.

Recruitment

The executive board is focused on expanding the benefits of association membership to all DPM’s within the state of Idaho. If you are aware of a colleague or friend who has had reservations about joining us in the past-please talk with them about the benefits of membership.

 

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