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New York ABMSP Professional Booth

Jan 20 2018 08:30:29 PM

New York ABMSP Professional Booth

Staffing the ABMSP Booth at the New York State Podiatric Medical Association, from left to right, are John Coleman, DPM, Director, ABMSP, Chair, ABMSP Social Media Program, Jenna Ayala, Association Manager, Caroline Tiglio, DPM, Director, ABMSP, Chair, ABMSP Distinguished Authors Series, and Board Vice President, Michael Salter, DPM.  Great interest in the Board’s new certification in Geriatric Podiatry, as experienced at the SAM (Florida Podiatric Medical Association) meeting earlier this month, continued in New York. The booth was very active with numerous inquiries regarding how a practicing podiatrist can achieve this certification based on their existing “portfolio” of experience and without a written exam. For further information, call Jenna Ayala at the Board’s New York office: 888-852-1442.

Podiatrist of the Year, Stephen M. Meritt, DPM

Mar 31 2017 12:41:32 AM

Earl Horowitz, DPM and Stephen Meritt, DPM

Earl Horowitz, DPM and Stephen Meritt, DPM

We are proud to present this year’s Podiatrist of the Year, Stephen M. Meritt, DPM. Dr. Meritt has represented the ABMSP with honor, performing many years of selfless service to our organization, including his work as a surgical case reviewer for our Certification in Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Meritt graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and has practiced in Jacksonville, FL since completing his surgical residency in 1975. He is a Past President of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association and was a long time Delegate to the American Podiatric Medical Association. He currently chairs the Quality Assurance Committee, the Hospital Committee, and was the Association’s Medicare Liaison.

Dr. Meritt is also a consultant to the Florida Medicare carrier and BCBS of Florida. He was Chairman of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery for UF Health Jacksonville and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville. Dr. Meritt was also the founding director of the Podiatric Residency Program at the University of Florida. He has also served two terms on the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an expert of the Prosectring Services Unit of the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Meritt was honored as Podiatrist of the Year in 1995 and Practitioner of the Year in 1998 by the Florida Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Meritt was also honored as one of the Top 175 podiatrists in the United States by Podiatry Management in October 2006. He was published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery in May/June 2014, Volume 55, Number 3. Upon retirement from the University of Florida in 2014 he joined the Veteran’s Health Administration in Jacksonville, FL.

Congratulations Dr. Meritt for a career well done and for being our Podiatrist of the Year!

Distinguished Authors Series
The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry or its Directors.

Successful treatment of an Ossified Achilles Tendon (OAT) with human dermal regenerative matrix (Graft Jacket®): a case report.

Josh White, DPM, CPed

Failure to submit Medicare MIPS quality measures will cost physicians tens of thousands of dollars. In 2018, the penalty for not meeting the requirement is 5% of 2020 Medicare payments; this increases to 9% in 2020. Podiatrists should appreciate that performing MIPS Measures 126 and 127 of a diabetic ulcerative risk assessment can allow billing for an office visit and will increase awareness of when shoes and inserts, payable by Medicare, should be prescribed.

Podiatrists should annually perform a comprehensive diabetic foot exam on every patient with diabetes. A CDFE should include testing for loss of protective threshold using a 10-gram monofilament plus at least one of the following neurological exams including: feeling vibration using a tuning fork, pinprick sensation, or ankle reflexes. Testing should also look for vascular, dermatological and structural findings. The foot should be sized using a standard measuring device, and the patient counselled on appropriate footwear based on risk categorization.

MIPS quality measures 126 and 127, diabetic foot exam including evaluation of footwear, address the association of neuropathy with diabetic foot ulceration.

When patients with diabetes are given a comprehensive diabetic foot exam and provided a plan of care, which may include prescribing shoes, consider billing E&M code 99213. Also submit codes G8404 for MIPS 126 and G8410 for MIPS 127.

By identifying people who qualify for shoes paid for by Medicare, podiatrists can make shoe fitting a valuable part of their practice.

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President’s Message

As reported in the last newsletter, ABMSP has been considering the development of a new certification in Geriatric Podiatry. Since then we have participated in two trade shows where we conducted a small survey. We found that the majority of those who stopped to talk with us support the idea of a certification in geriatric podiatry, therefore we have formed a task force to work on its development.

However, this “certification” may be awarded a little differently than with the usual computerized multiple choice examination. We will be considering a “portfolio” method, whereby a podiatrist can use a combination of years of experience, education, and perhaps even written cases or case studies, to earn the credential.

As the task force develops this new certification we welcome your input. What do you think would be important for a podiatrist to do in order to earn a Geriatric Podiatric Certification? Do you think a portfolio approach might be of interest to you? Please direct all responses to

Earl R. Horowitz, DPM
President, ABMSP