2018 Fall Newsletter 

In This Issue...

  1. President's Message
  2. Find a Physician Directory
  3. 2019 WSPMA Conference
  4. Opioid Prescribing Rules
  5. Diabetes Awareness
  6. WSPMA Legislative Update
  7. CMS Final Rule
  8. WSPMA's Job Board
  9. View Past Messages

Encourage the Future of Podiatry

Become a mentor and share information about the career with potential future podiatric physicians. Read more

Are You Hiring?

Resumes are available to review on the WSPMA Job Board

Regina Fiacco
Hard-working third-year resident seeking associate position in Washington State.

Michael A. Czurylo
Highly-motivated graduate of busy limb salvage clinic seeking employment in Washington State.

Anthony Joseph Mollica
Third-year motivated and hard-working chief resident graduating 2019 seeking position in Washington State. Proficient with trauma, total ankle replacements, wound care, and reconstructive surgery.

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President's Message
Dr. Tony Kim

Dear Colleagues,

In the midst of fall, we see beautiful color changes in the Cascade Mountains. I reflect how fast the summer has passed. During our summer vacations, there were people hard at work at WSPMA and APMA on our behalf.

In Washington State, WSPMA has been focused on providing comments to the Podiatric Medical Board’s (PMB) opioid rules that went into effect November 1, 2018. WSPMA spent well over 100 hours reviewing various drafts of the rules, and submitting comments that urged simplicity and clarity. While we did not get all the changes we wanted, the rules were modified significantly based on our feedback. In addition, we worked with the Department of Health on their development of educational tools for DPMs and patients to assure accuracy. Read More

Opt-In to the Find a Physician Directory

Our WSPMA Find a Physician Directory is an included (no extra fee!) member benefit that caters to Washington locals and offers members the opportunity to collect genuine leads from potential patients in their area.

The directory is searchable by first or last name, city, zip code, or full address to make it easy for potential patients and even WSPMA members to find podiatric physicians in their area. You may also view the full database in alphabetical order by skipping the search criteria section and just clicking "Search." 

Not sure if you're opted in?

Follow the instructions in our Find a Physician FAQ to learn how to opt in, and feel free to contact the WSPMA Office with any questions.

2019 WSPMA Conference

Join your fellow podiatric physicians for a fun opportunity to engage and network at the 2019 WSPMA Annual Conference, held at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA, April 5–7. Engage with exhibitors, attend insightful sessions, and explore the museum-like hotel for a truly unique WSPMA Conference experience. 

Specific conference details may be found on our website and in regular "Conference Corner" email updates from 2019 Conference Chair Dr. Debbie Behre.

PMB's Rules on Opioid Prescribing Effective November 1, 2018
Gail McGaffick, JD, Legislative Attorney

This article will provide information concerning the Podiatric Medical Board’s (PMB) new rules on opioid prescribing, effective November 1. It will include key points, as well as a section-by-section analysis to assist podiatric physicians in navigating the new rules. Visit the Department of Health’s (DOH) website for the final version of the rules. The rules will appear online on the leg.wa.gov website sometime during the month of November.

In addition, please note that the Department of Health (DOH) has created a web page with information for prescribers and patients. Please click on the link for “Podiatry” as well as the link for “Public/Patient.”

Finally, please note that any podiatric physician who prescribes opioids after November 1, 2018, is required to register with the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Visit the PMP webpage for information on how to sign upRead More

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month! This national observance is a great opportunity for WSPMA and APMA members to help educate the public about a podiatrist's critical role on the diabetes management team, as well as simple steps to prevent foot complications from diabetes. WSPMA and APMA encourage you to take advantage of the "Today's Podiatrist" campaign, which marks Diabetes Awareness Month with an online resource page, and much more. Learn More

WSPMA Legislative Update
Gail McGaffick, JD, Legislative Attorney
Melanie Stewart, JD, Lobbyist

This article will include information on the 2018 elections, updates on key issues, and an overview of the upcoming 2019 legislative session. Read More

CMS Releases Final Rule: E/M Code Proposal Removed

Your membership in APMA and WSPMA is a valuable resource for you and your practice.

Thanks to the hard work and efforts of APMA with the support of its state components, podiatric physicians will not be reimbursed at a significantly lower rate than codes for the same care provided by other physicians as originally proposed in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

WSPMA members, their staff, families, and patients all came together to send a strong message to CMS (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) highlighting the value and importance of our profession.

Please see APMA’s news article for more details.

Thank you for your continued support of APMA and WSPMA. Together, we are Keeping Washingtonians on Their Feet.

WSPMA Job Board

Is your practice hiring? Are you looking for a new job in podiatry? Check out our new Job Board! You are now able to easily find and search for new opportunities, share your job listing, or post your resume through our online portal.

Want to View a Past WSPMA Message?

Did you know that WSPMA members have access to all WSPMA emails? Here's how to find past messages that contain very important information you may have missed:

  1. Log in to the WSPMA website
  2. Navigate to the "Member Center" on the right-hand side of the page
  3. Select "My Profile"
  4. Hover over the "My Profile" tab and select "Message History"

Voilà! You now have access to every WSPMA email ever sent to you. Be sure to go through your inbox to ensure you stay up-to-date with WSPMA announcements and newsletters.

Washington State Podiatric Medical Association
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