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Ridolfo named new Executive Director

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association (OHFAMA) Board of Trustees named Luci Ridolfo, CAE, as the new OHFAMA executive director, effective June 2024.

Annual Business Meeting and Wound Care Seminar

Make plans today to attend OHFAMA's Annual Business Meeting and Wound Care Seminar being held on Saturday, November 16, 2024 at the Embassy Suites - Columbus Airport.

Sneak Peak: Spring Issue of The OHFAMA Journal

The Spring 2024 issue of The OHFAMA Journal is now available on the OHFAMA website. Read about the latest membership news, coding and compliance updates, advocacy news, and much more!

Whaley, Greenberg to Receive Service Award

The OHFAMA Service Award will be presented to Marc Greenberg, DPM, and Kelly Whaley, DPM, May 16 at the 108th Annual Ohio Foot & Ankle Scientific Seminar. The Service Award is given to deserving recipients who have demonstrated commitment to fulfilling the mission of OHFAMA through dedicated leadership and volunteerism at the Academy and state level.

Join Us for the 108th Annual Scientific Seminar

Make plans today to attend Ohio’s pre-eminent podiatric educational seminar – the 108th Annual Foot and Ankle Scientific Seminar – on May 16-17 at the Columbus Hilton at Easton. This year’s event will cover a broad variety of educational topics, including diabetic management, updates on current technology, malpractice, coding, artificial intelligence, pain management, and much more.

Foundation Offers New Physician Wellness Series

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Foundation is launching a new webinar series to support your mental health. Our Physician Wellness Series, Healing the Whole You, kicks off with a free webinar entitled, "Check Up for Your Financial Health" on Tuesday, April 9.

Election Preview: Voters Head to the Polls on Tuesday, March 19

On March 19, Ohioans will once again go to the polls to vote on a large amount of local, statewide and national issues. There will be 52 voting primaries (32 GOP, 20 Democrat) on Tuesday between candidates of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate alone. Learn more about key statewide and local races with our election preview.

OHFAMA Annouces Refresh of The OHFAMA Journal

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association is pleased to announce the re-launch of The OHFAMA Journal. The refreshed quarterly publication features a new and improved design and enhanced content to keep you, our members, up to speed on the latest membership, coding and compliance, continuing education, and advocacy news.

Member Spotlight: OHFAMA President Thom Arnold, DPM

New OHFAMA President Thom Arnold, DPM, is the subject of the Member Spotlight in the winter issue of The OHFAMA Journal. Learn why Dr. Arnold chose podiatry, how he got involved in OHFAMA, and his unique ties to the creator of Script Ohio.

Saferin to Present at APMA Mini-Summit on Board Consolidation

Bruce Saferin, DPM, who served on the State Medical Board of Ohio for 10 years, will be a presenter at an upcoming APMA mini summit, Licensing Board Consolidation: Pros and Cons, on Wednesday, February 28 from 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST.

Abshier Appointed to AMA CPT Editorial Panel

Sarah Abshier, DPM, was appointed to serve a four-year term representing the Health Care Professional Advisory Committee (HCPAC) on the CPT Editorial Panel. She is believed to be only the second podiatric physician and second female to serve in this capacity.

APMA Offers Webinar on New Coding Updates

APMA will host the third installment of its Coding Refreshers Webinar Series, "New Year and New Coding Updates" on Thursday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, and Sarah Abshier, DPM, will present.

CGS to Scrutinize CPT 11721 Documentation

The completion of a Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) provides members with valuable lessons to avoid common mistakes when billing for routine foot care and debridement of nails.

2023 MIPS Exception Application Open

In the MIPS world there remains a COVID-19 exemption available to providers for 2023 but it is not automatic. You must prove that you qualify for the requirement and must submit an application for exemption in 2023. The APMA website is a great resource for members who have yet to submit a 2023 Performance Year MIPS Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances (EUC) Exception application application and would like to do so.

Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM, Announces Retirement

Longtime Cincinnati-area congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM, announced November 9 that he will be retiring from Congress at the conclusion of his term. Dr. Wenstrup, a longtime OHFAMA member and the only podiatric physician and surgeon serving in Congress, was first elected in 2012.

State Medical Board Advances Podiatry Rules

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) unanimously voted to advance two important administrative rules relating to the podiatry scope of practice to the Common Sense Initiative as part of a multi-step review process. SMBO proposed no changes to rules that define foot and outline requirements for podiatrists to perform surgery on the ankle joint.

Members Elect New OHFAMA Leaders

OHFAMA members elected 2023-24 leaders at the Annual Business Meeting on November 4 in Columbus. Dr. Thom Arnold, who was sworn in as the new OHFAMA president, presented outgoing president Dr. Adam Thomas with the Thomas J. Meyer Award to recognize his dedicated service to the association.

State Medical Board Seeks Comments on Podiatry Rules

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) on October 16 opened a public comment period on two important administrative rules relating to the podiatry scope of practice. The rules define foot and outlines requirements for podiatrists to perform surgery on the ankle joint.

You're Invited: OHFAMA Annual Business Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2023 OHFAMA Annual Business Meeting , which will take place Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Embassy Suites (Airport) in Columbus. Make plans today to attend the meeting to network with colleagues from around the state, learn about issues impacting podiatry, and vote on issues that will shape the future of our association.

Elections to Be Held at Annual Business Meeting

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association will hold elections for leadership roles at the Annual Business Meeting, which will take place Saturday, November 4 in Columbus. For the first time, OHFAMA members will vote for an at-large trustee to serve a three-year term on the Board of Trustees.

CGS Reconsiders Local Coverage Determination on Skin Substitutes

A CGS Local Coverage Determination (LCD) that would have placed new limits on the use of skin substitutes for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers will not be implemented October 1. CMS announced on September 28 that a new proposed LCD will be published for comment and presented in an open meeting in the near future.

Wound Care Seminar Speakers Announced

The schedule and speaker lineup for the third annual Wound Care Seminar, to be held Saturday, November 4, is now available on the OHFAMA website. The seminar, which offers 6 hours of Ohio Category 1 CME credits, will feature lectures on the hottest topics in Wound Care from leading experts in the field.

Tuition to Drop 30% for Ohioans Attending KSUCPM

Ohio students enrolled at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) will see a $13,866 decrease in tuition effective the 2024 spring semester. The change is a result of the state of Ohio providing $6.8 million in state funding through the 2024-25 state budget.

New Member Benefit: i3 Merchant Solutions

OHFAMA has partnered with i3 Merchant Solutions to offer a credit card processing solution for member practices. i3 Merchant Solutions offers OHFAMA members payment processing, software, and hardware that helps you get paid faster, safer, and smarter.

OHFAMA Seeks Board of Trustee Candidates

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association will hold an election for positions on its Board of Trustees during the Annual Business Meeting, which will take place Saturday, November 4 in Columbus. Interested members should email mmathy@ohfama.org to express their interest in running for one of the open positions.

Registration Open for Wound Care Seminar, Annual Business Meeting

Registration for the third annual Wound Care Seminar and Annual Business Meeting is now open. Both events will take place Saturday, November 4 at the Embassy Suites - Columbus Airport. The Wound Care Seminar offers 6 hours of Ohio Category 1 CME credits and features lectures on the hottest topics in Wound Care from leading experts in the field.

CGS Sends Repayment Request Letters to Ohio Podiatrists

OHFAMA and APMA have been in touch with CGS regarding recoupment letters many members have received in recent weeks. CGS reviewed several claims submitted by OHFAMA members but have not provided a comprehensive list of reasons why podiatrists are receiving takeback letters. Members who’ve received letters from CGS are encouraged to continue to forward them, along with redacted EOBs, to OHFAMA headquarters.

CGS Local Coverage Determination Places New Limits on Use of Skin Substitutes

A CGS Local Coverage Determination (LCD) will place new limits on the use of skin substitutes for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers. The LCD, which becomes effective September 17, 2023, states “greater than four applications of a skin substitute graft or cellular and/or tissue-based products (CTP) within the episode of skin replacement surgery (defined as 12 weeks from the first application of a skin substitute graft or CTP)” are “not medically reasonable and necessary.”

State Budget Boosts Medicaid Reimbursement Rates, Provides KSUCPM Funding

New funding for Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine and a 5% increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for podiatrists are highlights of the state budget signed into law July 3 by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

DEA MATE Requirements Start June 27

Beginning on June 27, 2023, all Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)-registered practitioners must attest on the DEA registration form to their completion of the new one-time, eight-hour training requirement on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.

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