The Iowa Podiatric Medical Society (IPMS) is a professional organization of podiatrists located throughout the state of Iowa.
Podiatry is the branch of medicine specializing in the care and treatment of the human foot and ankle in health and disease. Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) are physicians and surgeons who practice on the lower extremities, primarily on feet and ankles. The preparatory education for most DPMs includes four years of undergraduate work, followed by four years in an accredited podiatric medical school and then a three-year residency program.
WPS Routine Foot Care LCD Proposed Changes
WPS is in the process of revising their Routine Foot Care LCD to reduce coverage for Medicare patients. WPS is accepting comments to their proposal until November 27th. We would also request that members print off copies of the attached petition form and ask your Medicare patients to sign this when they are in your office. Details on where to send these petitions is also included here - WPS Forms.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Of the more than 28 million people in the US with diabetes, about half will develop neuropathy, a loss of feeling in the lower extremities. This nerve damage means an open sore or injury on the foot may go unnoticed until it becomes infected, which can eventually lead to the need for partial or full amputation of the foot or lower leg. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation.
Diabetes Awareness Month (November 1–30) provides IPMS the opportunity to help educate the public about a podiatrist’s critical role on the diabetes management team, and the ways in which patients with diabetes can take simple steps to prevent foot complications, such as vascular disease. Join us in supporting APMA’s new “Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?” campaign, which provides a host of new educational materials for both member and patient use, including an online resource page, free poster, newsletter, social media posts, feature articles, shareable multimedia, and more. Many of these materials will be customizable, so you can provide the patients in your community with information most relevant to them. Visit the AMPA website here to download the digital toolkit with all campaign materials.