TPMA Chief Medical Officer Announced

December 11, 2019

Steven Brancheau, DPMThe Texas Podiatric Medical Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Brancheau, DPM, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The CMO is a physician leader that will oversee the association medical leadership and legislative activities.

Dr. Brancheau graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980, followed by finishing his 1st year of residency at Doctor’s Hospital in Mesquite, TX and his 2nd year of residency at Waldo General (now Swedish Medical Center) in Seattle, WA in 1982. After his 2 years of residency, Dr. Brancheau continued his training with a 1-year fellowship through American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Brancheau is board certified by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He is published in several peer reviewed medical journals as well as lectured nationally for many years.

Dr. Brancheau served as the president of TPMA from 2012-2013. He has also served on multiple committees for the association including budget, continuing medical education, and scope of practice. As Director of the Hunt Regional Medical Center Residency Program he is immersed in the education of our future podiatrists. Dr. Brancheau also serves as adjunct clinical professor of podiatric medicine and surgery at many of the colleges of podiatric medicine, including Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, to name a few.

“Dr. Brancheau will be a great addition to our team and I look forward to working with him. I have personally witnessed his long-standing dedication to TPMA. He is an excellent candidate for this position and is committed to fulfilling our mission.” – Melinda Daise

“I’m very excited about this appointment. Dr. Brancheau adds experience, leadership, institutional knowledge and relationships that are immeasurable. He has the full support of our Executive Board and I look forward to working together to achieve all of TPMA’s goals.” – Steven A. Walters, DPM

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you for my appointment as Chief Medical Officer of the TPMA. I will work as a medical representative of TPMA under direction from the Board of Directors, President Steven Walters, DPM, and the Executive Director, Melinda Daise. With a legislative session looming, there is much to be done in the coming year. As your CMO, you have my promise to always represent you the members, in the best interest of the TPMA. Again, my humble and sincere thanks for this appointment. I am excited to begin this journey as your representative!” – Steven Brancheau, DPM

TPMA’s Mission: Unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans.

Paul Kinberg, DPM Recognized At 19th Annual CAC/PIAC Meeting

November 20, 2019

Paul Kinberg, DPM awarded CAC/PIAC Representative of the YearThe 19th Annual CAC-PIAC Meeting took place on Friday, November 15, in Alexandria, VA. The one-day event featured key industry speakers and provided attendees the opportunity to learn from each other while discussing local concerns.

New this year, awards were given to two representatives to recognize their significant contribution to the profession by ensuring equitable coverage of services by podiatrists.

  • CAC-PIAC Representative of the Year: Paul Kinberg, DPM, CAC representative from Texas Podiatric Medical Association
  • Rising Star Award: Jodie Sengstock, DPM, CAC representative for Michigan Podiatric Medical Association

Congratulations, Dr. Kinberg!

Members: read the full recap on the APMA website.

TPMA Executive Director Announced

October 24, 2019

Melinda Daise The Texas Podiatric Medical Association would like to announce that Melinda Daise has been appointed to lead TPMA as Executive Director. Melinda has served TPMA in staff leadership roles for 11 years and has more than twenty years of association experience. She has a proven record of managing productive and profitable meetings, providing financial management, leading committees and the ability to work with our members. With Melinda’s knowledge of the association and her passion to excel, she is uniquely qualified to lead us.

“On behalf of the Executive Board of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, I’m pleased to announce the selection of Melinda Daise to serve as our next Executive Director effective 10/15/19. During this process, the Executive Board took a measured and thoughtful approach that our members expect and deserve. It became clear Melinda is the best person to lead TPMA at this time. She has served TPMA with loyalty and competency that is unquestionable. During her time with TPMA, she has learned every aspect of how TPMA operates to accomplish its goal of empowering our members to provide excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans. She enjoys unanimous support from the Executive Board, and I look forward to her helping TPMA achieve all of its goals.” – TPMA President Steve Walters, DPM

“Having worked with Melinda for more than a decade, I can say that the Board of Directors’ decision to promote Melinda to Executive Director is a sound decision. She has institutional knowledge of the history and workings of TPMA that will be invaluable. I will work with her during the transition, which is already well underway, and I am sure she will continue to be a valuable asset for the association. Melinda deserves your support!” – Don Canada

“I am honored to serve as the Executive Director for TPMA, an organization that I am passionate about. I am happy to have grown in my career with this Association and have developed lifelong friends along the way. I am excited about the future and the opportunity to continue to serve our members.” – Melinda Daise

TPMA’s Mission: Unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans.

Governor Abbott Appoints Brown To Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board

October 9, 2019

September 30, 2019 | Austin, Texas

Reposted from the Office of the Texas Governor – Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Cory Brown, D.P.M. to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board for a term set to expire February 1, 2023. The advisory board provides advice and recommendations to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on technical matters relevant to the regulation of the practice of podiatry.

Cory Brown, D.P.M. of Albany is a podiatrist and partner at Abilene Diagnostic Clinic. He is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, immediate past president of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and an associate member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Additionally, he is a board member of the Albany ISD Board of Trustees. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in biology and chemistry from Angelo State University and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University.

In Memoriam – Norman Goldman, DPM

September 26, 2019

Dr. Norman William Goldman, 73, of Arlington, Texas passed away on September 22, 2019. Dr. Goldman was born in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph Goldman and Lillian Violet Arnold Goldman. Dr. Goldman graduated from Mumford High School in 1964 and then attended Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated in 1966. He graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1970. He served as a Captain in the United States Army from 1970 to 1973. Dr. Goldman practiced medicine in Arlington from 1974 to 2018. He served as TPMA president from 2000-2001. Dr. Goldman loved caring for his patients. He loved Tae Kwon Do and was a 2nd degree black belt. He loved his family, his friends, and his colleagues. He loved to travel, especially on cruises. Dr. Goldman is survived by his wife Ophilia and children Jason and Candice. The visitation is on October 4, 2019 starting at 6pm with the rosary to follow at 7pm at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, TX. The funeral is on October 5, 2019 at 11am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 5819 W Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX 76016, with a luncheon to follow.

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine to induct TPMA members into its Hall of Fame during 2019 Alumni Reunion Weekend

July 31, 2019

Independence, OH – April 18, 2019 – Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM) in partnership with the Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association (OPMSA) will host its Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend Thursday, August 15 – Sunday, August 18th. The weekend-long celebration will consist of the North Coast Foot & Ankle Symposium CME Program hosted at the College, a reunion event on Friday evening, and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, wherein 1976 alumnus Jay D. Lifshen, DPM will be honored with a posthumous induction into the College’s Hall of Fame Society and 1980 KSUCPM alumnus Steven P. Brancheau, DPM, FACFAS, along with one other, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame Society.

The Annual Alumni & Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Saturday, August 17th will be held from 6:30 – 10PM at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in University Circle. The college will recognize several of its alumni with awards including including KSUCPM Distinguished Alumni – Christopher F. Hyer, DPM ’00; KSUCPM Service Award- David H. Gross, DPM ’71 and Donna M. Pacchioni, EMBA; and Young Physician Professional Achievement Award- William T. DeCarbo, DPM ‘04. In addition to Dr. Lifshen’s posthumous induction, KSUCPM will welcome Steven P. Brancheau, DPM ’80, as well as Winfield E. Butlin, DPM ’64 into the Hall of Fame Society.

Founded in 1916, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine is one of nine accredited podiatry colleges in the nation, and is a four-year, graduate level medical college, granting the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. The mission of CPM is to educate students to be highly competent doctors of podiatric medicine who will excel in residency training.

Please join KSUCPM in congratulating Dr. Lifshen and Dr. Brancheau on their many accomplishments and induction into its Hall of Fame Society! All proceeds will benefit the OPMSA Outstanding Podiatric Medical Student Award. For Alumni Reunion Weekend ticket information, please contact Alyssa Shepherd, KSUCPM Advancement Services Manager, at 216-916-7547 or at ashephe8@kent.edu. Online registration for all events is now available at www.kent.edu/cpm/2019ARW.

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Contact: Madalynne Stanic
Special Assistant, CPM
216-643-8053 ; mstanic2@kent.edu

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TDLR Fingerprint Requirements for Podiatrists

July 25, 2019

Dear members,

We know some of you have recently been contacted by TDLR for fingerprints. This is a Sunset mandate. Fingerprinting started in October 2005 at TSBPME. Since 10/2005 at TSBPME they have fingerprinted 1,212 DPMs. All DPMs (about 650) licensed prior to 10/2005 were never fingerprinted so that is why you are receiving that notice. TDLR has run quarterly DPS name checks on everyone at TSBPME but Sunset now wants that former population fingerprinted before September 2019. 

Texas Occ. Code 202.2525 requires fingerprint background checks. HB 3078 that transferred the program from TSBPME to TDLR required this process to be finished by this year for DPMs who have not previously submitted fingerprints. 

Hope that makes sense, and I, like some of you, must complete this task as well.

Brian Carpenter, DPM
TPMA Executive Director

Extortion Scam Targeting DEA Registrants

June 13, 2019

DEA is aware that registrants are receiving telephone calls and emails by criminals identifying themselves as DEA employees or other law enforcement personnel. In an attempt to create the illusion that these criminals are DEA employees, they have masked their telephone number on caller id with a phone number for a legitimate DEA office. For example, these criminals have used the phone numbers for DEA’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs and DEA’s 800 number which is used to provide direct support to DEA registrants.

Impersonating a federal agent is a violation of federal law. Registrants should be aware that no DEA agent will ever contact members of the public by telephone to demand money or any other form of payment or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration.

If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through “Extortion Scam Online Reporting” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam

June 7, 2019

Article from the Office of the Inspector General: US Department of Health and Human Services.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing.

Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Fraudsters are targeting beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs, and door-to-door visits.

If a beneficiary agrees to genetic testing or verifies personal or Medicare information, a testing kit is sent even if it is not ordered by a physician or medically necessary.

Protect Yourself
• If a genetic testing kit is mailed to you, don’t accept it unless it was ordered by your physician. Refuse the delivery or return it to the sender. Keep a record of the sender’s name and the date you returned the items.
• Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free genetic testing and then requests your Medicare number. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
• A physician that you know and trust should approve any requests for genetic testing.
• Medicare beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare numbers. If anyone other than your physician’s office requests your Medicare information, do not provide it.
• If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the HHS OIG Hotline.

TPMA Legislative Victory!

May 30, 2019

As you know, the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature convened in Austin on January 8, 2019 and adjourned “Sine Die” 140 days later on May 27, 2019. More than 7,000 bills were filed during the Session . . . and TPMA monitored approximately 500 bills of interest, which included legislation regulating the health professions, the Texas Medicaid program, health benefit plans and managed care organizations, and prescription drug monitoring for all prescribers. Important legislative initiatives supported by TPMA and the other health professions were passed and are now headed to the Governor for signature.

However, the highlight of the 86th Session for TPMA, the Texas Podiatric Medical Profession, and the patients you serve was the passage of TPMA’s priority bills for the Session . . . HB 2593 by Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and SB 1533 by Senator Jose Menéndez (D-San Antonio). The purpose of this legislation was to clarify that (1) persons who perform podiatric radiologic procedures at the direction of a podiatrist are regulated by TDLR and (2) podiatrists are authorized to delegate certain podiatric medical acts to a qualified and properly trained podiatric medical assistant.

We are pleased to report that on April 24, 2019, HB 2593 and SB 1533 were added as a House floor amendment to HB 2845 by Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth), the TDLR omnibus clean-up bill. HB 2845 was then approved by the full House on April 26, 2019; passed by the full Senate on May 20, 2019; and signed by the Governor on May 27, 2019.

This important legislation was necessary because in 1987, the Texas Legislature enacted the Medical Radiologic Technologist Certification Act which regulates persons who administer radiation to a human for a medical purpose. However, the Act did not apply to practitioners (medical doctors, doctors of podiatric medicine, dentists, etc.) or persons who perform a radiologic procedure under the instruction or direction of a practitioner provided the person and the practitioner comply with rules adopted by the practitioner’s licensing agency to regulate the manner in which the delegation is accomplished.

As a result, the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (Board) adopted rules regulating persons who perform podiatric radiological procedures for any podiatric medical purpose at the direction of a podiatrist . . . and requiring these persons to register with the Board.

Initially, when the Medical Radiologic Certification Act was passed by the Texas Legislature, the regulation of persons who perform radiological procedures was administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Later, in 2015, the Texas Legislature transferred the program to the Texas Medical Board. Then, in 2017, the Legislature transferred the regulation of the practice of podiatry from the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). As a result, any person performing podiatric radiological procedures at the direction of a DPM must be registered with TDLR. However, radiology training programs and instructors for these persons had to be approved by the Texas Medical Board. Additionally, current Texas law did not specifically authorize DPMs to delegate podiatric medical acts to a podiatric medical assistant. The passage of HB 2847 has now successfully addressed these two concerns.

We will provide a complete summary of the important bills that were passed this Session during the TPMA Annual Business Meeting which will be held at the Lost Pines Resort in Cedar Creek, Texas on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Hope to see you there. Thank you for your support this Session.

For more information regarding these and other legislative issues, please contact TPMA Legal and Legislative Counsel, Mark J. Hanna, 2414 Exposition Boulevard, Suite A-1, Austin, Texas 78703; telephone: (512) 477-6200; fax: (512) 477-1188; electronic mail: mhanna@markjhanna.com.