TPMA Offices Sustain Water Damage

May 7, 2019

Dear Members,

Please be advised, the TPMA offices sustained water damage from a severe roof leak due to the intense storm that blew through Austin on Friday, May 3rd (click the link to see photos).

The phone system and fax machine are currently down, however we do have limited access to email. If you need to get a hold of staff, contact us at:

Brian Carpenter, DPM – brian@txpma.org
Melinda Daise – melinda@txpma.org
Kristen Evon – membership@txpma.org

Please bear with us as we get our office back up and running at full speed!

Attention Schedule II Prescribers!

May 2, 2019

by Steve Uecker, MPH

On September 1, 2018 the Pharmacy Board started issuing a new Official Prescription form for Schedule II Prescriptions.

Effective June 1, 2019, all versions of the Official Prescription Form issued prior to September 1, 2018 will no longer be valid. The changes made to the form are to combat fraud and abuse and is part of a multi-front campaign to address the opioid epidemic. In 2016, over 14,000 people died from prescription opioids excluding methadone in the U.S. (CDC 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes).

Please be advised, the Pharmacy Board is currently reporting that it is taking 6 – 8 weeks for prescribers to receive the new pads. For more information please visit the Pharmacy Board’s website.

Additionally, all prescribers of any scheduled substance are required to register with the Pharmacy Board’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Beginning September 1, 2019 prescribers must check the PMP for a patient’s prescription history prior to issuing the prescription order.

TPMA Announces New Executive Director

April 15, 2019

Brian Carpenter, DPM, FACFASWe are pleased to announce that Brian Carpenter, DPM, FACFAS has been selected as Executive Director of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association. His experience and credentials in Podiatric Medicine are a great match for what our association needs to meet the challenges which await us in the future.

Upon accepting the position, Dr Carpenter noted, “Continuing to expand our membership, and the leadership development opportunities we offer members as they advance in their careers, will truly create a powerful force for the field and for social change. I am looking forward to building on the great foundation that has been developed over the last several decades by Don Canada, we all owe him so much. TPMA has a bright future because of Don.”

He previously served as the residency director and division head of foot and ankle surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth for many years. He has been an active member of TPMA since 1996 serving on multiple committees and as president of the association in 2007-2008.

Welcome, Dr. Carpenter!

2019 TPMA Legislative Day Recap

April 10, 2019

On April 3, 2019, TPMA President, Dr. Jeff Ross, led the TPMA Legislative Day in Austin. The legislative team supported and answered questions on HB 2593 and SB 1533, which protects the health safety and welfare of the patients we serve in regard to persons who administer radiation to our patients.

We all owe a sincere thanks to the TPMA members who attended and represented us and worked to protect each of our practices.

Richard Bellacosa, DPM
Chris Bowers, DPM
Paul Brancheau, DPM
Cory Brown, DPM
Chris Browning, DPM
Maria Buitrago, DPM
Neil Campbell, DPM
Brian Carpenter, DPM
Lacey Clawson, DPM
Richard Galperin, DPM
Lawrence Harkless, DPM
Shine John, DPM
Scott Margolis, DPM
Joe Martin, DPM
Kathren McCarty, DPM
Jon McCreary, DPM
Jim Miller, DPM
David Minchey, DPM
Braden Moore, DPM
David Northcutt, DPM
Jeffrey Ross, DPM
David Sadoskas, DPM
James Townson, DPM
Steven Walters, DPM
Mark Whitesides, DPM

All members of both the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and the House Public Health Committee were visited and educated on our position. Handouts on the bills were given to each of them. TPMA members also visited many other Senate and House members, whom they are represented by in their districts.

Senate Health & Human Services Committee
Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst, Chair
Senator Charles Perry, Vice Chair
Senator Dawn Buckingham
Senator Donna Campbell
Senator Peter P. Flores
Senator Nathan Johnson
Senator Borris L.Miles
Senator Beverly Powell
Senator Kel Seliger

House Public Health Committee
Representative Senfronia Thompson, Chair
Representative John Wray, Vice Chair
Representative Steve Allison
Representative Garnet Coleman
Representative James B. Frank
Representative R. D. “Bobby” Guerra
Representative Eddie Lucio, III
Representative Evelina “Lina” Ortega
Representative Four Price
Representative J. D. Sheffield
Representative Bill Zedler

The House Public Health Committee met on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 and considered HB 2593 by Representative Garnet Coleman. The purpose of this legislation is to clarify that (1) persons who perform podiatric radiologic procedures at the direction of a podiatrist are regulated by TDLR and (2) podiatrists may delegate certain podiatric medical acts to a qualified and properly trained podiatric medical assistant. Dr. Joe Martin and Dr. Larry Harkless testified in favor of the bill. The Members of the Committee did not ask any questions . . . and there was no testimony in opposition to the bill. We anticipate that HB 2593 will be reported out of the Public Health Committee favorably this week and then sent to the House Calendars Committee . . . which will schedule the bill for consideration by the full House.

The bills have credible momentum, but we will need your help in contacting your legislators once they are scheduled for consideration. We will keep you updated when this occurs.

These bills are very important to our profession. Please take the above steps to ensure that it becomes law.

View photos from Legislative Day

Sincerely,

Brian Carpenter, DPM
TPMA Executive Director

In Memoriam – Angela Dagley, DPM

April 3, 2019

Angela "Angie" Dagley, DPM

Angela “Angie” Carol Dagley, 48, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019. Left to cherish her memory are her parents, William and Diane Rowland Jr.; her loving husband of 20 years, Timothy Dagley; sons, Kyle and Jeremiah Dagley; sister, Becca Withey and husband, Mark; and a host of other family and dear friends.

Services for Angie will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Crosspoint Church, 1134 Old Alvin Road, Pearland, Texas 77581. The visitation will be held from 3:00 until 5:00 pm with the Celebration of Life following beginning at 5:00 pm with Pastor Tom Allen officiating.

Click here to leave condolences or light a candle

2019 TPMA Call for Nominations

March 25, 2019

TPMA NOMINATING COMMITTEE
SEEKING QUALIFIED LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES

The Nominating Committee is composed of one member from each Region elected in caucus at the Annual Meeting and one member elected by the Board of Directors from the Board. The immediate Past President serves as Chairman of the committee.

The Nominating Committee shall meet on May 1, 2019 to recommend a slate of candidates for elective office: President Elect, First Vice President and Second Vice President to be elected at the Annual Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Cedar Creek, TX on June 27-30, 2019.

The Nominating Committee may also present names to be considered for Delegates and Alternates to the American Podiatric Medical Association House of Delegates.

Any nominee for Delegate or Alternate to the American Podiatric Medical Association House of Delegates must have been a member of the TPMA for at least five years.

If you or you have someone in mind who will take a leadership role in TPMA, please send their name to melinda@txpma.org before April 19, 2019 for consideration.

AWARDS COMMITTEE SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS

The Awards Committee shall consist of a chairman, who is appointed yearly by the President, who shall work with the Regional Directors in evaluating the members practicing within their respective regions who have been nominated to receive awards. The President at his discretion may appoint other committee members. As the TPMA has numerous members who give of their time and effort to strengthen and preserve the Association, the following awards are established to recognize these members based on their contributions and services rendered: Merit Award, Distinguished Service Award, Young Practitioner of the Year, Special Appreciation Award and Advocate of the Year Award.

To qualify for any of the above-mentioned awards, the individual must have served as an active member of the TPMA for at least five years, and shall be rated according to the following point system:

(1) Exemplary contributions to TPMA – 30 points
(2) Exemplary contributions to affiliate, local, state, regional, and/or national associations – 30 points
(3) Educational qualifications, continuing education and vocational activities – 20 points
(4) Community, civic, religious and service organization activities – 10 points

If you or you have someone in mind who is deserving of the above awards, please send their name to melinda@txpma.org before April 19, 2019 for consideration.

APMA AWARD NOMINATIONS

April 20, 2018

Call special attention to someone who has really made an impact on the profession – submit an APMA award application. Nominators are asked to carefully review the Awards and Recognition Procedures which provide comprehensive information about the qualifications for each award.  The procedures, as well as the application, are available on the members’ site (www.apma.org/awards).  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Simmons, srsimmons@apma.org or 301-581-9257.  Completed applications, including all required documents, should be submitted to me by June 1.

 

Distinguished Service Citation (Members or Lay Person – National Level)

This citation is the association’s highest honor and should be reserved only for those individuals whose contributions are truly long-term, outstanding, and of lasting significance to the profession of podiatric medicine and to APMA.  This award should be viewed as the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

 

Award of Excellence (Members or Lay Person – National Level)

The Award of Excellence may be awarded to a member in good standing or lay person in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

 

Rising Star Award (National Level)

The Rising Star Award may be awarded to a member in good standing in practice for no more than five (5) years in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

 

Humanitarian Award (National Level)

The Humanitarian Award may be awarded to an institution/organization or individual member in good standing demonstrating truly outstanding humanitarian efforts which have had a profound impact on the public and a definable positive impact on podiatric medicine.

 

Meritorious Service Award (Members or Lay Person – Local/State/Regional Level)

A Meritorious Service Award may be awarded to members in good standing or lay person in recognition of outstanding accomplishments on the local, state, or regional level in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors that have had a profound impact on podiatric medicine.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA, component societies, or affiliated organizations.

Not Too Late to Avoid the MACRA Penalty

March 21, 2018

Even if you have done nothing for the MACRA 2017 reporting period, it may not be too late.
There is a list of 92 Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) for the 2017 reporting period.  If you completed even one of these activities in 2017, you can attest to having completed them using the APMA registry (free for APMA members!) and not only avoid a penalty in 2019, but position yourself for potential bonus payments in 2019.

The full list of activities can be viewed here:
https://www.apma.org/applications/secure/index.aspx?FileID=74394

Many measures on this list you may have performed without even realizing they were a CPIA, including:

  1. Provide 24/7 access to MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, or care teams for advice about urgent and emergent care.
  2. Performance of regular practices that include providing specialist reports back to the referring MIPS eligible clinician or group.
  3. Annual registration by eligible clinician or group in the prescription drug monitoring program of the state where they practice.

If you review this list and find that you performed any of these activities for 90 consecutive days in 2017, you can sign up for the APMA registry now https://www.apma.org/registry and follow the instructions on how to attest.

The deadline to attest using the APMA registry is March 24.
Traffic to the registry and its support systems is expected to be very high at the deadline.
Do not delay.  Sign up TODAY!

Dennis Shaw, DPM Passes Away

March 21, 2018

Dennis Gerald Shaw was born August 27, 1948, in New York City to Joseph Schutkofsky and Matilda Rubin and died on March 19, 2018, at Medical City Dallas after losing a hard-fought battle with leukemia. He grew up in Bayside, Queens. He went to Francis Lewis High School and then graduated from Queens College in 1969 with a degree in Psychology. He met his wife, Vivian Abrams at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. They were married on August 8, 1976. They came to Texas to do their postgraduate training in 1977 and bought their first home in Richardson. They later settled in North Dallas. He was a board-certified podiatrist. He practiced in Garland, Texas for twenty-seven years and then joined Vivian’s practice in McKinney. Stacey came along in 1981 and then David in 1986.
 
Dennis was a life-long Yankee fan. He is a member of the Temple Shalom Softball League Hall of Fame. He played softball from 1987 to 2005 and returned in 2012 to play with his son David. In his later years, he was known as the “softball dad.”
 
He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Vivian, his daughter Stacey, son David and wife Jessica, his brother Howard and wife Penelope, and grandchildren Madison, Joshua, and Jeremy. He is proceeded in death by his parents and beloved dogs. A graveside service will be held at the Sinai Gardens at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75243 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
 
The family would like to express their gratitude to the oncology nurses at Medical City Dallas for their dedicated care and compassion. If desired, donations can be made to Operation Kindness or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his name.

APMA Overview of Proposed Bylaw Changes

March 1, 2018

APMA held two webinars to address the proposed bylaw changes to be considered at the 2018 House of Delegates.

You can read the proposed bylaw changes being considered. And an overview of major issues.

Major issues:

  • New requirements for Senior and Life Member categories
  • Expanded membership category for non-physicians
  • Reduced advance notice period for dues increase
  • New HOD term limits
  • Clarification of authorities of the BoT and the HOD
    (consultant recommendation: APMA BoT be designated as the governance entity with fiduciary responsibility and legal authority for APMA)
  • Reduction in the BoT size and a revised composition of the BoT
  • Revised term limits for BoT members
  • Prospective and current board member conduct
  • New budget authorization process – HOD review/BoT final authority