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.

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.

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