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The 105th Annual Ohio Foot & Ankle Scientific Seminar

May 20-22, 2021

Columbus Hilton at Easton

Schedule details will be available in February 2021 for Physicians and Assistants

 2021 Exhibitor Information -  Click Here

Staff Contact
Luci Ridolfo, CAE
OFAMF Executive Director
Phone: (614) 457-6269
Email: lridolfo@ohfama.org

OFAMF maintains responsibility for the programming selection. To submit a speaker or workshop proposal please contact Luci Ridolfo, CAE.

The 2020 Virtual Seminar program is listed below:

Please click here for a copy of the Assistants Program

Physicians’ Sessions
Thursday, May 14, 2020

7:30 – 10:00 am 
Allen Jacobs, DPM; Karen Lynch, CNP; Gladstone McDowell, DPM
Opioid Prescribing, Pain management and Alternatives to Narcotics
Objective: Attendees will be able to learn how to manage patients with pain conditions.  The session will review topical and anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain. The session will discuss chronic pain in lower extremity’s, acute pain and opioids.

8:00 – 9:30 am 
Cindy Pezza, PMAC
Breakout Session – Improving Patient Care While Avoiding Physician Burnout; Necessary Changes to Succeed in Private Practice 
Objective: Another decade is upon us and with it brings new opportunities both personally and professionally. The question is - Do we continue to prove the definition of insanity or do we embark on a journey towards growth and positive change? We will focus on how realistic goal setting, managing stressors and how avoiding burnout impacts overall practice growth, while continuously improving patient care.  

10:00 – 11:30 am 
Jeff Lehrman, DPM; Sarah Abshier, DPM
Breakout Session – APMA Coding and Documentation
Objective: Attendees will discuss new coding and compliance protocols for telemedicine, and review how to keep your practice procedures up to date. This interactive session will cover many important topics including coding for amputations, ulcer classifications and coding - including the updated ICD-10 codes.

9:30 – 10:30 am | BREAK - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:30 am 

Tracy Vlahovic, DPM
Wounds that Kill
Objective: This session will discuss malignant transformation of lower extremity wounds. Attendees will understand best management of inflammatory wound, and the differential diagnoses and biopsy of leg wounds. APMA has designated an unrestricted educational grant from Bako Diagnostics to support this program.

11:30 – 1:00 pm |
LUNCH AND LEARN - Choose one of the two below lectures:
Ohio Category I

John Cozzarelli, DPM
Non-CECH - Ohio Category I
Beyond Excision – A Biological Approach to Treat Uncontrolled Gout with Tophi
Objective: Attendees will recognize that there is more to gout than just the pain of the episodic flares. The session will discuss how tophi can cause bone erosions, which can occur without symptomatic pain. Discussion will include how to recognize untrolled gout and learn about a phamacologic option to treat these patients.

James Marino, MD
Non-CECH - Ohio Category I
Minimally Invasive Bone Graft Harvesting for Arthrodesis of the Foot and Ankle 
Objective: Augment your osseous procedures with the Gold Standard. Learn how to rapidly procure compressed, cancellous bone graft percutaneously from the tibia and calcaneus using a minimally invasive, single-patient use trephine. The session includes a sawbones demonstration of harvesting from the distal tibia and calcaneus with the Corex MIS Bone Harvester followed by a brief literature review and discussion addressing common misconceptions associated with autograft and donor site morbidity.

1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Robert Brarens, DPM – Chair
Scientific Paper & Poster Competitions: Presentations from Podiatric Physician Residents in Ohio
Objective: Compare the presentations of five surgical or diagnostic cases by podiatric physician residents. Finalists will present their papers. Following the paper presentations, the five finalists from the poster competition will present their research.

1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Jeff Lehrman, DPM; Sarah Abshier, DPM
Breakout Session – APMA Coding and Documentation
Objective: Attendees will discuss the administration of a flu shot and updates for Ohio podiatric practices. The session will include discussion on coding for plantar plate repair and review of all major E&M changes that will be taking effect January 1, 2021.

3:00 – 3:30 pm | BREAK - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:30 - 5:30 pm 
PICA Risk Management Lecture
Steven Shannon, DPM; Dominic DeLaurentis, Jr, Esq
My Life is OVER! - The Anatomy of a Malpractice Case
Objective: This session will discuss the impact of a lawsuit that exceeds your professional liability insurance. Discussion will include a real world case with a fellow podiatrist that took the case to trial to defend his care. The presentation will compare why some cases can be taken to trial as opposed to settling them before or during mediation. The session will provide an understanding of the different components of a professional liability case and how they may be handled. Discussion will include the impact a lawsuit can have on the physician, the practice, partners, family and staff.

Friday, May 15, 2020

7:30 – 9:30 am  
Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM; Byron Hutchinson, DPM; Allan Jacobs, DPM; Adam Landsman, DPM; Mark Mendeszoon, DPM; Robert Mendicino, DPM; Barry Rosenblum, DPM
The First Ray
Objective: The session will review current trends, surgery and techniques for the first ray. Discussion will review the Akins procedure and if PASA/DASA is real and still being corrected. Presentations will include information on distal metaphyseal osteotomies, Cheilectomies, surgical experiences with implants and revisions, and modified Lapidus. Attendees will review pre-op testing, surgical decision making and how to perform the surgical procedures.

7:30 - 9:30 am   
Cindy Pezza, PMAC
Breakout Session – Education Inside and Outside the Practice Walls Increases Positive Clinical Outcome  
Objective: Have you ever had a long-time patient who cancels a few appointments and when she finally presents for her nail debridement, tells you that she spent the last two months in a brace after twisting her ankle? Or, after starting a new marketing campaign, and keeping closer track of referral sources as well as reason for visit, found that some of your referring providers send you ONLY diabetic foot care? Unfortunately, these are not uncommon scenarios as podiatry is amongst the most misunderstood specialties. This session will provide the tools required to educate your patients, referring providers, and community on the valuable treatments and services available in the convenience of your office. We will also discuss the importance of training team members to fully understand your scope of practice and to be an even more integral part of providing comprehensive care to a wide variety of patients and their conditions while increasing positive clinical outcomes.  

9:30 – 10:00 am | BREAK - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

10:00 – 11:30 am  
Peter Post, DPT; Jim Wilgus, DPT
Non-Operative Algorithms and Post-Operative Therapy
Objective: The session will discuss physical therapy management of plantar heel pain, and Achilles Tendonitis from a therapist’s perspective. The session will discuss post-operative management of Achilles repair and edema in the complex patient.

10:00 – 11:30 am   Breakout Session
Michael Brody, DPM 

  • Emailing, Texting and Personal Devices
    Objective: This session will discuss the risks associated with communicate with patients via email and text. Attendees will understand the steps to take should a patient send communications via email or text. At the conclusion of the session attendees will understand the risks related to using personal devices at the practice.
  • OSHA – The Blood Borne Pathogen Rule
    Objective: Attendees will discuss and understand what a blood borne pathogen is. The session will discuss policies and protocols that need to be in place at your practice to protect you from a blood borne pathogen. Attendees will understand the steps to take should you or a member of the practice become exposed to a blood borne pathogen.
  • Changes with HIPAA Rules Due to Covid-19
    Objective: The session will discuss the how HIPAA changes due to COVID-19 impacts what you can share with the public, and with patient family members. Attendees will understand other ways that COVID-19 impacts how you comply with HIPAA Regulations.
  • Telemedicine and Risk Management
    Objective: The session will discuss how to utilize and document Telemedicine visits in a manner that ensures quality care and reduces risk. At the conclusion of this session attendee will be able to use Telehealth Technology and document telemedicine in an optimal manner.

11:30 – 1:00 pm | LUNCH - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall
1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Byron Hutchinson, DPM; Adam Landsman, DPM; Mark Mendeszoon, DPM; Barry Rosenblum, DPM; Brian Steginsky, DO; H. John Visser, DPM
Achilles Tendon and Posterior Heel
Objective: Attendees will discuss non-operative treatment and revisions for complications with acute ruptures, minimally invasive and percutaneous Achilles repair, chronic Achilles ruptures, and open Achilles repair. The session will include discussion on retrocalcaneal spurs and tendinosis, and review anchors, augmentations and biologics in Achilles surgery. Attendees will review options for patients with chronic Achilles tendonitis or tendinosis and treatment options.

1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Cindy Pezza, PMAC
Breakout Session – Creating and Implementing Proven Treatment Protocols to Improve Efficient Patient Care and Diagnosis 
Objective: With so many changes in healthcare, physicians often find themselves treating a higher volume of patients in order to “keep up.” Treating more and more patients however, often has negative effects, leading to decreased quality of care and increased stress levels.  No matter how the healthcare climate changes, quality over quantity is always best in terms of providing comprehensive care and developing lasting relationships with patients who will continue to trust you with their foot and ankle needs for years to come. The best way to achieve this level of care is through the development and implementation of structured, evidence-based treatment protocols. In this session we will share protocol examples which shall serve as the inspiration required to put pen to paper and return to your office with new plans in place!  

3:00 – 3:30 pm | BREAK - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

3:30 - 5:30 pm  

Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM; John Grady, DPM; Allan Jacobs, DPM; Adam Landsman, DPM; Barry Rosenblum, DPM
A Comprehensive Review of Diabetes
Objective: The session will review the expectations of what is acceptable for a medically optimized diabetic patient for reconstructive surgery. The session will discuss whether amputation is mandated and/or necessary for digital and lesser metatarsal osteomyelitis, posterior muscle lengthening. Presentations will include review of midfoot Charcot reconstruction with osteomyelitis, and hindfoot ankle Charcot reconstruction with osteomyelitis. The session will discuss the option for nerve decompression and benefits for diabetic patients.

3:30 – 5:30 pm  
Mike Demi, RN, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CSFAC - of Medical Compliance Associates
Breakout Session – Audit and Documentation Tips to Meet Guidelines for Podiatry
Objective: Podiatrists are facing increasing challenges each year resulting in pre and post payment audits, reviews, suspensions, and revokes. In this presentation we will discuss the details of which services are being audited and why (including proper documentation to support visit level). We will also delve into common errors that are causing doctors to unnecessarily pay back insurers, lose their Medicare number for years and unfortunately realize negative consequences.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

7:30 – 9:30 am
Richard Derner, DPM; John Grady, DPM; Byron Hutchinson, DPM; Allen Jacobs, DPM; Robert Mendicino, DPM; Brian Steginsky, DO; H. John Visser, DPM
Flatfoot 2020
Objective: Attendees will be able to learn diagnosis and treatment options for flatfoot conditions. Discussion will include evaluation and non-operative treatment options.

9:30 – 9:45 am | BREAK - Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall

9:45 – 11:30 am   
Richard Derner, DPM; Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM; Byron Hutchinson, DPM; Robert Mendicino, DPM; Brian Steginsky, DO
The Ankle
Objective: Attendees will review and discuss OCD’s small and large, arthrodesis, and the importance of ligaments and foot balancing.  Presentations will include ankle arthrotomy and clean up, primary TAR and  TAR revision. The session will review the differential diagnosis, review the pre-op work-up and testing, and surgical techniques for each topic.

9:45 – 11:30 am
Mark Gazall, DO
Breakout Session – Vascular Presentations
Evaluation of the Vascular Status of the Podiatric Patient
Objective: The session will review which patients need to be evaluated, and methods of evaluation of the vascular status of the limb. The session will review vascular ultrasound of the lower limb and discuss how to choose a vascular surgeon.

Venous Evaluation of the Venous System of the Lower Limb and Foot
Objective: The session will review the differential diagnosis of limb and foot swelling. Attendees will discuss how to assess limb and foot swelling, and how Venous Ultrasound may assist with differential diagnosis of limb swelling. The session will review when a patient has Lymphedema, and discuss treatment paradigms for the swollen lower limb.

11:30 – 1:00 pm | LUNCH AND LEARN - Choose one of the two below lectures:

Michael Brody, DPM
Non-CECH - Ohio Category II
Financially Surviving the Current COVID-19 Lockdown
Objective: The session will cover the process of applying for the Small Business Association Loans including the Payroll Protection Program, the EIDL, and other loans as well as applying for the Medicare Advance Payment Program.

Cindy Pezza, PMAC
Non-CECH - Ohio Category II
Learning to Work ON Your Practice, Not Just IN It  
Objective: Do you feel as if you have lost control of your practice? Do you find yourself running on a virtual hamster wheel of increasing overhead, decreasing reimbursement, staffing problems and not enough hours in the day? The struggle is real. . . but, instead of throwing up your hands or purposely misplacing the can opener (you know, for the can of worms you are afraid to open), take a deep breath, assess the damage and do the hardest thing you’ll ever do. . . Ask for help. As the rules of practicing medicine continue to change, DPMs are finding it challenging to stay afloat and even more difficult to build and maintain a successful practice. Join us as we dissect and discuss commonly experienced “issues,” demonstrating that no matter the size, age or location of your practice, “You are Not Alone.” The key is recognizing the need for change and improvement, understanding the effort involved, and knowing there is help right at your fingertips.

1:00 –
3:45 pm
Richard Derner, DPM; Lawrence DiDomenico, DPM; John Grady, DPM; Byron Hutchinson, DPM; Allen Jacobs, DPM; Robert Mendicino, DPM; H. John Visser, DPM
Interesting Cases and/or Unusual Case Presentation
Objective: Attendees will be able to learn diagnosis and treatment options for interesting and unusual cases for patients who suffer from conditions affecting their foot, ankle and lower leg.


Each speaker is required to disclose the existence of any financial and/or other relationships (i.e., employee, consultant, speaker’s bureau, grant recipient, research support) she or he might have with (a) manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) to be discussed during his/her presentation and/or (b) the commercial contributor(s) of the activity. Any such conflict will be announced by the individual introducing the speaker or by the speaker immediately preceding the lecture.

The Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Foundation is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.