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Mission Statement: FPMA strives to promote Podiatric Physicians as the preferred providers of Medicine and Surgery of the Foot, Ankle, & Lower Extremity in the State of Florida and elevate public knowledge of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at all levels throughout the state.
Vision: To be recognized as the leading voice and pre-eminent resource for the Podiatric Profession in the State of Florida.
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and/or those who are interested in the practice of podiatric medicine.
Please Note: All information provided by FPMA on the FPMA website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal contract between FPMA and any person or entity unless otherwise specified. Any links to external websites and/or non-FPMA information provided on FPMA web pages are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by the FPMA of the content or views of the linked materials.
You can learn how the healthcare law affects you at Healthcare.gov, the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has officially launched its online resource covering the Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for Employers; to access this web page, click here.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) was statutorily created by Chapter 20, Florida Statutes as the chief health policy and planning entity for the state. AHCA is primarily responsible for the state's Medicaid program.
Founded in 1933, the Academy is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopaedic surgeons and others in the world.
The AAPPM has been the premier educational and informational practice management association in podiatry for over 40 years.
The AAPSM serves to advance the understanding, prevention, and management of lower extremity sports and fitness injuries.
The AAWP is a national organization providing leadership to its members in the advancement of educational, political, financial, social, and emotional well-being. Their membership includes women podiatrists from coast to coast and throughout Canada.
The AACPM website provides information on education and careers in podiatric medicine. To access a PDF version of their "Podiatric Medical College Information Book", which provides information about podiatry as a career and individual college requirements, go to the AACPM's Career Center web page.
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) (formerly ABPS)
The goal of the ABFAS is to protect and improve the health and welfare of the public by the advancement of the art and science of podiatric surgery.
ABLES is a not-for-profit, multidiscipline, autonomous certification board that has a great deal of experience in the certification of lower extremity physicians and surgeons.
ABMSP promotes certification in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot wounds and in diabetic footwear.
American Board of Podiatric Medicine - ABPM (formerly ABPOPPM)
The ABPM offers a comprehensive board qualification and certification process in podiatric medicine and orthopedics.
The ACCWS is the premier membership body dedicated to the advocacy and support of credentialed wound care providers to stimulate and promote education for the medical community and the public at large regarding quality management of patients with wounds thus improving the public’s health.
The ACFAOM is a national organization of highly educated and trained podiatric physicians dedicated to assuring that primary podiatric medicine, broadly defined as orthopedics and medicine of the lower extremities, is the cornerstone of contemporary podiatric practice.
The ACFAP is a recognized leading expert in the care of the Pediatric Foot and Ankle.
The ACFAS is a professional society of more than 7,200 foot and ankle surgeons.
The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the ADA's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To view information about the ADA Step Out Walks taking place in Florida, click here.
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The American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations are designed to measure the knowledge necessary to perform at the level of minimum competence as a newly licensed DPM. These examinations include three parts: Part I and II examinations assess whether a candidate possesses the knowledge required to practice as a minimally competent entry-level podiatric physician, while Part III assesses whether a candidate’s knowledge and clinical skills are adequate for safe practice. It should be noted that some states accept the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for DPM licensure.
The APMSA is the only national organization representing students enrolled at the nine colleges of podiatric medicine. By virtue of enrollment in a college of podiatric medicine, all students are members of the APMSA. Each year, the APMSA puts together a "New Practitioner's Guide" and sends it to graduating seniors. It is an excellent resource for new practitioners. To access an electronic version of the Guide, click here.
The Podiatric Health Section of the APHA provides an important bridge between podiatric medicine and public health, and this connection has benefited the public, individual podiatrists, and the profession in many ways.
The American Society of Foot and Ankle Dermatology is an education, research, and advocacy organization that promotes understanding of the skin and nail diseases with respect to the foot.
The ASPE is an organization of podiatry executive directors dedicated to working on behalf of the medical and surgical specialists of the foot and ankle via education, advocacy, and governance.
The ASPMA is an organization of Podiatric Medical Assistants whose purpose is to improve the profession of Podiatric Medical Assisting by providing educational opportunities for its members. The ASPMA is a related organization of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
The ASPS is an independent organization that formed to collaborate with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) in representing the surgical interests of APMA members.
This web page enables you to perform searches for podiatric products and services, a valuable tool for researching, selecting, and purchasing the industry resources you're looking for.
The APMA Coding Resource Center is a valuable reimbursement business tool for any podiatric office.
This web page provides updated information about Medicare fees and other federal legislative issues.
This web page provides information about scope of practice provisions for podiatric physicians in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The APMA State Advocacy program area was established to assist APMA state components and members in their legislative efforts as well as to advance the priorities of podiatric medicine through legal and regulatory advocacy. Other objectives of the State Advocacy program area include creating a comprehensive, yet easily accessible, web-based database of state policies and maintaining an extensive reference manual of state laws and regulations pertinent to state advocacy efforts.
The AAWC is the preeminent, multidisciplinary organization for advanced wound care. As a not-for-profit association, AAWC gives numerous benefits to build a collaborative wound care community for optimal care of those who suffer with chronic non-healing wounds.
The AENS was founded as a society to promote the collaborative study and development of medical research regarding the treatment of extremity nerve disease.
Course completions submitted to CE Broker are used to determine that licensees have met their continuing education requirements at the end of the effective license renewal period. CE Broker offers a number of benefits, including the ability to check the status of your CE requirements anytime, day or night, as well as the ability to search for courses that match your outstanding CE needs.
The CDC website provides credible, reliable information on a variety of health and safety issues for healthcare providers as well as the general public.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services online provides the latest news from CMS for healthcare providers and the public. For information concerning the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, click here.
This web page contains information about the nine Colleges of Podiatric Medicine located in the United States.
ConsumerSafety.org is a self-funded organization driven to provide consumers with unbiased, advertising-free safety and recall information.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) provides the "Take Control of Controlled Substances" website to provide information about the Florida Controlled Substances Bill (HB 21 - Controlled Substances) that goes into effect on July 1, 2018. This website covers a variety of topics and there is a link available on the home page (scroll down, near the bottom) of the website that explains how HB 21 affects Florida Podiatric Physicians.
The Council on Podiatric Medical Education is an autonomous accrediting agency for podiatric medical education items. CPME currently recognizes two certifying boards: the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS).
The Mentor’s Network is a state-of-the-art matching program that is geared towards pairing students with specific career questions or specialization requests with DPMs who have specific skills or backgrounds.
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.
This website provides health professionals with information about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recall updates, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.
This link goes to the DMEPOS Primer document, which was developed by APMA to assist members with understanding commonly used DMEPOS items.
The Florida Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, known as E-FORCSE (Electronic-Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substance Evaluation Program), was created by the 2009 Florida Legislature in an initiative to encourage safer prescribing of controlled substances and to reduce drug abuse and diversion within the state of Florida.
This website provides a comprehensive listing of online podiatric resources.
The Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards' mission is to be a leader in improving the quality, safety and integrity of podiatric medical health care by promoting high standards for podiatric physician licensure, regulation, and practice.
Florida Administrative Code / Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine Rules
Visit this website for up-to-date rules that regulate the podiatric profession in the state of Florida (Division 64B18).
The Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine is the state agency entrusted with the responsibility of licensing Podiatric Physicians and Podiatric X-Ray Assistants as well as regulating the practice of Podiatric Medicine in the State of Florida.
The DBPR is the agency charged with licensing and regulating businesses and professionals in the State of Florida.
The Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics (DDC) Program at the DBPR safeguards the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the state of Florida from injury due to the use of adulterated, contaminated, misbranded drugs, drug ingredients and cosmetics by administering the provisions of the Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act (Chapter 499, F.S.).
To access information about the Health Care Clinic Establishment (HCCE) license and an application form, click here. To view the law that created HCCE Permits, click here. Note: If you do not know whether you are required to obtain an HCCE license or not, call the DDC Program at (850) 717-1800 and speak to a staff person about your situation.
This website provides information concerning licensure and regulation of the various health professions in Florida.
This links to the State of Florida website for Medicaid information.
The FPSC assists healthcare providers in enhancing the quality and safety of healthcare and reducing harm to patients.
The Florida Podiatric Scope of Practice can be found in the Florida Statutes, Title XXXII, Chapter 461.003, (5).
Title XXXII, Chapter 461 of the Florida Statutes regulates the podiatric profession in Florida.
Chapter 2016-240, Laws of Florida provides language creating the Telehealth Advisory Council. The Council consists of 15 members, including the Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, who serves as the chair, and the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. The Council is charged to make recommendations intended to increase the use and accessibility of services provided via telehealth.
This web page, located on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, provides physicians with information about the implementation of basic infection prevention.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched a website called HealthIT.gov. This website was designed to become the leading national resource on Health Information Technology ("Health IT") for both consumers and health care professionals.
The Office for Civil Rights, a division of The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), through its State Advocacy Committee and in coordination with the Health Systems Committee, developed this guide to assist APMA members in resolving difficulties that arise during privileging and credentialing processes.
The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) replaced ICD-9-CM on October 1, 2014. ICD-10-CM incorporates much greater clinical detail and specificity than ICD-9-CM. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has dedicated a web page to information about ICD-10-CM on its website.
This is the Official U.S. Government website for people with Medicare.
The goal of the Meet the Masters Professional Speakers Series is to provide an in-depth analysis of each master interviewed and learn their process step by step so others can mirror their success. 150+ Masters of Podiatry have been interviewed and their interviews can be accessed by signing up for free on the Podiatric Success website.
The NDEP works to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes.
This link takes you to the government website for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor (DOL).
This link takes you to the Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature.
Podiatry Management is a national practice management and business magazine geared toward podiatrists. The Podiatry Management website includes articles and features of interest to the podiatric community.
This link takes you to the website version of Podiatry Today, a publication for podiatric physicians and other professionals involved in the medical care of the feet.
This guide was developed by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) to provide information about the different facets of the health care industry that are pertinent to the practice of podiatric medicine.
This web page provides an overview of PECOS, the online system implemented by CMS for eligible provider and supplier organizations to enroll in the Medicare program via the Internet.
This website was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products.
This online educational resource, provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), was developed to further the education of podiatric residents on a variety of topics.
This interactive map, provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), gives you access to the podiatric scope of practice statute for each U.S. state.
This web page, provided by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), lists contact information for all the state podiatric component associations and societies in the U.S.
The Podiatry Institute is a supportive, global network of members, colleagues, and friends that enhances the quality of life for patients with foot, ankle, and leg disorders through innovative education, research, and service.
The mission of the United States Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care. Each of the three Steps of the USMLE complements the others; no Step can stand alone in the assessment of readiness for medical licensure.
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has created a website that provides resources for vascular disease and treatment.
The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers' Compensation has an enforcement responsibility to assure that Florida's employees are provided with Workers' Compensation insurance coverage by their employers. To access information about becoming an Expert Medical Advisor (EMA) within the Florida Workers' Compensation health care delivery system, click here.
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