HOME MEET DR. SANA NEW PATIENTS INSURANCE SERVICES CONTACT NEWS/BLOGS The economic value of specialized lower-extremity medical care by podiatric physicians in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

HOME MEET DR. SANA NEW PATIENTS INSURANCE SERVICES CONTACT NEWS/BLOGS The economic value of specialized lower-extremity medical care by podiatric physicians in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.

BACKGROUND: We sought to examine the economic value of specialized lower-extremity medical care by podiatric physicians in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers by evaluating cost outcomes for patients with diabetic foot ulcer who did and did not receive care from a podiatric physician in the year before the onset of a foot ulcer.

METHODS: We analyzed the economic value among commercially insured patients and Medicare-eligible patients with employer-sponsored supplemental medical benefits using the MarketScan Databases. The analysis consisted of two parts. In part I, we examined cost or savings per patient associated with care by podiatric physicians using propensity score matching and regression techniques; in part II, we extrapolated cost or savings to populations.

RESULTS: Matched and regression-adjusted results indicated that patients who visited a podiatric physician had $13,474 lower costs in commercial plans and $3,624 lower costs in Medicare plans during 2-year follow-up (P < .01 for both). A positive net present value of increasing the share of patients at risk for diabetic foot ulcer by 1% was found, with a range of $1.2 to $17.7 million for employer-sponsored plans and $1.0 to $12.7 million for Medicare plans.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that podiatric medical care can reduce the disease and economic burdens of diabetes.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/2140…

Dr. Sana DPM, FACFAOM, MPH, MHA

Dr. Sana received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, receiving top-notch Podiatric medical training at affiliated teaching hospitals and clinics in Manhattan, NY. Thereafter, he completed a three-year Podiatric Surgical Residency at world renowned Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Manhattan, NY. During his residency, Dr. Sana received extensive training in wound care, diabetic limb salvage, management of emergency trauma and complicated foot infections. He was trained by more than twenty podiatric surgeons and foot and ankle orthopedists in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle conditions, with extensive training in both conservative and surgical management. Dr. Sana has been recognized as "Top Doc" by Phoenix Magazine for 2017.