e Podiatry Consent Forms

Quality Maintenance

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Continuous Quality Improvement



The informed surgical consent form documents of e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ are produced by members of the Foot and Ankle Research Consortium [FARC, Inc.], the Institute of Medical Business Advisors [iMBA, Inc.] and various other Medical Advisory Board (MAB) members. The physicians, nurses, insurance-agents, risk-managers and attorneys who compose the MAB are all board-certified in their particular fields of study. They prepare the consent documents according to exact guidelines developed by e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ and are subject to change without notice.


Following the development of a manuscript document by an MAB member, the document is reviewed by the managerial-editing team for style, consistency, medical literacy, grammar, spelling and punctuation. If changes are significant, the document is returned to the MAB member for final concurrence. In many cases, the editor, an alternate MAB member and/or the content manager will review and contribute to the document. Lastly, the document is submitted to the Editor-in-Chief for an independent assessment; if there are any issues with the document, it is returned for reconciliation of the issue(s).


e-Podiatry Consent FormsEducation Documents


Ancillary education and risk-management materials are written by professional medical writers. These writers typically develop content for the major professional websites, health journals and medical education firms like: 

The medical writers prepare documents according to exact guidelines, including readability. The primary object of such surgeon and patient education is to provide unbiased content and informed-consent documents.


e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ Document Modification Process


Moreover, e-Podiatry Consent Forms™ has developed a formal but collaborative process for surgeons, clients and all members of the podiatric medical and legal community by which they can submit requests for changes to documents or requests the addition of new documents or related educational material. Revised documents or new documents, created under the reader submitted “wiki” content process undergo the same rigor as those outlined for the development of new consent form documents.


e-Podiatry Consent Forms Continuous Document Review


All consent documents and education materials are reviewed on a regular basis, or as needed, to ensure they reflect current clinical practice in all respects. The frequency of review is established by MAB members based on the projected variability of procedures. Documents may be reviewed at any time outside of their established review cycle due to the availability of new clinical evidence, the publication of applicable regulatory guidance, or other factors. The document review is conducted by a MAB member or a medical writer who is different from the original author of the document reviewed. The editorial review process and quality-assurance release process, employed for new documents, are also employed for document review.  



Customizable templates. 

Not medical advice. Not a standard-of-care.

Not a surgical treatment or clinical care plan. 



Written by Dr. Marcinko

August 13, 2008 at 12:05 am

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  1. Simple e Podiatry Consent Form™ Specifications

    The software is designed for IBM compatible personal computers [PCs], and Macintosh computers, running the free Adobe Acrobat Reader® utility program.

    The software will not run under Windows NT™, or on other networks, LANs, WANs or servers. The program is not designed to be run from a network server and should be loaded on a stand-alone personal computer (PC), or Macintosh computer, only.

    Chief Technology Officer

    Chief Technology Officer

    October 4, 2008 at 11:20 pm

  2. The e-consent forms on antibiotics are very good.
    Andrew Boldman; DPM

    Dr. Andrew Boldman

    June 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  3. Informed Consent,

    One of the best ways to provide detailed information on all alternative treatments and risk associated with them is through the use of “informed consent” videos. The videos make sure that you are delivering to the patient complete and verifiable information each and every time. The video can de delivered to the patient in the treatment room and you have them sign a consent form acknowledging they viewed the video; the video can also be delivered via a kiosk in the waiting room or patient counseling room with an electronic signature collected at the end of the video; and finally, the video can be delivered to the patient via the practice’s website, again collecting an electronic signature acknowledging the video.

    Many other medical disciplines already use this methodology to provide informed consent information to patients. This may be a project for PICA and other insurers to look at and have all the videos reviewed by council to provide complete legal coverage.

    Source: PMNews, September 01, 2009 #3,637
    Raymond Posa, MBA
    [The Mantra Group]


    August 31, 2009 at 9:58 am

  4. Greetings Mr. Posa,

    Good thoughts for the next generational leap in quality improvement for informed consent technology. We agree with many of them.

    However, videos are static and passive activities. True informed consent is an active and educational process between surgeon and patient. And, a huge benefit and real feature of our http://www.ePodiatryConsentForms.com is the ability to collaboratively customize them for both doctor and patient – in true Health 2.0 fashion. Finally, out templates are inexpensive, and easy to use [KISS].

    We appreciate your “outside the box” thinking. But, at this time, videos are not on the radar screen of [CMS] and [JCAHO]. But, the movement to make the consent process more patient-friendly, informed, patient-specific and standardized in [AHRQ] style and format, is indeed afoot.

    Ann Miller; RN, MHA
    [Executive Director]

    Ann Miller; RN, MHA

    August 31, 2009 at 10:06 am

  5. “Good Faith” Website

    I believe you can document a good faith attempt to provide an informed consent by setting up on your website a section explaining relevant alternatives and risks for podiatric medical procedures. Before patients come to your office, make sure they sign a form that says they reviewed all the information on your website, including every relevant alternative and risk that is listed on your website regarding all podiatric medical treatments and podiatric surgical treatments.

    This form should be signed again, right before every time such a podiatric treatment, medical or surgical, is performed. For example, on some of my websites, I have disclaimers and I specify that there are no guarantees.

    Source: PMNews, September 01, 2009 #3,637
    Daniel Chaskin, DPM
    [Ridgewood, NY]

    Ann Miller; RN, MHA

    August 31, 2009 at 10:19 am

  6. Improving the Informed Consent Process
    Thursday, October 14th, 2010
    [Continuing Education]
    12:00 – 1:00 PM

    Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
    700 South Florida Avenue • Tampa, FL

    See you there.

    Ann Miller RN MHA

    Ann Miller RN MHA

    October 11, 2010 at 1:05 am

  7. Maintenance of Certification [MOC]

    Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the process of keeping physician certification up-to-date through one of the 24 approved medical specialty boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABMS, a non-profit organization, is one entity overseeing physician certification in the United States.

    The Maintenance of Certification program provides an ongoing process that was designed to help physicians keep abreast of advances in their fields, develop better practice systems, and demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Physicians need to have – and maintain – the clinical judgment and skills upon which high quality care depends.

    e Podiatry Consent Forms

    Similarly, the process of developing and maintaining our informed consent content is rigorous, highly structured, and controlled. Maintenance of Content [MOC] is robust and licensed from the nationally known Foot and Ankle Research Consortium [FARC] Inc, at http://www.PodiatryPrep.com



    March 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

  8. MOC in Podiatry

    This week, a colleague and I were at our clinical staff meeting in which the subject of MOC (Maintenance of Certification) was the main agenda item. With the continued push of medicine towards quality measures, and related to future reimbursement, it was decided that all staff members will have to participate in their specialty MOC. This does not relate to just taking your re-certification exam, but rather to a 4-part process of continuous learning.

    This was rolled out by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2006, and is being implemented in different ways across each specialty board. To my understanding, we as podiatrists have no such system. Does anyone have knowledge that this process is in development or on the radar for our boards? I believe this will become an issue for providers in the future.

    Elliott Hudson DPM
    Round Rock, TX
    via PM News #4,467


    May 20, 2012 at 12:45 am

  9. Specialty Boards Set Time Limits for Certification

    In an effort to prevent physicians’ indefinite use of the term “board-eligible,” all member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties will limit the time that physicians have to undergo board certification after completing their residencies. Some of the ABMS’ 24 member boards already have certification time limits in place; the rest will complete a transition to time limits by Jan. 1, 2019.

    According to an ABMS news release, the organization has never recognized the term “board eligible”—a term some physicians use to signal to patients and prospective employers that they intend to seek certification, the release notes. Establishing time limits, according to the release, “makes it legitimate” for physicians to claim eligibility while preventing the term from being abused. Most of the time limits for the 24 boards range between five and seven years.

    Source: Andis Robeznieks, Modern Physician [5/31/12]


    June 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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