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FASMA Pursues NCQA Patient-Centered Care Recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched its newest evaluation program, Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition, on April 15.  This new evaluation recognizes and commends ambulatory care providers that share patients with primary care providers. More patients are choosing to receive care in non-traditional settings, such as urgent care centers and retail-based clinics.  As the source of care changes and patients see multiple providers, the level of coordination and communication between providers takes on greater importance.  NCQA will award seals to those sites that demonstrate extraordinary patient-centered connected care. In a recent press release, NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane said of the program, “Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition is a giant leap to reform health care delivery because it includes ambulatory care settings as well as other medical providers outside of primary and specialty care in the connected and coordinated care community.” Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC is proud to be pursuing this brand new accreditation by meeting the following standards: Connecting with Primary Care Physicians/Providers, Identifying Patient Needs, Patient Care and Support, System Capabilities, and Measure and Improve Performance.

Dr. Stephen D. Palmer Received Maryland Podiatric Medical Association Outstanding Service Award

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Stephen Palmer (Annapolis and Clarksville Divisions) was recently awarded for his outstanding service to podiatry at the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association meeting on April 15, 2015. Dr. Palmer graduated from Kansas State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Life Sciences. While at Kansas State, Dr. Palmer participated in intercollegiate soccer, track and cross-country. He then attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1996. Dr. Palmer completed his residency and surgical training at Doxey Hatch Medical Center, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He entered private practice in Maryland after completing his training in Salt Lake City in 1999. Dr. Palmer currently sees patients in two office locations, Clarksville and Annapolis, and is a member of the medical staff at Howard County General Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he is currently serving as Associate Chief of Podiatric Surgery. He specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy, reconstructive surgery, and limb salvage. Dr. Palmer is an Associate of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He lectures locally and nationally on a number of topics, including ankle arthroscopy, diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. A current member of the Howard County Striders and Annapolis Striders, he remains an avid runner, and has participated in numerous triathlons and marathons. He is a former assistant track and cross-country coach at Glenelg Country School, and remains a sports medicine consultant for "Accelerate Your Game" sports and speed agility training.

FASMA in the Community: Pasadena Division Participates in Career Day

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC's Pasadena Division participated in Career Day on Thursday, April 23. Dr. Jenny Nguyen and lead medical assistant Kristy Davidson visited a local elementary school, where they discussed the podiatric and medical fields with third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. "It was a great opportunity to get out into the community and inform kids that dreams do come true," said Kristy Davidson.

Dr. Ashleigh E. Korves Elected Associate Chief of Podiatry at Anne Arundel Medical Center

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Ashleigh E. Korves (Annapolis and Clarksville Divisions) was recently elected Associate Chief of Podiatry at Anne Arundel Medical Center. "I'm looking forward to working with other specialities to bring multidisciplinary care to our patients by raising awareness about podiatric care and surgery," said Dr. Korves. Dr. Korves is a native Marylander who grew up outside Annapolis and attended the Severn School in Severna Park. She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. She then received her DPM degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. While in podiatry school, she was a member of the Pi Delta National Honors Society, and received the William L. Goldfarb Foundation Education Award. Dr. Korves joined the practice in August 2011, after completing a three-year comprehensive foot and ankle surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She served as chief resident in her final year, and received the Dr. Gary P. Jolly Academic Achievement Award upon graduating from the program. Dr. Korves has a particular interest in sports medicine, trauma and athletic injuries, reconstructive surgery, diabetic wound care, and limb salvage. She treats patients of all ages with any foot and ankle conditions. She is currently on staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Korves is an active member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. She also serves on the board of the Maryland Podiatric Medical Association as secretary. Dr. Korves was a former ballet dancer, as well as a soccer and lacrosse player. She was the goalkeeper on the varsity lacrosse team at Wellesley College. Today, Dr. Korves is an avid runner. She also volunteers with the SPCA of Anne Arundel County in Annapolis and is a member of their RACE Team, a group that runs with the active, athletic dogs awaiting adoption.

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC Podiatrist Dr. Priya Parthasarathy Featured in APMA Young Physicians’ Your APMA Magazine

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Priya Parthasarathy (Silver Spring - White Oak Division) was featured in a recent APMA Young Physicians’ Your APMA Magazine article titled “Your Liaison to the APMA Board of Trustees: Priya Parthasarathy, DPM.” Dr. Parthasarathy was recently named Young Physicians Liaison to the APMA Board of Trustees at the 2015 APMA House of Delegates Meeting in March.  She will attend and participate in board meetings, while representing the interests of young physicians, for a two-year term. “Being involved in this work, and the conversations around legislation and the lack of young physician involvement, has fueled me to want to make more of an impact on our profession.  I feel this new position will allow me to help move our profession forward by providing a platform to focus on the needs of young physicians.” To read the entire article, please click here. Dr. Parthasarathy is a native of Toronto, Canada, where she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo.  She then obtained her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She subsequently completed three years’ post-graduate training at the Botsford Hospital Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Program in Michigan, where she was appointed Chief Resident.  During her residency training, Dr. Parthasarathy was trained in all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. This included advanced forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive and trauma surgery. She has also had extensive training in diabetic wound care, pediatric orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.  Dr. Parthasarathy has participated in pediatric surgical mission trips to Honduras, where she received additional training in congenital pediatric and neurological deformities, while providing much-needed care to the children of the community.  She is a fitness enthusiast, an avid traveler, and enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle.

FASMA Dr. Howard Osterman Featured in Business Insider

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Dr. Howard Osterman (Silver Spring and DC-I Street Divisions) was featured in a recent Business Insider article titled “Feet: The Foundation for Fitness and Health.” Dr. Osterman offered advice as an American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) spokesman and as a podiatric consultant to the Washington Wizards.  Building strength in the feet is important in preventing injury and increasing whole body balance and stability. Simple exercises, such as picking up small objects with the feet, can help build arch strength.  “We don’t need the toes to have the dexterity of fingers but we do need some dexterity,” he said. “We need the muscles to have strength." To read the entire article, please click here. Dr. Osterman is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.  He serves as Vice President of the District of Columbia Podiatric Medicine Association, Vice President of the DC Chapter of the International Diabetes Athlete’s Association, and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).  He also serves as podiatric consultant to the Washington Wizards.