Assistants Program

The Assistant Program is designed to provide podiatric medical assistants with a wealth of information on topics ranging from foot and ankle anatomy to practice management.
The program this year will be held on Thursday, May 16 and Friday May 17, 2024. Assistants may register for Thursday only, Friday only or both days.

CE for the 2024 program has been approved for 7 hours on Thursday, May 16 and for 7 hours on Friday, May 17 by the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants (ASPMA).

        Online Assistant Registration

       Printable Assistant Registration Form


Assistant Program Registration Fees (below cost includes early bird $25 discount, early bird discount ends April 21, 2024)           

OHFAMA/APMA Member Assistant
Thursday Only - $85
Friday Only - $85
Thursday and Friday - $160
Non-Member Assistant
Thursday Only - $145
Friday Only - $145
Thursday and Friday - $280


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Foot and Ankle Anatomy, Conditions and Commonly Performed Procedures
Faculty: Richard Schilling, DPM

Objective: Every team member should understand the basics and be able to work together to provide the best possible service to patients. An educational presentation providing the podiatric assistant with an in-depth view of foot and ankle anatomy, commonly treated conditions and procedures performed.
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Navigating Confidentiality Implications when Communicating with Patients and Third Parties
Faculty: Dan Zinsmaster, Esq

Objective: Attendees will hear about various legal implications pertaining to Ohio’s doctor-patient privilege, HIPAA, and other privacy regulations along with practical tips for engaging in communications with patients and other third parties.  The discussion will touch upon things not to say over the phone or at the office, the contents of an appropriate authorization for the release of PHI, permissible disclosures without a release, and what should be documented with regard to discussions and/or disclosures involving patients, guardians, agents, and other third parties.   
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Interactive Hands-On Workshop
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM; Karen Kellogg, DPM; Amy Masowick, DPM; Richard Schilling, DPM

Objective: Attendees will rotate through four stations and have a hands-on experience with faculty members. The workshop will include instruction on Anatomy, Dressing Applications and 2 DME stations. 
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Chief Complaint and HPI Registration Forms
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM 

Objective: Attendees will review the importance of collecting the correct information on intake forms. The presentation will review how to get a complete chief complaint and medical history from the limited written and verbal information initially given.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch (on your own)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Dermatology:  What Not to Miss
Faculty:  Amy Masowick, DPM

Objective: Attendees will review skin lesions seen on the lower extremity (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Malignant Melanoma). After basic review of etiology, appearance and treatment, medical assistants should be able to recognize lesions of concern.  The session will review actual cases and outcomes.  
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Coding Basics: What Every Medical Assistant Should Know
Faculty: Amy Masowick, DPM 

Objective: The presentation will review the fundamentals of what every medical assistant should know and understand for their office. The session will review frequently used modifiers, the importance of understanding a residual functioning capacity, and commonly used wound care procedures. Attendees will review everyday experiences when coding for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Office Communication: Why It Matters
Faculty: Richard Schilling, DPM

Objective: An office is a team environment, and each member plays an important role to keep our day-to-day challenges to a minimum. This session will discuss the importance of functional aspects in every office and why details and being forward thinking can prevent mistakes. Attendees will review how having staff meetings and open dialogue can keep medical offices running smoothly and efficiently.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Podiatry Jeopardy
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM, Amy Masowick, DPM, and Richard Schilling, DPM

Objective: The session will test attendees’ medical knowledge with a fun game. Topics will include everything from things that were discussed in the previous sessions to new topics of relevance. Attendees will be broken up into teams and the battle for bragging rights will be a fun afternoon educational event.
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM OHFAMA Service Award & KSUCPM Update - Regent Ballroom 2 & 3 
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Burnout:  Prevention, Recognition and Management
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM 
Objective: Attendees will learn how to better prepare their doctors and fellow team members for each clinic session, improving the quality of patient care and efficiency.
4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Pearls from the Attendees’ Offices
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM, Amy Masowick, DPM, and Richard Schilling, DPM (1, 2, 3 or all)                   
Objective: Attendees are asked to bring some professional highlights from their offices and personal careers. The session will allow for open dialogue about how medical offices have changed and attendees will be able to share pearls that they have learned from personal experiences.
4:20 PM - 5:00 PM Expert Panel Discussion
Faculty: Marc Greenberg, DPM, Amy Masowick, DPM, and Richard Schilling, DPM           
Objective: The program faculty will open the floor for discussion about real office experiences that everyone can learn from. Attendees may submit questions prior to the start of the session.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Staff Appreciation Reception
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Registration
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM APMA Presents - Coding and Documentation
Faculty: Michael King, DPM and Andrew Pavelescu, DPM     
Objective: The session will review important E & M updates for 2024, and the presentation will discuss DME changes. Attendees will review the myth that there is “no such thing as routine foot care.” The session will review the importance of nail care and documentation.
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM APMA Presents - Coding and Documentation Continued
Faculty: Michael King, DPM and Andrew Pavelescu, DPM                                                   

Objective: The session will discuss the hot topic issue of 25 and 59 modifiers, and other modifiers to be mindful of. Attendees will review unlisted codes, and how and when to use them. The session will discuss audits and what an office should and should not fear.
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Exhibitor Marketplace Luncheon
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

MIPS 2024 Update
Faculty: Michael Brody, DPM

Objective: The APMA is now encouraging all members to report podiatry specific quality measures and learn what they are and how to report those measures.  The session will cover all measures that can fit into the workflow for a podiatrist and discuss how to report those measures.   Attendees will understand the podiatry specific measures that are available for them to utilize. The session will explain other measures that can be reported to for physicians to succeed in MIPS. The presentation will help attendees understand the relationship between quality reporting and quality care.

02:30 PM - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM The HIPAA Right of Access Rule
Faculty: Michael Brody, DPM

Objective: It is important to understand that patients have a right to their health information.  This ensures the patient can be engaged in their healthcare, and failure to respond to patient requests can result in major fines. This session will discuss and review the Right of Access Rule. Attendees will understand the exceptions to the Rule, and how patients can use this information to become more engaged in their care.
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM Break
04:45 PM - 05:30 PM

O Doctor, Where Art Thou? - Congressman Brad Wenstrup, DPM