Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA) 2024 Science & Management Symposium (SAM)

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It’s that time of the year again – the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA) is holding the 2024 Science & Management Symposium (SAM) from January 24 to 28 at Hyatt Regency Orlando. 

As we gear up for this exciting gathering in sunny Florida, we invite you to join 1st Providers Choice as we present services and solutions that revolutionize podiatric care delivery. Our EHR and EMR solutions are designed to streamline clinical operations, reduce administrative burden, and enhance patient engagement. 

Read on to learn more about the upcoming SAM 2024 podiatry conference, the current trends in the industry, and a glimpse of what we can offer you!

SAM 2024 Podiatry Conference Overview

The 2024 Science & Management Symposium (SAM) is a landmark event for podiatry professionals dedicated to advancing their practice in the field. This symposium is carefully curated to provide an in-depth look at the current and future landscape of foot and ankle care.


Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an extensive program featuring expert-led sessions, in-depth workshops, and groundbreaking research presentations. The SAM conference is a crucial platform for professional growth, networking, and idea exchange within the podiatric community.


For the program details, visit the Florida Podiatric Medical Association’s main event page.


5 Current Trends in Podiatry

The symposium is an excellent venue for learning about the newest developments in podiatry. The field is evolving rapidly, and below are the emerging trends shaping the future of foot and ankle care.


1. Podiatry Services Market Outlook 

According to the Podiatry Services Market by Future Market Insights, the global market for podiatry services was valued at approximately US$ 4.6 billion in 2022. Projections show the market poised for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6%, expected from 2023 to 2033. 


This trajectory suggests that the market will reach a valuation of US$ 6.1 billion by the year 2033. Notably, general podiatry is forecasted to be a major revenue generator, with an estimated CAGR exceeding 2.9% from 2023 to 2033.


Factors like the rise in chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, and obesity, which can lead to foot complications, are contributing to the demand for podiatry services. The aging demographic and the growing focus on maintaining an active lifestyle also boost the need for podiatrists.


2. Demographic Insights and Labor Trends

According to data from Zippia and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, podiatry statistics indicate that:

  • The average age of a podiatrist is 47 years.
  • More than 18,000 individuals are working as podiatrists In the United States. The states of New York, California, and Florida account for the most podiatry businesses.
  • A majority of 60.1% of podiatrists are female, whereas 39.9% are male.
  • Regarding ethnicity, the largest group of podiatrists are White, making up 73.0% of the total, followed by Asians at 13.3%, Hispanic or Latino at 6.0%, and an unclassified/unknown group at 4.7%.
  • Podiatrists are 81% more inclined to be employed by private sector companies than educational institutions.
  • In the year 2022, female podiatrists earned 87% of the salary that their male counterparts did. Podiatrists had a median annual income of $148,720. 

Understanding these statistics provides valuable insights into the demographics and employment trends within this medical field. It sheds light on areas such as diversity, representation, and pay equity in podiatry. These details are crucial for policymakers, educational institutions, and professional organizations to address these issues and foster a more inclusive work culture.

3. Technological Advancements

Podiatry is experiencing rapid technological advancements, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI), telemedicine, 3D printing, wound healing modalities, laser therapy, and virtual reality. Podiatrists are increasingly interested in using AI to improve the precision and accuracy of diagnosing foot conditions.

Telemedicine is evolving to provide more immersive and interactive virtual consultations, while 3D printing technology is becoming more accessible, allowing for the creation of custom orthotics. 

Advances in laser therapy now provide more precise and less invasive treatments. In addition, researchers are exploring virtual reality as a tool for pain management during procedures like ingrown toenail treatment. 

4. Coding and Reimbursement Challenges

Proper knowledge of Medicare coding is becoming increasingly important for podiatrists, especially with constant code changes and requirements. This is crucial for the financial health of practices. 


5. Recognition of Burnout Among Podiatrists

There is a growing recognition of the humanity of medical professionals, acknowledging the challenges and stress they face and the need to support them mentally and emotionally to prevent burnout and suicide.

Enhance Podiatric Care Through EMR and EHRs

Our presence at the event is a testament to our commitment to improving podiatric care through innovative electronic medical records (EMR) and electronic health records (EHR) solutions. We’re excited to demonstrate how our specialized software revolutionizes the way podiatry clinics operate, elevating patient care and practice efficiency.

We tailor our podiatry EHR software to meet the unique needs of podiatric clinics. This option involves customizing the software to accommodate the specific workflows, treatment processes, and documentation needs inherent in foot and ankle care. This specialization ensures that podiatrists have the most relevant tools at their fingertips helping them achieve the following: 

  • Enhanced Accuracy: Reduce the likelihood of errors by enabling more precise and clear documentation. This is crucial in podiatry, where detailed records of progress and treatment are essential.
  • Increased Accessibility: Get easy access to patient records, enabling quick decision-making and effective management of patient health.
  • Operational Efficiency: With our podiatry software automating many administrative tasks, clinics run more smoothly, allowing healthcare providers to focus more on patients over paperwork.


Key Features of Our Podiatry Software

Opt for a partnership that understands and meets the dynamic needs of podiatric clinics. At 1st Providers Choice, we are proud to offer excellent customer service and the most sought-after podiatry EHR software, which brings a suite of tools designed to elevate your podiatric practice. Here are the best features of IMS for podiatry: 

1. Efficient Podiatry Clinical Documentation

Streamline your documentation process with specialized templates for foot and ankle conditions, customizable forms, and automated coding assistance. 

2. Meaningful Use Dashboard

Designed to help podiatry clinics meet specific criteria set by Medicare, this dashboard aids in achieving incentives, thus improving the clinic’s financial health.

3. Podiatry Revenue Cycle Management Maximization

Our podiatry EMR software enhances the financial health of a podiatry clinic by streamlining the billing process, reducing errors in coding, and ensuring faster reimbursement from insurance companies. It comes with the latest ICD and CPT codes that help automate and streamline coding.

4. Podiatry Patient App

Our software integrates with a patient app that transforms how podiatrists interact with their patients. Features like appointment scheduling, prescription refills, and access to educational materials increase patient engagement and satisfaction.

5. Podiatry Lab Interfaces

The podiatry EHR software streamlines the process of managing lab orders and results, ensuring efficient communication between the podiatry clinic and diagnostic laboratories. 

6. Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth

Decrease expenses and increase revenue using our podiatry software. EHRs help reduce overhead costs by minimizing paperwork, reducing storage needs, and decreasing staff time spent on administrative tasks, all while increasing clinic revenue through improved billing and coding practices.

7. Podiatry Clinical Workflow Automation

Gain maximum efficiency in your podiatry clinic. Our software automates routine tasks like patient intake, appointment scheduling, coding, billing, and reporting. By automating these processes, podiatry clinics can function more smoothly and efficiently. 

8. Electronic Health Record Data Sharing with Referral Sources

Easy yet secure sharing of EHR data with other healthcare providers, such as primary care practitioners and specialists, enhances collaborative care and improves patient outcomes.

9. MIPS/MACRA for Podiatry

Compliance with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is crucial for podiatry clinics. EMRs equipped with MIPS/MACRA, tracking and reporting tools significantly reduce podiatrists’ efforts to maintain compliance. This leads to more incentives while improving patient care quality, safety, and efficiency along the way. Plus, the clinic can benefit from potential Medicare bonuses and avoid penalties. 

Providing You With the Best

Choose only the best for your healthcare practice!

At 1st Providers Choice, we understand our client’s needs and expectations for higher billing and EHR software performance. We only offer the top-rated medical billing system and EHR solution.  

Whether you’re looking to optimize your practice’s workflow, elevate patient satisfaction, or stay ahead with the latest industry trends, 1st Providers Choice is your gateway to achieving these goals.


Mark your calendars and see you at the 2024 Science & Management Symposium (SAM) in Orlando for an insightful and enriching experience for you and your podiatry practice. Discover how our services and solutions can be the catalyst for your organization’s success and growth.


For those who can’t join, be on the lookout for upcoming podiatry conferences that may offer opportunities to learn and engage on our EMR and EHR solutions for your practice. Feel free to call us at (480) 782-1116 for immediate assistance or schedule a free demo with our experts TODAY to learn more about our podiatry EMR software.