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November 17, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell turned a routine enrollment briefing into an impassioned plea Monday to preserve the Affordable Care Act, which has not only been a pillar of outgoing President Obama's legacy, but of HHS as well.
While downside risk does not incentivize providers to take part in value-based care reimbursement policies, data-driven technology and a combination of financial motivations may encourage physicians to transition to alternative payment models, according to a survey from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Editor’s note: Read Dr. Christina’s message about value-based reimbursement and the future of health care.
Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, industry experts say value-based care initiatives will likely continue under the new White House administration. 
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I don’t pretend to be a political writer; there are much smarter people than I who are doing a fantastic job talking about the social aspects of a new term under Mr. Trump. 
The growth of smartphone usage is giving physicians new ways to stay connected with patients and improve their care, and evidence shows that communication outside of the office setting is acceptable and can help improve outcomes. 
Physicians have pledged to retire or leave Medicare as a result of burdens placed on them by the recently finalized payment rule.
Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
What Patients are Reading
If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. 
If your feet have ever hurt from standing for a long period of time or shoes that just don’t fit right, you may have considered getting inserts for your shoes or even orthotics.
Anyone who knows that hot, itchy feeling in their hands and feet after a trip outdoors in the cold will already be dreading winter – AKA chilblain season.
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During National Diabetes Awareness Month, health professionals are trying to get the message out about a serious complication that often comes with the disease – diabetic foot ulcers, or DFUs.
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s Diabetes Campaign tools. Also, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) welcomes podiatrists as physician members.
Studies on the long-term effects of habitual barefoot walking or running are scarce, and there is only limited evidence for more foot problems and no evidence for higher injury rates among people who are often barefoot, according to a new review.
Editor's note: See APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
With 2017 just around the corner, that means data collection for the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation program – the Quality Payment Program – is about to begin.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
Patient satisfaction is becoming a more valued measure than it ever has been in the past. 
Value-based pricing has the potential to reduce prescription drug spending in the U.S. 
Running a physician practice is a lot different—and substantially more challenging—than it used to be. 
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Disclaimer: Stories from sources other than APMA do not necessarily reflect APMA positions or policies. APMA does not endorse these stories. This content appears in the News Brief to enhance members' understanding of how media coverage shapes perceptions of podiatric medicine, and to educate members about what their patients, legislators and other healthcare professionals are seeing in the media.



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