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November 23, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Despite uncertainty around the GOP's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, MACRA and risk-based payment models could remain intact, says one public policy expert.
Editor’s note: Register now for APMA’s MACRA Webinar: Quality Performance Category on December 13.
Six years into building its business around the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s $3 trillion health care industry may be losing that political playbook. 
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Despite the growing costs of drugs, 10 times as many physicians prescribed more than $5 million of medications per year under Medicare’s drug program in 2015 than in 2011.
Editor’s note: See Dr. Christina’s message about the future of health care.
As physicians continue to maneuver through the electronic health record (EHR) maze, they'll soon start to see more oversight from Uncle Sam.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on
How can the long-standing goal of enhancing diversity in medicine be achieved? How can female physicians, doctors of color or LGBT physicians overcome the discrimination that still impedes their ability to fulfill their calling? 
What Patients are Reading
The dreaded fungal nail. We've probably all had one at some point and avoided open toe sandals or covered up with our favourite nail polish, but new research by Canestan has found that 23% of sufferers are so self-conscious they refuse to walk barefoot in their own home. 
Have you ever watched "Dancing with the Stars," the popular television show? Since the start of this show there have been a great number of foot and ankle injuries
Diabetes is a disease involving body-wide vulnerability. By disrupting circulation, diabetes causes insidious damage to blood vessels that feed the limbs, heart, kidneys, brain and eyes.
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s campaign, "Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?" and download the toolkit today.
A local breakthrough in treating foot pain is getting worldwide attention. 
If you want to lower risk of injury while running, leave the expensive footwear behind and run with minimal or no shoes.
Editor's note: See APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
"Brand" is a huge buzzword in the business world, and in today’s market, it’s easy to see why. 
Your practice’s patient portal: It’s the easiest place for patients to access their lab results, get prescription refills, send a message to their doctor or schedule an appointment. Yet not all patients are sold on the idea. 
A new 11-nation survey by The Commonwealth Fund finds Americans are less well and get medical care less often than citizens in other high-income nations. 
As payment and care delivery models shift in the United States from episodic, fee-for-service care toward population health and value-based reimbursement, health care leaders are focused more than ever on patient engagement as a key to driving down costs and improving outcomes. 
Certain circumstances may alleviate some stress on physicians, leading to higher satisfaction rates. 
Musculoskeletal ultrasound may be a less invasive, less painful option for the diagnosis of gout. 
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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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