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December 1, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday formally named Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under his administration.
President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Rep. Tom Price, (R-GA), an orthopedic surgeon and avowed opponent of Obamacare, was greeted with high praise by the major professional lobbies in the healthcare sector. 
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the architect of Republican-led efforts to cut the program’s costs at the state level and require some beneficiaries to get jobs and pay for a portion of their own care. 
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A coalition of physician advocacy groups and insurers that include the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and insurance industry lobbying group America's Health Insurance Plans, is urging Congress to reject a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act that allows some hospital-owned outpatient facilities to dodge recently finalized site-neutral payment rules. 
The healthcare industry’s fast pace transition to value-based care reimbursement has led to some major challenges for both providers and payers.
Editor’s note: APMA introduces the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series. The first webinar is December 13.
What Patients are Reading
If you suffer from bunions, you may notice that as it gets colder and you switch from open sandals to closed, narrower footwear, your bunion pain is getting worse.
Editor’s Note: APMA’s free "Beat Bunion Blues" campaign materials are still available to members on
Morton’s foot is said to be the sign of nobility, sometimes referred to as the aristocratic foot type. 
Parties, pavement pounding and poor foot knowledge all make this the sorest season for our soles, experts have claimed. 
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Having healthy feet is vital for runners, so it's no surprise that a Mercy foot doctor is making a name for himself at road races in the Joplin area. 
Are you feeling more aches and pains and getting sore faster in the winter? 
Francis W. Peabody, MD, a physician in the early 20th century, once wrote, "The treatment of a disease must be completely impersonal; the treatment of a patient must be completely personal."
Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources to make the best purchase decision for your practice.
The jury’s still out when it comes to whether the traditional white doctor's coat is a potential vehicle for spreading germs. 
The hiring process takes time—and it should. 
Many doctors are on the fence about whether using social media is beneficial to their practice.
Editor’s note: Read all about how to cultivate content for your social media page in the latest edition of APMA News.
In a world in which consumers book travel, shop and attend school all day, any day of the year, consumer demand for easier access to medical care can come as no surprise. 
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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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