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December 15, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
It’s easy to lose the forest for the trees in the new Medicare physician payment system, which has so many nuances and details that the related Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule runs 823 pages in the Federal Register.
Editor’s note: Have questions about MACRA? APMA has resources for members. Learn more at www.apma.org/MACRA
 
Despite looming Republican-led healthcare reform that could lead to the undoing of the Affordable Care Act, experts at large medical practices are still preparing for MACRA since many face unique issued tied to their size.
Editors note: APMA helps members of all practices sizes prepare for MACRA with its new MACRA Made Easy Webinar Series.
 
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A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that small and rural practices faced several challenges with implementing value-based care models, such as limited financial resources, a lack of interoperable health IT, population health management impediments, misaligned quality measures, and limited capabilities.
 
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), just days after it passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
 
What Patients are Reading
Anyone who’s ever squeezed into a pair of sky-high shoes knows heels can be hell on your feet. 
 
We live in a technical world where everything is rapidly changing. However, change is not always for the best, as we see in the athletic shoe of today.
Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.
 
Do you have sharp pain in your feet? It hurts to stand when you get out of bed, or you experience pain while walking? This can be plantar fasciitis.
 
When you go shopping for your kids, are you overwhelmed by shoe choices?
 
Results of a recent nationwide survey by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) reveals that nearly eight out of every 10 people (77%) have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, trouble using their health insurance in the past year.
 
Many doctors emerge from their medical training with little knowledge of what and how they are paid. 
 
Practicing medicine in the 21st century is hard. Demands on doctors are nothing new, but inevitably the expectations of every player in healthcare continues to evolve.
 
When it was time to distribute shared savings payments generated by saving $15 million in total cost of care for payers, physicians at Coastal Medical had a decision to make: Should they give employees a portion of those earnings?
 
If there’s one thing that healthcare leaders can agree on, it’s that physician burnout is a major problem. 
 
Most healthcare consumers are unhappy with the way their health information is stored and shared, according to a survey of more than 1,000 American adults from Surescripts.
 
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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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