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December 22, 2016 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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The Obama administration abandoned a controversial proposal to overhaul how Medicare reimburses doctors for drugs, after physicians and pharmaceutical groups rallied against it. 
 
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Hospitals, health systems and physician groups are in the process of deciding which of the two reimbursement paths they will take under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which replaced the sustainable growth-rate formula for determining physician pay.
Editor's note: APMA has answers to your questions about MACRA at http://www.apma.org/macra.
 
Jam on the brakes, step on the gas or find a pace somewhere in between? 
 
What Patients are Reading
Did you know you can tell how healthy a person is by looking at their feet? 
 
Having to sideline yourself because your feet hurt has got to be the most humiliating secret party foul, sadder even than a spilt drink you paid for yourself. 
 
People with diabetes are prone to foot disease, which can lead to amputations and even death.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
 
As the saying goes, fashion is pain. Maybe that's why most women don't think twice about stepping into sky-high heels day after day. 
 
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks it’s own tissues and organs. 
 
Medicare telehealth use should increase under the 21st Century Cures Act, which aims to expand originating sites and require more telehealth research. 
 
As we approach the end of 2016 and the start of the Trump presidency, it is widely anticipated that there will be major tax law rewrites, and proposals are already being floated outlining significant changes. 
 
One of the biggest developments in EHRs and health IT in 2016—unfortunately—was the rise of cyberattacks. 
 
As the phase-in of Medicare's new Quality Payment Program (QPP) approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services is presenting webinars to prepare clinicians for the change. 
 
The past year has seen plenty of change in the world of practice management, with more on the horizon. 
 
Whatever your practice plans and goals are for 2017, one thing is certain. Tidying up the 2016 loose ends and preparing your practice for what’s ahead prepare you for the upcoming challenges. 
 
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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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