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January 12, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The old ways of practicing medicine are gone—at least if physicians want to get paid in a value-based world.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too!
 
It turns out the transition to ICD-10 didn’t go quite as smoothly as previously thought, particularly for the small practice physicians who were most anxious about the changeover from ICD-9 on Oct. 1, 2015.
Editor’s note: Code strong with resources on ICD-10 and PQRS. Subscribe to the fully integrated APMA Coding Resource Center.
 
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The electronic health record (EHR) systems implemented in physician practices across the country were first built for a healthcare system based on fee-for-service payments.
Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources and resources on ACOs.
 
What Patients are Reading
Having feet that sometimes smell bad may be part of life — but it certainly isn't fun, especially if you can't seem to get rid of the smell.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on sweaty feet with your patients.
 
Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.   
 
The management of foot pain can vary significantly for each patient as the best course of action depends on the cause of the pain. 
 
Doctors at Cone Health's Triad Foot Center in Greensboro say they see an increase is patients coming in with painful cases of gout after the holidays. 
 
High heels, stilettos, cone heels, pumps, wedges and platforms all mean the same thing: foot pain that makes me want to punch inanimate objects.
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The bigger the health insurer, the lower the prices it can negotiate from physician groups, a Harvard Medical School study published Monday concluded. 
 
Under the 21st Century Cures Act, Medicare reimbursement will see some changes, including site-neutral payment exceptions, new value-based penalty adjustments, and new codes. 
 
Most Americans don’t trust health information technology largely because of the recent surge in cybersecurity breaches and physicians’ disinterest in adopting it. 
 
As physicians who treat Medicare patients gear up for MACRA, a new study has some troubling findings: Pay-for-performance models do not improve health outcomes.
Editor’s note: Learn all about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
 
Good customer service is one way to keep patients happy, which is good for patient satisfaction, online reviews and quality scores. 
 
How many surveys have you been asked to take in the last year? Now, how many of those surveys seemed like they mattered? 
 
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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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