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January 19, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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A new survey conducted by medical technology company Kareo found that 84 percent of independent physicians and staff aren't sure what MACRA's Quality Payment Program will require of their practice, yet 85 percent said they would participate in it to the best of their ability.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at http://www.apma.org/macra.
 
CMS has announced a glitch in the quality reporting measures brought upon by the changes in the ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-PCS (Procedural Coding System) updates that went into effect Oct. 1.
Editor’s note: Code strong with resources on ICD-10 and PQRS. Subscribe to the fully integrated APMA Coding Resource Center.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule late last week updating the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations. 
 
As the Trump administration officially begins later this week, a new HealthLeaders Media survey shows that healthcare industry leaders support changes to the existing law rather than replacing it.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
 
Physicians who obstruct government audits or fail to provide investigators with prompt access to medical records can face exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid.
Editor’s note: APMA has information on how health-care fraud, waste, and abuse are investigated and prosecuted in Medicare, Medicaid and other HHS programs.
 
Physicians generally billed uninsured or out-of-network patients several times what Medicare would have deemed appropriate, researchers found, with anesthesiologists topping the list of specialists racking up the most in excess charges.
 
Future financial support as part of MACRA implementation will have a positive effect on small practice health IT adoption and use, according to new research published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
Editor’s note: Check out the MACRA Made Easy webinar series, and don't miss APMA's Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
With the health care system in the midst of change, a rowdy election behind us and many unknowns still in the air, former Utah governor and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt detailed the true nature of this transformation and why physicians need to lead the way.
 
Physicians and other healthcare practitioners know all too well that they live in a highly litigious society. 
 
Value-based reimbursement success rests on providing clinicians with convenient and increased access to meaningful data, the leaders of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and CMS stated in a recent official CMS blog post.
 
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What Patients are Reading
What do you get when a former podiatric surgeon with an innate sense of style launches her own shoe collection bridging luxury and wearability perfectly? You get Marion Parke shoes. 
 
When I was looking at my Facebook feed this morning I noticed that a friend had posted this question: How do you get rid of foot fungus?
Editor’s note: See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
 
From broken bones to frostbite, you're at extra risk for foot and ankle injuries during winter. But you can protect yourself, according to a surgeon who specializes in podiatry. 
 
Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. 
 
Nia Dennis could tell something was wrong as she began her tumbling routine during a gymnastics event.
Editor’s note: DPMs are the foot care experts. Share APMA’s Achilles Tendinitis information with your patients.
 
Bunions—those bony protrusions that can develop over the first metatarsal bone or big toe joint—remain a bit of a mystery.
Editor’s Note: APMA’s free "Beat Bunion Blues" campaign materials are still available to members on APMA.org.
 
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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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