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January 26, 2017 In This Issue
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HHS developed several Medicare appeals backlog solutions, such as allowing precedent designations and attorney adjudicators to handle some hearings.
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s comment letter from August 2016 in response to the HHS-proposed changes to the Medicare Appeals Process.
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. True to his word, on his first day in office he issued an executive order addressing the Affordable Care Act.
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One year after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known colloquially as Obamacare, nearly one out of every seven Americans with chronic diseases still didn’t have health insurance, according to a study published Monday by Harvard Medical School researchers in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page for more resources and information on how the ACA affects you.
The Affordable Care Act didn’t conceive the idea of orienting healthcare delivery and payment around demonstrated value, but it was the midwife that finally brought value-based care into the real world and helped make it the irresistible force it is today.
Kareo released a new report on how independent physicians respond to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Quality Payment Program.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
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Forrest Gump may have just started running and not stopped, but that's not the best approach when it comes to learning to run long distances. 
We should never take our feet for granted. No matter whether you like the look, shape or size of your feet, they are well worth spending some time and money on. 
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Federal guidelines recommend that you spend at least 2.5 hours a week on moderate intensity exercise, or 75 minutes on vigorous exercise. 
Osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans, and one of the most common trouble areas is in the foot. 
Over the last five years, the Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released many new payment systems for Medicare providers including shared savings, pay-for-performance programs, and bundled payment models.
Not as busy as you’d like? Tip: Consider patient convenience. 
You may blame it for the results of the presidential election. You may see it as the byproduct of the Internet run amok. 
The utilization-management (UM) requirements that gobble up physician and staff time while interrupting or delaying appropriate care need to be dramatically reshaped to ensure they are clinically valid and implemented in a way that is transparent, timely, efficient, flexible and standardized.
Editor's note: Read APMA’s Position statement on Electronic Prescribing and Prior Authorization Policies.
The overwhelming majority of physicians, residents and medical students own smartphones and many use them to keep up with medical news, communicate with colleagues and consult clinical reference tools that help them deliver better care. 
While some doctors may be reluctant to do so, there are times when it’s necessary to dismiss a patient from a practice. 
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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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