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February 2, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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When the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) passed Congress in 2015, most people felt it was better than the old "Sustainable Growth Rate" (SGR) approach to setting physician Medicare fees that had been in place for more than a decade.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
 
Trump is wasting no time in making sweeping changes to national policy, and the effects on healthcare will be far-reaching. 
 
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The Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season drew toward its scheduled close at midnight Tuesday amid uncertainty over how much actions by the Trump administration to undercut the law had affected the number of Americans signing up for health insurance through its marketplaces.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page for information about the ACA.
 
Electronic health records have become an integral part of healthcare delivery over the past decade or so, and for the most part, providers have adapted to using them in varying capacities.
Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
 
What Patients are Reading
Neuromas of the foot, a painful condition caused by an inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot, can be effectively treated at home with daily massage and stretches and over-the-counter painkillers, said Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, a doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on neuromas with your patients.
 
In the past, we have written about women’s running shoes, but lately there have been questions regarding information on ladies dress and/or casual shoes.
Editor's note: The Seal Turns 50 in 2017! Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
If the cold weather this time of year causes your feet to itch, burn and develop painful blisters, you may be suffering from a common condition called chilblains or pernio. 
 
Feet get a bad rep. Many people describe them as 'ugly', 'smelly' and even 'disgusting'. 
 
Fond du Lac native Olivia Wehner is back — and better than ever — on the court and on the course. 
 
When patients visit Dr. Judy Baumhauer in hopes of getting rid of bunions—a painful, bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe—they often have just one question: Will surgery help?
 
On January 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new reimbursement program for providers administering chronic care management (CCM) services. 
 
Surprise medical bills have become a rallying point for healthcare advocates, patients and providers who are frustrated with oblique pricing practices and narrowing payer networks. 
 
What do you do 37 times in a given workweek? 
 
The debate surrounding a shortage in physicians in the United States has loomed for decades — some experts have offered solutions to problems surrounding a shortage in care, and others have disputed claims of a shortage all together. 
 
There’s no doubt that more hospitals are employing physicians, but there’s no easy answer to the best kind of contractual relationship between the two sides. 
 
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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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