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February 23, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Former Utah Governor and Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said the new administration will repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act by April. But that legislation will likely defer changes for 2 to 4 years.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page for information about the ACA.
A majority of healthcare leaders plan to adopt additional technologies to enhance the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and ease clinician burnout, according to a survey commissioned by Nuance Communications and conducted by HIMSS Analytics.
Editor’s note: Take this quick, two-question survey to let APMA know what EHR you're using.
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CMS recently selected 11 healthcare organizations to receive a total of $100 million in funding to help small and rural eligible clinicians participate in the newly-launched MACRA.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy webinar series, too.
Over the past several weeks, the Trump administration has taken steps to encourage payer participation in ACA insurance exchanges beyond 2017. 
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I have a new case for you, and it’s one that some of you may be able to relate to. Have you ever experienced pain from the bottom of your foot? 
Physicians have been advised to err on the side of caution when diagnosing common foot and ankle injuries, or it may result in arthritis, chronic pain and disability, new research suggests.
Editor’s note: Read the latest issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) online.
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There are many different types of arthritis out there, but one of the most painful is gout. 
Arthritis of the big toe can be very painful and debilitating. 
A text messaging service has been hailed a success by a Springhead man who claims it saved his feet. 
Success under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Quality Payment Program is all about the long game — it will require conscious, continuous investment.
Editor’s note: Don’t miss tonight’s webinar: MACRA Made Easy: Advancing Care Information, at 8 p.m. EST.
While larger healthcare providers often have the scale to make large investments in technology, the rise of consumerism and the accessibility of affordable technology is giving small outfits the opportunity to stay on top of the trends. 
Legislation introduced in the state Senate Friday would set California on a path toward the possible creation of a single-payer health care system ― a proposal that has failed to gain traction here in the past.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and State Advocacy resources on
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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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