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March 2, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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President Donald Trump outlined five principles he wants to see enacted for healthcare reform during a speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.
CMS is giving physicians, group practices, qualified registries, and qualified vendors until March 13, 2017, to submit EHR date for the 2016 PRQS reporting period.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s news coverage of the delay.
A group of provider organizations and state medical societies led by the American Medical Association has asked federal health officials to delay 2015 EHR certification requirements at least one year to avoid disrupting physician practices.
Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
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A paper published in Cell has taken the scientific world by storm.
An intervention that included standardized communication, standardized rounding and monthly feedback was associated with an improvement in patients’ perception of physician communication as measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, according to a recently published study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. 
At HIMSS17, CMS leaders took the stage to ease provider concerns about the newly launched Quality Payment Program and its more popular value-based reimbursement track, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Editor’s note: Learn more about MIPS
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What Patients are Reading
Many Republican leaders have promoted the idea that consumers should have a "health care backpack," which would make it possible to take insurance from job to job or when moving, starting a business or retiring.
For older people, it can often feel like the curse of middle age. 
As a fitness editor, I run around New York as part of my job testing out new classes and working out with trainers from all over the country. 
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Many health conditions – conditions that you didn’t know you had – can be identified by an examination of your feet. When symptoms occur in the foot, they can identify a potential medical issue. 
Even if you walk as little as three times a week for 30 minutes at a time, a good pair of walking shoes is a great investment.
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When most physicians think of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), their immediate thought is a data breach.
Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on
Proactive tax planning is crucial for medical practices and their owners as compensation changes and compliance and overhead costs cut deeper into profits. 
If you were to stop and take a hard look at your practice, would you see annoyed patients sitting for too long in the waiting room? 
There probably has never been a generation that, in middle age, didn’t look with some judgment on the group following in its footsteps. 
Value-based payment arrangements are confusing and concerning to many physicians. 
Two studies analyzed the link between burnout rates and physicians' calling to medicine, Medscape reports. 
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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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