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March 9, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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For decades, the VA has paid podiatrists less than other kinds of medical doctors, a phenomenon that has baffled many in and out of the profession.
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After literally years of promises, House Republicans finally have a bill they say will "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page for information about the ACA.
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The biggest worry is that hospitals and physicians could bear the cost of uncompensated care the way they did before passage of the ACA. 
While the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) among healthcare providers is here, the dramatic boost in efficiency across the healthcare system that was supposed to accompany this shift has yet to be fully realized.
Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
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What Patients are Reading
Wearing the wrong shoes can manifest into a catalog of adverse health woes among the elderly, a new study has found. 
Children need carefully-fitted, sturdy shoes to support their growing feet.  
Many runners are familiar (read: all too familiar) with the black toenail. 
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Feet are often given little consideration before an ache, pain or noticeable change occurs. 
Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common suffered by basketball players. 
While telehealth services may boost access to a physician, they don't necessarily reduce healthcare spending, contrary to assertions by telehealth companies, research suggests.
The Executive Order restricting visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has many legal, political, and moral implications. 
President Donald Trump’s executive order to crack down on illegal immigrants has changed how some doctors are practicing medicine, including the information they are documenting in patient records. 
Over the years, a number of physician colleagues have wondered out loud whether earning an executive MBA would help them better future-proof their practices. 
Last month, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the proposed $54 billion merger between Anthem and Cigna, the second- and third-largest commercial health insurers in the country. 
Patients may have signed a consent form, but in too many cases they don’t have any idea what they have agreed to, according to two Cleveland Clinic doctors.
Editor's note: See APMA's informed consent 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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