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March 30, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Today is National Doctors’ Day. APMA would like to thank all our members for their service to their patients and the healthcare profession.
After seven years of trying, Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on healthcare reform on
How far behind the curve are practicing physicians when it comes to MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015)? Honestly, pretty far behind.
Editor’s note: Are you prepared for MACRA? Visit
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Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well.
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s telehealth state reference manual.
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What Patients are Reading
There’s an old saying about a long journey starting with a single step. 
Millions of American children will participate in warm-weather sports this year, from softball to soccer and swimming to cycling.
A podiatrist at Frisbie Memorial Hospital has found a way to better treat the ulcerated wounds that eventually plague most patients with diabetes.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
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The Barre Technique is a new technique and uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates.
Extra pounds. Crusty socks. Do your feet deserve this mistreatment? 
Feet often lose out in the beauty stakes, because frankly, when we’re curled up on the sofa, they’re out of sight and out of mind. 
Maintaining patient satisfaction is very important in today’s healthcare environment, given how new quality standards associated with HCAHPS surveys can directly affect Medicare reimbursement levels for providers.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on
A recent federal court ruling in Texas highlights a growing trend of private insurers scrutinizing "out-of-network" providers that waive patients' cost-sharing amounts.
Editor’s note: Learn more in Chapter 11 of the PIRG on out-of-network providers at
Physicians looking to negotiate reimbursement rates with payers often find themselves dealing with take-it-or-leave-it offers, leaving them feeling frustrated and powerless.
Editor’s note: View the 2016 CAC-PIAC presentation by Kelli Back, Esq. on payer contracts.
Implementing interoperable health IT infrastructure and a staffing model that aligns with value-based care requirements are key to successfully participating in an alternative payment model, Marjie Harbrecht, MD, a Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) consultant, recently told 
Seventy-five percent of physicians say frequent payer denials are an ongoing problem at their practices, according to the Medical Economics Payer Scorecard. 
If Washington regulators want to make the healthcare system more efficient for both doctors and patients, they should take a hard look at the red tape wrapped around physicians, one economist argues. 
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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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