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April 13, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill requiring health insurers to notify physicians about mid-contract changes to reimbursements and fee schedules in advance.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at
Through 2030, Medicare spending under certain circumstances could fall by up to $106 billion on physician services and by up to $250 billion on hospital services as a result of MACRA, according to research published by Health Affairs.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
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Financial pressures and uncertainty about the future of the American healthcare industry are changing the way independent physicians and other medical professionals run their practices, according to a survey by TD Bank. 
Smaller practices face large cost and time hurdles to implementing electronic health records, including possible closure, according to a new study.
Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
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What Patients are Reading
A podiatrist explains common reasons why your feet might look and feel more balloonish than usual and offers tips on how to treat the swelling. 
Getting into shape for spring is a head-to-toe endeavor these days, from trimming your waistline to rejuvenating your feet after a winter in boots.
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With the arrival of spring, I know I’ll be diagnosing more patients with plantar fasciitis.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s heel pain information with your patients.
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We don't often pay a lot of attention to our feet -- until they start to hurt. 
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
It goes without saying that you need to have a website for your practice. 
Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, a new study reveals. 
What doctor hasn’t faced a patient who was angry, upset or frustrated? 
Medical associations and experts have noted that performance reporting will be a burden on small practices under Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a value-based payment program that began on January 1.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
Gallup says difference this year has to do with consumers' uncertainty over getting coverage through the ACA.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform and Medicaid resources on
As merger and acquisition activity consumes independent physician practices, medical doctors need to weigh their options, says Nicholas Grosso, MD, president of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics in Bethesda, MD. 
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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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