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April 20, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Initial efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act seem to have been put on the back burner — at least for the time being. But discussion continues on one critical question: What’s the role of value in our health care system?
Editor’s Note: Want to learn more about value-based payment initiatives like MACRA and MIPS? Don’t miss our MIPS webinar tonight at 8 p.m. EDT.
As reimbursement practices continue to tighten, joint venture ASCs have become commonplace in the industry with physicians and hospitals partnering to reap the benefits.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has set out proposed guidelines for collecting and submitting quality information through electronic health records systems for 2017 and 2018, showing some flexibility in meeting industry demands regarding collection periods.
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The rapid rise of EHRs has brought with it both changes and challenges in how physicians record and share their patient notes.
Editor’s Note: APMA can help with your health information technology challenges.
A study of small physician practice decision makers found that electronic health records (EHRs) will reduce the number of patients seen per day, thereby reducing the practice’s revenue.
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Valerie Tallerico likens the ligaments in the ankle to a rubber band. 
April is Foot Health Awareness month, and feet can tell a lot about a person’s overall health.
Editor’s Note: Be a part of Foot Health Awareness Month with APMA’s spring campaign materials.
This week, Jenna Bush Hager revealed that her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, only has four toes on each of her feet.
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Hostess Geraldine Scarlett greets clients in a downtown Vancouver restaurant — in flats. The 26-year-old shuns spikes to save her bad knees.
Chafing and blisters happen because of friction.
Editor’s Note: Help patients choose the right shoes for running with APMA’s footwear selection tips.
Ingrowing toenails are a pretty common complaint and, on the whole, they’re reasonably easy to deal with.
Physicians should be aware of common contract loopholes to save themselves potential trouble down the road if an opportunity ends up being too good to be true.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about employment contracts at APMA’s 2017 Practice Management Expo and Coding Seminar, May 20 and 21, in Washington, DC. Register today!
The move toward value-based payment "sounds so good you can't be against it, but that doesn't really mean you're for it," according to Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, speaking at a briefing Tuesday.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about value-based payment initiatives like MACRA at
According to a new report, small medical practices can play a major role in improving population health in the communities they serve.
The lack of healthcare competition stemming from recent healthcare merger and acquisition trends resulted in higher prices and lower care quality, industry experts recently argued in a Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College white paper.
A recent database study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that the rate of medical malpractice claims paid on behalf of physicians in the United States declined substantially from 1992 to 2014.
While the Joint Commission currently bans doctors using text messages to order treatments, there’s no such restriction on patients and doctors communicating via texting.
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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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