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April 27, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Congress must pass a bill this week to keep most of the government running beyond Friday, when a government spending bill runs out. It won’t be easy.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on APMA.org.
 
Even if the federal government shuts down, doctors will continue to get paid to see Medicare or Medicaid patients. 
 
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Nearly every day, it seems, the media report a massive cyberattack on a healthcare organization.
Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals and APMA's EHR resources for members on APMA.org.
 
What Patients are Reading
Your eyes may be the windows to your soul, but your feet are a great barometer of your health. 
 
Preventing diabetic foot ulcers — It’s not the most glamorous topic to talk about, but for people living with diabetes, it’s a real concern.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
 
Sandal season is almost here, which means pedicures in fun colors, flip-flops and the inevitable end-of-the-day dirty feet. 
 
Proper care and footwear can prevent these bumps from causing pain and hampering your mobility.
Editor's note: Share APMA's bunion information with your patients.
 
It’s a common form of arthritis that doctors say can cause severe pain
 
As he began to think about retirement several years ago, John Przybylinski, MD, an internist in Marshfield, Wisconsin, knew that letting his mind and body idle would cost him plenty after he stopped working. 
 
The five to ten percent of all proposed health-care industry transactions that fail before closing do so for a variety of foreseeable reasons, according to attorneys who help put these deals together. 
 
Limiting the number of foreign doctors who can get visas to practice in the United States could have a significant impact on certain hospitals and states that rely on them, according to a new study. 
 
Medical professionals are naturally mindful of the risk of claims on their assets, but many wrongly assume that having adequate professional malpractice insurance is protection enough.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
 
More than 70 percent of people using opioid analgesics for nonmedical reasons get them from family or friends. 
 
When it comes down to it, staff members at physician practices probably don’t care how you process their paychecks.
 
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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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