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May 4, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Maria Valdez didn’t have a lot of options. A wound on her foot that had become infected wasn’t healing because of her diabetes.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
Foot and ankle injuries are often misdiagnosed which can lead to more serious, persistent problems, according to the new research.
Editor’s note: Read the latest foot and ankle research in the current issue of JAPMA online.
The House may pass its bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. But Republicans’ pathway to fulfilling their seven-year effort to undo the federal health law is getting narrower by the day.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on
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All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced.
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The days of being a doctor or outpatient facility and passively waiting for referrals is waning. 
As the wheels of value-based care continue to inch forward, healthcare organizations are looking for ways to increase care outside traditional care settings.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on
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Getting sued is a big fear of doctors, and for those who have faced a malpractice trial it can be an emotional ordeal.
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A host of factors affect a practice's revenue cycle, but none more important perhaps than the adjusted (or net) collection rate. 
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What Patients are Reading
Podatrist Lauren A. Perica, of Valley Podiatry Associates, notes good foot care is a daily undertaking. 
Our feet are the endlessly working, thankless body parts that we rarely consider in need of a doctor. 
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Summer sunshine often means sleeveless tops and shorter hemlines, but it also heralds the re-emergence of another seasonal staple: the flip-flop.
Editor's note: Share APMA’s Flip Flops Gone Wild video with your patients.
If you wore a pedometer from the day you started walking, you’d have logged in more than 70,000 miles by the time you hit age 50. 
Your big toe deserves some sympathy. Its position and length set it up for stubbing and other injuries. 
High-price physician practices generate little added value compared to low-price physician practices, an analysis of Medicare and commercial-insurance claims data shows. 
To the audience attending a keynote presentation Tuesday morning during the World Health Care Congress, the shift to value-based care simply isn’t going fast enough. 
When patients choose a physician, convenience and trust tend to be their top criteria, according to a new study. 
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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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