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May 18, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The CMS sent letters to 806,879 clinicians informing them they will not be evaluated under MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for this year, Modern Healthcare reported.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
One independent physician practice in Texas has deployed a retrenchment strategy to contain costs in the unsettled atmosphere of federal healthcare policy.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at
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Male primary care physicians earn 17% percent more than females, while males in specialty care are paid 37% more than females in the same field, an MGMA survey finds. 
To survive turbulent times, medical practices need to take some basic steps to protect and enhance their bottom lines. 
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Large sums of graduate debt are a harsh reality of practicing medicine for the majority of new physicians.
Editor’s note: Watch APMA’s Loan Repayment Management video, and donate to the APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund at
If you've ever worried that your doctor seems burned out on the job, you may be right. 
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What Patients are Reading
When people have diabetes, there’s rightly a lot of concern about managing blood sugar. A second hot topic is taking good care of one’s feet.
Editor’s note: APMA’s campaign materials for "Diabetes: A Path to Poor Circulation?" are still available to members.
There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach when choosing the right footwear or inner sole to take away pressure from diabetic patients' feet.
Editor’s note: Read the latest issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) online.
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When I step on the floor, excruciating pain shoots up my foot as though a knife is piercing through. 
Many people experience episodes of excruciating pain in their joints, which can be related to arthritis. 
Two-thirds of physicians in a new Merritt Hawkins survey reported having a negative impression of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Yes with Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on
Legislation would prohibit health plans, hospitals, and/or state licensing agencies from requiring physicians to be board certified and/or participate in periodic maintenance of certification programs operated by specialty boards.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s Scope-of-Practice Resource Center for laws, advocacy tools, and more!
A much-anticipated cost estimate for the House-approved version of the American Health Care Act is slated for release before the end of the month. 
The health-care industry is slowly shoring up its cybersecurity defenses, but it might not be moving fast enough to prepare for a wide-scale attack like the one that hit the U.K.’s National Health Service and other organizations in some 150 nations on Friday, sources tell FierceHealthcare.
Editor’s note: Watch APMA’s Cybersecurity video and see APMA’s Health IT resources on
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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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