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May 25, 2017 In This Issue
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Providers that want to thrive under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act will need to use the remainder of this year to ensure that their IT infrastructures will truly enables physician practices to advance quality, control cost and improve clinical performance.
Editor’s note: Don’t find yourself unprepared for MACRA. APMA has you covered with resources at
As small practices grapple with a plethora of issues affecting their ability to collect payments from patients and health insurers, Bird Blitch, chair of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force, said practice leaders can expect greater difficulties ahead. 
Marc D. Price, DO, with Family Medicine of Malta in New York State, is happy with his electronic health record (EHR) software but admits he has complaints.
Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system. APMA's new data registry has been approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for 2017. Members will be able to use the registry for submission of MIPS elements.
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Physicians can now take the first step if they want to participate in a new Medicare shared-savings model designed to make the program more attractive to small practices.
Editor's note: APMA provides information and resources on ACOs at
President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget includes a $610 billion cut to Medicaid along with a 20% cut to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, among other health-related funding reductions. 
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At a time when many areas of the country are facing a physician shortage, some foreign-born doctors who want to work in the U.S. are in limbo because of changes that the Trump administration has made to the visa program. 
ACO. MACRA. CJR. CIN. These are just some of the acronyms now common in the vernacular of hospital and health system executives nationwide. 
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What Patients are Reading
Podiatric surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Sutera explains all the ways that wearing high heels can destroy your feet. 
Podiatric surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Sutera explains what could happen to our feet if we run too much and over-train for that next half marathon. 
Warmer months inevitably bring the desire to wear lighter shoes. But while aesthetically they might be pleasing, your arches might not be as happy. 
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Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. 
When my editor asked me to wear heels to work for two straight weeks, I was not thrilled. 
We love a weekday mani-pedi special from the salon around the corner as much as the next woman, but the reality is that most establishments—particularly those of the janky whirpool persuasion—aren't giving your feet the medical-grade TLC they really need. 
Doctors are aware that they can’t control all patient outcomes, and they focus on the things they can control to produce the best results. 
Thought leaders from Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania and the Association of American Medical Colleges sparred over the existence of a physician shortage in opposing viewpoints published by JAMA last week. 
Medical necessity denials are encountered for many reasons—a cloak of many colors. 
The Texas House tentatively approved a bill that will eliminate Maintenance of Certification requirements for physicians, according to a report from The Texas Tribune. 
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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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