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June 15, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Who should be considered a physician at the VA?
Editor's note: APMA members are encouraged to take the poll included in this article to endorse physician recognition of podiatrists at the VA.
 
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, of Ohio, rushed to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's side Wednesday morning, as a stream of blood trailed behind the Louisiana congressman.
Editor's note: Our thoughts are with the victims of yesterday's shooting. We'd also like to thank Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, and others for coming to their aid.
 
In 2017, Congress has been debating legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would end the enhanced federal matching funds for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion and fundamentally alter the structure and financing of the Medicaid program.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on APMA.org.
 
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Medicare and Medicaid are government healthcare programs that help individuals acquire coverage, but similarities between the programs more or less end there. 
 
Medicare and Medicaid are government healthcare programs that help individuals acquire coverage, but similarities between the programs more or less end there. 
 
Hospital systems may no longer be quite as eager to acquire independent medical practices now that the government is scaling back a significant financial incentive for doing so. 
 
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At a time when congressional leaders are notoriously at odds over health care reform, one piece of health care-related legislation that has received bipartisan support is the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S. 870). 
 
Approximately 52 percent of provider compensation offers with a production bonus in 2017 based the additional pay on relative value units (RVUs), while just 39 percent used quality metrics, a recent Merritt Hawkins survey found. 
 
What Patients are Reading
It's time to put your feet first. 
 
It’s a condition born of too much sugar, but the news is not so sweet.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
 
Think summer, think outdoors.
Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.
 
Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh. 
 
The summer months mean it’s time to break out your favorite flip-flops, flats, boat shoes, espadrilles and more.
Editor's note: The Seal Turns 50 in 2017! Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
Choosing the right pair of shoes to wear on a regular basis plays a major role in avoiding injury and ensuring the long-term health of your feet, as well as your entire body. 
 
Practicing medicine in today's healthcare environment is not for the faint of heart. 
 
While medical cost trends are not expected to rise sharply, it's not a time to claim victory over the cost curve.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
 
With the government conducting a new round of HIPAA privacy and security audits in 2017, small medical practices need to be prepared.
Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals free to members.
 
Better patient engagement takes time and effort on the part of physicians and staff—and a new report suggests most organizations don't account for that when they design programs.
 
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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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