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June 22, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposed revised MACRA rule for 2018 late Tuesday that expands flexibilities of the sweeping change to how physicians are paid.
Editor’s note: Read APMA measures included in proposed rule for MACRA for 2018.
 
U.S. Senate Republicans plan to unveil the text of their draft health-care bill on Thursday as senators struggle over issues such as the future of the Medicaid program for the poor and bringing down insurance costs.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on APMA.org.
 
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Slightly more than 500,000 clinicians who participated in the government’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) will be hit with a 2% Medicare penalty this year because they didn’t meet program requirements.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
 
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In its June 2017 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advised that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under MACRA be redesigned.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
 
As state deadlines approach for payers to decide whether to continue offering plans in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges next year, a new report by Avalere found that 41% of counties may have only one payer option in 2018.
Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.
 
What Patients are Reading
If you want to put your best foot forward this summer, go easy on the flip-flops.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Flip Flops Gone Wild video with your patients.
 
Unlike our hands or our faces, our feet often don’t get the attention they deserve—likely because they’re usually out of sight, out of mind for half the year. 
 
In many cases, there is a predisposition for injuries that occur in adolescent athletes. 
 
Most treatment for diabetic foot ulcers focuses on repairing surrounding tissue and healing the wound, but a new study says that’s the wrong approach. 
 
Toenails are a common condition in which the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s ingrown toenail tips with your patients.
 
The recent rash of cybercrimes that either directly targeted or impacted healthcare institutions, including May’s WannaCry ransomware attack, demonstrates that many in the medical community don’t have strong enough electronic security. 
 
Medical practice administrators need rigorous financial management and payer negotiations to overcome physician dissatisfaction with their compensation, according to the Medical Group Management Association. 
 
Recently, health technology investor Malay Gandhi said, "telehealth is a runaway, unassailable trend that will become the predominant way people receive care." 
 
Multiple studies in recent years have shown a high degree of physician frustration with their electronic health record (EHR) systems, but reports have also shown that some physicians are more satisfied than others.
Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
 
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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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