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July 6, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report that explored the longer-term effects on Medicaid spending if the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 became law.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on
U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican senators in a tweet on Friday to repeal Obamacare immediately if they cannot agree on a new plan to replace it, muddying the waters as congressional leaders struggle for consensus on healthcare legislation. 
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The measure would set nationwide limit of $250,000 on non-economic damages.
Editor’s note: APMA supports Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform.
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System—the reimbursement system the government will use to move Medicare payments to a quality- and value-based approach—is in its initial year.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at
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With the CMS' Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and value-based care model in full effect, it's important for physicians to understand what MIPS means for their practices, particularly when it comes to understanding what types of technologies are available to help them avoid a negative adjustment to their Medicare reimbursement.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to be well-prepared for MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
The Medicus Firm released its 2017 Physician Practice Preference & Relocation Survey, outlining statistics on physician practice in the U.S. 
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What Patients are Reading
More than 50 percent of Dr. Michael A. Sherwin’s podiatry practice in Bellingham, Family Foot Care, is caring for the feet of senior citizens, so he understands their needs. 
Flip-flops are popular, polarizing and really poor for your health. 
A bunion is a bony bump or deformity in the joint at the base of the big toe.
Editor’s Note: APMA’s free "Beat Bunion Blues" campaign materials are still available to members.
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Summer is a great time to be more physically active outdoors but don't take for granted the part of your body that makes it all possible. 
What if you are told that the pedicure that you paid big bucks for can leave you with a rather unpleasant gift?
Even with Medicare’s adoption of chronic care management (CCM) codes, some physicians say they aren’t getting paid for performing these services. 
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been unpopular almost from the moment it was included in the Affordable Care Act. 
The healthcare ecosystem's shift to value — helped along by programs like the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, bundled payment demonstrations and commercial payer reforms — requires hospitals and physicians to redefine their relationship. 
As healthcare becomes more digitalized and networked, issues around data exchange make patient identification an increasing challenge. 
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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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