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July 13, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, S 1533, was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) yesterday. A companion bill, HR 1542, was introduced in the House earlier this session by Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Diane DeGette (D-CO) on behalf of themselves and 16 other members of the House of Representatives.
The rates physicians are reimbursed under traditional Medicare "act as a strong anchor" for reimbursement in the Medicare Advantage market, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at
An advisory committee says the government should redesign the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) if it wants the new payment method for doctors to improve outcomes and reduce costs.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
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A new study has found that state reforms to control the costs of prescription drugs by targeting reimbursements for physicians dispensing them are having some effect but that physician-dispensing still accounts for a large share of prescription drug costs in a number of states.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at
The last few months have been an anxious time in health-care policy with calls to repeal, replace, repair, and delay repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on
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Despite the focus on value-based care, nearly half of physicians have no part of their income tied to quality or outcomes, according to a survey conducted by The Medicus Firm, a physician recruitment company. 
In the era of health-care reform, an increasing number of U.S. hospitals and physician practices are consolidating. 
Providers that want to launch telehealth programs must tackle several challenges to ensure a program is effective. 
What Patients are Reading
Trees unfolding their blossoms, daffodils shouldering their way out of the ground, bare toes peeping out of sandals and flip-flops, these are sure signs of warmer weather that tempts us to show a little skin to the world. 
Running, walking, being squeezed into tight shoes... Human feet go through a lot, and sometimes they let us know about it – often in the form of bunions. 
Thanks to our summertime penchant for open-backed sandals and flip-flops, cracked heels are a very common problem around this time of year, according to the NHS.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Flip Flops Gone Wild video with your patients.
Like many women, I have a love/hate relationship with my shoe collection.
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Gout is a form of arthritis that happens when our joints and soft tissues get inflamed due to an excess of uric acid. 
What would we do without our hands and feet? 
As value-based reimbursement leads health-care providers to dig deep for new technologies and create team structures to handle the switch, smaller providers are struggling to cover the costs.
The most common health-care restrictive covenant is a non-competition covenant. 
Whether through a portal or some other type of health information technology (HIT), patient engagement efforts are on the rise. 
Fewer health insurers plan to participate in Obamacare exchanges next year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
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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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