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July 20, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Hospital providers will need to look beyond the OPPS proposed rule for policies regarding 2018 reimbursement, as the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule includes a policy that could once again have significant payment impact on non-excepted, off-campus provider-based departments (PBD).
Editor’s note: APMA is evaluating the proposed rule’s impact on members.
 
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Physician groups gave mixed reviews to the government’s latest attempt to change the physician payment system. 
 
The bulk of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has survived the latest Republican efforts to repeal it, as Senate leaders were forced to admit Tuesday their best chance to fulfill years of campaign promises to gut the law has floundered. 
 
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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will review the accuracy of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments made to hospitals by Medicare between 2011 and 2016.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s Meaningful Use resources on APMA.org.
 
Whether providers favor it or not, the healthcare industry is inevitability moving to value-based purchasing.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
 
What Patients are Reading
Ready for back to school?
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Back-to-School shoe shopping tips and video with your patients.
 
Whining about a toenail injury might sound a touch dramatic, but hell truly hath no fury quite like an ingrown toenail. 
 
Sweating profusely can be inconvenient at the best of times, but when you're sweating from your feet in the hot, hot weather, it gets a whole lot more stressful. 
 
Americans love flip-flops—just slip them on, and you're out the door.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Flip Flops Gone Wild video with your patients.
 
Whether you've worn new shoes, different socks, been for a long walk, or run in ill-fitting footwear, you may not have happy feet afterwards.
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Amid yet another delay in CMS-led bundled payment programs, the popular value-based reimbursement model seems poised to continue as a favorite for providers. 
 
Even as the leaders of many physician organizations worry about the implications of the 2018 proposed rule for the QPP under MACRA, senior leaders at pioneering physician-led organizations are charging ahead into risk-based contracting—and learning a lot.
Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
 
Information technology is playing an increasing role in enabling faster patient scheduling for physician appointments, but a recent study suggests that other human factors intervene, actually slowing down the process.
 
Chances are, many independent medical practices are participating in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at http://www.apma.org/macra.
 
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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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