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July 27, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The Senate on Wednesday failed to get the votes needed to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act and delay the implementation for two years.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform and Medicaid resources on
While about 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 9 percent of physicians practice there. 
At least one person in Congress is in no hurry to get rid of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. 
Cipher Pharmaceuticals
I am a daily user of two EHR systems.
Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
CMS' new payment model, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), is now live. 
Editor’s note: Read APMA measures included in proposed rule for MACRA for 2018. Visit for resources to help you prepare for MACRA.
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What Patients are Reading
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.
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It’s where the side of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, according to the NHS. 
The Goldfarb Foundation
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Job-related foot pain and injuries can vary from mild, such as a blister caused by a work boot, to severe, such as the amputation of toes after a crushing injury.
Editor’s note: Order on-the-job foot health brochures for your practice at APMA’s secure e-Store.
In the warm weather and the beach season, out come the flip-flops!
Editor's note: Refer your patients to APMA's popular Flip-Flops Gone Wild video.
Regardless of their size, specialty or level of preparedness, medical practices are concerned that the implementation of Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) will be burdensome and time consuming, according to a new survey conducted by the AMA and the KPMG consulting firm. 
Physicians should rethink their collections processes as shrinking margins and rising patient collections are placing greater demands on existing revenue cycle resources. 
For many small practices, creating a budget is an annual exercise that culminates in a binder that sits on the shelf and collects dust for the remainder of the year. 
Doctors want solutions that improve patient outcomes while simplifying workload. 
Baker bill would allow optometrists, nurse anesthetists, and podiatrists more freedom to treat patients.
Editor’s note: Lend your voice! Visit the APMA eAdvocacy page to write your members of Congress on this issue.
PAL Health Technologies
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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