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August 3, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
A graduate student at Kent State University is seeking assistance from podiatrists as he conducts research on falls prevention. Please take a few minutes to assist by participating in his survey for his dissertation, Informing the Construction of a Fall Prevention Clinical Practice Guideline for Podiatry Patients 65 Years of Age and Older. 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is leaving the door open for Republicans to take a second run at repealing ObamaCare after a GOP proposal failed last week.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform on
After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform and Medicaid resources on
The Senate approved an emergency spending package on Tuesday to continue funding the Veterans Choice Program, which allows veterans to receive treatment from a private physician if the closest VA facility is too far away from where they live.
Editor’s note: APMA’s VA Providers Equity Act Passes in House.
Up to 80% of all medical bills contain mistakes. 
Cipher Pharmaceuticals
The White House's national opioid commission has called on President Donald Trump to declare a national public health emergency in response to the crisis spread across all 50 states. 
Research on how electronic health records (EHRs) affect patient-physician relationships has remained focused on outpatient settings.
Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
After more than a year at work, the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force in June issued its report on what providers must do to better safeguard patient data. 
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What Patients are Reading
Summer is here, and it's time to remember your feet. 
A wart is a benign lesion caused by a virus infection that can occur anywhere on the body. 
There’s a simple trick that can be done at home to alleviate some of the pain associated with wearing high heels. 
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Heel pain can have many different causes. 
With summer in high gear, that quintessential hot-weather footwear — the flip-flop — is slapping the ground all over America.
A fungal nail infection might seem very minor in the grand scheme of health conditions - but these stubborn infections can really have an impact.
Editor’s note: See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
If you are like me, you may have gathered multiple loans from several different lenders over your many years of schooling.
Editor’s note: Help a student today by donating to the APMA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund at
Under the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Program – a mandatory pay-for-performance program for physician practices – practices that served socially high-risk patients saw lower costs and quality while practices that served medically high-risk patients saw increased costs and lower quality during the first year, according to data published in JAMA. 
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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