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August 10, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
What’s the best way to give information to patients? 
Under a proposed rule, even more doctors and other clinicians will be excluded from participating in the Medicare payment system created under MACRA.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at
With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) steaming full speed ahead toward medical practices, it’s time to be ready for payment changes.
Editor’s note: Listen to a recorded webinar, MACRA Proposed Rule: A Look at MIPS, and get more MACRA resources at
Cipher Pharmaceuticals
Physician biases and disrespectful patient-provider communications have been linked to tangible, negative clinical outcomes, according to new research. 
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What Patients are Reading
Foot pain and foot problems can be annoying and uncomfortable. 
With warm weather and beach season, many turn to flip-flops.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Flip Flops Gone Wild video with your patients.
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: Share APMA’s toenail fungus information with your patients.
The Goldfarb Foundation
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Let's face it, no matter how many precautions you take in the dance studio each day, your feet are inevitably going to get trashed. 
Gout is an uncomfortable, inflammatory condition that occurs when needle-like crystals of uric acid form within certain joints or soft tissues. 
When you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for an amputation, particularly an amputation of a lower limb or a toe.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
If doctors want to continue providing the best care for their patients, they will need to fight through the challenges of data reporting and government mandates accompanying the transition to value-based care.
Editor’s note: Check out the new APMA Registry. The data collected can be used to demonstrate the value of care by a podiatrist.
A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers to avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s principles on health-care reform and Medicaid resources on
A new patient health data access form from AHIMA aims to help providers stay HIPAA compliant while still aiding patients in accessing their own information.
Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals and APMA's EHR resources for members on
Though the future of healthcare coverage is uncertain, more Americans have access to care than ever before -- at least for the time being. 
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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