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August 17, 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. 
Fifty-six percent of physicians in a Merritt Hawkins survey support a single-payer healthcare model, while 41% oppose it.  
Concerns over the cost of health care and apparent lower health outcomes in the United States compared to other developed countries have significantly influenced program development by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Editor’s note: Read APMA measures included in proposed rule for MACRA for 2018. Learn more about MACRA at
Cipher Pharmaceuticals
New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations.
Editor's note: See APMA’s Medicaid resources at
An industry expert advised practices to develop physician-led MACRA implementation teams that emphasize clinical documentation improvements for MIPS success.
Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
Physician practices are racking up dollars trying to comply with new and existing federal regulations, according to a new Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) survey.
Editor’s note: Read APMA recommendations to CMS to fix regulatory burdens and increase CMS Flexibilities and Efficiencies.
Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.
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What Patients are Reading
Recently, I fulfilled a longtime dream of mine: I went shoe-shopping with a podiatrist. 
No, it's not just heels that cause problems. 
A fungal nail infection might seem very minor in the grand scheme of health conditions – but these stubborn infections can really have an impact. Yes with Editor’s note: See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
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Path-breaking podiatric treatments with autologous cell therapies and 3 D orthotics are now offering permanent solutions to chronic and common foot ailments. 
Healthy feet are vital for mobility. 
If you have diabetes, you have probably noticed that it affects your health in many ways. 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has extended the deadline from Wednesday to September 5 for insurers to finalize their premium rates for the Affordable Care Act marketplace. 
A recent Health Affairs study found most respondents think price shopping for care is important, but only 13% of respondents said they researched out-of-pocket costs before getting care.
Late-career physicians are hesitant to retire due to fear of missing the field they love, a new study from CompHealth finds. 
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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