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August 31, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
MACRA's approach to reimbursing physicians is here, but many doctors and administrators are still trying to get a handle on how it works.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about MACRA with APMA’s MACRA Made Easy webinar series.
While the healthcare landscape remains in limbo and reimbursement shifts from fee-for-service to performance based medicine, it is vital for physicians to consider the fiscal implications for their personal and professional lives.
In response to the recent CMS call for stakeholder feedback on how to provide regulatory relief, industry groups detailed ways to reduce red tape associated with value-based purchasing implementation.
A new MGMA poll shows that medical practices leaders are looking to customer service and revenue cycle issues as major focus areas to improve their staffs' training and education.
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Computers and smartphones have changed the way physicians communicate with patients, but industry guidelines overseeing that communication have not kept pace, according to a group of researchers at Indiana University.
A recent change in the rules governing physicians’ use of electronic health records (EHRs) spares doctors from having to upgrade their systems by the end of this year.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about health information technology from APMA.
If you are thinking of investing in a secondary business venture, you should consider the potential impact it will have on you and on your medical license and practice.
What Patients are Reading
Children are always on their feet.
Some schools are already back; some start Monday. Either way, one thing they'll need are new shoes. And probably more than one pair.
Editor’s Note: With back-to-school season upon us, share APMA’s advice for choosing kids’ footwear with parents.
While most people don't like the sight of bunions, they're much more than a cosmetic issue.
Editor’s Note: APMA has a digital brochure on bunions, as well as other common conditions, that you can share with your patients!
Diabetic foot ulcers are open sores or wounds on the bottom of the foot in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes.
Editor’s Note: Research shows that podiatrists save limbs, lives, and healthcare dollars by preventing ulcerations. Share our digital diabetes brochure with patients.
A number of significant health conditions begin to have a greater impact with age.
Cybersecurity analysts have uncovered a previously undocumented strain of ransomware aimed at the healthcare industry and spread through targeted phishing emails that contain a malicious attachment.
The practice is known in the industry as "locum tenens" (Latin for "to hold a place") — working shorter, contract gigs instead of taking a full-time job. 
Purchasing a practice is a huge undertaking that has no assurance of success.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about launching your own practice or check out practices for sale on the APMA Career Center.
PAL Health Technologies
Since 1976, PAL Orthotics Lab in manufacturing prescription foot orthoses. Today PAL has a comprehensive catalog of corrective foot devices including prescription orthoses, diabetic and accommodative inserts, ankle braces, and therapeutic shoes
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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