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September 7, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
In a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, state insurance commissioners asked legislators to take immediate steps to stabilize the individual health insurance market. 
Two recent polls indicate that a majority of physicians support a single-payer health system. 
Many physicians and information technology professionals remain concerned about the potential for increased costs and reduced productivity when it comes to value-based care, according to recent research.
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New bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are taking aim at the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding millions in funding to states to fight the opioid epidemic and boost tracking of overdoses. 
The National Quality Forum has released quality measurements related to telehealth that are designed to assess the quality and effectiveness of telehealth services. 
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What Patients are Reading
When it comes to finding comfortable high heels, the most important factor is heel height, according to Grace Torres-Hodges, DPM, a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association. 
According to New York podiatrist Dr. Emily Splichal, there are a number of inexpensive ways to maintain the health of your feet this fall and winter.
In Philadelphia, a podiatrist has launched a grassroots program designed to work with community leaders to promote diabetic foot care among African-American men. 
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It's important not to wait until an obvious problem emerges before paying attention to the health of our feet. 
Handing down shoes from older to younger children within a family can carry some risks if the shoes are too worn or do not fit correctly. 
According to a new study published in Health Affairs, the growth in concentration of some physician markets has raised antitrust concerns. 
Several healthcare groups have come out in opposition to President Trump's decision to rescind the DACA program. 
The average wait time for a physician visit has declined by five minutes since last year, according to a survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association. 
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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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