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September 21, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) are available now. The reports were released on September 18. 
 
First, Do No Harm: Marshaling Clinician Leadership to Counter the Opioid Epidemic is a new special publication from the National Academy of Medicine. It is now available as a free PDF download.
Editor’s note: Please see APMA’s Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resources.
 
A coalition of healthcare groups, Health IT Now, has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reimburse for more telemedicine services. 
 
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Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have offered up a new proposal that would resurrect efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page for information about the ACA.
 
Private equity firms aren't just on the lookout for hospital systems and large companies to purchase; many are looking to invest in private practices as well.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Manage Your Practice resources, including compliance materials, HIT info, and much more. Free to members!
 
Successfully adapting to value-based reimbursement requires clear lines of communication with your practice's IT vendor.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
According to a new survey of 450 physicians, more than two-thirds said they would prefer to be paid a salary rather than based on incentives. 
 
What Patients are Reading
Seeing a podiatrist can help runners identify and correct problems that lead to painful running. 
 
To get rid of foot odor, a podiatrist recommends focusing on good hygiene and seeking help if home remedies prove ineffective.
Editor’s note: See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
 
Proper toenail care and choosing appropriate shoes are just two of the ways you can keep your feet healthy and pain-free.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Learn About Feet section with your patients.
 
Effectively managing blood sugar, avoiding barefoot walking, and consistently checking feet can help diabetic patients stave off foot ulcers.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
 
Many students and residents face uncertainty with regard to whether they will be able to finish their training if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is rescinded. 
 
Cost affects the decision of some Americans not to refill their prescriptions, according to a new study. Millennial patients were most likely to be cost-conscious. 
 
Issues of security and whether your vendor is financially stable can factor into the decision to jump ship to a different vendor.
Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
 
Switching EHR vendors can cause a serious disruption in accessing information related to patient care. 
 
 
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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