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September 28, 2017 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Although the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill will not come before the Senate for a vote, members of Congress have expressed interest in working in a bipartisan way on issues related to healthcare reform. 
The expense involved for physicians to meet the requirements of federal quality reporting programs has made some physicians reluctant to buy in.
Editor’s Note: Let APMA’s EHR resources help you choose an EHR system that’s right for your practice.
Many physicians are now focusing more attention on the proper use of Hierarchical Condition Categories codes as federal enforcement officials scrutinize risk-adjustment practices. 
Some experts are recommending creating financial incentives that reward physicians for time spent talking to patients. 
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Changes in financial incentives could make hospital acquisitions of physician practices less common. Yes with Editor’s note: Looking for a change?
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More than 70 percent of medical professions have used a colleague's password to access an electronic medical record, according the a new study. 
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What Patients are Reading
Because of the types of movements involved in volleyball, soccer and football, foot injuries can be common for athletes playing fall sports. 
Don't let young people play with foot pain.
It's important to understand the different properties of different shoes when choosing a pair for fitness activities.
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Knowing certain signs and symptoms can help to identify common foot problems. 
Experts suggest the rise in diabetes-related amputations is tied to a number of factors, including patient health literacy.
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In April 2018, Medicare beneficiaries will begin receiving new Medicare cards that replace Social Security numbers with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.
Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at
The federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's recently announced changes to the ONC Health IT Certification Program are meant to reduce the program's regulatory burden.
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While many support the proposed medical malpractice bill that is currently gaining steam in Congress, some question the long-term benefits.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
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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