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October 12, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has called on the Department of Health and Human Services to repeal MIPS and replace it with a voluntary alternative program.
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Part of physicians' reluctance to get fully on board with new payment models is that they have felt excluded from the process of creating them, according to new research.
Failing to conduct and maintain a security risk assessment, as required under MACRA, could cost physicians part of their Medicare reimbursement.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at
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Thorough and accurate clinical documentation is an important part of avoiding penalties when it comes to value-based reimbursement.
Healthcare remains a prime target for ransomware attacks, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Top-performing physician practices focus on lowering operating expenses while increasing physician productivity, according to a study from the Medical Group Management Association.
Health care spending continues to grow, but at a slower rate than in recent years.
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What Patients are Reading
A trend among young men to wear shoes without socks may be leading to an increase in fungal infections.
Cellulitis, which often occurs when bacteria enters the body from athlete's foot or a skin condition, isn't difficult to treat if caught before the infection spreads.
Preventing repeated attacks depends on proper, ongoing management of uric acid levels.
Carpopedal spasms, which typically affect the feet and hands, are often caused by calcium deficiency or an infection like tetanus.
As people age, their feet may change in various ways, making it important for seniors to select properly fitted shoes.
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Less than 15 percent of physicians and patients alike are satisfied with the length of patient visits, according to a new report.
Although telehealth continues to expand, several barriers to further growth remain, according to a survey of telehealth providers.
To succeed with value-based purchasing, get comfortable with adapting to change, keep up to date on the latest information, and remain confident in your ability to cope, one expert advises.
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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