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November 16, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are taking a look at streamlining the documentation requirements for evaluation and management coding.
 
President Trump has nominated Alex Azar, a former executive at Eli Lilly & Co., to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
The individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act could be in jeopardy due to its inclusion in Republican tax reform legislation.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
 
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Less than one-fifth of physicians begin searching for their first practice opportunity in the final year of residency, according to a new survey.
Editor’s note: Are you searching for a job? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.
 
To address the problem of physician burnout, change must take place at the individual practice level, at the system level, and among vendors, according to one expert.
Editor’s note: Let APMA’s Member Affinity Programs help you with savings on products and services of value to podiatrists.
 
Malpractice suits have increased by 15 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to a new report.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
 
What Patients are Reading
Making a podiatrist part of your health care team can help keep your feet healthy.
Editor's note: Share APMA's Foot Health Resources with your patients.
 
Wearing shoes without socks might be trendy, but the practice can lead to fungal infections and bunions.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
New research indicates that gout has a negative effect on other comorbid conditions a patient might have. 
 
People with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer should seek treatment as early as possible, especially in light of new research, according to a British podiatrist.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
 
Numb toes, tingling feet and brittle toenails could be signs of more serious problems. 
 
The number of healthcare organizations offering telemedicine services continues to grow, according to a new survey. 
 
Finding the right financial advisor, CPA, attorney and banker to assist with the financial side of the practice can help physicians maintain their focus on patient care. 
 
Using a checklist of specific actions can help to improve physician/patient communication during office visits.
 
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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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