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November 30, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Parts of the bill could have a major impact on health care. 
Good communication between physician and patient is necessary when patient requests are denied, as such denials can have an adverse effect on satisfaction scores. 
A comprehensive understanding of one's patient population is necessary to succeed under value-based contracts, experts say. 
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A new study casts doubt on whether pay-for-performance programs lead to improvements on performance measures.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on APMA.org.
Despite rising deductibles, health care consumers generally haven't taken steps to shop for better prices or discuss costs with their physician, according to a new study. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now focusing its medical review efforts with a the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program. 
What Patients are Reading
Podiatrist Mark Hinkes, DPM, discusses foot health for people with diabetes.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
How shoes fit and the materials they're made with are two important factors in determining the appropriate shoe for a child.
Editor’s note: Recommend APMA Seal products for children to your patients.
Proper grooming can help head off the problem of ingrown toenails. 
When it comes to shoes, placing comfort before fashion can save your feet from a number of potential conditions.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
Physician knowledge of and comfort with value-based reimbursements models has increased over the last two years, according to a new study.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
In a recent national survey, 32 percent of physicians expressed dissatisfaction with the cost of patient care. 
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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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