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December 7, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
The tax bill passed by the Senate over the weekend would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.
According to a new study from Health Affairs, in the first year of the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program, nearly a third of the physician practices were penalized for not reporting performance data.
Editor’s note: Register for the new APMA Registry for the 2017 Performance year by December 15. The data collected can be used to demonstrate the value of care by a podiatrist.
In part to compete with urgent care clinics, physician practices are feeling more pressure when it comes to scheduling patient appointments. 
Since the mid-1980s, the percentage of physicians in independent solo practices has declined from 50 percent to 36 percent. 
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To prevent breaches caused by current or former employees, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights recommends several steps, including having a standard process for cutting off access to departing employees.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
Engaging in collaborative agreements with other healthcare providers can help independent physicians cope in a value-based care environment. 
What Patients are Reading
Gout has become more prevalent in recent years, now affecting approximately 4 percent of Americans. 
Depending on the type of break, symptoms of a broken toe can take different forms.
Keeping joints warm is an important consideration when running in cold weather. 
Resting, stretching and wearing appropriate shoes can help when dealing with plantar fasciitis. 
Certain additions to your workout can help can help relieve foot pain. 
To cultivate frugality, consider conducting a thorough analysis of your spending and prioritizing your goals. 
Pay-for-performance reimbursement models can penalize physician practices that server lower-income and sicker patients, according to a recent study. 
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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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