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December 14, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Alternative payment methods may be here to stay, but changes are likely, according to a health policy analyst. 
A proposal from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to replace MIPS may be gaining support.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s article: 2017 MIPS Performance Period Ends December 13.
More insurance companies are likely to leave health-care exchanges if the individual mandate is repealed, some experts say. 
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health-care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more. 
This week, Republican members of the House of Representatives proposed delaying a number of taxes related to the Affordable Care Act, including one on medical devices. 
Email phishing schemes were the most common type of attack on practices, edging computer viruses.
Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources.
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A new study finds that the concentration of health care providers varies widely among different states. 
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What Patients are Reading
To alleviate the discomfort for larger corns and calluses, see a podiatrist. 
RICErest, ice, compression and elevation--can help in dealing with sports-related ankle sprains.
Wearing shoes that don't fit properly is a common cause of athletic injuries in older men.
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Foot problems can end up affecting other parts of the body as well. 
For people with diabetes, daily foot checks are an essential part of self-care
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According to a new report, podiatrist ranks eighth on the list of highest-paying jobs, a list dominated by health-care careers. 
Limiting interruptions and other techniques can help to improve the quality of communication between physicians and their patients. 
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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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