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December 21, 2017 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
In a new report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General says that more technical assistance is needed for physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
APMA is pleased to announce the Call for Oral/Poster Abstracts for the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National)! APMA invites members to be a part of the must-attend meeting for every podiatrist by submitting a research abstract to be considered for presentation at The National on a topic relevant to the care of the foot and ankle. The National will be held in Washington, DC, July 12–15, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 
Several groups representing health-care providers are calling for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop alternative payment models that are led by physicians. 
According to new research, patient interest in telehealth services has not yet matched the interest in the technology on the provider side. 
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According to a new survey, nearly 40 percent of commercial revenue also will come from risk-based models. 
A reduction in the corporate tax rate, coupled with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, could spell big changes for health care if the new tax bill becomes law.
With more patients relying on online reviews when choosing a health-care provider, it's important to respond appropriately to negative reviews. 
Using a medical scribe can lead to greater physician satisfaction and direct time with patients, according to a recent study.
What Patients are Reading
Rehabilitation therapy can have a positive effect on preserving the range of motion for joints in people with arthritis.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s arthritis information with your patients.
For proper foot care, patients with diabetes should select proper footwear, do daily foot inspections, and visit a podiatrist.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Diabetes Campaign materials at
Anti-inflammatory medications and adherence to a proper diet can help manage symptoms of gout. 
Heel pain, common in older adults, can result from a number of different foot conditions.
Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.
Efforts to address the opioid crisis by targeting perscribers have so far met with little success, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
Training leaders and staff, fostering a safe working environment and responding quickly to warning signs are important steps for practices in dealing with issues related to sexual harassment in the workplace. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is adding star ratings and patient experience scores to its Physician Compare website. 
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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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