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January 4, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
A new website from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is geared toward streamlining the quality data submission process for physicians. 
On Dec. 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a memo to clarify its position on physician texting of patient information. 
From CPT to ICD-10-CM, it's important for physicians to understand the meanings behind key coding acronyms. 
Although fee-for-service continued to be the most prominent source of revenue for physician practices, a majority of practices engaged in value-based reimbursement as well. 
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To achieve the goals you've set for your practice, consider the time frame, potential obstacles, and how to measure your progress. 
Tips include avoiding complicated financial products, recognizing your insurance needs and understanding the tax ramifications of your investment decisions. 
In selling a physician practice for its optimum value, a number of factors come into play. 
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Limiting interruptions can keep physicians focused on the task at hand and reduce errors. 
Repealing the Affordable Care Act remains a top priority for some conservative groups. 
According to a white paper from Merritt Hawkins, nearly half of all physicians are 55 or older. 
What Patients are Reading
To treat toenail fungus, start first with a full medical history and physical exam, according to Mark Hinkes, DPM.
A podiatrist discusses treatments to common foot problems, such as discolored toenails and athlete's foot. 
Proper footwear that has good traction and isn't constricting is important when running in wintry conditions. 
According to a survey, a majority of people who have visited a nail and hair salon reported at least one health issue following their visit. 
Improper footwear can lead to a host of conditions, including bunions, hammertoes and Haglund's deformity. 
High-heeled boots can be hazardous to walk in when conditions are icy. 
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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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