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January 18, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Among the key healthcare trends emerging for 2018 are an increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions and increased innovation in digital health.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
Smaller physician groups saw larger operating losses, the study showed. 
Late last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted to recommend that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System be replaced with an alternative called the Voluntary Value Program.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
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The metropolitan areas in which physicians are in the most demand are Boston, San Francisco and Chicago, according to a new study.
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The telemedicine industry is anticipating sustained rapid growth over the next few years. 
A number of factors account for the disparity in the prices paid for physician services by commercial payers and Medicare. 
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What Patients are Reading
Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason patients visit a podiatrist.
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For infants, going without footwear or using footwear with extremely flexible soles may be best. 
Among the common mistakes that can lead to foot pain is continuing to wear running shoes that have become worn out. 
Daily attention to one's feet can help runners avoid problems down the road. 
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More than 40 percent of physicians responding to a recent survey reported feeling some form of burnout. 
An organized approach to dealing with an overflowing email inbox can help ease some of the administrative burden physicians face. 
According to a new report, the risk of addiction in patients who have been prescribed opioids increases with each refill.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
Larger states are better positioned to deal with a funding shortfall, but even they may only be able to keep their CHIP programs running for a few months unless action is taken at the federal level.
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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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