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February 1, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
The number of physicians choosing to opt out of the Medicare program dropped sharply in 2017.
Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at APMA.org.
A nonprofit group called Physicians for Fair Coverage is advocating to address the problem of patients receiving unexpectedly high doctor bills. 
The AHA Physician Alliance, a new program from the American Hospital Association, aims to improve relationships between physicians and hospitals. 
Parent and younger healthcare consumers are the most likely to be open to switching providers. 
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Anne Schuchat has been appointing acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following the resignation of Brenda Fitzgerald. 
Delegating the denials management process to experts can yield benefits for physician practices. 
The Drug Enforcement Administration will examine prescribing patterns for opioids, according to the attorney general.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
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Physicians seek assurance that information technology actually will help them improve quality of care.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
There's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to adjusting to the requirements of Medicare's Quality Payment Program.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
Only 165 physician practices agreed to participate in the second round of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' CPC+ program. 
What Patients are Reading
Discolored and thickened toenails can be signs of a problem requiring professional treatment. 
Taking care to wear warm clothes in winter is especially important for those suffering from Raynaud's phenomenon. 
Regular foot care is especially important for people with diabetes, who might not be able to feel trauma to the feet that can lead to serious complications.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications, improves health-care outcomes, and cuts spending.
Finding the type of shoe that best fits your individual feet is a key to comfort.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
Wearing old shoes can lead to foot odor, but a number of remedies can help.
Editor’s note: Read these articles with APMA podiatrists in the news and journal articles covering foot conditions such as smelly feet.
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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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