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February 8, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
The spending bill includes provisions related to community health centers and opioid abuse.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
Healthcare issues are not likely to take center stage in Congress this year. 
According to a new survey, physicians differ with employers and consumers in their opinions on a number of economic issues related to health care. 
A number of factors play into a physician's decision to accept an employed position or run one's own practice. 
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Recent cases of theft by practice managers underscore the need for physicians to be involved in the financial side of their practices. 
Among the factors patients most value are physician being accessible and being able to spend more time with them, according to a 2017 study.
Free ride-sharing programs designed to help disadvantaged patients show up for their physician appointment have been less effective than expected, according to new research. 
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A number of approaches can help physicians and organizations get a handle on costs.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
A new proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services intended to protect the conscience rights of health-care workers could be expensive to implement, according to a government estimate. 
A new study suggests that unnecessary care, particularly in the form of low-cost tests, is commonplace. 
What Patients are Reading
It's important for people with diabetes to take precautions to protect their feet in cold weather. 
Several considerations should go into selecting the proper ski boot, and ski orthotics can help with certain problems. 
A running style that includes underpronation can lead to a variety of foot problems. 
Toe-walking in older children can be a sign of a short Achilles tendon. 
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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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