Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
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February 15, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
CMS is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as outlined in the Quality Payment Program Year 2 final rule (CMS 5522-FC). Clinicians and groups who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities performance category. Applications for this study will be accepted through March 23, and applicants will be notified in spring of 2018 if selected.
 
The Physicians Advocacy Institute, a non-profit group, is asking the Department of Health and Human Services to do more to support physicians in independent practices.
 
Beginning March 5, physicians will have to verify but not re-document students' notes in a medical record.
 
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According to a new study, current trends in physician compensation include an increasing move to value-based incentives.
Editor’s Note: Learn more about the quality payment program and coding at APMA’s MIPS and Coding Seminar. Hurry; registration closes tomorrow!
 
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump late last week, includes provisions that affect healthcare reimbursement.
 
The increasing importance of mobile health and clinical decision support tools are among the most significant trends in health-care IT.
 
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Social determinants of health are becoming an increasing focus of payers, according to a new survey.
 
Among the cities witnessing declines in physician salaries are Phoenix and Denver.
 
The reasons behind health-care costs can vary widely among different regions of the country, according to a new report.
 
What Patients are Reading
Following post-operative foot care instructions carefully is a must for successful recovery.
 
Early identification of problems can help people with diabetes take proper care of their feet.
 
Forensic podiatry, using gait analysis, helped police identify a suspect in a package store robbery.
 
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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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