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February 22, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Speaking before the Senate Finance Committee, Alex Azar indicated a desire to cut or do away with MIPS reporting requirements for physicians.
Editor’s note: View your performance scores for 2017 claims data now, and visit www.apma.org/macra for more info on MIPS.
 
The budget deal signed this month by President Trump this month benefits physicians in several ways, according to Robert Doherty. 
 
New practice models could make merged practices more appealing for some physicians.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including compliance materials, HIT info, and much more. Free to members!
 
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Considering the high cost of medical malpractice insurance, it pays to be be careful and thorough when selecting a policy.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
 
Scoring well on the Advancing Care Information section of MIPS might not be as difficult as it appears for practices that have participated in Meaningful Use. 
 
A multi-faceted approach is necessary to adequately deal with the problem of physician burnout. 
 
Signing bonuses for physicians at healthcare systems are higher than ever, according to a new report on physician placement.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has removed pages from its website that provided guidance to practices on fees related to electronic payments. 
 
Fear of retaliation and factors specific to the field may be suppressing the number of harassment complaints filed in health care. 
 
Strategies that can help reduce no-shows include repeating instructions for properly rescheduling appointments and making sure patients can get through when they call your practice.
 
What Patients are Reading
Orthotic can correct gait and pronation problems in children, in addition to assisting athletes.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
A variety of activities, including running in shoes that are past their prime, can lead to plantar fasciitis. 
 
Using toe separators can bring some relief to those with hammertoes, as can physical therapy.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
While wearing high heels can result in a host of problems, including bunions, but taking certain steps can reduce the risk. 
 
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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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