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March 1, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Lingering uncertainty with regard to legal and regulatory issues has slowed the transition to value-based reimbursement. 
Practicing effective shared decision-making can lead to better clinical outcomes for patients. 
Increasing regulation of telemedicine and a rise in whistle-blower lawsuits are among the challenges facing healthcare providers in 2018.
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Shared service arrangements can allow smaller physician practices to cope in a value-based reimbursement environment.
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A section of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that concerns the Qualified Business Income deduction is of particular interest to physicians. 
Twenty states have filed suit against the federal government, claiming that the Affordable Care Act is now unconstitutional.
Providing work-site support and fostering a sense of community are among the ways physicians can help colleagues who might be struggling.
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The Prescription Interdiction and Litigation Task Force will focus on the distribution of opioids throughout the healthcare system.
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Fostering open communication with patients depends on behaviors such as active listening. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging MIPS-eligible physicians to respond to a survey about the incentive system.
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What Patients are Reading
A number of common practices among dancers can result in serious foot problems. 
An annual foot screenings by a podiatrist can lead to better identification of atrial fibrillation in patients.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care outcomes and spending.
Muscle stiffness in the lower body can be an early warning sign for athletes at risk of turf toe. 
While people might be able to correct an ingrown toenail themselves if it is in the early stages, treatment by a podiatrist may be necessary if it doesn't improve.
A few simple tips can help runners head off problems with their feet this spring. 
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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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