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March 8, 2018 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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With MedPAC set to formally recommend doing away with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, a former CMS administrator is recommending that an alternative approach be tested right away.
Editor’s note: APMA submitted four proposed improvement activities to CMS for the 2019 MIPS Performance Year on March 1.
Health-care consumers are increasingly interested in closer electronic communication with their physicians, according to a new survey. 
At a recent town hall meeting, officials with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT indicated that the agency is focused on reducing the regulatory burden on physicians.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
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In negotiating value-based contracts with payers, physicians should evaluate the readiness of their practices and understand the elements that can be negotiated.
To reduce no-shows, it can help to educate patients on why it’s important to keep appointments and on how to reschedule and cancel. 
Streamlining the demands of electronic medical records and other technology is key to helping reduce physician burnout. 
Although telehealth continues to become more prevalent, misconceptions persist regarding a number of aspects of the practice. 
Patients paid significantly more out of pocket for their healthcare in 2017, and that trend could continue. 
CMS has announced two new initiatives concerning electronic health records this week and signaled its intention to overhaul Meaningful Use.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on APMA.org.
More than half of older American who responded to a recent survey indicated that they thought they had received unnecessary tests or treatment. 
What Patients are Reading
Preventive treatment by a podiatrist can dramatically cut the risk of lower-limb amputation in diabetic patients.
Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care outcomes and spending.
Daily foot inspections and proper footwear are keys for warding off foot problems among people with diabetes.
Editor’s note: APMA’s free diabetes awareness campaign materials are still available to members on APMA.org.
Determining the type of foot arch you have could help you better care for your feet. 
Sales of high heel were down by more than 10 percent last year, while sales of women's athletic shoes rose sharply.
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