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March 15, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
March 31 is the deadline for eligible physicians to submit MIPS data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Editor’s note: Be sure to use APMA’s updated 2018 MIPS Performance Year Resource Page for all your MIPS needs.
According a new compensation report, the already wide pay gap between male and female physicians has expanded slightly since 2016.
Editor’s note: Looking for a change? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.
In deciding whether to join a virtual group, small physician practices should take into account factors such as data collection and administrative responsibility.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
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The National Quality Forum is encouraging physicians to make shared decision-making with patients a standard of care. 
Between 2012 and 2016, hospital ownership of physician practices increased by 100 percent, according to a recent report. 
The number of patients in the U.S. without insurance is increasing, and some physicians practices already are being affected. 
Physician groups with more than 50 physicians can reap benenfits from going with private equity rather than hospital ownership. 
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Becoming more educated on cybersecurity can help physician practices make better decisions with regard to the IT vendors they use.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
Prescription drug prices as well as high administrative and testing costs are among the reasons for the disparity, according to a new report. 
Licensing and reimbursement issues are among the factors discouraging some providers from starting telehealth programs. 
What Patients are Reading
Brittle or discolored nails and cracked heels are among the foot conditions that are common among older people.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
Using well-fitting footwear and appropriate socks can help runners prevent large blisters from forming when running. 
Putting off getting foot issues checked can lead to serious problems, particularly among people with diabetes.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Diabetes Campaign materials at www.apma.org/diabetes.
A podiatrist describes what to look for when considering a pedicure. 
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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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