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March 22, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Regulatory changes are coming to MACRA this year, according to a CMS official, with a focus on easing data reporting burdens on physicians.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
 
Reactions are mixed among health-care industry leaders regarding MedPAC's recommendation that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System be eliminated.
Editor’s note: Be sure to use APMA’s updated 2018 MIPS Performance Year Resource Page for all your MIPS needs.
 
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A bipartisan amendment intended to stabilize the Affordable Care Act individual marketplace has been dropped from a proposed $1.3 trillion spending bill.
 
Avoiding medical jargon and reducing interruptions and distractions can help physicians boost their satisfaction scores with patients.
 
Improper disposal of paper health records in trash cans and recycling bins continues to be a problem at healthcare facilities, according to a new report.
 
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New care models and technological advances such as telemedicine have the potential to ease the effects of the physician shortage.
 
Robert Redfield, a physician with a background in AIDS research, has been selected to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
According to several industry groups, the prior authorization process can be improved in a number of ways so as to reduce long delays.
 
Stemming the problem of physician burnout is likely to require a multifaceted approach that includes not just a reduction in paperwork but a focus on work-life balance.
 
What Patients are Reading
The type of shoe you wear can affect your balance and even your health, so make sure to choose wisely when matching your footwear to your activities.
 
For seniors and other people with concerns about the risk of falling, podiatrists can offer assistance with balance problems.
 
A number of factors can have an influence on the size of one's feet, so occasional remeasuring can help to ensure that new shoes will fit properly.
 
Low-top athletic shoes are likely no more protective against ankle injuries such as sprains than low-top shoes.
 
A new study suggests that custom orthotics are no more effective than over-the-counter shoe inserts in treating plantar fasciitis.
Editor's note: Share APMA's foot health resources at http://www.apma.org/myfeet with your patients.
 
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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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