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March 29, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Nearly half of Americans have avoided going to a see physician following an illness or injury because of concerns about cost, and nearly as many have gone without recommended treatments or tests for the same reason, according to a national poll. 
According to a new survey, younger patients are more than twice as likely to opt for telemedicine or walk-in clinics for their care. 
A new study found that only small number of incidents of patient harm were associated with issues related to electronic health records, but those estimates may be low, according to the authors.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
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While electronic health records were designed in part to reduce errors, it's important to take precautions to make sure the data that goes into them is accurate. 
Contracting with a management company is one alternative for physicians who wish to maintain an independent practice. 
Physicians who see more patients are likely to have lower online ratings, according to a new study. 
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More than 40 percent of patients consider the way they were treated the most important part of their visit to a physician's office. 
Medicare reimbursement issues were among the top challenges listed, according to a recent survey. 
The $1.3 trillion budget bill signed into law last week includes significant funding to combat opioid abuse, with the bulk of the funds going to agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
What Patients are Reading
While some are advocating for the right not to wear shoes in more business establishments, going barefoot carries some risks to the people who do it.
Editor's note: See APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
Cycling, which involves relatively little pressure on sensitive feet, can be a good exercise for those dealing with type 2 diabetes. 
Treating gout, a form of arthritis, is more than a matter of regulating one's diet, experts contend; it must be treated as a chronic condition. 
New research on foot fungus may provide insights into better treatments for the condition. 
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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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