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April 12, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
In its final report on the 2018 enrollment season for the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed a decline in enrollment of 400,000.
Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a MIPS Participation Status Tool, which allows physicians to view their MIPS participation status by Performance Year.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs on APMA.org.
 
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While physician salaries have been on the increase, the gap between what men and women make has persisted, as have racial disparities in pay, according to new data.
 
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While some evidence suggests that the number of new physicians won't be able to keep up with the demand for their services, some suggest that factors such as the use of telehealth and the use of non-physicians could ease the effects of the shortage. 
 
What Patients are Reading
A number of products are available that can help prevent the friction that leads to blisters on the feet. 
 
Simple ways to maintain healthy feet include avoiding wearing the same pair of shoes every day, keeping your toenails trimmed, and visiting your podiatrist if any problems arise.
Editor’s note: APMA’s Foot Health Awareness Campaign is going on right now. Download our resources and promote Today’s Podiatrist as the foot and ankle expert.
 
Common walking errors, such as overstriding and using poor posture can lead to a variety of physical problems. 
 
A common problem, pronation can be identified by paying attention to signs such as the way the soles of your shoes wear down and can be treated with a variety of techniques.
 
When it comes to bunions, some shoes provide a lot more comfort than others. Here are several recommended by podiatrists.
Editor's note: Share APMA's bunion information with your patients.
 
Delegating denials management to a designated expert and employing automation can help streamline the denials management process for practices.
Editor’s note: APMA’s CAC and PIAC representatives can help you in claims appeal.
 
In choosing the telemedicine vendor that best meets to the needs of your practice, the first important step is to carefully evaluate what your needs are before seeking a solution. 
 
According to a new survey, a majority of physicians said that the administrative burden caused by prior authorization requests has increased significantly in the last five years. 
 
Remaining vigilant, addressing complaints quickly, and documenting both complaints and the results of subsequent investigations are keys in properly addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, experts say. 
 
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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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