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April 19, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
In an analysis of MIPS, the American College of Physicians has argued that only 32 of 86 performance measures are valid under ACP's criteria.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
 
A review of telemedicine claims by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General found that a significant percentage of those claims did not meet Medicare's reimbursement requirements. 
 
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Medical billing has a language of its own, including a number of acronyms and abbreviations that it can pay to understand.
Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at APMA.org.
 
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To prevent billing errors, experts recommend keeping up to date with changes to diagnosis codes and employing data analytics.
Editor’s note: Code strong, subscribe to the fully integrated APMA Coding Resource Center.
 
Focusing on improving clinical documentation and carefully monitoring contracts with payers can help practices maintain proper reimbursement. 
 
What Patients are Reading
Issues such as foot spasms can be indicators for other issues going on in the body.
Editor’s note: April is Foot Health Awareness Month. Check out APMA’s campaign materials and use them in your practice.
 
Attempting to break in new shoes too quickly and holding on to old shoes too long are among the practices that can lead to foot pain.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
Women's footwear isn't the only kind that can cause issues for feet. New trends in men's shoes can lead to foot and ankle problems as well. 
 
A variety of things can go wrong with a badly performed pedicure. Here are some things to look out for. 
 
The best advice for treating calluses is to see a podiatrist, but some products available for home use can help.
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According to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office, health-care costs continue to rise, accounting for 17.9 percent of the nation's gross domestic product in 2016. The CBO expects Medicare to grow by an average of 5.5 percent per year beginning next year.
 
Utilizing locum tenens can help health-care organizations relieve the strain that leads to burnout for some physicians by giving them greater flexibility. 
 
According to a new survey, among the most common reasons younger physicians leave a job are compensation, poor management, and inadequate work/life balance.
Editor’s note: Hiring? Looking for a change? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.
 
Although hospital acquisition of physician practices continues to grow, the resilience of independent physicians shouldn't be underestimated.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including compliance materials, HIT info, and much more. Free to members!
 
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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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