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June 7, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has announced that the agency has exceeded its goal of 90 percent participation in MIPS among eligible clinicians in year one of the program.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' patient relationship categories and codes, which were created as required by MACRA, could become more important as value-based reimbursement advances.
Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s MACRA Made Easy webinar: 2018 Improvement Activities Performance Category on June 19 at 8 p.m. EDT.
 
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According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Medicare Part D spending rose sharply from 2011 to 2015. 
 
physicians who feel that they have the tools and resources to do their job effectively have much lower rates of burnout than other physicians. 
 
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One percent of physicians account for nearly a third of all paid malpractice claims.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
 
Tips for successfully negotiating value-based contracts with payers include having a good understanding of the state of your practice compared to others in your area and deciding beforehand what is and isn't on the table.
 
What Patients are Reading
Flip-flops are a poor option for heavy use, and they aren’t the only type of footwear to use sparingly or avoid in the summer months.
Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!
 
Some simple steps can help ward off various common foot conditions. 
 
A number of factors, including lack of stretching and improper footwear, can lead to Achilles tendonitis in runners. 
 
Tips for making wearing high heels more bearable include alternating between wearing shoes of different heel heights and not "breaking in" new shoes by wearing them for a long period of time. 
 
Home remedies for smelly baby feet include using cornstarch and rotating baby shoes. 
 
More than a third of the patients in a recent study indicated that what their physician was wearing actually affected their level of satisfaction with their care. 
 
A large majority of adults over 40 are open to using some form of telehealth, according to a new survey. 
 
Payer–provider partnerships are at their highest level in years, with many of the new partnerships consisting of joint ventures. 
 
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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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