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June 14, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
In a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would not defend in court the individual mandate set forth in the Affordable Care Act.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health-care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
After a temporary delay, international medical students should soon begin receiving visas to that would allow them to participate in U.S. residency programs.
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In addition to increasing access to care for patients in rural areas, telehealth initiatives also can be used to facilitate continuity of care. 
In a recent survey, only about a third of physicians in the U.S. said they were independent, and only 17 percent were solo practitioners. 
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Uses for the funding could include reducing the technological burden on physicians by streamlining systems.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
According to a new study, reducing the use of opioids in patients did not result in lower patient satisfaction scores. 
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It's important to remember that flip-flops aren't for long-term use.
Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!
About a tenth of American develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime, but it can be treated.
Editor’s note: April was Foot Health Awareness Month, but APMA’s campaign materials are available to members year-round.
With sunny weather can come a host of foot hazards, from sports-related injuries to splinters and sunburn. 
Cold laser treatments can be used to address the problem of toenail fungus. 
Open-toed sandals might not be the right choice of summer footwear for those with diabetes, whose neuropathy might prevent them from feeling objects that become lodged under the sole of the foot. 
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Having policies in place at your practice regarding such things as when and how often you will see industry reps can help minimize disruptions. 
With the emergence of value-based care, focusing on preventive services is becoming increasingly important. 
Visit rates were higher for women, as well as for infants and those over the age of 64. 
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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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