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June 28, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new request for information seeking input from physicians and other healthcare stakeholders regarding the Stark Law.
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s Stark Law Issue Brief on APMA.org.
A tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicates that a majority of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, favor retaining the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions. 
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Of the 61 percent of respondents who said that they do use a wait list, many indicated that the list was part of their organization's electronic health record. 
As healthcare moves slowly toward value-based purchasing, there may be lessons to be learned from how healthcare information technology was adopted as it evolved.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
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The attention paid recently to the opioid crisis in the U.S. may already be having an effect, with a new study indicating an 11 percent drop in opioid prescriptions nationwide from 2016 to 2017.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
A report from Medicare Health Plans that examined the ratio of citizens to physicians in different states concluded that the state with the most overworked physicians was Idaho. 
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Ingrown toenails are a common concern among runners, but taking certain actions can make them less likely. 
The American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance program is a great resource when it comes to finding quality footwear. 
Symptoms of foot conditions can also be signs of larger problems in one's overall health. 
Simple steps such as choosing proper footwear and avoiding contact with the floor in locker room showers can help head off common warm-weather foot ailments. 
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Research suggests that effectively addressing physician burnout requires interventions at both the organizational and personal levels. 
The study, from Global Healthcare Alliance, indicates that healthcare organizations are somewhat less prepared when it comes to the infrastructure required for value-based care. 
To guard against the possibility of employee embezzlement at one's practice, physicians should consider having thorough background checks done and implementing specific policies regarding financial responsibilities in the office. 
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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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