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July 12, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Five members of the House of Representatives with ties to healthcare, including four physicians, sent the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a letter urging her to ensure that MIPS provides adequate incentives to encourage physician participation.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would change a regulation that allows states to pay third-parties on behalf of an individual provider. 
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According to a new survey, more than half of physicians indicated that they were either unfamiliar or barely familiar with MACRA requirements.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
Over the last decade, vertical integration of physician practices by hospitals has been most common among specialties such as cardiology and oncology, according to a new study. 
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According to a new Government Accountability Office report, small and rural physician practices will continue to face challenges under MIPS in areas such as technology and staff resources.
Editor’s Note: See APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs on APMA.org.
Physicians who displayed empathy in interactions with the families of pediatric patients were more likely to elicit important patient information, according to a new study. 
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Flip-flops aren't the best choice for extended use, but alternatives abound when it comes to warm-weather footwear. 
Trimming toenails properly can help prevent the pain and potential complications arising from an ingrown toenail. 
The age at which children should be allowed to wear high heels remains controversial, but later is usually better, for a range of developmental reasons. 
Persistent foot pain is a sign that something is wrong and requires attention from a podiatrist.
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Unilateral amendment and allowed amount are among the terms and concepts physicians should be familiar with when it comes to payer contracts. 
According to a new study, visible tattoos and piercing do not have a negative effect on patient satisfaction scores. 
Regardless of whatever challenges smaller practices face, their level of physician burnout is remarkably low compared to the national average. 
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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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