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July 19, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would lead to a number of changes, including the removal of 34 quality measures from MIPS.
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
While many health-care leaders continue to review the 1,473-page proposed rule, some are weighing in with early reactions to the proposed changes.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s coverage of the proposed rule.
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Former secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services are among those now suggesting changes to the Stark law. 
A new survey of physicians and other health-care professionals reveals a high rate of sexual harassment by patients that varies by specialty. 
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Both physician and hospital groups have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse the decision to suspend risk adjustment payments.
Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at APMA.org.
A large percentage of patients and their family members are reluctant to voice their concerns in certain clinical situation, according to a new study. 
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Some flip-flops are worse for one's feet than others, particularly ones with a thin sole and no arch support.
Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!
High heels can lead to a host of foot problems, and those who wear them should change the heel height on a daily basis and add cushioning. 
Rigid soles, wide toeboxes and arch support are among the features to look for in choosing summer footwear. 
Avoiding wearing the same pair of shoes on consecutive days is one way to help prevent foot odor.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on sweaty feet with your patients.
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When used effectively, social media and other forms of online marketing can help get the word out about your practice.
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s Practice Website Tips at APMA.org.
In a new study involving spine surgeons, researchers found that factors such as billing, wait times and issues with staff members were most likely to be mentioned in negative comments and scores than clinical outcomes. 
While physicians should inform patients regarding out-of-pocket costs, they should not be held responsible for them, according to a majority of the respondents to a new NEJM Catalyst survey. 
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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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