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August 9, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would replace earlier evaluation and management guidelines with what it characterizes as a simpler model.
Editor’s note: If you have not commented on the E&M proposed rule, visit APMA’s eAdvocacy page to comment! If you have commented, don’t comment again. Use the eAdvocacy page to urge your members of Congress to contact CMS about this discriminatory proposed rule.
The administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said she wants the use of fax machines in physician offices to be replaced by digital health information within the next two years.
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The American Hospital Association, in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has offered recommendations for revising the Stark Law. 
Among the steps that can help increase the pace of work in a practice including taking a leadership role and setting expectations among staff. 
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A new report indicates some positive trends in the prescribing of opioids and in physician registration with state prescription drug-monitoring programs.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
A new survey suggests there might be some good news in terms of physician job satisfaction, but a majority of physicians respondents still reported feeling overworked. 
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When choosing back-to-school footwear for children, pay special attention to proper fit and avoid hand-me-down shoes.
Symptoms of peripheral artery disease, which involves narrowing of the arteries in the feet and other extremities, include changes to the toenails and wounds that are slow to heal. 
Foot fungus, which affects up to 15 percent of the population, is most common in warmer months but can be treated effectively. 
Bone spurs can cause pain and other complications when they affect tendons or other structures in the body. 
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An expert on the issues surrounding physician burnout suggests that improvement is possible through changes to work culture. 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rule would expand the types of telehealth services that Medicare will reimburse and represents a "new framework," according one telehealth CEO. 
Achieving true interoperability of healthcare information systems may be a complex undertaking, but doing so could help to reduce the incidence of physician burnout as well as empowering patients with regard to their care. 
The pay gap between male and female physicians, which is evident across specialties, persists for a number of reasons, according to one expert. 
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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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