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August 16, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The Department of Justice has announced the creation of an eleventh regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force, this one to be based in the Newark, New Jersey/Philadelphia region. 
 
In a blog post for Health Affairs, Robert Berenson and Alan Lazaroff urge the Department of Health and Human Services to change course with regard to its proposal concerning evaluation and management coding.
 
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A high percentage of Americans have avoided seeking the care they needed because of concerns about cost, especially women, according to a new survey
 
In choosing a physician, patients are most interested in having someone who will listen to them and treat them with care and respect, according to one expert.
Editor’s note: How to get your practice online and cultivate content, social media tips, and more.
 
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Potential strategies for success with alternative payment models include utilizing telehealth and strategic partnerships.
Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about APMs at www.apma.org/macra.
 
A higher percentage of female physicians are affected by burnout than male physicians, and they are also more likely to seek professional help when they experience burnout, according to research.
 
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What Patients are Reading
Using shoe stretchers to break in new shoes and wearing moisture-wicking socks are among the ways to make shoes more comfortable.
 
When shopping for new shoes, consider doing so late in the day, when feet tend to be most swollen, and try several different shoes before deciding what fits best.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
 
Certain foot conditions become more common among older people, and factors such as obesity and poor blood flow to the feet can make matters worse. 
 
To keep feet healthy, limit the use of high heels during the day, vary heel height and considering stretching and massaging feet and calves after wearing high heels.
 
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The average compensation for hospital CEOs rose by 93 percent from 2005 to 2015, an increase far greater than for physicians or nurses, according to a new study.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.
 
While many physicians consider prior authorization a major cause of administrative burdens, some research suggests benefits in some instances.
Editor’s Note: See APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs on APMA.org.
 
Ways to increase interview opportunities including contacting journalists directly and building your social media presence. 
 
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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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