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August 30, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
In letters to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, physician organizations and other healthcare groups welcomed the agency's intention to reduce administrative burdens on physicians but voiced concern about proposed changes to the payment system for evaluation and management services.
Editor’s note: APMA ACTION ALERT! On July 12, CMS released a proposed rule [CMS-1693-P] that, if finalized, would require podiatrists to use different E/M codes from all other Medicare physicians. The codes would reimburse at a significantly lower rate. There is still time to write to CMS and oppose the discriminatory proposed rule if you have not already done so. Read APMA’s coverage of this topic here and here.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has released a request for information regarding the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
Editor’s note: Learn how the HHS Office of Inspector General investigates and prosecutes health-care fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and other HHS programs in APMA’s compliance materials section.
 
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Several physician groups and others have weighed in following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent request for information regarding the Stark Law on physician self-referral.
Editor’s note: APMA submitted comments to CMS addressing CMS’s Request for Information (RFI) Regarding the Physician Self-Referral Law on August 24. Read APMA’s summary of the comments.
 
According to a new report, employee appreciation programs can have a big impact when it comes to retaining practice staff.
 
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Over four-fifths of physician practices collect patient co-pays on the day of the appointment, according to a new survey.
 
Using a patient portal and brainstorming ways to facilitate communication with patients are among the ways physician practices can improve their patient engagement.
 
What Patients are Reading
Drying the feet after a bath or shower can help to prevent foot fungus.
 
While flip-flops seem to have made something of a fashion comeback, it's still best not to wear them on long walks.
Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!
 
A number of foot conditions become more common as people age, but there are steps older adults can take to help keep their feet healthy.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Foot Health Conditions page with your patients.
 
Proper preparation can help to prevent some of the issues that affect outdoor athletes, such as ankle sprains, athlete's foot and plantar fasciitis.
 
While many Americans are taking advantage of online health information, more than three-quarters still indicated a preference for face-to-face visits with a physician to telehealth.
 
A new study found significant differences in how physicians and patients evaluated the quality of their communication during a patient visit.
 
According to a new paper, the percentage of physicians who report feeling burned out has risen by nearly 10 percent over the past three years.
 
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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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