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September 6, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Opposition to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed changes regarding evaluation and management reimbursement continues to grow, with comments on the rule due by Monday, September 10.
Editor’s note: If you have not commented on the E&M proposed rule, visit APMA’s eAdvocacy page at to comment! If you have commented, thank you! Now use the eAdvocacy page to urge your members of Congress to contact CMS about this discriminatory proposed rule.
According to a new survey, the greatest percentage of surprise bills were for physician services.
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In addition to potential changes to evaluation and management coding, changes to the Quality Payment Program could be on the way.
Editor’s note: APMA provides members with reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at
The complexity of interoperability regulations and the potential cost of new technology present challenges to smaller physician practices that want to remain independent.
Editor’s Note: See APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs on
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According to a new study in Health Affairs, the increase in hospital acquisition of physician practices has coincided with an increase in prices.
The director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation said that assuming risk under value-based care would remain voluntary for physicians.
What Patients are Reading
Annual checkups with a podiatrist are a good idea for children, as are shoe-shopping considerations such as having both feet measured and shopping later in the day.
Wearing socks when trying on shoes someone else might have worn, checking for wounds and washing feet regularly are ways to help reduce the risk of acquiring an infection.
Wearing shoes that don't fit can lead to any of a number of foot problems.
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Taking preventive action can help reduce the risk of common foot problems such as blisters and heel pain.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Foot Health Conditions page with your patients.
Serious conditions often first spotted due to changes in the feet include diabetes, melanoma and peripheral arterial disease.
Editor’s note: APMA’s Foot Health Awareness campaign materials are available to members year-round.
Signs of potential burnout include an increase in cynicism toward patients and a noticeable decrease in energy level.
Prioritizing administrative tasks and taking an orderly, standardized approach can help to ease the burden of paperwork.
Rather than taking advantage of telehealth as an alternative to treatment in the emergency department, health-care consumers increasingly are turning to urgent care centers and retail clinics.
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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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