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September 13, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the Medicare Advantage 2014 overpayment rule.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at APMA.org.
 
Premium increases in most states are significantly lower for 2019 than they were for 2018, according to a pair of new studies.
Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.
 
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By the time the comment period ended for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rule regarding changes to evaluation and management coding, the agency received more than 15,000 messages weighing in.
Editor’s note: Read more about APMA’s response CMS on discriminatory E/M coding proposed rule and what’s next in the process now that the comment period is over.
 
Physician burnout can have negative effects in a number of aspects of patient care, according to a new analysis. 
 
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Getting a handle on your workflow and evaluating the potential impact on patient experience are among the factors to consider when deciding whether to invest in new technology. 
 
In a letter to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, dozens of physician groups called for the agency to reverse the decision allow Medicare Advantage plans to use step therapy for Part B drugs. 
 
What Patients are Reading
When shopping for shoes, regardless of brand, it's important to find the right match for the particular characteristics of your feet.
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Talking with a podiatrist and conducting daily checks of one's feet are among important aspects of good foot care for people with diabetes.
Editor’s note: APMA’s free diabetes awareness campaign materials are still available to members on APMA.org.
 
Calluses on the feet can result from wearing shoes that are too large or have insufficient padding. 
 
A number of conditions can result from problems with the sub-talar joint, but treatments are available. 
 
A large majority of health-care consumers trust their physician's data security, but they're less confident when it comes to insurers and pharmacies, according to a new survey. 
 
Wait times for physician appointments are up sharply since 2014, according to survey data, an increase that some attribute to the grown provider shortage. 
 
When it comes to reimbursement for telehealth services, it's important for providers to understand the specific laws and regulations that apply to them based on their location and the type of services they provide.
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s issue brief and more information on telehealth.
 
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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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