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September 20, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The percentage of physicians with at least some value-based compensation has risen by 5 percent since 2016, according to a new survey.
Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too.
 
The bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Act, passed by the Senate on Monday, includes a number of provisions relevant to physicians.
Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.
 
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The use of scribes increased the amount of time physicians were able to spend with patients in a recent 12-month study.
 
Making patients aware of payment options early on is one of the strategies with the potential to improve patient collections.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including compliance materials, HIT info, and much more. Free to members!
 
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A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services aims to either streamline or eliminate a number of regulations the agency considers burdensome.
 
There are a number of ways modern technology can help to streamline processes and improve patient engagement with one's practice.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
What Patients are Reading
Seeing a podiatrist when persistent foot pain arises can be the first step in understanding the problem and how to address it.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Foot Health Conditions page with your patients.
 
Footwear that supports the ankle, allows more room in the toe box and has a low heel height are among the trends listed.
 
Tight shoes, fallen arches and hammertoes can all lead to the formation of corns, but a number of treatment options are available.
Editor’s note: Recommend APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval Products to your patients.
 
A number of over-the-counter treatments are available to help get rid of athlete's foot.
 
The drug, canakinumab, targets inflammation rather than the patient's uric acid level.
 
The survey of 9,000 physicians found that the percentage of independent practice owners has decreased markedly since 2012 and that nearly half of the physicians surveyed viewed their relationships with hospitals in a negative light.
 
The aging of the U.S. population will require advances in technology as providers attempt to cope with increased strain on the health-care system, according to one expert.
 
A recent survey found that while many physicians consider virtual care technology to have some benefits, fewer have adopted the technologies.
 
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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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