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October 4, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Despite the large amount of negative feedback the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services received regarding its proposed rule on evaluation and management coding, it remains to be seen whether and to what extent the agency will change course.
 
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s comment letter to CMS and news coverage of our strong advocacy campaign in opposition of egregious proposal, as well as what’s next.
 
Nearly 80 percent of physicians who answered a recent survey indicated that their practice is more burdened by regulations than it was a year ago.
 
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Some physicians have been less than impressed with the relatively low pay adjustments received by even the best-performing physicians under MIPS.
 
According to a new report, top-performing practices tend to be patient-focused, oriented toward long-term goals and committed to improving operations.
 
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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Explaining why the survey is important, keeping it short and avoiding paper are among the ways to increase the response rate.
 
Payer participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges has dropped particularly sharply in areas where the population is low.
 
Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.
 
What Patients are Reading
Daily foot checks are important for seniors, who can be more susceptible to a host of foot-related conditions.
 
Among the tips to consider when selecting a running shoe is to shop at a physical store, preferable later in the day and try a variety before making a choice.
 
Not wearing the same pair of shoes on consecutive days and washing one's feet regularly are among the ways to reduce the risk of foot odor.
 
Pain in the feet when first arising from bed in the morning can be sign of plantar fasciitis.
 
Early diagnosis and treatment of gout is important so that permanent joint damage can be avoided.
 
The most important factor in closing the gender pay gap among physicians is to make compensation transparent, according to a new survey.
 
In interviewing candidates for your practice, it helps to get a sense of what they would do in specific circumstances as well as why they are interested in the position you're offering.
 
Editor’s note: Hiring? Looking for a change? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.
 
A new study highlights once again the relationship between the administrative burdens related to EHRs and physician burnout.
 
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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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