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October 18, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A new survey of physicians reveals widespread skepticism regarding the financial impact of value-based care on physician practices.
 
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more. Free to members!
 
A new proposal related to telehealth reimbursement for physicians could lead to some negative consequences, some physicians contend.
 
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s telemedicine issue brief, results of our nationwide teledoc survey, and more on this emerging trend in medicine.
 
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Being clear with patients on the front end about financial matters can help to facilitate payment, according to the results of a new survey.
 
Editor’s note: Download the Fall issue of the doctor-to-patient newsletter, Footprints. Customize by adding your office name, address, phone number, and website. This marketing tool is free to members.
 
Keeping track of current payer criteria and instituting standard procedures can help practices ease the administrative burden of prior authorization.
 
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A recent survey of physicians found widespread dissatisfaction with the current maintenance of certification process.
 
Effective leadership and management skills among physicians can lead to positive results for patients, organizations and the bottom line, in addition to greater job satisfaction.
 
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s many leadership opportunities for members of all backgrounds, from joining a committee to becoming a mentor.
 
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What Patients are Reading
Podiatrists are important parts of the team in managing the care of patients with diabetes in danger of needing amputation.
 
Editor’s note: Diabetes Awareness Month in November and "Today's Podiatrist" campaign materials are a great way for APMA members to educate the public about a DPM’s critical role in diabetes management team.
 
In case of glass stuck in one's feet, it's important to quickly but safely seek help from a podiatrist, who can extract the glass and determine treatment options.
 
Shoes with appropriate arch support can help to reduce the risk of a number of potential foot problems.
 
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Swollen feet can be a symptom for a number of serious problems, including phlebitis, deep-vein thrombosis, and liver or kidney disease.
 
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Despite the growth in the use and sophistication of EHR systems, interoperability continues to lag, according to a new report.
 
Editor’s note: See APMA’s comments to CMS on interoperability, and our EHR resources to help you choose the right EHR for your practice.
 
An effective social media presence can benefit physicians in a number of ways, according to Kevin Pho.
 
Editor’s note: How to get your practice online and cultivate content, social media tips, and more.
 
Wider use of patient portals among health-care consumers may depend on regulatory changes and standardization.
 
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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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