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October 25, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The Department of Health and Human Services intends to continue its role in facilitating health-care's transformation to value-based care and to incentivize innovation, according to HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan.
 
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at APMA.org.
 
While there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for implementing telehealth services, some general guidelines can apply in many situations.
 
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s issue brief and more information on telehealth.
 
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Reasons why physicians at small, independent practices tend to experience less burnout than other physicians may include a greater sense of autonomy and more opportunity to get to know their patients.
 
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 positive online presence and a commitment to being responsive to the needs to patients are keys to building and maintaining awareness of a practice's brand. 
 
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A majority of physicians responding to a recent survey included that EHR selection had a negative effect on their practice's finances.
 
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.
 
A new study finds that physicians with a negative view of their electronic health records system were more likely to be pessimistic in general at the practice level. 
 
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What Patients are Reading
Wearing worn-out shoes, not switching up the shoes you wear on a day-to-day basis and not letting your feet breathe are among the common ways people fail to take care of their feet. 
 
The incidence of plantar fasciitis has grown to alarming levels in the U.S., but treatment options are available. 
 
When persistent foot or heel pain occurs, it's important to consult with a podiatrist, who can determine the best treatment.
 
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s heel pain information with your patients and download our digital heel pain brochure for your practice. 
 
Custom orthotics can help ease discomfort resulting from a number of foot conditions.
 
Editor’s note: Download APMA’s digital custom orthotics brochure for your practice, and see important resources and updates on DME at APMA.org.
 
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Finding time to volunteer can be difficult with a physician's schedule, but the potential benefits can include improved self-confidence and lower stress levels, among others.
 
Editor’s note: Want to volunteer? See APMA’s listings on Humanitarian Missions opportunities. 
 
Physicians and surgeons are second on the list, with only financial managers having a more extreme gender pay gap, according to a new study. 
 
Appropriate empathy on the part of physicians can have a positive effect on patient satisfaction and, potentially, on patient outcomes. 
 
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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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