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November 1, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Decisions regarding participation in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Quality Payment Program are likely to become more complicated as policies related to the program evolve.
 
Editor’s note: check out APMA’s MIPS Member FAQs for all you need to know about the program.
 
While some physicians think the pace of change with regard to alternate payment models is too rapid and the risks too high, many remain willing to participate, according to a new report.
 
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According to a new report, the percentage of U.S. health-care payments related to alternative payment models has jumped sharply over the past two years.
 
In a speech before the Department Health and Human Services, President Trump announced a plan intended to help lower Medicare drug prices.
 
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A new survey reveals that more than half of Americans consider health-care costs a major source of stress in their lives, while around a third have experienced increases in out-of-pocket expenses.
 
Educating staff about online risks and appointing a security officer can help physician practices better prepare for potential cybersecurity threats.
 
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What Patients are Reading
In making a selection, experts recommend checking out the podiatrist's online presence and determining whether his or her areas of emphasis corresponds to the type of treatment you're seeking.
 
Editor’s note: DPMs can find colleagues and the public can find APMA member podiatrists using our Find a Podiatrist tool.
 
Myths include the idea that foot pain is an inevitable consequence of aging and that feet don't change over the course of one's lifetime.
 
Editor’s note: APMA’s Foot Health Conditions page is a great way to inform your patients. Link to it from your practice website.
 
Surveys have shown that women are most likely to experience pain as a result of the shoes they wear at a higher rate than men. One explanation is that women's shoes tend to be tighter.
 
Choosing the right socks for the job can help to reduce the risk of blisters and even more serious issues.
 
Shopping for footwear late in the day, when one's feet tend to be their largest, can help in selecting a shoe that won't end up being too tight.
 
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Among the cost-saving ideas are improving energy efficiency and reducing the use of paper.
 
A proposed rule from CMS would pay for Medicare Advantage enrollees to receive telehealth services at home.
 
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s Medicare Advantage resources as well as our telemedicine issue brief, results of our nationwide teledoc survey, and more on this emerging trend in medicine.
 
While the demands of electronic health records have contributed to physician burnout, solutions to the problem of administrative burden are likely to be complex.
 
Empathizing with patients and making sure they feel heard when describing their complaints can help to improve the patient experience.
 
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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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