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November 21, 2018 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
With more patients switching to high-deductible plans, an increased onus has been placed on physicians with regard to collecting payment.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the rate of improper payments related to Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP has fallen sharply. 
Asking the right questions during residency interviews can help students make solid decisions about which program is best for them. 
Editor’s note: See all APMA’s resident resources on the APMA REdRC, an educational hub for DPM residents. 
While physicians report positive reactions to the concept of patient engagement, a new study finds that more knowledge is needed regarding specific approaches to take. 
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Successful work-life balance can take several different forms for physicians, and it's not always about working shorter hours. 
A plastic surgeon describes, based on his own experience, what can help to make purchasing a practice successful. 
Editor’s note: Hiring? Looking for a change? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.
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What Patients are Reading
To make shoes more comfortable prior to travel, consider selecting footwear that's appropriate for the type of trip you're taking and breaking them in beforehand. 
When selecting footwear, people with bunions should look for shoes that are wide enough and with plenty of support beneath the area of the bunion. 
Editor’s Note: Share APMA’s free “Beat Bunion Blues” materials with your patients.
Important considerations for people with flat feet are the amount of shock absorption one's shoes provide as well the firmness of the heel. 
Daily foot inspection and foot washing are among the keys for people with diabetes seeking to take care of their feet. 
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.
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According to a new study, while patient visits to primary care physicians are down sharply, visits to other types of health-care practitioners are on the increase. 
Artificial intelligence has the potential to make physicians' work life easier by facilitating clinical documentation and quality measurement reporting. 
According to a new survey, independent physicians were less likely than hospital-employed physicians to express dissatisfaction or symptoms of 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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