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December 13, 2018 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Another new study links physician burnout to frustration over the use of the electronic health record.
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.
This year's growth rate of 3.9 percent follows a rate of 4.8 percent last year, reflecting a trend of fewer patients seeking health-care services.
In their comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the Stark Law, provider groups and others offered a number of suggestions related to adding exceptions.
Editor’s note: Learn more about the Stark law in APMA’s compliance materials section.
Health-care providers increasingly are adopting more sophisticated billing technology, according to a new report.
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The Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued a request for information on how to update and improve HIPAA.
Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on
Having a line of credit can help practices when unexpected expenses arise, but it pays to be cautious in using it.
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What Patients are Reading
Not all sneaker trends are bad for your feet, but there are a few things to watch out for, according to one podiatrist.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted footwear and recommend these products to your patients.
Poor hygiene, going without socks and choosing the wrong footwear all can contribute to foot odor.
Morton's toe can lead to foot pain for some, but choosing the right shoes can head off problems.
Keeping one's feet dry and not walking barefoot in the gym can help in avoiding athlete's foot.
Editor’s note: See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
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Taking steps such as making sure to verify the credentials of vendors and always reviewing bank statements can help to protect one's practice against embezzlement.
Among the findings was that almost 70 percent of respondents said that annual flu shots should be mandatory for physicians who have direct contact with patients.
With Affordable Care Act enrollment down by more than 10 percent compared to last year, theories abound as to what accounts for the decrease.
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health-care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
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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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