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January 17, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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APMA has entered into a joint-provider agreement with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine for a six-part webinar series, “2019 Webinar Series—Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, Dental, and Audiology Inter-Professional Education and Inter-Professional Collaboration in Diabetes Care.” Podiatrists can earn one CECH at no cost by viewing and completing the post assessment for each webinar for a total of six CECH. Members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
The priorities identified by the Department of Health and Human Services include simplicity, transparency and accountability.
Editor’s note: APMA has resources to help guide you through the payment and reimbursement process for public and private plans.
For a physician, making a smooth transition to retirement requires preparation and an awareness of certain requirements.
Editor’s note: Get info on selling or closing a practice on the APMA Career Center
Moving coverage of certain drugs from Medicare Part B to Part D could increase out-of-pocket expenses for patients according to some experts.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at
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Positive effects of receiving private time included increased disclosure on the part of the patient, as well as a better opinion of the physician.
Technology can help to increase engagement by providing options to patients on a variety of fronts.
Editor’s Note: Patient engagement is more technology based than ever. Check out the Health IT Playbook section of APMA’s Health IT resources on to learn more about this important topic.
What Patients are Reading
When shoe shopping, it's best to try on shoes in a store, preferably later in the day when feet are at their largest.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s guide to choosing running shoes with your patients.
Heel pain has a number of potential causes, but some simple steps can help reduce the risk.
Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.
Wearing the right socks, making sure to trim one’s toe nails, and treating dry and cracked heels are ways to help maintain foot health in the winter months.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Winter Foot Health Tips with your patients.
Keeping dry, dressing in layers and considering the use of ski sock liners are among the ways to help ward off frostbite in cost weather.
Practice EHR
Hot topics in health-care in 2019 are likely to include price transparency and the continued adoption of digital technology.
Close to half of physicians have been affected by burnout, according to a recent survey, with administrative responsibilities listed as the most frequent cause.
The benefits to a long-term relationship between a physician and a patient can include more open communication and a better sense of the patient's individual needs.
Cost is a leading factor in the relatively slow adoption of telehealth services by smaller physician practices, according to a survey.
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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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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