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May 9, 2019 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Using telemedicine to strengthen the core of any medical practice — physician-patient interactions — can lead to better patient outcomes.
 
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s issue brief on telehealth and get help selecting an EHR system with APMA’s Health IT resource page. Feeling overwhelmed with rising technology requirements? We have Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing.
 
CCM can help improve patients’ lives and boost practice revenue; physicians interested in putting a CCM strategy into practice need to develop a top-down strategy at the organizational level first.
 
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In addition to passion for their chosen path and compassion for their patients, physicians also need to cultivate habits for a successful practice.
 
Physician groups testifying in a Senate committee hearing this week contended that more work is needed to improve the Quality Payment Program.
 
Editor’s note: Learn more about the benefits of using the APMA Registry and the APMA MIPS app for the 2019 Performance Year. Also, check out the recording of APMA’s 2019 MIPS PI webinar on APMA.org anytime.
 
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According to the AMA’s updated study on physician practice arrangements, the share of physicians with employed positions has increased while the share of those with ownership stakes has decreased, largely driven by younger physicians’ preferences.
 
Editor’s note: APMA’s 2018 Podiatric Practice Survey includes data on practice arrangements, tenure, and more. Use this information to benchmark yourself against your peers, and consider where you want to be when you take the next step in your career.
 
Widespread clinical adoption of precision medicine is slowed by issues around HHS reimbursement, despite patients’ expectations.
 
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at APMA.org.
 
What Patients are Reading
Because of their relative lack of support, ballet flats can lead to foot problems if worn too long.
 
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted footwear.
 
While plantar fasciitis can be common among runners, there are effective ways to treat the condition.
 
Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.
 
Daily foot washing, including washing between the toes, as well as adequately drying the feet, can help limit foot odor.
 
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on sweaty feet with your patients.
 
Some simple steps can help you assess whether a shoe fits properly.
 
Medical practices shouldn’t ignore negative online ratings or comments: In a recent patient survey, a majority of respondents cited online reviews as contributing to their decision when choosing a provider.
 
Editor’s note: Learn how to get your practice online and cultivate content, and check out sample letter and tips to help you communicate with patients about out-of-network status and more.
 
HHS says efforts to direct patients to websites with pricing information are insufficient because companies use television advertising to encourage patients to speak with their doctors about treatment.
 
According to a new study, the Physician Compare website mostly includes practice-level data rather than individual outcomes data.
 
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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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