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May 16, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Colorado, Washington, and Texas all have either passed or are considering legislation to limit or prohibit surprise billing.
Editor’s note: Find a sample letter and tips to help you talk to patients about out-of-network status and physician termination from MAO plans. Check out APMA’s State Advocacy resources for state components and members.
In upstate New York, the use of telehealth services increased nearly threefold from 2016 to 2018.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s telehealth/telemedicine resource page for details on how this rapidly rising patient care method applies to you and your practice.
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Among the things that contribute to negative physician experiences with electronic health records are poor interoperability and implementation issues.
Editor’s Note: Need practice technology advice? Take advantage of APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs.
Improving communication skills takes practice, but doing so can make physicians better leaders.
Editor’s note: Peruse previous issues of APMA News Brief for more articles on this topic and more.
Interventional Academy
There are a variety of tax-related issues to consider when planning for retirement, including health savings and when to take Social Security.
Editor’s note: Learn more about the tax benefits of APMA’s planned giving options.  
The increased data speed of 5G is likely to have wide-ranging effects on health-care technology.
What Patients are Reading
Overuse of flip-flops can lead to problems such as plantar fasciitis for those who run frequently.
Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!
Shock absorption and heel height are among the factors to consider when evaluating walking shoes.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s running shoe guide for different arch types on
New advances in bunion surgery can reduce the time it takes patients to get back on their feet.
Editor’s Note: Share APMA’s free “Beat Bunion Blues” materials with your patients and download APMA’s digital brochure on bunions for your practice—you can even customize it with your practice information.
Problems related to the big toe can be painful, but multiple treatment options are available.
Editor’s note: APMA’s easy to read, concise Foot Health Conditions information page is a resource to share with your patients.
Practice EHR
A higher percentage of millennials is uninsured than older generations, and millennials express more interest in non-traditional health-care services, according to a new report. 
Even smaller practices can by targeted by cybercriminals, with ransomware remaining the leading threat, experts say.
Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s Health IT resource page for guidance on practice and hospital tech security and other issues.
High demand has led to increased competition in the recruitment of final-year residents, according to the results of a new survey.
Editor’s note: Hire top talent or find your dream job through APMA Career Center. APMA’s Young Physicians’ Transition Series has key resources for residents!
Gathering and organizing relevant documentation and contacting one’s malpractice insurance provider are among the tips.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources and informed consent tips just for members.
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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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