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August 1, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
As part of its proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, CMS has announced a new framework called the MIPS Value Pathways.
Editor’s note: Learn what APMA is doing for members regarding the CY 2020 MPFS proposed rule. Get all the guidance you need on MIPS at
A new pilot project from CMS called “Data at the Point of Care” will allow physicians to access claims data from Medicare.
Editor’s note: Be sure to read APMA’s 2019 MIPS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Performance Category Resources and Medicare resources on
EpiFix® Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane Allograft
MiMedx Group Inc.
Intended for homologous use in the treatment acute and chronic wounds, EpiFix allografts may be stored at ambient conditions for up to 5 years and are available in a variety of sizes. Explore the use of EpiFix® in your wound treatment applications.
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In response to an executive order from President Trump, CMS has proposed changes designed to improve price transparency.
New research suggests a correlation between burnout and racial bias among non-black resident physicians.
Editor’s note: APMA’s has Physician Well-Being resources for members:
Practice Fusion
The growth in the number of health-care-related cyber attacks has led to significant financial losses.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources for help with EHR selection, implementation and design, security, patient engagement, more.
CERAMENT®|BONE VOID FILLER is an injectable, moldable, drillable and radiopaque bone substitute which has been proven to remodel to host bone within 6-12 months.
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What Patients are Reading
Pain in the arches or heels as well as ankle and knee pain could be signs of a problem with one’s workout footwear.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s running shoe guide for different arch types on
Fit and rigidity are among the factors to consider when it comes to back-to-school footwear for children.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s Buying Children's Footwear guide for patients on buying back-to-school shoes for children, as well as a simple "1,2,3 Test" to determine the safety of any shoe.
While minor problems might respond to home solutions, in the case of large or painful corns, it’s important to see a podiatrist.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s corns and calluses information with your patients.
Cracked heels can result from a number of problems or conditions, but treatment options are available.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products recommend them to your patients.
Practice EHR
The Nature-Fit Difference
Tri Hawk International
Proprietary design addresses the insole issue: Rigid insoles do not allow the arch to move downward enough to fully handle the shock of a foot strike. Soft insoles collapse under pressure and cannot prevent the arch from flattening. Custom orthotics are designed to fit the patient’s flawed foot rather than make the foot healthy.
Dr. Scholl’s Compression Socks
Renfro Corporation
Uncomplicated Style. Superior Comfort. Designed for a casual and dressy look, shop our compression socks with reinforced yarns and smooth toe seams.
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According to a new survey, while a majority of consumers said they would be open to using telehealth services, only a small fraction actually did so within the past year.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s telehealth/telemedicine resource page for details on how this patient care method applies to you and your practice.
Patients’ choice of health-care provider varies according to a number of factors, including the nature and severity of their condition and whether treatment was time-sensitive.
The HHS and FDA have published a plan outlining two potential pathways for the importation of certain prescription drugs.
Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory
Since our inception in 1990, Ortho-Dynamics has been committed to engineering the highest quality custom orthotics and foot & ankle braces. Our motto says it all: "Leadership in Foot Care Technology... Partnership in Foot Care!"
Cadence Insoles
Cadence provides semi-rigid support with greater relief and shock-absorbing comfort in the heel and forefoot.  3 Exclusive models available.  No contracts, no minimums and always guaranteed.  Call or email for free pair 805-458-0567.
The Tetra Corporation
Formula 7® is the only paraben free soluble tolnaftate antifungal microemulsion fortified with cosmetic ingredients and bactericidal agents. Soluble Tolnaftate, Urea, N-acetyl-l-cysteine, and Tea Tree Oil work to provide broad spectrum antimicrobial activity!
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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