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August 15, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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The proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule contains two changes that could affect reimbursement for remote patient monitoring.
Editor’s note: APMA is carefully evaluating the CY 2020 MPFS proposed rule's impact on members. The association will provide feedback via comments to CMS to ensure podiatrists' interests are represented.
In deciding whether to accept an offer from a private equity firm, it pays to consider the effects on compensation and control of practice management.
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A new survey suggests high levels of burnout among physicians, with paperwork and regulatory requirements topping the list of contributing factors.
Editor’s note: Take this quick, confidential “Well-Being Index” survey from the Mayo Clinic at  
Two medical group associations have asked CMS to revisit its proposed documentation and reporting requirements.
Editor’s note: APMA also sent comments to CMS, HHS supporting burden reduction for members.
Practice Fusion
Opponents to a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services claim it would decrease protections for groups of patients vulnerable to discrimination.
Editor’s note: APMA sent comments to HHS voicing strong support for HHS’ proposal to eliminate the Section 1557 requirement for notices and taglines in multiple languages, stating that HHS’ own evidence indicated that these notices did not have the desired impact of improving health-care accessibility among other things. Read APMA’s comment letter to HHS.
A researcher with years of experience treating burnout symptoms in physicians is recommending a systematic approach to address the problem.
Editor’s note: Please see APMA’s new Physician Well-Being resources at for help managing burnout, work–life balance, and more.
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What Patients are Reading
Examining one's feet daily and seeking care from a podiatrist are important considerations for those living with diabetes.
Editor’s note: Download, customize, and print colorful brochures on diabetes and other foot-health topics for your practice.
For those who wear toenail polish, it can be a good idea to take a break from it now and then to reduce the possibility of toenail fungus forming.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s toenail fungus information with your patients. See antifungal products awarded APMA’s Seal of Acceptance/Approval.
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.
Choosing footwear that fits properly can help to decrease the likelihood that corns will form. 
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s corns and calluses information with your patients.
While calluses are usually not painful, in the case of large or painful calluses, it’s best to see a podiatrist.
Editor’s note: APMA’s easy to read, concise Foot Health Conditions information page is a resource to share with your patients.
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Nearly a quarter of patients admit to having lied to their physician at some point, according to a new survey.
Cybersecurity threats don’t only exist within health-care settings; they can also pose problems for mobile medical devices.
Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s Health IT resource page for guidance to help doctors and hospitals with EHR selection, security, implementation and other issues.
Wellness tips for physicians include cultivating activities outside the office and prioritizing self-care.
Editor’s note: APMA has burnout resources for members at  
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!"
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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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