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September 19, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The percentage of physicians expressing positive sentiments about the Affordable Care Act rose from 2012 to 2017, according to a new study.
Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.
Annual spending was higher among patients seen by physicians at hospital-owned practices than by physicians at independent practices, according to a new study.
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Establishing a line of credit can help physician practices prepare for times in which cash flow becomes a problem.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s resources on coding and reimbursement basics as well as balance billing at
The percentage of physicians who participate in at least one ACO rose from 44% in 2016 to nearly 54% in 2018.
Editor's note: APMA provides information and resources on ACOs at
Practice Fusion
Physician groups recently voiced their concerns regarding prior authorization in a hearing before the House Small Business Committee.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more.
Reviewing policies, backing up data, and restricting access to certain types of data are among the ways practices can help keep digital information safe.
What Patients are Reading
Prevention is the best policy in warding off problems such as plantar fasciitis and blisters.
Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.
Socks that wick moisture away from the feet are a good choice for athletes looking to avoid developing blisters.
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.
Sock sneakers and western boots are among the styles that could present problems if overused.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products and recommend them to your patients.
For tired, swollen feet, a foot bath with Epsom salt and elevating the legs can help.
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The percentage of physicians who meet face-to-face with pharmaceutical representatives has dropped sharply as result of the increasing demands on their time, according to a new report.
Participating in a professional membership group can help physicians coping with burnout, some experts suggest.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Membership Benefits page with your nonmember colleagues. Visit for burnout resources.
New research suggests that patients increasingly value price transparency and that cost concerns often drive their healthcare decisions.
Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory
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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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