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September 26, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Taking steps to improve the patient experience, studying data and analytics, and making smart choices with regarding to health-care technology are among the ways practices can increase their efficiency.
 
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more.
 
Working to do away with gender-based biases and harassment is among the keys to addressing burnout among female physicians. 
 
Editor’s note: Please see APMA’s new Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing for help managing burnout, work–life balance, and more.
 
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A new study has found that less than a quarter of all hospitals and physician practices screen patients for all five of the social determinants of health.
 
A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office concludes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could be doing more to promote the objectives of its quality measurement activities.
 
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Increases in industry payments to medical providers are correlated to higher costs to patients, according to a new analysis of Medicare data.
 
With the aging of the physician populations, some industry experts are considering whether it’s necessary for older physicians to be tested with regard to their cognitive capacity.
 
What Patients are Reading
Wide toe boxes and low heels are among the qualities to look for in a good winter boot.
 
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products recommend them to your patients.
 
Using proper footwear and having one’s feet checked by a podiatrist at least annually are important ways to reduce the risk of falls.
 
APMA has an infographic for the public that members may share with patients. Be sure to check out the one is for podiatrists, too. Find more resources you can use to raise awareness about falls prevention at NCOA.org.
 
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Daily foot care is key for patients with diabetes. 
 
Editor's note: Members can still use APMA's "You Can Outsmart Diabetes" Diabetes Awareness Campaign materials. There are tools for DPMs and patients
 
Epsom salt foot baths can be beneficial when it comes to reducing inflammation and odor, but they aren’t for everyone.  
 
Editor’s note: APMA’s easy to read, concise Foot Health Conditions information page is a resource to share with your patients.
 
Cost transparency is far more important to younger patients, according to a new report.
 
Legislative support for telehealth services remains strong, as witnessed by a number of bills recently introduced at both the state and federal levels.  
 
Editor’s note: See APMA’s telehealth/telemedicine resource page for details on how this patient care method applies to you and your practice.
 
Some physician groups have argued that a recent court ruling regarding site-neutral payments will lead to increased costs for patients.
 
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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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