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October 24, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
A new report from the National Academy of Medicine lists six goals for health-care to reduce the incidence of burnout among physicians and other clinicians.
Editor’s note: Visit for burnout resources.
Having a system in place to address complaints can help to promote patient satisfaction and safety.
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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Electronic systems can help to improve the efficiency of the referral process compared to relying on paper documents, some experts say.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more.
Being careful about data is accessed and backing up data offsite are among the tips for increasing data security.
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s many compliance materials for members, including HIPAA guidelines, a Corporate Compliance Manual for Podiatric Practices, how to avoid health-care fraud and abuse, and much more.
Practice Fusion
New research supports the notion that malpractice claims can result in physicians practicing defensive medicine.
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
Among the top hazards listed by ECRI Institute are EHR-related medication errors and the use of surgical robots in new procedures.
Editor’s Note: See APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs on
What Patients are Reading
A podiatrist is an important part of the care team for patients with diabetes.
Editor’s note: Don’t wait until November to prepare—APMA’s 2019 Diabetes Awareness campaign materials are free and available to members now. This year’s theme is “Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes.”
Flat slide shoes and boots with a narrow toe box are among the types of footwear that can cause problems with extended use.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products and 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.
While hammertoe often can be managed without surgery, sometimes the surgical option is necessary.
Editor’s Note: Share APMA’s hammertoe information with your patients.
The type of orthotic insole best suited to an individual depends on the characteristics of his or her feet.
Editor’s note: Download APMA’s digital brochures on custom orthotics for your practice.
Dr. Scholl’s Compression Socks
Renfro Corporation
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Premiums for the most common plans are expected to decrease for the second year in a row.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s resources on coding and reimbursement basics as well as balance billing at
A new survey indicates widespread concern among physicians regarding the misuse of prescription drugs by patients.
Editor’s note: Be sure to read APMA’s Opioid and Chronic Pain Management State CME Requirements and Guidelines for best practices in your state.
New data from the Leapfrog Group indicates shortfalls in board certification of clinicians at ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments.
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
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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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