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October 31, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
UnitedHealthcare is instituting a new policy regarding prior authorization requirements for outpatient surgery.
Editor’s Note: APMA’s health policy experts caution members to be aware that the changes at United Healthcare only apply in certain states and are limited by a large list of exceptions.
In a recent survey, a large majority of physicians indicated that their practice’s regulatory burden has increased in the past year.
Editor’s Note: For more information about how APMA can help ease the burden MIPS requirements place on your practice, visit
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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Patients who use telehealth services report high levels of satisfaction with it, according to a new survey.
Physician burnout can have negative effects on relationship-building communication between physicians and patients.
Editor’s Note: Access APMA’s wellbeing resources to find out how self-care leads to better patient care.
Practice Fusion
New research suggests that medical residents harbor unconscious biases in favor of men in leadership roles.
When it comes to use of social media, it’s important for physicians to understand what is and is not permissible.
What Patients are Reading
For people with diabetes, regular appointments with a podiatrist are an important part of ongoing care.
Editor’s Note: Be a part of APMA’s Don’t Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes campaign, launching November 1!
When shopping for shoes, there are a number of issues to consider for patients dealing with plantar fasciitis, such as the width of the toe box and the amount of cushioning.
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.
Arch support and lower heels are among the things to looks for in winter boots, experts say.
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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Some experts blame administrative complexity for much of the waste in the U.S. healthcare system.
Ways a private practice can stand out from the competition include targeted advertising and adding a personal touch.
Editor’s Note: Visit for more information on how to bring in patients.
According to a new survey, a majority of patients say they have felt rushed during an encounter with their physician.
Flexible workflows and streamlining of repetitive tasks are among the items that could make EHRs more efficient for physicians, according to one expert.
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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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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