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November 21, 2019 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Avoiding a penalty under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System will be more difficult going forward, with minimum scores increasing in 2020 and 2021.
 
Editor’s note: reporting for the MIPS 2019 PY will begin in January 2020. With only 40 days left in the 2019 PY, we hope you're making your way through the steps.
 
Insulting and belittling comments from patients take a toll not only on the physicians who are directly subjected to them, but on those who witness such behavior, according to a new study.
 
Editor’s note: Visit www.apma.org/wellbeing for burnout resources.
 
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Increasing one’s level of organization and socializing more are among the ways reduce stress.
 
The White House has released details regarding its upcoming regulatory agenda.
 
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more.
 
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Focusing on measures likely to have the greatest benefit to patients and committing to quality improvement efforts are among the tips for physician practices dealing with MIPS. 
 
A new survey reveals the high cost of provider directory maintenance on physician practices.
 
What Patients are Reading
Plantar fasciitis remains a common source of heel pain in runners, but treatment options are available.
 
Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.
 
It’s important for patients with diabetes to see their podiatrist for regular examinations.
 
Editor’s note: APMA’s Diabetes Awareness campaign materials are available for patients and members now at www.apma.org/diabetes.
 
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For those dealing with plantar fasciitis, good arch support and shock absorption are among the things to look for in footwear.
 
Editor’s note: Recommend APMA’s running shoe guide for different arch types and APMA Seal-Accepted products to your patients.
 
Left untreated, ingrown toenails can lead to infection and other problems.
 
Editor’s note: See APMA’s info page on ingrown toenails and pedicure tips for patients at APMA.org.
 
Tight security and a mobile-friendly design are among the keys for healthcare websites.
 
Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s Practice Website Tips at APMA.org.
 
Practice owners considering selling are in the driver's seat at the moment, according to one financial expert.
 
Editor’s note: Get info on selling or closing a practice on the APMA Career Center.
 
A new study provides further support for the claim that EHR usability is related to physician burnout.
 
Editor’s note: Visit www.apma.org/wellbeing for physician burnout resources.
 
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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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