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December 5, 2019 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Starting January 1, 2020, any provider ordering an MRI, CT scan, or a nuclear study for a Medicare Part B outpatient must first consult Appropriate Use Criteria using a qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism.
 
ACA open enrollment numbers now are nearly on par with last year following a recent spike in enrollment.
 
Editor's note: Visit APMA's health-care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
 
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The American Hospital Association and three other hospital groups have asked for injunctions against enforcement of the rule, which is scheduled to take effect at the beginning of 2021.
 
A new survey reveals increasing interest on the part of consumers in tools that allow them to compare provider data regarding cost and patient satisfaction.
 
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A new analysis of previous studies found a correlation between physician depression and medical errors.
 
Editor’s note: Feeling burned out? Our Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing can help.
 
Given the cost of real estate, it’s important for physicians to prepare carefully when entering into leasing and purchasing negotiations.
 
Editor’s note: Be sure to see the APMA Career Center and practice management and reimbursement resources, on APMA.org.
 
What Patients are Reading
A number of factors can contribute to the development of Morton's neuroma, but treatment options are available based on severity.
 
Keeping feet dry and using footwear in places like changing rooms and gym showers can help to prevent acquiring a fungal nail infection.
 
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Daily foot exams and scheduling regular visits with a podiatrists are important steps for patients with diabetes.
 
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Diabetes Campaign materials year-round at www.apma.org/diabetes.
 
Protection from winter weather and making sure of a proper fit are key things to look for when selecting a winter boot.
 
Tips for helping to achieve better work-life balance include setting schedules and focusing on one task at a time.
 
Data from 2018 shows that percentage of employed physicians now slightly edges out the percentage who own their practice.
 
While patient no-shows can be a big problem for a practice, it can be worth exploring the real reasons behind a patient’s behavior to see if a solution can be found.
 
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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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