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March 5, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act will not occur until the next term, which begins in October.
Editor’s Note: For more info about APMA’s legislative efforts, Visit the Federal Advocacy page and use to advocate for the profession.
Communicating what your needs are and what is unique about your practice are among the tips when negotiating with payers, according to one physician.
Editor’s Note: As a podiatrist, you deserve to be paid properly for the services you provide. APMA has created resources to guide you through the payment and reimbursement process for public and private plans.
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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Demand for personal protective equipment, especially face masks, has spiked over fears regarding COVID-19, leading to concerns over the supplies available to health-care organizations.
The financial impact of the upcoming changes to evaluation and management codes remains unclear.
Editor’s Note: APMA walks members through the E/M changes effective January 1, 2021, and how these changes will impact your practice.
Synovis Micro Companies Alliance
The DERMACLOSE Continuous External Tissue Expander device facilitates rapid tissue movement to reduce or reapproximate wounds. After the initial application has been completed the DERMACLOSE device does not require any additional tightening. Once the desired tissue expansion has occurred the device(s) can be removed and the wound can be closed with suture or staples.
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What Patients are Reading
Proper arch support and a roomy toe box are among the things to look for in a good cardio shoe.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s guide to choosing running shoes for different arch types with your patients.
Tight shoes and not cutting nails properly are among the potential causes of ingrown toenails.
When determining whether it’s time to move on from a pair of workout shoes, pay attention to the wear pattern on the tread as well as other factors.
Editor’s note: APMA recommends running shoes be replaced after 600–800 miles of running or walking, or every 6–8 months.
Blisters and plantar fasciitis are just two of the signs that one’s sneakers may be doing more harm than good.
Editor’s note: APMA provides a colorful guide for patients and the public  on choosing the correct sneakers for different sports at
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.
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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Annual spending on health care has risen sharply since 2014, according to a new report.
Physician shortages have led to a rise in the use of locum tenens physicians over the past year, according to a recent survey.
Addressing patients' emotions effectively can lead to better medication adherence.
Educating staff on the types of online threats a practice might face is one of the ways to help reduce the risk posed by hackers.
Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s Health IT resource page for help with EHR selection, security and more.
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
Free Trial!  Sold in Podiatry clinics across the country, Cadence provide varying degrees of semi-rigid support with enhanced shock absorbing comfort under the heel and forefoot.  Exclusive models available.  Call or email for a free pair. 805-458-0567
Interventional Academy
Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics: Advanced Endovascular and Coronary Intervention is a for physicians specializing in interventional cardiology, vascular surgery, and interventional radiology, as well as fellows, residents, nurses, technologists, and other healthcare professionals interested in cardiovascular disease.
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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