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April 16, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Data is emerging on the extent to which physician practices have been impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor's note: Visit www.apma.org/covid19 for resources and learn more about the first round of the $30 Billion of CARES Act Relief Funding that is now being delivered. The Attestation Portal is now live on HHS.gov. As a result of the concerns raised by APMA, AMA, and other medical societies, HHS has updated the terms and conditions of the provider relief fund as well as the guidance provided on its website.
 
To cope with the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, many practices are requesting advanced and expedited payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and private insurers.
 
Editor's note: Visit the Financial Assistance for Practices tab of APMA's newly consolidated COVID-19 resource page.
 
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Protecting one’s personal phone number and email address is an important consideration when communicating with patients via telehealth.
 
Editor's note: Visit the Telemedicine tab of APMA's newly consolidated COVID-19 resource page.
 
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 health-care workers infected with COVID-19 had died as of April 9.
 
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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.
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What Patients are Reading
Choosing the right footwear can play a big role in managing the pain of bunions.
 
Editor's note: Share APMA's bunion information with your patients.
 
Slippers are a better option than going barefoot for people with conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
 
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products and recommend them to your patients.
 
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Tips regarding employee handbooks include regularly reviewing the handbook at least once a year and getting input from an attorney.
 
Some analysts suggest that the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could turn back the clock on the shift away from fee for service.
 
Offering opportunities for growth and individualized benefit packages can help in attracting top talent to a smaller practice.
 
In health-care, ransomware attacks have increased by more than a third since 2016, with physician practices a common target, according to a new report.
 
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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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