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May 14, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Effective planning and taking a phased approach are among the tips for reopening a practice.
 
New data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a sharp drop in health-care employment in the month of April.
 
Editor's note: APMA has teamed up with Bankers Healthcare Group to offer members cash flow without the hassle. Learn more about provider relief funds, and financial assistance for practices during COVID-19.
 
EpiFix® Dehydrated Human Amnion/Chorion Membrane Allograft
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Mental health professionals are preparing to help health-care workers deal with the potential long-term effects of stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Editor's note: APMA has help for members suffering from physician burnout at www.apma.org/wellbeing.
 
A coding change regarding non-vascular extremity ultrasound led to a drop in ultrasound use by podiatrists, according to new research.
 
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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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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in the use of telehealth services.
 
Editor's note: APMA has resources for members on telemedicine and more on its main COVID-19 resource page: www.apma.org/covid19.
 
At a time of expanded use of telehealth services and new federal guidances, it’s important for physicians to remain current on what’s allowed and not allowed under HIPAA.
 
Job losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a widespread loss of employer-sponsored health insurance, according to new data.
 
What Patients are Reading
Plantar fasciitis is one of the foot conditions that can result from too much barefoot walking.
 
Editor's note: April was Health Awareness Month and APMA has public education campaign materials that focus on the expertise of Today’s Podiatrist in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis and other conditions that may cause heel pain. The suite of member materials includes a tip-sheet, a special edition of Footprints, a free poster for your office, and more. Visit now!
 
Paying attention to such things as numbness and color changes in the feet can help identify problems early.
 
Editor's note: APMA's past Foot Health Awareness campaign materials are still available for you to share with your patients. Check out "Don't Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes."
 
A number of factors can contribute to ingrown toenails, including shoes that are too tight and not trimming one’s nails correctly.
 
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Several health-care groups have voiced their objections to elements in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule related to price transparency.
 
Editor's note: Watch APMA's webinar on how your practice can survive COVID-19.
 
A majority of physicians who responded to a recent survey indicated that their premiums for malpractice insurance had not changed from 2018 to 2019.
 
Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.
 
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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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