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November 25, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
APMA wishes members a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Please note that APMA headquarters will be closed Wednesday through Friday in observance of the holiday. Look for information about Giving Tuesday in next week's digital publications from APMA.
APMA provides links to recommendations and advice from the CDC, OSHA, about what to do if someone on your staff or one of your patients tests positive.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule regarding physician self-referral regulations.
According to a new survey, the willingness of older patients to undergo elective surgery has decreased in recent months.
Editor's note: APMA has guidance for members regarding elective surgery during the pandemic.
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A number of health-care groups have called on congressional leaders to keep advanced alternative payment model payment thresholds at their current level through 2022.
In preparing a practice plan for the coming year, it can help to evaluate what competitors are doing in terms of services offered and how they market themselves.
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What Patients are Reading
For those dealing with plantar fasciitis, good arch and heel support, as well as shock absorption, are factors to consider when choosing footwear.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s past public education campaign on plantar fasciitis. The suite of member materials includes a tip-sheet and much more.
A wide toe box, a removable inner sole and a deep heel cup are among the recommendations when shopping for winter boots.
Moisture-wicking socks and proper-fitting footwear with good traction are among the tips for winter runners.
Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.
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Nearly a quarter of patients surveyed acknowledged having lied to their doctor, for a variety of reasons.
Being wary of the risk of cyber threats when replacing information technology and reviewing insurance coverage are among the issues to consider at year's end, according to one attorney.
Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s Health IT resource page for guidance to help doctors and hospitals with EHR selection, security, implementation, and other issues.
Milwaukee and Minneapolis top the list of cities where female physicians are paid the highest.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s 2018 podiatric practice survey data, which includes data about compensation, practice arrangements, tenure, location, and more. 
The holiday season can be stressful at the best of times, but even with the added challenges created by the pandemic, steps such as exercising and limiting alcohol intake can help. 
Editor's note: Visit​ for a host of physician well-being 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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