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December 17, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is intended to reduce the administrative burdens of prior authorization.
Editor's note: Take advantage of Medicare resources on
Hospitals across the U.S. have begun receiving and administering doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Editor's note: APMA advocates for podiatrists in plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. 
The Department of Health and Human Services is accepting comments until December 24 regarding best practices in health-care related to the pandemic.
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The Department of Health and Human Services has announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
While physician burnout has been made worse by the pandemic, there are techniques that can help to reduce the problem.
Editor’s note: Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure you take stock of your personal health and well-being. APMA has many resources available to help you. 
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Areas to evaluate are cost, security, and how well the technology matches the needs of your practice.
Editor's note: APMA has resources for members navigating telehealth during the pandemic. See APMA's EHR Decision Guide for DPMs.
An organizational chart should delineate roles and responsibilities as well as the flow of authority.
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What Patients are Reading
Stability is an important consideration for walking shoes, according to a podiatrist.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Winter Foot Care Tips with your patients. 
Podiatrist-approved footwear takes the number 4 spot in a list of the year's top trends in fashion.
Switching to flats can require an adjustment period for those used to wearing heels regularly.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products and recommend them to your patients. 
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Defining specific goals for your practice and taking stock of the competition are among the tips when developing a marketing strategy.
Editor’s note: How to get your practice online and cultivate content, social media tips, and more. Also see our practice management and reimbursement resources
Expanded use of artificial intelligence and cloud-based systems are among the health tech predictions for 2021.
Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on 
Factors at play when deciding where to locate one's practice include family considerations the experience of others in the community.
According to a new study, even a moderate level of sleep loss is associated with an increase in errors.
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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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