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December 24, 2020 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
APMA wishes all our members and partners a happy and healthy holiday season. Please note that APMA will be closed December 24–January 1. The next issue of News Brief will be sent on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
The Department of Health and Human Services will distribute the relief payments through January.
Making mental health support more accessible is among the ways organizations can help to improve physician well-being.
Editor's note: APMA has physician well-being resources at Here are numerous additional mental health resources to assist patients, physicians, and veterans during the COVID-19 public health crisis. 
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Early recipients of the vaccine can help in reassuring those who are undecided about getting vaccinated.
Planning tips for the end of the year include making sure your emergency fund is sufficient and making charitable donations.
Editor’s note: Want to start your own Practice? Get started at the APMA Career Center, and check out APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources.
How telehealth is used is likely to evolve in the coming year, experts predict.
Upgrading security technology and making sure staff are educated on safe practices are among the tips for improving a practice's cybersecurity efforts.
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What Patients are Reading
Custom orthotics can help to relieve some types of foot and knee pain.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s guide for your patients on the difference between Rx custom orthotics and OTC shoe inserts
Morton's neuroma and peripheral neuropathy are among the potential causes of nerve pain the feet.
Editor’s note: APMA’s easy to read, concise Foot Health Conditions information page is a resource to share with your patients. 
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information page on neuromas with your patients. 
New research suggests that those who own a god with diabetes may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes
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The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights has released a report on HIPAA audits conducted in 2016 and 2017.
Preparing physicians for leadership roles now can help hospitals be better prepared in the future.
An increased focus on cybersecurity and advances in EHR technology are among the predicted trends for next year.
A new survey highlights the financial challenges nursing homes are facing as a result of the pandemic.
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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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