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January 14, 2021 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The declaration, which was set to expire on January 21, has been extended an additional 90 days.
Editor's note: In its comments to HHS and CMS, APMA supported CMS’ proposal to establish fee schedule adjustment methodologies for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) items and services furnished on or after April 1, 2021,  following the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
A new final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is intended to increase the access of seniors to innovative health-care technology.
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Physician reimbursement trends for 2021 include those relating to telehealth reimbursement and evaluation and management codes.
Editor's note: Take advantage of APMA's practice management and reimbursement resources exclusively for members.
Providence, Rhode Island, and Portland, Oregon topped the list of cities in which physician compensation grew the most from 2019 to 2020.
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Implementing a policy against gossip can be difficult at first but, if done successfully, can lead to benefits for a practice.
Cultivating the habit of gratitude can have positive effects on overall attitude and outlook.
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What Patients are Reading
Some podiatrists have noticed an uptick in patients with broken toes, plantar fasciitis, and other foot ailments.
Structured footwear can help alleviate pain in those with arthritic knees, according to a new study.
Examining shoes for signs of wear from time to time can help one determine when they should be replaced. 
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Physician in private practice have reported difficulties in getting the vaccine for themselves and for their patients.
Editor's note: APMA has diligently advocated for DPMs to get prioritized to receive and prescribe the COVID-19 vaccine.
Ways to increase a practice's level of security include making sure a firewall is properly installed and making sure to back up data.
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. 
Addressing inefficiencies in electronic health records could have a significant impact on physician satisfaction.
Editor’s note: Read APMA’s issue brief on telehealth and get help selecting an EHR system with APMA’s Health IT resource page. Feeling overwhelmed with rising technology requirements? We have Physician Well-Being resources at
Skills physicians can learn from non-physicians include teamwork and professional communication.
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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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