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February 11, 2021 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
A new analysis suggests that the pandemic could lead to long-term changes in the health-care system, including a greater emphasis on preventive care and telehealth.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, January represented the first month of job losses in health-care since April 2020.
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Tips for better emphasizing well-being in a health-care organization include viewing well-being initiatives not as expenses but as investments.
Editor's note: Visit for resources on physician well-being and burnout.
Better involving physicians could improve the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines nationwide, some experts say.
Editor's note: APMA continues to advocate that DPMs be included in the first group (of health-care workers) prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the Vaccine Resources tab of APMA's COVID-19 resource page for more information. 
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Independent practice associations and clinically integrated networks are an option for independent practices that need some support.
Helpful stress-reduction habits include spending time outdoors, journaling, and yoga.
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What Patients are Reading
Proper preparation and foot care can help to reduce the likelihood of stinky shoes.
Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on sweaty feet and its symptoms with your patients. 
Not wearing shoes while working from home can increase the risk of certain foot problems.
Runners can face a variety of foot problems, including Morton's neuroma and plantar fasciitis.
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.  
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A number of resources are available for physicians seeking advice from peers on a range of topics, if one knows where to look.
Editor’s note: Make a change this New Year with the help of the APMA Career Center. APMA’s Young Physicians’ Transition Series is also a valuable member benefit that provides resources for each stage in a young physician’s career. 
Communicating effectively with patients leads to a wide range of benefits for patients and practices alike, and improving one's communication skills doesn't have to be difficult.
Some health care workers who have declined to take a COVID-19 vaccine say they're waiting to see what long-term effects the vaccines might have.
Editor's note: Visit the Vaccine Resources tab of APMA's COVID-19 resource page for more information. 
Tips for incorporating telehealth into one's practice include making patients aware of all available services and focusing on usability.
Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including ACO info, EHR advice, and much more. 
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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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