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July 8, 2021 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
New research shows that the number of physician hours worked per week fell from the start of 2019 to the end of 2020.
Meena Seshamani has been named deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s Medicare Resources for information on reimbursement issues, compliance, and medical economic data. 
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Indemnification and noncompete clauses are among the things to give careful scrutiny when considering an employment agreement.
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Telehealth use continues its downward trend in 2021, according to a new report.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s telehealth/telemedicine resource page for details on how this patient care method applies to you and your practice. 
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What Patients are Reading
The right footwear can make a big difference in the health and mobility of older people.
Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted products and recommend them to your patients. 
A foot inspection can reveal a lot about the condition of one's feet.
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Cushioning and the ability to wick moisture are among the things to look for in athletic socks.
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Among the tips for increasing productivity are limiting interruptions and minimizing variability in scheduling.
Eligibility checks and denial trends are among the areas physician practices might want to examine when seeking ways to improve their bottom line.
Making sure staff make a good first impression and showing appreciation to patients are among the tips for good customer service.
Tips for better virtual communication include expressing empathy and making sure patients understand what you've shared with them.
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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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