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July 21, 2022 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Health-care groups are offering objections to new proposed payment rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Editor's note: APMA is reviewing the proposed rule and preparing to advocate on behalf of members. For more details, click here and here. 
Prior authorization is among the issues contributing to physician burnout, according to some experts.
Editor’s note: Feeling overwhelmed? APMA has physician well-being resources for members at
Training staff to recognize malicious emails is one part of an effective cybersecurity strategy at physician practices.
Editor’s note: Get expert advice on how to minimize your risk of a ransomware attack, as well as cyber liability policy options through PICA, a ProAssurance Company.
Results from a new study suggest that a shorter wait time might be appropriate for patients seeking elective surgery following recovery from COVID-19.
Editor’s note: APMA has compiled a list of resources for members regarding elective procedures and non-emergent non-COVID-19 health-care.
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Finding ways to make it easier for patients to fulfill their payment obligations and considering approaches to upfront collections are among the tips for improving collections.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s member resources on coding and reimbursement basics and balance billing. 
Taking a hard look at how things have always been done at one's practice can lead to solutions that improve efficiency.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has been extended through October, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has announced.
Editor's note: For physician COVID-19 resources, visit 
Several hospitals have announced a scaling back of certain services as a result of staffing shortfalls.
What Patients are Reading
Staying hydrated and wearing proper footwear can help to reduce the likelihood of foot cramps.
Hot showers and increased foot stress can contribute to dryness of the feet.
Editor’s note: APMA has a sweaty feet information page for members to share with their patients. Visit  
If a foot wound from a splinter shows signs of infection, it's important to seek professional care.
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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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