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July 24, 2014 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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Each year, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive payment and the PQRS feedback report are issued through separate processes.
 
According to testimony provided to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee last week, chronic disease care accounts for 93 percent of all Medicare spending. That figure is really something we cannot ignore, and the ICD-10-CM code set can be a part of a multi-faceted solution. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s ICD-10 Resources to help you prepare for the transition.
 
A new study suggests Momordica charantia (MC), or bitter melon, is a food commonly used as an antidiabetic, antioxidant, contraceptive and antibacterial agent.
 
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What Patients are Reading
To avoid both blisters and serious injuries, forget everything you know about sneaker shopping, and use these expert tips to find the pair that'll keep you going and going and going — or at least make running less torturous. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.
 
Dr. Rock Positano says the fashionable shoe may cause problems for your feet.
 
Podiatrists have these tips for preserving foot health during pedicure season.
 
Listen to your body. At the first sign of pain, cut back on your exercise program and evaluate what is going wrong.
 
Take a step in the right direction with expert foot-care tips and homemade remedies. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Order foot-health brochures for your practice at APMA’s secure e-Store.
 
Knowing and understanding your dietary needs and the need for daily exercise are important for those with diabetes.
 
It’s sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing and polishing toes galore. Tending those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say.
 
Two federal appeals court panels issued conflicting rulings on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans, raising yet more questions about the future of the health care law.
 
Two new state rulings are credited with the drop in malpractice filings.
 
As patients, doctors and health analysts look to see how the Affordable Care Act plays out, the emergency room is one of the closely watched stages. Nationwide, emergency rooms have seen a jump in patients who are newly insured under the law, drawing speculation and debate about whether the law is working as it should.
 
New contracts awarded to quality improvement organizations require them to address the chronic health conditions as they help hospitals and physicians enhance care.
 
Wound healing is a very complex process which we often take for granted. However, when the process fails, the results can be life altering, even life threatening.
 
Health information technology is a key factor in establishing a successful accountable care organization, particularly those created by academic medical centers.
 
In an online survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), less than two percent of 1,000 respondents said care at the VA was the equivalent of the care in the private sector or a model for the entire U.S. medical system.
 
The agreement comes as union and hospital leaders across New York seek leverage under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Last week, a separate union representing nurses filed paperwork trying to organize 250 workers at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam.
 
A critical question in medicine will be before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall: How much power should doctors wield over their peers when the power to regulate also potentially could tamp down competition that benefits consumers?
 
CMS has concerns with the 10 and 90 day global surgery fees because these global packages were designed several decades ago when care was "more homogenous."
 
 

 

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