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October 24, 2014 In This Issue
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One of the issues that keeps cropping up when working with hospitals and physician groups is that physicians are asking "what’s in it for me?" Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: APMA’s ICD-10 Resources will help you prepare for the transition to happen Oct. 1, 2015.
 
Even after the disastrous rollout of the healthcare.gov website a year ago, health insurance companies and providers of medical care are reporting more promising profits as third quarter earnings emerge.
 
A new initiative from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will explore how health information and data can be used to improve health in the community. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
What are the basic principles of clinical documentation improvement and how can healthcare organizations leverage CDI for clinical analytics?
 
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What Patients are Reading
Whether you’re training for a fall marathon or are lacing up your sneakers for the first time, we’ve got the tips and tricks you’ll need to find your stride this season.
 
You can take a few mindful steps to minimize your stench that don’t just involve dousing yourself in perfume.
 
Maintain sandal-worthy feet all year with these seven essential foot care tips from a top podiatrist.
 
If you are experiencing pain in your feet, legs, or even your back, it is possible that a shoe insert can help correct whatever is ailing you.
 
See a podiatrist if you have symptoms of arthritis.
 
With flat shoes causing so many people foot arch pain here are some tips to prevent pain in that part of the foot from Dr. John Fritz.
 
Runners are tough. So tough and dedicated that when they are sidelined by an injury, they can sometimes inadvertently hinder their own recovery because they rush back into running before they have properly healed.
 
Before problems happen and you have to regret not practicing proper foot care, let's see how we can prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
 
The impact of the sweeping law, which has raised prices for some but opened access to coverage for millions, will get renewed focus with the start of open enrollment for the second year four weeks away.
 
A group of healthcare associations says the government’s current electronic health record (EHR) regulations are stifling needed innovation while failing to foster interoperability between new software systems. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
 
Beginning in 2015, employers with more than 50 employees are required to offer healthcare coverage to their full-time employees or otherwise be hit with a significant financial penalty.
 
Differences in amputation rates for diabetes complications are a sign that disparities in care by region and race start much earlier, according to a new report. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves healthcare dollars.
 
The beginning of a new year in the ambulatory surgery center industry is rapidly approaching. Along with a new year, comes a series of changes impacting ASC workflow and reimbursement. Three industry experts outline five of the biggest coding and billing changes to anticipate for 2015.
 
When it comes to healthcare I wear many hats that have broadened my perspective on the transformation we are currently experiencing in this industry.
 
Two of the biggest transactions in ambulatory surgery center industry history; feverish mergers and acquisition activity in the anesthesia sector; legislative upheaval: no one can argue that 2014 was a dull year for ASCs.
 
Though lots of people used the expensive government health insurance portal healthcare.gov to get information on the Affordable Care Act, far fewer could successfully use it to sign up. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Visit APMA's healthcare reform page for more resources and information on how the ACA affects the profession.
 
 

 

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