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November 13, 2014 In This Issue
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Opponents of the Affordable Care Act succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to hear their latest challenge to the ACA last week, but they should hold off on celebrating. 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.
 
According to the group Catalyst for Payment Reform, of the value-based payment models in action, 53 percent of commercial payer VBPs put providers at some financial risk if they fail to contain costs or improve care.
 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has charged two temporary hires with solving one of the health IT industry's most significant problems — accurately matching patients with their electronic health records. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
 
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Runners who used paper tape on one foot during extra-long marathons still ended up with painful blisters, according to a new study. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Read about blisters in ultraendurance runners, and much more in the September/October issue of JAPMA online.
 
One of the most misunderstood and poorly executed movements I see attempted in the gym on a regular basis is also one of the most important functional movements our body makes: Squats.
 
Food and nutrition information is now at the fingertips of a large segment of the public. And this trend isn't going away anytime soon.
 
Knowledge and listening to your own body are the best tools you have to help manage your health.
 
By proactively taking steps to monitor key health indicators, experts agree that it’s possible to prevent some of the most severe risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.
 
Here are some questions and answers that may help.
 
To fight diabetes, which is defined as elevated blood glucose, Dr. Jeanine Albu stresses screening and a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and good nutrition. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves healthcare dollars.
 
Whether you’re shopping for you, your family, a small business or nonprofit, begin the process early. If seeking coverage by Jan. 1, 2015, enroll no later than Dec. 15.
 
Getting your nails done at the salon is a luxury that just about every woman enjoys. But how clean is the salon where you get your pedicures and manicures?
 
The Republicans will take over leadership of the Senate and will have an expanded majority in the House when the 114th Congress begins in January. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
With the second year of enrollment about to start this month under the ACA, many small business owners and employees will face another round of decisions about their health insurance coverage for next year.
 
Employers across the country continue to shift more of the cost of health insurance onto their employees, but moderate premium increases have helped soften the bite out of workers' paychecks, according to a national employee benefits survey.
 
The shadow of ICD-10 has been hovering over the healthcare industry in the United Stated for years, as has the promise of its implementation. 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.
 
"The Road to ICD-10" resource was highlighted along with a variety of other tools that can be used by the physician community in preparations to meet the compliance date.
 
The Obama administration's one-year reprieve from financial penalties under the national health care law is nearing an end, forcing some employers to chose between buying coverage for employees or paying fines.
 
 

 

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