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March 19, 2015 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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More than 750 organizations joined the American Medical Association (AMA) to call on Congress to pass legislation that would permanently eliminate Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Take action to fix the SGR through APMA’s eAdvocacy website today!
 
Uncertainty about ICD-10, delays, projects on hold, the looming prospect of another postponement of the implementation date: It’s enough for a project manager (PM ) to start looking for a new job.
 
With open enrollment closed for 2015 and the Departments having finalized the Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule and Letter to Issuers for 2016, we have entered the Spring Affordable Care Act regulatory doldrums.
 
Arriving in 2012 as the new CIO of the Military Health System, David Bowen was immediately tasked with helping to merge the armed services' medical organizations into a single Defense Health Agency. Within a year, he stood up a health IT shared service organization to support the nascent agency.
 
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What Patients are Reading
The terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dictate that if a person did not obtain health coverage for himself, his spouse and dependent children, penalties will be inflicted at a rate of at least $95 per person beginning in 2014.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services released new figures on the insured population one week ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Act’s passage.
 
The Cleveland Clinic has helpfully broken down the best types of shoes for various kinds of foot problems. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Refer your patients to APMA's popular flip-flop tips and video.
 
Improvements in bunion surgery have led to faster and less painful recovery, according to foot doctors.
 
You're finally done with your run, but what you do afterward is just as important for your health. Are you sabotaging your fitness goals by making these mistakes?
 
We asked four "parts" models whose livelihoods depend on being blemish-free and toned to share their secrets for keeping bareable bits in prime condition.
 
On March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ ("CMS’s") Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation ("Innovation Center") announced a demonstration project incorporating new risk models for reimbursement of accountable care organizations ("ACOs") serving Medicare beneficiaries. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: APMA provides information and resources on ACOs at APMA.org
 
Earlier this month, the American Medical Association (AMA) along with 99 other physician groups asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide contingency plans for the potential pitfalls of the ICD-10 transition.
 
Achieving better health outcomes at a lower cost and succeeding with payment reforms that shift from volume to value is difficult without health information technology (IT). Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) appears ready to abandon its conciliatory approach to Medicaid expansion in favor of a harder line, the National Journal reported.
 
When it comes to ICD-10, physicians, as a group, are much farther behind the curve than their hospital counterparts. 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.
 
Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under the latest international disease classification system – known as the ICD-10 codes – may complicate financial analysis, research projects and training programs that depend on look-back comparisons of health care data.
 
An estimated seven in 10 U.S. adults say they track at least one health indicator, and 21 percent of this group use some form of technology to track their health data, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
 
 

 

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