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May 21, 2015 In This Issue
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Rahim and a team of others from around the world spent the past two weeks in Nepal doing what they could to relieve suffering in the earthquake devastated country.
Mobile devices in healthcare institutions are giving rise to new data security and liability risks. Connected devices – another way of describing "The Internet of Things" – present many of the same security and privacy breach rises aspects, and even greater risks because the devices are designed to act automatically without active human direction.

Earlier this month, the House proposed a new bill, H.R. 2126, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, aimed at freezing ICD-10 CM/PCS implementation. The bill intends to prohibit Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from substituting the currently implemented International Classification of Diseases, 9th revision (ICD-9) diagnostic code set with ICD-10. H.R. 2126 additionally mandates the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to execute research on how to best alleviate the financial burden of this decision on healthcare providers. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: APMA’s ICD-10 Resources will help you prepare for the transition to happen October 1, 2015.


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What Patients are Reading
The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day disabled list due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
According to Milliman, this year’s MMI is $24,671 and represents a $1,456 (6.3%) increase from last year’s MMI of $23,215.
What is it with feet and them being, well, gross? Okay, stupid question. It’s probably because for about 10 months of the year (if we’re lucky) we keep them cooped up in sweaty trainers and boots and then, as soon as the warm weather arrives, we just expect them to be all dandy and nice. Click here to continue reading.
Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
Foot ailments know no boundaries; they affect the rich, poor, young and old. Diabetics are at particular risk of foot trouble and need to treat their feet with very special care, but in general, people don’t show their feet much love — until they have a problem.
Patients at thousands of hospitals face greater risks from common operations, simply because the surgical teams don't get enough practice.
If you spent your May long weekend outside walking, running or hiking don't be surprised if you wake up with a sore foot.A Calgary doctor says spring is the season for plantar fasciitis. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Order heel pain brochures for your practice at APMA’s secure e-Store. 
As the weather warms up, it's hard to resist the urge to break out the truest sign of summer: flip-flops. But most experts are horrified by the idea. Here's why you should reserve your flip-flops for the beach, pool, spa, and shared showers — and keep your feet out of them otherwise, according to Dr. Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Before I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, toenail fungus was a problem, but I did not take it seriously because over-the-counter remedies seemed to work just fine.
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The repair process of broken bones in patients with diabetes could be enhanced by adding stem cells from human bone marrow, researchers have suggested.
A certain class of type 2 diabetes drugs can lead to a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
Debates about health care frequently focus on the number of people with and without insurance, because it’s a relatively straightforward thing to measure. Either you have coverage or you don’t.

But an equally important question is what kind of insurance you have -- and that includes whether your policy leaves you exposed to large, potentially crippling out-of-pocket expenses. The answer makes a big difference.
One-quarter of people with healthcare coverage are paying so much for deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses that they are considered underinsured, according to a new study.
The U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health led by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas), held the first in a series of hearings May 19 exploring how to improve the complicated Medicare payment system for hospitals and other health care providers.
On Monday, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) sent a letter to Republican leaders asking them to develop a contingency plan in case the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act's subsidies to help U.S. residents purchase coverage through the federal exchange.
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