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June 25, 2015 In This Issue
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In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court saved the controversial health care law that will define President Barack Obama's administration for generations to come.

Editor’s note: See APMA’s resources on health care reform at APMA.org.

Fueled by an influx of expensive prescription drugs, group health insurance premiums are expected to increase an average of 5 percent to 8 percent in 2016.
and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite
a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by
the inspector general of Health and Human Services.
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in the footsteps of fashionistas like Kate Moss and Jennifer Aniston and
wearing sheepskin boots all day could be harming your feet. 
Sandal weather has us excited to break out bright nail polish, anklets and sexy shoes, but the dark side of all of those hot days and nights can be swollen feet, a common complaint once temperatures start soaring.
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Editor’s Note: Share our summer edition of Footprints, APMA’s customizable patient newsletter, with your patients.

35-year-old woman arrived at the hospital in bad shape. As she was walking home
through a park, she noticed she was having trouble lifting the front part of
her feet. Then she tripped, fell to the ground and collapsed.
Researchers in North Carolina are developing a "smart" insulin patch that can automatically detect and manage blood sugar levels, an effort they hope might one day make painful, persistent insulin injections obsolete for millions of people with diabetes.
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Editor’s Note: Remember, APMA’s diabetes resources are available year-round on apma.org.

type 2 diabetics with neuropathy, a low-fat vegan diet may help reduce physical
pain related to the condition, a small study suggests.
Technological advances are making some medical devices like hearing aids more affordable.
Doctors who treat children with rare conditions sometimes seek guidance from online chat groups where families relate their experiences with the disorders.
The New York State Legislature is considering a bill that, at first glance, represents a positive outcome for the state’s citizens when it comes to their rights regarding medical malpractice, but, in reality, opens the door to higher costs, fewer physicians and an overburdened legal system. 
Obama signed the Affordable Care Act more than five years ago. At the time,
members of the health care industry — hospitals, doctors and insurers — were
anxious about what it would do to the business. Everyone had an opinion, but
nobody knew for sure. We’re now beginning to see the answer: consolidation on a
huge scale.
A proposal to include routine foot care by podiatrists for adult Medicaid recipients failed to gain the Nevada Legislature’s approval this year.
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Editor’s Note: Visit APMA’s eAdvocacy site today to urge your legislator to support our federal legislation to include access for Medicaid recipients to care by a podiatrist.

the second year in a row this month, the federal government made available a
detailed list of all Medicare payments to physicians. The total in Alabama was
$1.6 billion, up from about $1.5 billion in 2012.
Last week, four state medical societies sent a letter to CMS criticizing the upcoming ICD-10 transition and outlining a relief plan for its implementation, Modern Healthcare's "Vital Signs" reports.
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Editor’s Note: Visit APMA’s ICD-10 resource page for everything you need to prepare your practice for the transition.

years ago, Anita Silingo accused health insurance companies of brazenly ripping
off the government. Silingo, who worked at a company called MedXM that
consulted for health insurance companies, filed a sealed whistleblower lawsuit
claiming that MedXM exaggerated or outright fabricated illnesses to get its
clients higher fees from Medicare.
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