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August 20, 2015 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Health care organizations may feel like there’s little time left to get ready for the new code set during the final few weeks of the ICD-10 preparation period, but the American Hospital Association (AHA) is urging providers to take advantage of whatever time is left by making sure they have completed a series of basic tasks included in a newly released checklist.
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Editor’s Note: Are you ready for ICD-10? Watch our webinars, attend an ICD-10 InSight seminar, and sign up for the Coding Resource Center (prices go up September 1). 

Mr. Walker, a Republican presidential candidate and the governor of Wisconsin, said Tuesday he had a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a better system.
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Editor’s Note: Read more about how patients covered under the Affordable Care Act could pose a financial risk to your practice if they don’t pay their premiums within ACA grace periods.

IBM recently ponied up $1 billion for medical imaging company Merge Healthcare. Here's what it means for the future of IBM's cognitive computing system.
It seems like a good idea to pay physicians better when their patients do better, but that may not be the case.
To help more of our people achieve the American Dream, we need to make affordable, quality health care accessible in the 21st century, written by Marco Rubio.
A narrowed list of selected highlights regarding key differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 worth paying attention to within the next six weeks.
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Editor’s Note: APMA’s Coding Resource Center includes ICD-9-to-ICD-10 crosswalks, as well as a new interactive superbill that will help you quickly identify the most specific characters for the ICD-10 codes most relevant to your everyday practice. Subscribe or renew today; prices go up starting September 1!

What Patients are Reading
A new study published in JAMA provides evidence that the drug liraglutide may be able to boost the weight-losing capability of this population.
Could footwear that's too high, too tight or just too uncomfortable be hazardous to your overall health?
Some suggestions to help you keep your feet healthy and happy.
Key prescriptions to prevent and manage diabetes — physical activity and a healthy diet — don't appear to be working as well for Americans who didn't graduate college, according to a University of Kansas researcher's new study.
Are diet and physical activity programs cost-effective in preventing diabetes? This systematic review was conducted on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Preventive Services Task Force to find out.
Teenagers are more likely to recognize the importance of regularly caring for their teeth, skin, eyes, and bodies, but few know to care for their feet, according to the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association.
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The recent shift from fee-for-service to value-based pricing has forced the industry to take a deeper look into health care data to derive meaningful insights from it.
Starting in 2017, the Affordable Care Act will allow states to use waivers to pursue virtually any type of proposals for health care reform that they can imagine. It's a huge opportunity for states interested in expanding or changing how health care is delivered.
While the IRS has laid out its latest thinking on the health care reform law's controversial excise tax on costly health plans and who has to pay that tax, formal regulations are unlikely until well into next year.
Big data can help physicians understand patient behavior, which in turn impacts care delivery and their practice.
Here are 10 companies changing the future of health care. Who will succeed?
Google is helping to build a "bandage-sized" sensor that could give diabetes patients the ability to monitor their condition in real time.
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Editor’s Note: Share APMA’s diabetes resources with your patients. 

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