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October 8, 2015 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is monitoring the progress America’s health care industry is making with the implementation of ICD-10 – but it’s also standing by with a series of contingency plans should there be any significant disruption.

note: APMA provides webinars, FAQs, articles, and more to help you excel at

CMS issues 30-day request for information on MIPS and APMs. 

Editor’s note: APMA will comment on alternative payment models and
merit-based incentive system soon.
To ensure long-term effectiveness, your outsourced coding relationships can — and should — evolve commensurate to the new and more specific coding demands of ICD-10.

note: APMA has a list of ICD-10 frequently
asked questions
(FAQs) among its many ICD-10 resources.

ICD-10 implementation is officially underway as October 1, 2015 has now come and gone. Physicians, health care providers, and health care professionals are allegedly still standing, albeit perhaps merely for now.
The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to
delay implementation. 

Editor’s note: Read more about the proposed rule in APMA News.
Senior citizens are switching from privately run insurance plans to traditional Medicare when they face serious, long-term health conditions, a study shows.

Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s Understanding
Medicare Advantage Plans
resources at APMA.org. 

Darco International, Inc.
What Patients are Reading
Medicare is the federal government program that gives you health care coverage (health insurance) when you are 65 years of age or older, or under age 65 with Social Security
Disability Insurance, regardless of your income.
Everywhere you turn there are incredible people doing inspiring things. Popsugar partnered with C9 Champion® at Target and Type I Diabetic ultrarunner and endurance athlete Robin
Arzon and get her training tips for living and training with diabetes.
Buying the right shoes is an investment in foot health.
It's a common assumption to think you should avoid eating fruit if you have diabetes. But the latest science says fruit is perfectly healthy for people with diabetes.
Everyone has probably heard that stiletto heels are not good for your feet. High heels push the body's weight to the front of the foot, causing unnatural stress on bones. But did you know that flip-flops and flimsy flats can also cause harm?
TLD Systems
The Goldfarb Foundation
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Bizmatics, Inc.
Managed care executives involved with Medicare Advantage products should consider the impact of product design and cost sharing on elderly consumers, according to the findings of a recent poll.
The following is a list of certain key dates for employers that provide group health benefits to their employees. Many of the requirements were created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and are new or relatively new.
While the Republican presidential candidates have been busy railing against Obamacare, the two leading contenders for the Democratic nomination have staked out radically
different ideas on how to improve the American health care system.
With all the competition in the job market this year for skilled coding professionals, some hospitals and healthcare organizations may have yet to start the journey. For them, the best hope at this point is to bring in an outside firm to handle the effort, experts say.
BNA Burz North America American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory PAL Health Technologies



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