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October 15, 2015 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
National News
Health policy is getting a new focus in the Republican presidential race this week, with a top conservative health expert joining Marco Rubio's team a day before rival Jeb Bush is scheduled to lay out his alternative to Obamacare in a speech.
Closing in on the end of the second week of ICD-10. No major crisis so far — we
continue to get many notices (emails, social media, snail mail, and other posters) on programs for ICD-10 education.

Editor’s note: APMA
provides webinars, FAQs, articles, and more to help you excel
at ICD-10

Nationwide, 91 percent of non-pediatric doctors say they take new Medicare patients, according to an analysis of 2012 government survey data by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based policy research organization. Only 2 percent of seniors reported
problems finding a provider when they needed one.
Recent research shows a good doctor-patient relationship can improve health outcomes, so it's worth investing the effort to determine how your connection with your doctor stacks up.
Darco International, Inc.
What Patients are Reading
A glass of red wine at dinner is safe and possibly beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes, a new trial suggests.
Diabetes in pregnancy is a serious - and often undiagnosed - complication that puts millions of women and babies at risk of death and lifelong illness. FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology & Obstetrics) took a critical step to bring diabetes out of the shadows. During the XXI FIGO World Congress, they released new global
guidelines for how to screen and manage Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) — diabetes in pregnancy.
Hammertoe is a progressive problem that can develop over time — often from wearing high-heeled shoes and shoes that are too small or narrow toward the front. These factors can jam the tips of your toes down and ultimately cause the middle joints on one or more of your toes to bulge or hump upward.
Women with Type 2 diabetes experience a barrier to physical activity that threatens to make them more sedentary and cause their health to worsen, according to a new study by Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Pear-shaped women are "significantly" less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those with smaller hips, according to new research.
TLD Systems
The Goldfarb Foundation
Texas Podiatric Medical Association
Bizmatics, Inc.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed a 60-day period of public commentary regarding the Stage 3 Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2, MACRA).

Editor's note: Don't miss APMA's "Final Rule on
Meaningful Use for 2015"​
webinar tonight at 8 p.m. ET (a
recording will be available if you miss it). 

ICD-10 is a learning process. Far from being a one-and-done crisis that started and ended on October 1, the industry is going to be spending the next few months — or years — coming to grips with what the upgraded code set really means for their revenue cycle, their productivity, their organizational relationships, and their ability to leverage the increased detail and specificity for visionary projects like big data analytics and population health management.
A full 32.3 million non-elderly people do not have health insurance despite the costly health reform act and the individual mandate tax penalty, new analysis shows.
BNA Burz North America American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory PAL Health Technologies



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