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March 4, 2016 In This Issue
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After a seemingly endless stream of stop-gap "doc fixes," President Obama on April 14, 2015, signed into law a permanent repeal and replacement of Medicares Sustainable Growth Rate formula.

Editor’s note: Register now for APMA’s webinar: "Future of Medicare Payment: MIPS and APMs 101" on March 23 at 1 p.m. ET.
Certain practice changes can help physicians deliver higher quality care at lower costs, but many physicians dont have the time, staff or resources to make the necessary transformations or ensure that they take hold.
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As if your inability to get to bed before midnight didn't already haunt you, new research suggests your sleep problems are seriously upping your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
Everyone has a Cinderella's-evil-step-sister-moment where you try and squeeze your not-so-dainty feet into a dainty pair of glass slippers (or super cute stilettos, whatever).
Stabbing pain in the heel is a common foot problem especially in those who must stand for hours on the job. A Kansas City woman is hoping a new procedure will give her relief.
Gout is a painful, acute arthritis, more common in men than women, that classically affects the joint at the base of the big toe, although it sometimes affects other joints.
More and more A-listers, whose uniform has historically demanded the masochism of 4- (or 5, or 6) inch stilettos, are saying they're done.
65% of patient satisfaction was attributed to physician empathy, according to the study recently published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.
Primary care physicians (PCPs) in states that expanded Medicaid are seeing substantially more Medicaid patients than PCPs in states that did not expand the program, according to a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and athenahealth, Inc.
Physicians now have until July 1—an additional three months—to apply for a hardship exemption from the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use financial penalties for the 2015 program year.

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People in Texas are significantly more likely than adults nationwide to report that it has gotten harder to see a doctor in the past two years.
If someone is well-educated, the odds are that he or she will marry someone with similar credentials, according to census data. And that trend has consequences when it comes to access to health care in rural areas.
Technology companies, hospital systems and doctors' groups have agreed to take steps to make electronic health records easier for consumers to access and use, the Obama administration announced Monday.
Memorial Hermann physicians network says doctors must be behind the wheel and provide aligned incentives for physicians.
In a co-presentation with National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, at HIMSS16 Tuesday evening, Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Andy Slavitt said physicians "want better technology."
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