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March 10, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) eliminated the notorious sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula last year, but what will the new MACRA payment policies mean for your practice?

Editor’s note: Register for APMA’s upcoming Reimbursement Series webinar, "Future of Medicare Payment: MIPS and APMs 101" on
Primary care physicians only correctly estimate Medicare beneficiaries' adherence to their medication regimens about half of the time, and they are more likely to overestimate adherence than underestimate it, according to a study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy. 
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What Patients are Reading
An interested mother and reader of our columns asked if children’s feet take a beating in sports.
Diabetic foot ulcers are sores or wounds that are usually located on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. 

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
Imagine feeling excruciating pain every time you take a step. For some cyclists and runners, years of devotion to their sport results in something called fat pad atrophy; fat at the balls of the feet wears away, leaving nothing but bone.
If you're struggling with foot or leg pain, consider a pair of shoe inserts to provide extra support.
Victoria Beckham recently confessed that she "can’t do heels anymore" — and that revelation, from a style icon known for her sky-high stilettos (especially at the airport, where they were an essential part of her travel uniform), rocked the fashion world.
TLD Systems
The Goldfarb Foundation
Bizmatics, Inc.
Patients give the same doctors different ratings depending on where their visit took place, according to a small U.S. study.
It is time to perform an assessment of your facility or practice in order to evaluate your ICD-10 progress and to uncover potential issues that might affect productivity, risk, or cash flow. 

Editor’s note: APMA’s ICD-10 Resources will help you code strong.
Diabetic neuropathy is the leading cause of amputation in the United States, resulting in more than $10 billion in healthcare costs annually.
Is it time for new costumes in the long-running improv act featuring doctor and patient?
Medical practices spend an average of 785 hours per physician and $15.4 billion annually reporting quality measures to Medicare, Medicaid and private payers, according to a new report in Health Affairs.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on
Although value-based payment models, such as accountable care organizations, may involve a capitation payment to the overall organization, the vast majority of physician practices are still paid on a fee-for-service basis, according to a study published in Health Affairs.
Independent physicians have long wondered why their hospital-owned competitors are reimbursed at higher rates for the same services.
Pedicis Research
BNA Burz North America American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory PAL Health Technologies



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