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March 24, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
After seven years of requirements driving for high adoption rates for electronic health records (EHRs), the federal government is planning to put an end to its Meaningful Use program—at least as it exists today.

Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and MU resources on
Representatives from key physician, hospital and patient safety organizations met last week to discuss the growing trend of assessing the competence of aging physicians and explore the question of whether national guidelines need to be developed.
When is a video chat with a doctor equivalent to an office visit?
The Office of Civil Rights has announced Phase 2 HIPAA audits, including a FAQ review of the entire process.

Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on
Naylor Association Solutions
What Patients are Reading
The bones, ligaments and tendons in children's feet and ankles aren't fully developed yet, and damage can occur when they are stressed from hours of sports participation.

Editor’s note: Share APMA's Play it Safe sports and foot health campaign materials with your patients.
Now that it’s getting refreshingly warmer outside, it’s a safe bet that your feet don’t feel so fresh in your shoes.
Stronger quads aren’t the only thing you can pick up at the gym: The close quarters, combined with the prevalence of sweat, can leave you more vulnerable to cold and flu germs, as well as skin infections.
Gout, which is a painful rheumatic disease, is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood.
A healthy diet paired with exercise and proper medication management can significantly improve the quality of life of individuals living with diabetes.
TLD Systems
The Goldfarb Foundation
Bizmatics, Inc.
There are both benefits and risks when it comes to social media for physicians and medical practices.
Society has rightly focused on the Triple Aim—improving population health, enhancing patient experience and reducing costs—as a framework for optimizing the performance of health systems in the U.S.
Seven years after passage of the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, more than 83% of U.S. physicians adopted Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, up from just 24% in 2005. 

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on
The White House is looking to avoid a partisan flare-up as it rings in the sixth anniversary of ObamaCare.

Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.
Pedicis Research
BNA Burz North America American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory PAL Health Technologies



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