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April 21, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Physician leaders Tuesday testified before an influential congressional committee, calling attention to the promise of the landmark Medicare reform law and the necessary steps to ensure implementation is optimal for physicians and patients. 

Editor's note: See APMA's comment letter to CMS on MACRA.
Physician pay is still largely driven by volume, but practices need to begin shifting some gears now to stay ahead of looming value-based pay curves.

Editor's note: Listen to APMA's recorded webinar on MIPS and APMs 101.

Burnout, which is often described in terms of the experience of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lost sense of personal accomplishment, is a big and growing problem for physicians and for their patients—with lower quality of patient care where professional burnout rates are higher.
Results of a survey published in the Journal of Patient Safety indicate that when full use of electronic health records is employed, patients are "less likely to experience in-hospital adverse events."

Editor's note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.

It's no secret that your office staff is the heart of your practice, but the ideal staff doesn't look like it used to.
Naylor Association Solutions
TLD Systems
The Goldfarb Foundation
Bizmatics, Inc.
What Patients are Reading
Winter’s over, and though it may not feel like it just yet, spring has sprung. You know what that means – sandal season!
Ahh, the season for sandals and bare feet is upon us. The last thing you need is an unsightly and painful toenail infection.
If you’ve ever had a blister from, say, breaking in new shoes, you know firsthand how uncomfortable and frustrating it can feel to walk around or exercise with a nagging ouch.
Americans are moving around more than ever. Whether it's pilates, cross training or cycling, there are a variety of fitness activities to keep everyone healthy.
Choosing the right pair of shoes to wear on a regular basis can help ensure the long-term health of your feet, as well as your entire body.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has put increased pressure on the country's physicians and has driven one-third of them to consider quitting the profession, according to a new study by CompHealth, a national healthcare staffing company.
Physicians often say they feel like the rules, standards and policies regarding the way they practice medicine change all too frequently.
Recent qualitative findings published in Health Affairs showed that physicians struggled to help patients factor out-of-pocket expenses into their medical decisions.
While covered entities work toward HIPAA compliance, they still may find themselves vulnerable to healthcare data breaches.

Editor's note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on APMA.org.
It has been six months now since ICD-10 became a reality. How has the industry managed this significant transition? What trends are we seeing?

Editor's note: See APMA's ICD-10 Resources for all your coding needs.
The careers of Dr. James H. Blume and his son, Dr. Peter A. Blume, span the evolution of podiatry from a practice that involved only minor surgery to one that includes reconstruction of feet and ankles and preventing amputation.
BNA Burz North America American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Ortho-Dynamics Orthotic Laboratory PAL Health Technologies



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