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May 5, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Monday released its finalized Quality Measure Development Plan to support the recently-released Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.

Editor's note: APMA reviews what's in the MACRA proposed rule on
Proposed regulations released last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are raising concerns that the playing field is uneven, with 87 percent of solo practitioners getting penalized and 81 percent of clinicians in large groups earning bonuses, according to some estimates. 
That 900-page MACRA rule has had a chance to digest in your collective stomachs like a big Thanksgiving dinner.
The business of medicine has drastically changed over the past 20 years.Electronic health records, quality metrics, telemedicine, population health and the Affordable Care Act are only a few examples of the changes physicians have had to tackle in the last decade alone.
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What Patients are Reading
Putting one foot in front of the other can seem like a pretty simple task. But there is actually a lot that goes into this, as the foot is one of the most complex structures of the human body.
Hobbling bravely onward after a foot develops a blister is one way to experience pain out of all proportion to the size of the injury.  
We’ve all been there: after a night on the dance floor in those cute (but killer) heels, your feet are aching all over.  
Pain in the big toe is probably the primary symptom for gout, the most common inflammatory arthritis that afflicts men.  
Are you toes ready for spring and summer?  
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Bizmatics, Inc.
If you think that you have not had a data breach in your business, you are an ostrich with your head in the sand.

Editor's note: See APMA's Health IT resources on
Rushing between 15-minute patient appointments all day, doctors are also bombarded with messages from patients.

Editor's note: Register for the APMA Practice Management Expo by Friday!
Experts say patient portals can offer financial benefits that improve collections, reduce staff workload and better engage patients. 
Patients are looking for a doctor who's competent, caring and attentive, writes Greg A. Hood, M.D., an internist in Lexington, Kentucky, in Medscape.  
In the late 1800s, automobiles were the work of individual artisans who carefully crafted their creations from start to finish.  
The causes of physician burnout are legion — technology, regulation, reimbursement — but the solution may be as simple as completing certain EHR optimization activities.
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