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May 12, 2016 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News

The new inspector general at the Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to quickly repair the office’s image after nearly two years of criticism for cursory investigations and secrecy.

Editor’s note: APMA’s VA legislation is in jeopardy—take action now.
CMS' Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 replaced the current Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System and Value-Based Payment Modifier this year.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s upcoming webinar, MACRA Proposed Rule: A Look at MIPS, May 24, and more MACRA resources at
A new study found that high levels of burnout and low professional satisfaction scores predict a reduction in work levels. 
A group of more than 2,000 physicians is calling for the creation of a publicly financed, single-payer national health program that would cover all Americans for all medically necessary care. 
Patient care is the top priority and a source of passion for physicians, but making sure the business side of your practice is healthy also can contribute to better outcomes and patient satisfaction. 
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What Patients are Reading
I thought it would be fitting to address the topic of foot care during pregnancy in honor of Mother’s Day. 
An ingrown toenail can cause a lot of pain, especially in children. There are different causes for an ingrown toenail, but the most common are tight shoes. 
Feet are engineered to do their job of providing stability and mobility to the body. 

Most people visit their dentist twice a year to ensure that there is nothing wrong with their teeth. Most people also visit the eye doctor at least once a year for an eye exam – again just to ensure that things are going well.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
Justin Bieber is currently in Boston on his Purpose World Tour and he’s taking in the city in an unexpected way.

Editor's note: See APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
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In the average medical practice, the burden on physicians to meet differing quality measurement standards set by payers is substantial.

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
Whether you are a large, multi-location health system or a solo practice, when it comes to switching to a new electronic health record (EHR) system, those who have made the change say there is one critical piece to success.

Editor’s note: Review APMA's EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the best-paid doctors in the country aren't necessarily the ones pulling in the highest salary, according to an article in The Atlantic.

Editor’s note: Let APMA’s Career Center guide you in the right direction.
Many physicians have waited with bated breath for the end of meaningful use, looking forward to a new era of less burdensome compliance requirements and more realistic reporting guidelines. 
The Affordable Care Act and other regulatory changes were meant to reform the healthcare industry and save costs on wasteful spending. 
Two months ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new proposed rule that would create new payment models meant to reimburse providers for assigning prescription drugs. This would change the payment structure of Medicare Part B. 
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