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June 30, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Various medical groups are imploring CMS to postpone Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 as the "complex" system may result in penalties for providers failing to meet CMS' standards, according to MedPage Today

Editor’s note: APMA joins other physician groups in advocating for CMS to delay MACRA implementation. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released adjusted rates for durable medical equipment and supplies that save the program and beneficiaries about half of the current spend.

Editor's Note: APMA provides DME resources for members at
Where a hospital is located and who owns it make a big difference in how many of its doctors take meals, consulting and promotional payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, a ProPublica analysis shows.
Physicians have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), detailing the changes that need to be made to the draft rule for the new Medicare payment system so it works for physicians and their patients. 

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
Following a flood of criticism from the pharmaceutical lobby, medical societies, patient groups and members of Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it may make some adjustments to its Medicare Part B drug pay proposal.
To criminals, your practice’s most valuable asset isn’t a high-tech medical device or a pricey piece of diagnostic equipment. It’s your patient records.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on 
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What Patients are Reading
There is one go-to comfort shoe many women love but podiatrists say are actually quite bad for feet: flats. 
Warmer weather means its time for pedicure season. But take a peek at your feet — ankles, toes, heels — before you step into a pedicure chair. 
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. Approximately 2 million patients are treated for this condition every year. 
Gout is a disease spectrum that includes hyperuricemia (high uric acid levels in the blood), recurrent attacks of arthritis (inflammation in the joints), deposits of uric acid in the tissues and the potential for kidney-related issues. 
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With all the changing variables affecting the profitability of physician practices these days, cutting unnecessary costs remains a surefire way to improve the bottom line, according to an article in HealthCareBusiness.
To convince a health care organization to migrate across the spectrum from fee-for-service to value-based care, leaders have to identify and promulgate the advantages. 

August 2016 will mark the 20 year anniversary of HIPAA becoming law. Yet, the number of threats to physicians, other providers, and business associates continue to make headlines. 

Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on 
Dogs have an uncanny ability to detect changes in human physiology, and can even draw attention to diseases like cancer.
Want your patients to be loyal to your healthcare organization? Try asking nicely. 
Nearly 40 percent of doctors in the U.S. are aged 50 or older, and one in four are 65 or older, according to the American Medical Association. For these baby boomers, retirement is a fast-approaching reality. 
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