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July 14, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday the agency would consider delaying the implementation of MACRA, the industry-overhauling bi-partisan legislation set to go into effect January 1 of next year. 

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
Female physicians at major public medical schools make nearly $20,000 less each year than their male peers, on average, according to a new study, the largest to date of earning differences among academic doctors
CMS is looking to implement the Section 603 provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 regarding off-campus, provider-based departments (PBD) by January 1, 2017, according to the 2017 OPPS proposed rule. 
From patient to patient and from hospital to home, physicians have to toggle back and forth between the emotional and rational parts of their minds to be effective in both establishing a therapeutic relationship and logically determining the best course of treatment. But how do you find the appropriate balance? 
There’s an old saying in the nonprofit world: No margin, no mission. It means that failing to take care of financials will scuttle efforts to reach even the loftiest goals. 
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What Patients are Reading
If you’re experiencing heel pain, you can try any of a number of over-the-counter remedies. But often it’s a visit to your podiatrist that will provide the best answer to your questions and the real cure for your condition. 
Home to an abundance of highlands and trails, Beth Hendricks knows that the Black Hills is a great spot to go hiking. 

Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.
Summer is the season for letting loose, flip-flops and walking in the grass or sand. 
As a podiatrist, I deal with all things feet and ankles; from toenails and bunions to ankle fractures and complex foot and ankle deformities. 

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.
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If a healthcare organization's computers are infected with ransomware, the government considers it a data breach unless there’s a "low probability" information has been compromised, according to much-anticipated guidance on ransomware and HIPAA from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights. 

Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on 
Doctors and hospitals in the U.S. spend nearly $200 billion per year on medical devices, according to a 2015 study by the Advanced Medical Technology Association. 
Dr. Theodore Strange and his 60 physician colleagues at the University Physicians Group in New York City will soon be hospital-employed again. 
Wikipedia defines diversity training as "instruction aimed at helping participants to gain cultural awareness in order to benefit the organization or company." 
Fourteen young men and women shift their chairs toward a screen on a conference room wall at Boston Medical Center (BMC). 
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