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July 28, 2016 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News

As implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) draws near, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is drafting the rules that will accelerate the transformation of U.S. healthcare towards a so-called "value-based" model.

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
Thousands of people have shared their thoughts with the CMS regarding the initial proposal for MACRA, including 4,000 who submitted formal comments and more than 64,000 who attended outreach sessions, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt told the American Osteopathic Association during his address at their annual business meeting. 

Most doctors, if asked to define the term "patient-generated data," probably would associate it with answers given in patient interviews or the clipboard forms new patients fill out in the waiting room.  
What Patients are Reading
Kathryn Sammons did not want to lose another foot. 
Bunion surgery is not a minor procedure so consider it for the right reason. 
Shoes that provides a sturdy base can improve balance, especially among seniors prone to falling. 
Foot health is huge concern for people as they age. In one study, 87 percent of older people reported at least one foot problem. 

An Australian study found preventable hospitalization from diabetic foot disease costs the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology found one in 22 patients in Australian hospitals have active diabetic foot disease.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications and saves health-care dollars.

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It is accepted truth in some academic and policy circles that pursuing real price transparency is a fool’s errand, that making health care prices clear to consumers may only be trivially useful or even counterproductive.
The Justice Department and a number of states filed suit to block two big mergers in the health insurance industry.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program that are intended to relieve physician reporting burdens. Those changes include reducing the 2016 reporting period to 90 days. 

Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on 
When Scripps Health started using patients’ reviews to give online ratings to hundreds of its doctors last August, the San Diego health system became the second in California to do so and one of a dozen nationally. 
The road from fee-for-service payment models to value-based care continues to be rocky, according to a recent survey conducted by Medical Economics, which issued failing grades to the major elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rolled out to date. 
Research still underway shows that congestive heart failure patients using a patient portal offered by a hospital or physician practice have higher engagement rates, lower hospitalization and readmission rates, and higher outpatient visit rates. 
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