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August 4, 2016 In This Issue
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What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, is announcing a decrease in user fees charged to individuals and entities authorized to request information from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

Reimbursement under Medicare is about to evolve yet again. While the rules are still being finalized, providers should be getting ready for their unveiling this fall.

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.


Confusion increasingly surrounds the privacy and security of electronic health information collected, shared and used by entities not covered by HIPAA, and eliminating that uncertainty remains a work in progress, says Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on 

What Patients are Reading
Your feet can say a lot about your health. So when your feet send one of these 15 warning messages, pay attention, according to 
Seeing your little one go from trying on mommy’s heels while playing dress-up to becoming a teenager who wants to rock her own pair of high heels isn’t an easy transition for most parents — and celebrity dads and moms are no different. 
It started as an annoying pain with each step Leon Traeger made. 
There are few things that can ruin your day like a pair of shoes that are painful to walk in. 
When guys free their feet from the shackles of socks and actual shoes, the results are rarely good. 
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As healthcare reform moves from the planning stages to implementation, Robert Kocher, M.D., former special assistant to President Obama for healthcare and economic policy, sees an opening for the government to better support small, independent practices, per an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal
Mergers, acquisitions and other types of partnerships remain critical as hospitals face extraordinary pressure to reduce costs, manage care more effectively and improve patient engagement and experience. 
The pace of change in the United States’ health care system is accelerating. Building on work by private and public payers, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials are pursuing a transformation of how our health care system pays for care, spurred on by the passage of last year’s bipartisan sustainable growth rate (SGR) reform legislation and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s own payment reform goals. 
Have you ever heard someone in your office say, "I think Medicare may not have paid these claims correctly?" 
Recent analysis by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. reveals that many insurers are losing money in ACA individual markets, with aggregate year over year losses more than doubling, and with post-tax margins between –9% and –12%.  
Physicians reported low satisfaction with their electronic health records and computerized physician order entry, according to findings published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
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