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August 25, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
If you are a Medicare provider who’s had to post a Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) surety bond, you need to know about the latest proposed rule change from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), because it may affect the legitimacy of the bond you are currently holding.

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False Claims Act (FCA) penalties are set to steepen as the Justice Department has revamped the amount healthcare providers must pay for violations.

The looming changes to the way Medicare reimburses physicians continue to stoke fears of financial calamity for small, rural and solo practices, according to an article in the Washington Post.

Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.
Physician groups, particularly small practices, have raised many concerns about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Editor’s note: APMA is advocating for you on CMS’s MACRA implementation timeline. 

Few outpatient healthcare providers plan to replace their electronic health records, according to a Health Data Management report based on information from HIMSS Analytics.

Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.

At first, John Horton, MD, thought talking with a consultant about renegotiating his telecommunications services might be a waste of time.
After adjusting for experience, how hard they work, and productivity, female health care providers are still paid less than their male peers, with an overall differential of more than $18,000, according to data published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.
The start date for MACRA is not yet set, but providers shouldn't hesitate in preparing for both MIPS and APMs.
A group of healthcare stakeholders is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to move forward on a 90-day Meaningful Use reporting period for 2016.

Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and MU resources on

What Patients are Reading
Every day, an estimated 30,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States.
Do they glow in the dark? Would a princess wear them? When shopping for back-to-school shoes, these are the factors that weigh in with children.

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Back-to-School shoe shopping tips and video with your patients.

We all get blisters, but they’re particularly common in the warmer months because of the heat.
It's hard to believe that there was once a time when humans simply walked around barefoot, no matter what the temperature or terrain was like.
Within 24 hours of having a pedicure at a west-end Toronto salon, Kristine Galka had trouble standing on her left foot.
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