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September 8, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News

Leaders from the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce said healthcare providers need more time.

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


In small- to-medium sized practices, there are necessarily fewer resources available for implementing the policies and procedures that will insure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

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

Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don't start until middle age, researchers report.
What Patients are Reading
Americans are busy, and our feet are suffering. They take the brunt as we rush through our daily activities at work, home and the gym. 
Millions of Americans suffer from foot pain with many of them needing the attention of a doctor. One very common cause of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. 
Dr. John F. Connors is a podiatrist, not of the run of the mill variety, but of the running variety. He specializes in sports podiatry. 
It happens all the time: You tweak your foot, but ignore the shooting pain, thinking it will go away. Next thing you know, you can barely walk because of the pain. 
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The Goldfarb Foundation
In the age of online reviews, medical professionals have been accused of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for how they responded to negative online reviews from patients.
For each hour physicians work directly with patients, they spend about two hours on EHR and desk work, according to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine
Gout patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) could benefit from earlier and more aggressive urate-lowering therapy (ULT), according to a poster presented at the 2016 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) annual meeting. 
A business associate agreement, or BAA, is a contract between a healthcare provider and any other business that may have access to patient records. 

Editors note: APMA provides sample business associate agreements for members as part of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals on 

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez and his wife, Diane, are optometrists.
Opioid prescriptions have quadrupled since 1999, while opioid overdose deaths reached 28,000 in 2014, marking a 14 percent increase from a year prior, according to a column in The New York Times. 
I was inspired by Passive Income M.D.’s post on Why Doctors Live Paycheck to Paycheck (P2P) and would like to offer some suggestions to live the other end of the lifestyle spectrum. 
The devil is in the details for physician noncompete clauses, so it’s important to pay attention to the fine print and try to renegotiate language that can overly restrict where doctors can work after leaving a practice, experts say. 
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