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October 6, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
The Chicago-based American Medical Association has developed several online tools to assist physicians with preparing for and transitioning to pending Medicare payment and delivery changes under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
As payers push for more value-based reimbursement adoption, many healthcare organizations are wondering how to restructure physician productivity strategies to meet the unique requirements of performance-based payments.

Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources to help you navigate performance-based payments.
What Patients are Reading
The vast majority of the time, stinky feet are caused by one thing: Bacteria breaking down fatty acids in your sweat. 
The phones in the office are ringing; it’s my arch, heel, calf, shins, metatarsal. It must be Marathon time. 
Fashion week is being celebrated worldwide; it’s the beginning of fall and time to buy new shoes again. 
The Goldfarb Foundation
The Achilles tendon is the largest of the tendons in your body. 
Corns and calluses can be very uncomfortable, but the right shoes often can prevent them from forming. 
In recent years, large employers, physician groups, and commercial and governmental payers have been increasingly interested in the use of episode-based bundled payments as a mechanism to promote high-quality health care and smarter spending. 
Physician burnout is receiving a substantial amount of national attention currently. There are a number of organizations that have identified this entity as an epidemic – one that threatens health care in this country. 

A serious effort to reform the federal physician self-referral law (the Stark law) to reduce the regulatory burden imposed by the statute on medical practices is underway in Congress.

Editor’s note: Learn more about the Stark law in APMA’s compliance materials section.
With all the security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it may seem redundant to consider setting up a security awareness program at a medical practice. 

Medical groups need to spend a lot of money to outfit, maintain and manage health information technology in their practices—more than $32,500 per year in for every single full-time doctor in the practice, according to a recent study.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on 
Two new reports are now available with information on 2015 cost and quality data that indicate which physicians or practices will see related Medicare payment adjustments in 2017. 
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