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September 1st, 2016 In This Issue
National News
What PATIENTS Are Reading
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National News
More than three dozen just-released audits reveal how some private Medicare plans overcharged the government for the majority of elderly patients they treated, often by overstating the severity of certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and depression.

The most effective care happens when patient engagement is central to the process, not just a check mark on a box related to a business decision or government mandate.

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s foot health information page with your patients. 

What Patients are Reading
The average woman owns nine pairs of heels, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association of 1,000. 

Millions of people experience that with bunions. But they often put off surgery because of the long and painful recovery.

Editor’s Note: APMA’s free "Beat Bunion Blues" campaign materials are still available to members on 

Experiencing pain in your big toe is a relatively common occurrence. 

Kids need sturdy, supportive shoes that fit their growing feet.

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

How many pairs of shoes do you own? Ten? Twenty? Fifty?
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The Goldfarb Foundation

The proposed site-neutral rule for outpatient care for 2017 released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could leave hospitals and physicians at risk for violating federal fraud and abuse laws, finds a recent legal analysis commissioned by the American Hospital Association.
Practices that take a team-based care approach to treatment are seeing higher quality of care numbers, lower rates of acute care use and lower actual payments, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Hospital systems are elevating the technology to a vital place in their care continuum, to not only gain better clinical outcomes but also to manage costs in a fixed-revenue business environment. 

As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), providers will need to begin reporting quality measures through participation in either the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs), or surrender a percentage of their Medicare earnings for not participating. 

Editor’s note: APMA’s MACRA resources can help you prepare for the shift.

Healthcare organizations – ranging from physician practice groups to large, multi-state hospital systems – face a variety of risks, including fraud and abuse, as well as HIPAA privacy issues. 

Editor’s note: APMA provides HIPAA Privacy and Security Manuals for members on 
The top concerns for most physician practices include increasing patient-care quality, improving the patient experience and maximizing reimbursement under value-based payment models. 
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