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September 22, 2016 In This Issue
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In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pass a final rule regarding how physician practices will need to shift to become compliant with a new quality-based reimbursement program.

Editor’s note: Learn more about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at
To get more doctors to embrace value-based payments, the CMS wants to team up with states to launch multi-payer efforts that could qualify as alternative payment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). But some state officials may see the initiative as too closely linked to the Affordable Care Act. 
Gone are the days of doctor house calls, when the family physician knew each patient’s personal medical history by heart. 
What Patients are Reading
Sneakers may just be one of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can buy for your young athlete. 
The beginning of fall is just a week away, kicking off the official start of boot season. While these closed-up looks offer protection from the elements, they can also impact everyday foot health and comfort. 
Dr. Richard Jacoby had the routine of a podiatrist set. He knew what he'd be treating, and he knew how it would work. 
Women are being told by their bosses to put on more make-up, and wear high heels and short skirts to work, research has found.
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Physicians can sometimes be hesitant to begin hosting video visits because they are weary about just how effective the technology can be when treating patients. 
The transformation required of healthcare practices seeking to improve care quality while containing costs could benefit from the application of "lean" management thinking, according to a recent study.
Doctors are trying to find some new solutions to the age-old problem of patients who don’t show up for appointments. 
The AMA's time-motion study released last week quantified a major complaint about EHRs, concluding that for every hour physicians spend with patients, they spend another two hours interacting with their electronic medical records systems.

Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.
As the number of people covered by high-deductible health plans soars, some insurers and employers are easing the strain on consumers’ wallets by covering certain benefits like doctor visits or generic drugs before people have reached their plan’s deductible. 
The presence of fungi within wounds can be associated with longer healing times and poor health outcomes, according to a new study. 
Although the number of large physician practices is growing, the choice of whether to care for patients in a small or a large practice remains in the hands of individual physicians. 
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission ("MedPAC") met in Washington, DC, on September 8-9, 2016. The purpose of this and other public meetings of MedPAC is for the commissioners to review the issues and challenges facing the Medicare program and then make policy recommendations to Congress. 
If you hadn’t already noticed, the title to this article is a not-so-subtle allusion to the New York Times Bestseller How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less
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