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Without action by Congress, on April 1, 2015, Medicare will cut physician payments by 21 percent under the formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). No one thinks that will happen, of course; 17 times Congress has dodged the cuts through a series of short-term fixes or "patches," and the same expected this year. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Visit our Medicare Payment Reform resource page for more information on APMA’s advocacy efforts.
Bring your own device technology improves patient outcomes and saves money for hospitals by allowing physicians to use their own mobile devices to access, collect, share and store patient information within the palm of their hands, but with these advantages come cybersecurity risks.

Visit http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/practice-management/news/online/%7B873afa80-d005-4d56-92ed-631633479bab%7D/safety-policies-data-protection-needed-for-byod-in-health-care to view the full article online.

It has been yet again a roller coaster ride with the potential threat of another ICD-10 delay. There are valid arguments on both sides to proceed with or delay the introduction of the new coding set. But think about this: there has been a great deal of money spent on ICD-10 already. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: APMA’s ICD-10 Resources will help you prepare for the transition to happen Oct. 1, 2015.
A type 1 diabetes vaccine will enter human trials this year according to the leader of the UK research team developing a preventative therapy for the autoimmune disorder.

Visit http://www.in-pharmatechnologist.com/Drug-Delivery/Every-small-molecule-helps-Type-1-diabetes-vaccine-set-for-trials-this-year-says-researcher to view the full article online.

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What Patients are Reading
H&R Block Inc. may have seen its assisted tax return filings drop 8.7 percent through Feb. 28, but it should catch up on those later this tax season. It's drop is in line with data from the Internal Revenue Service which showed a 4.4 percent decline in total returns filed by tax professionals through Feb. 28 to 30.05 million returns.

Visit http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2015/03/09/obamacare-tax-filing-procrastination.html to view the full article online.

U.S. health researchers said they are targeting millions of smartphone users with Apple Inc.'s new software tool, hoping to collect an unprecedented amount of data on major diseases by tracking their behaviors via iPhone.

Visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/apple-health-research-idUSL1N0WB2CC20150309 to view the full article online.

When you visit a nail salon, you expect to leave with beautifully done tips and toes, not a skin or nail infection. Yet, a fungal, viral or bacterial infection is something you risk contracting every time you have a regular manicure or pedicure.

Visit http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1731004/nail-salons-can-be-breeding-grounds-harmful-bacteria-doctors-warn to view the full article online.

Estimates are that more than 29 million Americans have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

Visit http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/Healthier-Me--Foot-Care-for-Diabetics-295336251.html to view the full article online.

Imagine one day you're walking just fine, then without warning it hurts to take a step. Heel pain is a problem for millions of people, but in most cases it can be cured with simple steps.

Visit http://www.click2houston.com/news/handling-and-preventing-heel-pain/31687470 to view the full article online.

Flats and trainers had a moment again in 2014 but it seems for 2015 we will be well and truly staying on our tiptoes, as the shoes making their way down the catwalks at the recent fashion weeks were heel-tastic.

Visit https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/pain-free-high-heels--how-to-party-without-painful-feet-191417563.html to view the full article online.

Patients with gout are at significantly high risk for developing cardiovascular disease, with the likelihood being greater for women, a large retrospective study found.

Visit http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/GeneralRheumatology/50355 to view the full article online.

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Five senators of the 2013 "REBOOT" report reiterated their concerns with the implementation of the meaningful use program and the continued lack of interoperability across electronic health record (EHR) systems in a new blog post last week. Click here to continue reading.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.
U.S. Congressional forecasters once again cut their estimate of health care reform insurance coverage costs, citing unexpectedly less spending on premium subsidies and lower enrollment rates through exchanges set up under the 2010 reform.

Visit http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20150309/NEWS03/150309852?tags=|62|307|278 to view the full article online.

ICD-10 is only the means to an end – with the end being reliable and meaningful data to improve patient care.

Visit http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/icd-10-focus-should-be-data-driven-healthcare-enviroment/2015-03-10 to view the full article online.

Researchers said they had found 24 percent lower risk of Alzheimer's disease among the people who had gout in a very large population from the United Kingdom, once they controlled for other factors, such as age, gender and weight.

Visit http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/03/10/gout-yes-gout-may-provide-protection-against-alzheimers-disease/ to view the full article online.

Just last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told the New York Times, "Obamacare is going to bankrupt the country." It’s a familiar complaint – those who struggle to make a substantive case against the increasingly effective law are starting to emphasize that its efficacy is ultimately irrelevant if the nation simply can’t afford the Affordable Care Act itself. Click here to continue reading.

Editor's note: Visit APMA's healthcare reform page for more resources and information on how the ACA affects the profession.
In light of the changes to the health care delivery system accelerated by the ACA, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) recently held a two-day conference examining health care competition.

Visit http://www.natlawreview.com/article/ftc-and-doj-hold-workshop-health-care-payment-models-and-effects-competition to view the full article online.

What transforms the doctor from huge disappointment to miracle worker is simply the velocity with which the patient seeks medical care.

Visit http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/09/no-cure-for-bad-timing/?ref=health&_r=0 to view the full article online.

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