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After years of aggravation and fending off large physician pay cuts, Congress eliminated the sustainable growth rate formula for Medicare physician pay when it enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Editor’s note: Learn more about APMA’s initiatives on the implementation of MACRA.

Visit http://www.ltlmagazine.com/article/cms-gets-work-new-value-based-fee-structure to view the full article online.

U.S. health insurers Aetna Inc. and Anthem Inc. sought to reassure investors their Affordable Care Act businesses had not worsened after UnitedHealth Group Inc. warned of mounting losses in that sector.

Visit http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20151120/NEWS03/151129989/aetna-anthem-reassure-investors-on-federal-health-care-exchange to view the full article online.

Five and a half years into Obamacare, we still face the same excess growth in health spending as we did before Obamacare.

Visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2015/11/23/healthcare-inflation-reaches-6-decade-low-what-caused-it-will-it-be-sustained/ to view the full article online.

CHIME submitte comments on the CMS Request for Information, which sought input in operationalizing Section 101 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Editor’s note: See APMA’s meaningful
use resources
on APMA.org.

Visit http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/washington-debrief-chime-calls-ending-passfail-construct-meaningful-use to view the full article online.

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What Patients are Reading
Holiday hosts should be aware that festive foods can be loaded with hidden sugar, and guests with diabetes may not tell you about their conditions.

Visit http://wtop.com/health/2015/11/hosting-holiday-meal-tips-making-diabetes-friendly/ to view the full article online.

New research suggests another potential benefit for moms who breast-feed — a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Visit http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/11/23/breast-feeding-may-cut-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-for-some-women to view the full article online.

Medicare covers a wide variety of medications, home testing equipment, supplies and self-management training to help you cope with diabetes.

Editor's note:
Studies prove
care by a
podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications
and saves
health care dollars.

Visit http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/23/what-medicare-covers-for-diabetes/ to view the full article online.

With the colder weather, there is one particular foot condition that is common this time of year: Raynaud’s disease, a condition that affects small blood vessels, like the ones in toes.

Visit http://www.kyforward.com/foot-health-with-colder-weather-raynauds-disease-becomes-more-common-know-what-to-look-for/ to view the full article online.

Walking barefoot helps to improve balance, posture and prevent common foot injuries, according to an American researcher.

Editor's note: See
APMA's position
statement on barefoot running

Visit http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/walking-barefoot-prevents-food/2015/11/23/id/703225/ to view the full article online.

The study suggests that inclusion of walnuts in the diet, with or without dietary counseling to adjust caloric intake, improved diet quality, and reduced total and LDL cholesterol in adults at risk for diabetes.

Visit http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/303018.php to view the full article online.

Although Americans were more positive about the cost, quality and coverage of U.S. health care in the early years of the Obama's first term, that optimism has faded. 

Editor's note: Visit APMA's
health care reform page
for more resources and information on how the ACA
affects the profession.

Visit http://www.gallup.com/poll/186749/ratings-healthcare-quality-no-better-aca.aspx to view the full article online.

The administration’s Obamacare enrollment projections are down, the projected cost of premiums and out of pocket costs are up, nearly half of the insurance co-ops associated with the program are going out of business, and UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, said it may withdraw from the government marketplaces in 2017.

Visit http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/11/22/Thrill-Gone-Obamacare-Health-Care-Approval-Fades to view the full article online.

Seniors and taxpayers face higher costs in Medicare's popular prescription drug plan.

Visit http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/11/23/big-premium-increases-foreseen-for-medicare-drug-plan to view the full article online.

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