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If you are a Medicare provider who’s had to post a Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) surety bond, you need to know about the latest proposed rule change from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), because it may affect the legitimacy of the bond you are currently holding.




Take advantage of APMA's Medicare resources at APMA.org.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/tips-ensure-medicare-bond-will-be-accepted-under-cmss-proposed-rule-change to view the full article online.

 
False Claims Act (FCA) penalties are set to steepen as the Justice Department has revamped the amount healthcare providers must pay for violations.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/false-claims-act-penalties-double to view the full article online.

 

The looming changes to the way Medicare reimburses physicians continue to stoke fears of financial calamity for small, rural and solo practices, according to an article in the Washington Post.




Editor’s note: APMA is your source for MACRA resources.

Visit http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/independent-and-rural-practices-still-worried-about-their-fate-under-macra to view the full article online.

 
Physician groups, particularly small practices, have raised many concerns about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).




Editor’s note: APMA is advocating for you on CMS’s MACRA implementation timeline. 

Visit http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/physician-leaders/macra-risk-savvy-approach to view the full article online.

 
Few outpatient healthcare providers plan to replace their electronic health records, according to a Health Data Management report based on information from HIMSS Analytics.




Editor’s Note: Review APMA’s EHR resources for more information on purchasing an EHR system.

Visit http://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-practices-improving-profits/item/32865-5-trends-for-physician-practice-ehr-use.html to view the full article online.

 
At first, John Horton, MD, thought talking with a consultant about renegotiating his telecommunications services might be a waste of time.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/7-strategies-physicians-generate-big-savings?page=0,0 to view the full article online.

 
After adjusting for experience, how hard they work, and productivity, female health care providers are still paid less than their male peers, with an overall differential of more than $18,000, according to data published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

Visit http://www.healio.com/family-medicine/practice-management/news/online/%7Bb38595f6-fb66-4ec0-91e6-d5e7c3a3bd3d%7D/female-health-care-providers-still-paid-less-than-men to view the full article online.

 
The start date for MACRA is not yet set, but providers shouldn't hesitate in preparing for both MIPS and APMs.

Visit https://ehrintelligence.com/news/3-steps-providers-should-to-ensure-success-under-macra to view the full article online.

 
A group of healthcare stakeholders is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to move forward on a 90-day Meaningful Use reporting period for 2016.




Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and MU resources on APMA.org.

Visit http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/healthcare/stakeholders-to-cms-it-s-vital-a-90-day-mu-reporting-period-be-finalized to view the full article online.

 
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What Patients are Reading
Every day, an estimated 30,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States.

Visit http://www.thecamarilloacorn.com/news/2016-08-19/Health_(and)_Wellness/COMMENTARY__Podiatry.html to view the full article online.

 
Do they glow in the dark? Would a princess wear them? When shopping for back-to-school shoes, these are the factors that weigh in with children.




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

Visit http://www.macombdaily.com/article/MD/20160818/NEWS/160819616 to view the full article online.

 
We all get blisters, but they’re particularly common in the warmer months because of the heat.

Visit http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/08/23/foot-blisters-to-pop-or-not-to-pop.html?cmpid=edpick to view the full article online.

 
It's hard to believe that there was once a time when humans simply walked around barefoot, no matter what the temperature or terrain was like.

Visit http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/wellbeing/a26805/shoes-affect-you-health/ to view the full article online.

 
Within 24 hours of having a pedicure at a west-end Toronto salon, Kristine Galka had trouble standing on her left foot.

Visit https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/08/22/how-to-avoid-nail-salon-health-hazards.html to view the full article online.

 
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