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The old ways of practicing medicine are gone—at least if physicians want to get paid in a value-based world.

Editor’s note: APMA has MACRA resources to help DPMs overcome payment obstacles. Check out the MACRA Made Easy reimbursement series, too!

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/how-doctors-can-overcome-payment-obstacles-2017 to view the full article online.

 
It turns out the transition to ICD-10 didn’t go quite as smoothly as previously thought, particularly for the small practice physicians who were most anxious about the changeover from ICD-9 on Oct. 1, 2015.

Editor’s note: Code strong with resources on ICD-10 and PQRS. Subscribe to the fully integrated APMA Coding Resource Center.

Visit http://searchhealthit.techtarget.com/blog/Health-IT-Pulse/ICD-10-glitches-cause-CMS-to-back-off to view the full article online.

 
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The electronic health record (EHR) systems implemented in physician practices across the country were first built for a healthcare system based on fee-for-service payments.

Editor’s note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources and resources on ACOs.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/prepare-your-ehr-now-value-based-care to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Having feet that sometimes smell bad may be part of life — but it certainly isn't fun, especially if you can't seem to get rid of the smell.

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s information on sweaty feet with your patients.

Visit https://www.bustle.com/p/11-reasons-your-feet-smell-how-to-get-rid-of-the-stink-29466 to view the full article online.

 
Thirty million Americans have diabetes, and nearly 15 percent of these patients will develop a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their lifetime, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.   

Visit http://www.waynecojournalbanner.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/article_ac416c0e-f579-50c3-887e-6d17c02dd8ee.html to view the full article online.

 
The management of foot pain can vary significantly for each patient as the best course of action depends on the cause of the pain. 

Visit http://www.news-medical.net/health/Foot-Pain-Management.aspx to view the full article online.

 
Doctors at Cone Health's Triad Foot Center in Greensboro say they see an increase is patients coming in with painful cases of gout after the holidays. 

Visit http://myfox8.com/2017/01/04/cases-of-gout-increase-after-holidays/ to view the full article online.

 
High heels, stilettos, cone heels, pumps, wedges and platforms all mean the same thing: foot pain that makes me want to punch inanimate objects.

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Visit http://elitedaily.com/women/high-heels-damage-body/1732847/ to view the full article online.

 
The bigger the health insurer, the lower the prices it can negotiate from physician groups, a Harvard Medical School study published Monday concluded. 

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170109/NEWS/170109935/larger-insurers-negotiate-lower-prices-from-physicians to view the full article online.

 
Under the 21st Century Cures Act, Medicare reimbursement will see some changes, including site-neutral payment exceptions, new value-based penalty adjustments, and new codes. 

Visit http://revcycleintelligence.com/news/how-the-21st-century-cures-act-impacts-medicare-reimbursement to view the full article online.

 
Most Americans don’t trust health information technology largely because of the recent surge in cybersecurity breaches and physicians’ disinterest in adopting it. 

Visit https://www.dotmed.com/news/story/34715 to view the full article online.

 
As physicians who treat Medicare patients gear up for MACRA, a new study has some troubling findings: Pay-for-performance models do not improve health outcomes.

Editor’s note: Learn all about MACRA, MIPS and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.

Visit http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/as-macra-ramps-up-study-says-no-evidence-pay-for-performance-improves-outcomes to view the full article online.

 
Good customer service is one way to keep patients happy, which is good for patient satisfaction, online reviews and quality scores. 

Visit http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/head-off-patient-complaints-good-customer-service to view the full article online.

 
How many surveys have you been asked to take in the last year? Now, how many of those surveys seemed like they mattered? 

Visit https://wire.ama-assn.org/ama-news/how-physician-surveys-impact-major-issues to view the full article online.

 
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