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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology are taking a look at streamlining the documentation requirements for evaluation and management coding.

Visit https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/onc-cms-taking-aim-at-evaluation-and-management-coding to view the full article online.

 
President Trump has nominated Alex Azar, a former executive at Eli Lilly & Co., to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/13/563735136/trump-picks-azar-to-lead-health-and-human-services to view the full article online.

 
The individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act could be in jeopardy due to its inclusion in Republican tax reform legislation.

Editor's note: Visit APMA's health care reform page to learn more about key provisions in the ACA for podiatrists and more.

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171115/NEWS/171119923/senate-republicans-likely-to-repeal-aca-mandate-as-part-of-tax-bill to view the full article online.

 
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Less than one-fifth of physicians begin searching for their first practice opportunity in the final year of residency, according to a new survey.

Editor’s note: Are you searching for a job? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.

Visit http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/healthcare-employers-seek-out-talent-early-thats-when-they-start-looking to view the full article online.

 
To address the problem of physician burnout, change must take place at the individual practice level, at the system level, and among vendors, according to one expert.

Editor’s note: Let APMA’s Member Affinity Programs help you with savings on products and services of value to podiatrists.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/fighting-physician-burnout-three-levels to view the full article online.

 
Malpractice suits have increased by 15 percent from 2013 to 2017, according to a new report.

Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources for members.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/more-than-half-u-s-doctors-malpractice-lawsuit-survey to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Making a podiatrist part of your health care team can help keep your feet healthy.

Editor's note: Share APMA's Foot Health Resources with your patients.

Visit http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/dr-bob-respecting-our-gnarly-friend-below/article_fdd29a13-1187-5cec-95f4-1dcc5f4294f6.html to view the full article online.

 
Wearing shoes without socks might be trendy, but the practice can lead to fungal infections and bunions.

Editor's note: Recommend APMA Seal products to your patients.

Visit http://www.gulfshorelife.com/Along-the-Gulfshore/November-2017/Guys-Quit-Wearing-Shoes-Without-Socks/ to view the full article online.

 
New research indicates that gout has a negative effect on other comorbid conditions a patient might have. 

Visit https://www.medpagetoday.com/rheumatology/generalrheumatology/69204 to view the full article online.

 
People with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer should seek treatment as early as possible, especially in light of new research, according to a British podiatrist.

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

Visit http://www.sciencecodex.com/research-reveals-true-impact-diabetic-foot-ulcers-616802 to view the full article online.

 
Numb toes, tingling feet and brittle toenails could be signs of more serious problems. 

Visit https://www.runnersworld.com/feet/foot-symptoms-that-could-signal-bigger-health-problems to view the full article online.

 
The number of healthcare organizations offering telemedicine services continues to grow, according to a new survey. 

Visit http://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/survey-shows-growing-number-organizations-expanding-telemedicine to view the full article online.

 
Finding the right financial advisor, CPA, attorney and banker to assist with the financial side of the practice can help physicians maintain their focus on patient care. 

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/how-assemble-right-financial-team-assist-your-practice to view the full article online.

 
Using a checklist of specific actions can help to improve physician/patient communication during office visits.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/checklist-doctor-communication-patient-satisfaction-hawaii-pacific-health-dale-glenn to view the full article online.

 
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