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American Podiatric Medical Association

Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
Parts of the bill could have a major impact on health care. 

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/senate-leadership-hopes-for-a-tax-bill-vote-this-week/511684/ to view the full article online.

Good communication between physician and patient is necessary when patient requests are denied, as such denials can have an adverse effect on satisfaction scores. 

Visit https://patientengagementhit.com/news/patient-satisfaction-needs-good-communication-in-request-denials to view the full article online.

A comprehensive understanding of one's patient population is necessary to succeed under value-based contracts, experts say. 

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/value-based-contracts-rely-on-patient-attribution-data-sharing to view the full article online.

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A new study casts doubt on whether pay-for-performance programs lead to improvements on performance measures.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s PQRS and Meaningful Use resources on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/study-raises-questions-over-pay-for-performance-program-impacts/511826/ to view the full article online.

Despite rising deductibles, health care consumers generally haven't taken steps to shop for better prices or discuss costs with their physician, according to a new study. 

Visit http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/people-high-deductible-plans-are-not-acting-consumers-after-all to view the full article online.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now focusing its medical review efforts with a the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program. 

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/everything-doctors-need-know-about-new-payment-review-strategies to view the full article online.

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What Patients are Reading
Podiatrist Mark Hinkes, DPM, discusses foot health for people with diabetes.

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

Visit https://www.healio.com/endocrinology/diabetes/news/print/endocrine-today/%7Bf35a1d06-2ade-4bd4-a3cc-6e2afca1dbf5%7D/daily-foot-care-can-prevent-later-problems to view the full article online.

How shoes fit and the materials they're made with are two important factors in determining the appropriate shoe for a child.

Editor’s note: Recommend APMA Seal products for children to your patients.

Visit https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20171129/health-fitness/are-your-childs-shoes-up-to-scratch.664313 to view the full article online.

Proper grooming can help head off the problem of ingrown toenails. 

Visit https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/ingrown-toenail/ to view the full article online.

When it comes to shoes, placing comfort before fashion can save your feet from a number of potential conditions.

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

Visit http://www.bakersfield.com/bakersfield-life/b-well/shoe-rly-ridiculous-the-flawed-design-of-the-high-heel/article_b5e70e8a-4d82-5616-8cb2-217972591c44.html to view the full article online.

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Physician knowledge of and comfort with value-based reimbursements models has increased over the last two years, according to a new study.
Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/payer/study-physicians-warm-to-value-based-pay-models-but-skepticism-runs-deep to view the full article online.

In a recent national survey, 32 percent of physicians expressed dissatisfaction with the cost of patient care. 

Visit https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900004814/survey-nearly-1-in-3-physicians-unhappy-with-costs-of-health-care.html to view the full article online.

Secure document delivery systems can help when sending protected information from your practice.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/how-pick-right-communication-solution to view the full article online.

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