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The tax bill passed by the Senate over the weekend would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.

Visit http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/362838-senate-gop-repeals-obamacare-mandate to view the full article online.

 
According to a new study from Health Affairs, in the first year of the Medicare Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier program, nearly a third of the physician practices were penalized for not reporting performance data.

Editor’s note: Register for the new APMA Registry for the 2017 Performance year by December 15. The data collected can be used to demonstrate the value of care by a podiatrist.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/one-third-of-practices-didnt-report-performance-data-in-value-based-progra/512229/ to view the full article online.

 
In part to compete with urgent care clinics, physician practices are feeling more pressure when it comes to scheduling patient appointments. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/same-day-appointments-physician-practices-competitiion to view the full article online.

 
Since the mid-1980s, the percentage of physicians in independent solo practices has declined from 50 percent to 36 percent. 

Visit https://www.medpagetoday.com/dermatology/generaldermatology/69615 to view the full article online.

 
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To prevent breaches caused by current or former employees, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights recommends several steps, including having a standard process for cutting off access to departing employees.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss APMA’s Health IT resources on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/privacy-security/hhs-office-civil-rights-internal-data-breach-cybersecurity to view the full article online.

 
Engaging in collaborative agreements with other healthcare providers can help independent physicians cope in a value-based care environment. 

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/collaboration-key-to-independent-physicians-in-value-based-care to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Gout has become more prevalent in recent years, now affecting approximately 4 percent of Americans. 

Visit http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20171205/5-things-to-know-about-gout to view the full article online.

 
Depending on the type of break, symptoms of a broken toe can take different forms.

Visit http://mendonjournal.com/medical-news-today-is-it-a-broken-toe/ to view the full article online.

 
Keeping joints warm is an important consideration when running in cold weather. 

Visit http://www.webcenter11.com/content/news/HEALTH-REPORT-Easier-Winter-Running-462205773.html to view the full article online.

 
Resting, stretching and wearing appropriate shoes can help when dealing with plantar fasciitis. 

Visit https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/12/chronic-heel-pain-4-simple-fixes-for-your-plantar-fasciitis/ to view the full article online.

 
Certain additions to your workout can help can help relieve foot pain. 

Visit https://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/exercises-when-feet-hurt to view the full article online.

 
To cultivate frugality, consider conducting a thorough analysis of your spending and prioritizing your goals. 

Visit https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/888835 to view the full article online.

 
Pay-for-performance reimbursement models can penalize physician practices that server lower-income and sicker patients, according to a recent study. 

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171129/NEWS/171129913 to view the full article online.

 
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