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American Podiatric Medical Association

Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA)
National News
In a new report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General says that more technical assistance is needed for physicians participating in the Quality Payment Program.

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

Visit https://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/value-based-care/hhs-oig-report-cites-concerns-macra-implementation to view the full article online.

Several groups representing health-care providers are calling for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop alternative payment models that are led by physicians. 

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/physician-led-advanced-apms-to-support-independent-docs-orgs-say to view the full article online.

According to new research, patient interest in telehealth services has not yet matched the interest in the technology on the provider side. 

Visit https://patientengagementhit.com/news/patient-telehealth-use-access-tepid-despite-provider-enthusiasm to view the full article online.

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According to a new survey, nearly 40 percent of commercial revenue also will come from risk-based models. 

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/60-of-federal-revenue-to-come-from-risk-based-models-by-2019 to view the full article online.

A reduction in the corporate tax rate, coupled with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, could spell big changes for health care if the new tax bill becomes law.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/how-the-gop-tax-bill-could-affect-healthcare/513295/ to view the full article online.

With more patients relying on online reviews when choosing a health-care provider, it's important to respond appropriately to negative reviews. 

Visit http://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/practice-management/make-sure-people-say-the-right-thing-about-your-practice to view the full article online.

Using a medical scribe can lead to greater physician satisfaction and direct time with patients, according to a recent study.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/scribe-right-you to view the full article online.

What Patients are Reading
Rehabilitation therapy can have a positive effect on preserving the range of motion for joints in people with arthritis.

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s arthritis information with your patients.

Visit http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/The-Running-Doctor-Arthritis-in-Athletes-12438615.php to view the full article online.

For proper foot care, patients with diabetes should select proper footwear, do daily foot inspections, and visit a podiatrist.

Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Diabetes Campaign materials at www.apma.org/diabetes.

Visit http://www.oaoa.com/people/health/levi_stone/article_fece9418-e36d-11e7-8e31-773d33f79bb9.html to view the full article online.

Anti-inflammatory medications and adherence to a proper diet can help manage symptoms of gout. 

Visit http://spokesman-recorder.com/2017/12/15/gout-is-a-painful-condition-that-can-be-managed-successfully/ to view the full article online.

Heel pain, common in older adults, can result from a number of different foot conditions.

Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.

Visit https://startsat60.com/health/big-issues/heel-pain-what-it-is-why-it-happens-and-how-to-treat-it-health to view the full article online.

Efforts to address the opioid crisis by targeting perscribers have so far met with little success, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Editor’s note: APMA has created an Opioid Use and Abuse Prevention resource just for members.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/nejm-opioid-crisis-measures-aimed-at-docs-mostly-fail/513157/ to view the full article online.

Training leaders and staff, fostering a safe working environment and responding quickly to warning signs are important steps for practices in dealing with issues related to sexual harassment in the workplace. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/3-ways-practices-protect-against-harrassment-complaints-medical-group-management to view the full article online.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is adding star ratings and patient experience scores to its Physician Compare website. 

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20171214/NEWS/171219938 to view the full article online.

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