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The number of physicians choosing to opt out of the Medicare program dropped sharply in 2017.

Editor’s note: APMA's Medicare resources are free to members at APMA.org.

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180130/NEWS/180139995 to view the full article online.

 
A nonprofit group called Physicians for Fair Coverage is advocating to address the problem of patients receiving unexpectedly high doctor bills. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/physician-coalition-takes-aim-at-surprise-medical-bills-physicians-for-fair-coverage to view the full article online.

 
The AHA Physician Alliance, a new program from the American Hospital Association, aims to improve relationships between physicians and hospitals. 

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/aha-launches-new-bid-for-better-doctor-relations/515699/ to view the full article online.

 
Parent and younger healthcare consumers are the most likely to be open to switching providers. 

Visit http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/more-patients-market-new-doctor-hospitals-might-think to view the full article online.

 
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Anne Schuchat has been appointing acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following the resignation of Brenda Fitzgerald. 

Visit http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/leadership/whos-leading-cdc-after-brenda-fitzgeralds-resignation to view the full article online.

 
Delegating the denials management process to experts can yield benefits for physician practices. 

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/3-tips-take-denials-management-processes-next-level to view the full article online.

 
The Drug Enforcement Administration will examine prescribing patterns for opioids, according to the attorney general.

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

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/one-doctor-convicted-one-dead-after-drug-charges-sessions-continues-to-target-medical to view the full article online.

 
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Physicians seek assurance that information technology actually will help them improve quality of care.

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

Visit https://wire.ama-assn.org/practice-management/these-factors-interfere-physicians-it-adoption to view the full article online.

 
There's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to adjusting to the requirements of Medicare's Quality Payment Program.

Editor’s note: APMA provides reimbursement resources at APMA.org.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/evolving-your-practice-meet-quality-based-reimbursement to view the full article online.

 
Only 165 physician practices agreed to participate in the second round of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' CPC+ program. 

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/physician-practices-not-flocking-to-cpc/515956/ to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Discolored and thickened toenails can be signs of a problem requiring professional treatment. 

Visit http://www.blueridgenow.com/entertainmentlife/20180128/dr-ryan-meredith-you-dont-have-to-have-ugly-toes to view the full article online.

 
Taking care to wear warm clothes in winter is especially important for those suffering from Raynaud's phenomenon. 

Visit https://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/The-Running-Doctor-Poor-blood-flow-12521591.php to view the full article online.

 
Regular foot care is especially important for people with diabetes, who might not be able to feel trauma to the feet that can lead to serious complications.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications, improves health-care outcomes, and cuts spending.

Visit http://www.india.com/lifestyle/footcare-for-diabetics-why-proper-foot-care-is-important-for-people-suffering-from-diabetes-2871381/ to view the full article online.

 
Finding the type of shoe that best fits your individual feet is a key to comfort.

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

Visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5336569/Cinderella-test-discover-perfect-fitting-shoes.html to view the full article online.

 
Wearing old shoes can lead to foot odor, but a number of remedies can help.

Editor’s note: Read these articles with APMA podiatrists in the news and journal articles covering foot conditions such as smelly feet.

Visit https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/asking-friend-why-do-my-feet-stink to view the full article online.

 
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