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The spending bill includes provisions related to community health centers and opioid abuse.

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

Visit http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/senate-reaches-two-year-budget-deal-funds-community-health-centers-opioid-fight to view the full article online.

 
Healthcare issues are not likely to take center stage in Congress this year. 

Visit https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/healthpolicy/70904 to view the full article online.

 
According to a new survey, physicians differ with employers and consumers in their opinions on a number of economic issues related to health care. 

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/doctors-employers-disagree-on-healthcare-payment-reform-strategy to view the full article online.

 
A number of factors play into a physician's decision to accept an employed position or run one's own practice. 

Visit http://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/practice-management/employed-vs-independent-practice-as-a-physician to view the full article online.

 
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Recent cases of theft by practice managers underscore the need for physicians to be involved in the financial side of their practices. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/reports-theft-practice-managers-cautionary-tale-for-doctors-lanalee-araba-sam to view the full article online.

 
Among the factors patients most value are physician being accessible and being able to spend more time with them, according to a 2017 study.

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/becoming-ideal-doctor-what-do-your-patients-really-want to view the full article online.

 
Free ride-sharing programs designed to help disadvantaged patients show up for their physician appointment have been less effective than expected, according to new research. 

Visit https://consumer.healthday.com/public-health-information-30/medicaid-news-421/uber-lyft-rides-may-not-help-boost-doc-visits-for-poorer-patients-730853.html to view the full article online.

 
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A number of approaches can help physicians and organizations get a handle on costs.

Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.

Visit https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/opinion/mips-cost-reporting-improved-through-use-of-analytics-ehrs to view the full article online.

 
A new proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services intended to protect the conscience rights of health-care workers could be expensive to implement, according to a government estimate. 

Visit https://www.apnews.com/1a1e49053509473b9c97578a0ee98636/$300M-health-care-system-cost-to-protect-religious-rights to view the full article online.

 
A new study suggests that unnecessary care, particularly in the form of low-cost tests, is commonplace. 

Visit https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/01/582216198/unnecessary-medical-care-more-common-than-you-might-imagine to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
It's important for people with diabetes to take precautions to protect their feet in cold weather. 

Visit http://www.kentuckynewera.com/news/ap/article_97f9633c-0acb-11e8-92cf-1b4c5e614d6c.html to view the full article online.

 
Several considerations should go into selecting the proper ski boot, and ski orthotics can help with certain problems. 

Visit https://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/The-importance-of-proper-boots-12538772.php to view the full article online.

 
A running style that includes underpronation can lead to a variety of foot problems. 

Visit https://www.runnersworld.com/feet/what-to-know-about-supination to view the full article online.

 
Toe-walking in older children can be a sign of a short Achilles tendon. 

Visit http://www.mynbc5.com/article/first-with-kids-toe-walking-is-common-in-children/16670238 to view the full article online.

 
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