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The Drug Enforcement Administration is reporting that criminals using masked telephone numbers are calling registrants and identifying themselves as DEA employees to seek money. The DEA urges anyone contacted in this manner to notify the agency at the link below. 

Visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubs/pressreleases/extortion_scam.htm to view the full article online.

 
To encourage greater participation in Medicaid among office-based physicians, some health insurers are streamlining their credentialing process.

Editor's note: See APMA’s Medicaid resources at APMA.org.

Visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2018/04/02/health-plans-simplify-doctor-credentialing-to-boost-medicaid-participation/#4e823c4861dc to view the full article online.

 
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A study of reviews submitted to the Healthgrades website revealed that the most common topic in both negative and positive reviews was how the quality of the patient's interactions with staff at a physician practice.

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Among the most common administrative frustrations that physicians face are preauthorizations and delays in the processing of submitted paperwork. 

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/top-8-worst-administrative-hassles-according-physicians to view the full article online.

 
The framework published in the Journal of the American Medical Association by the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine is divided into three focus areas: societal, organizational, and interpersonal and individuals commitments. 

Visit https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/medical-group-publishes-8-step-charter-to-address-physician-burnout.html to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Younger people are less likely than their elders to understand the importance of visiting a podiatrist when foot problems arise.

Editor’s note: Every generation has some kind of foot issue and Today's Podiatrist can treat it. Members can download the toolkit on our campaign webpage, www.apma.org/todayspodiatrist.

Visit http://www.minicassia.com/online_features/health_and_wellness/article_4774a806-6c6f-5240-b7dd-18c66ecb8400.html to view the full article online.

 
Daily foot inspections, appropriate footwear, and consultation with a podiatrist are important keys to help patients with diabetes maintain healthy feet. 

Visit https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-04-feet-diabetes.html to view the full article online.

 
A procedure called lapiplasty is offering relief some people suffering with bunions.

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

Visit http://www.presspubs.com/quad/news/article_e62f3268-3756-11e8-ab0d-670822e76aee.html to view the full article online.

 
High heels can lead to problems with not only feet but the legs and back as well.

Visit https://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-wear-heels.html to view the full article online.

 
Affordable Care Act premiums are likely to increase sharply next year without a reinsurance program in place, some experts say.
Editor’s note: See APMA’s latest news, comment letters, and legislative resources about the ACA on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/insurers-bracing-to-hike-premiums-in-2019-and-beyond/520494/ to view the full article online.

 
Having a welcoming waiting area and maintaining strict confidentiality are two of the ways physicians can put their LGBTQ patients feel accepted. 

Visit http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/5-ways-let-lgbtq-patients-know-respect-awaits-them-your-office to view the full article online.

 
A new study from Health Affairs suggests that physician practices face more than $11 billion in challenged revenue each year.

Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources, including compliance materials, HIT info, and much more. Free to members!

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/study-physician-billing-estimates-11-54b-challenged-revenue-health-affairs to view the full article online.

 
The federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has posted an online guide to help health-care consumers access their medical records.

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

Visit http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/technology/hhs-offers-online-guide-accessing-emrs to view the full article online.

 
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