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Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a proposed rule regarding the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t, please visit our eAdvocacy site today to comment on this discriminatory and punitive proposed rule.

Visit https://www.racmonitor.com/2019-proposed-e-m-changes-appear-to-violate-social-security-act-statutory-language?utm_campaign=ERENEWS082318 to view the full article online.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia will receive grants from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help bolster their health insurance markets.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/cms-dole-out-86-million-funding-states-help-stabilize-health-insurance-markets to view the full article online.

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According to a new government report, physicians are using EHR systems for a wide range of purposes.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/most-office-based-physicians-now-use-ehrs-national-health-statistics-report to view the full article online.

Involving physicians in leadership roles is important to the success of accountable care organizations, among other factors, according to a new literature review.

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/value-based-experience-robust-ehr-use-key-factors-to-aco-success to view the full article online.

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According to a new study, a large percentage of healthcare providers aren't as knowledgeable as they might be about in-network specialists to whom they could refer patients.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/physician-referral-issues-causing-more-out-of-network-care/530726/ to view the full article online.

Older patients in particular are less likely to take advantage of patient portal technology.

Visit https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/practice-management/patient-portals-dont-appear-to-have-much-traction/article/789009/ to view the full article online.

What Patients are Reading
High heels can lead to a number of foot problems, but steps can be taken to mitigate the damage.

Visit http://coveteur.com/2018/08/18/wear-heels-without-damaging-feet-expert-tips/ to view the full article online.

Forgoing footwear when performing yoga poses could increase the risk of injury and infection.

Visit https://www.elitedaily.com/p/can-you-do-yoga-barefoot-heres-why-expert-says-you-may-want-to-be-cautious-10174086 to view the full article online.

From foot pain to falls, workers can face a number of issues related to feet that could result in injuries and time away from the job.

Visit https://www.ehstoday.com/foot-protection/hazards-affecting-your-employees-foot-safety to view the full article online.

In addition to stretching, finding appropriate footwear can help runners coping with plantar fasciitis.

Visit https://www.aberdeennews.com/life/ask-the-doctors-stretching-can-help-alleviate-pain-of-plantar/article_0cfcd21d-3221-5bd7-a5b9-5e5ffec41a37.html to view the full article online.

Much of the reason for physician burnout stems from having less time to spend with patients, according to a new paper.

Visit https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/physicians-are-burning-out-heres-why to view the full article online.

A new study has revealed widespread omission of relevant financial disclosure information in published medical research.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/doctors-often-fail-to-list-conflicts-in-device-studies-jama-report-finds/530481/ to view the full article online.

An increasing number of physician practices are placing an emphasis on retaining staff in today's competitive job market.

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/medical-practices-to-focus-on-staff-patient-retention-mgma-finds to view the full article online.

Most residents considered work-life balance a more important consideration than either financial compensation or advancement potential, according to a new survey.

Editor’s Note: Check out APMA’s resources for young physicians in our Young Physician Transition Series.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/next-generation-doctors-are-looking-for-work-life-balance-their-first-job to view the full article online.

When discharging a patient for failing to meet financial obligations, several steps are in order.

Visit https://www.endocrinologyadvisor.com/practice-management/steps-for-discharging-patient-from-practice/article/788974/ to view the full article online.

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