Gebauer Company

APMA News Brief

American Podiatric Medical Association

National News
Opposition to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed changes regarding evaluation and management reimbursement continues to grow, with comments on the rule due by Monday, September 10.

Editor’s note: If you have not commented on the E&M proposed rule, visit APMA’s eAdvocacy page at www.apma.org/eadvocacy to comment! If you have commented, thank you! Now use the eAdvocacy page to urge your members of Congress to contact CMS about this discriminatory proposed rule.

Visit https://www.medpagetoday.com/practicemanagement/reimbursement/74830 to view the full article online.

 
According to a new survey, the greatest percentage of surprise bills were for physician services.

Visit http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20180830/TRANSFORMATION01/180839993 to view the full article online.

 
Lower your podiatric malpractice insurance premium
MedPro Group®
Podiatrists can save 20% or more on their premium with MedPro Group. Our mission is to make your life a little easier—with the nation's leading malpractice coverage and savings you can count on.
See Details and Get a Quote
Advertisement
In addition to potential changes to evaluation and management coding, changes to the Quality Payment Program could be on the way.
Editor’s note: APMA provides members with reimbursement resources and Medicare resources at APMA.org.

Visit http://www.medicaleconomics.com/business/4-ways-doctor-reimbursement-could-change-next-year to view the full article online.

 
The complexity of interoperability regulations and the potential cost of new technology present challenges to smaller physician practices that want to remain independent.
Editor’s Note: See APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.hcanews.com/news/interoperability-and-tech-death-of-the-small-practice to view the full article online.

 
Nemo Health
What Patients are Reading
Annual checkups with a podiatrist are a good idea for children, as are shoe-shopping considerations such as having both feet measured and shopping later in the day.

Visit https://www.prweb.com/releases/make_a_visit_to_the_podiatrists_office_the_first_stop_in_back_to_school_shoe_shopping/prweb15729655.htm to view the full article online.

 
Wearing socks when trying on shoes someone else might have worn, checking for wounds and washing feet regularly are ways to help reduce the risk of acquiring an infection.

Visit https://www.health.com/condition/skin-conditions/dangers-shoes-without-socks-podiatrist to view the full article online.

 
Wearing shoes that don't fit can lead to any of a number of foot problems.

Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted footwear.

Visit https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/this-celebrity-shoe-trend-is-a-podiatrist-s-nightmare-20180830-p500pi.html to view the full article online.

 
Taking preventive action can help reduce the risk of common foot problems such as blisters and heel pain.

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s Foot Health Conditions page with your patients.

Visit https://www.brit.co/healthy-feet-tips/ to view the full article online.

 
Serious conditions often first spotted due to changes in the feet include diabetes, melanoma and peripheral arterial disease.
Editor’s note: APMA’s Foot Health Awareness campaign materials are available to members year-round.

Visit https://www.medicaldaily.com/these-6-changes-your-feet-could-indicate-health-problems-427282 to view the full article online.

 
Download eBook
Cutting Edge Laser Technologies
Are you and your patients missing out on the benefits of laser therapy? Check out the eBook to discover the six most common conditions you should be treating with laser therapy and take your practice to the next level.
Download it here!
Advertisement
Cutting Edge Laser Technologies
Claims being paid too slowly?
ABILITY Network
Podiatrists deserve better than one-size-fits-all software. Get paid fully, quickly and fairly with ABILITY. Use our secure web-based tool to connect with thousands of payers. Check eligibility and correct claim errors on the spot. Fast set-up – nothing to install. View our no-cost on-demand webinar!
Learn More Here
Advertisement
According to a new study in Health Affairs, the increase in hospital acquisition of physician practices has coincided with an increase in prices.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/healthcare-consolidation-california-leading-higher-prices-finds-new-health-affairs-research to view the full article online.

 
The director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation said that assuming risk under value-based care would remain voluntary for physicians.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/cmmi-director-says-agency-wont-force-all-providers-to-assume-risk/531333/ to view the full article online.

 
Signs of potential burnout include an increase in cynicism toward patients and a noticeable decrease in energy level.

Visit https://wire.ama-assn.org/life-career/how-recognize-and-respond-burnout-fellow-physician to view the full article online.

 
Prioritizing administrative tasks and taking an orderly, standardized approach can help to ease the burden of paperwork.

Visit http://www.medicaleconomics.com/business/getting-handle-healthcare-paperwork to view the full article online.

 
Rather than taking advantage of telehealth as an alternative to treatment in the emergency department, health-care consumers increasingly are turning to urgent care centers and retail clinics.

Visit https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/consumers-are-avoiding-the-er-but-not-in-favor-of-telehealth to view the full article online.

 
American Podiatric Medical Association, Inc.
9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-1621
PH: 301-581-9200
info@apma.org | www.apma.org