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Despite the large amount of negative feedback the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services received regarding its proposed rule on evaluation and management coding, it remains to be seen whether and to what extent the agency will change course.

 

Editor’s note: Read APMA’s comment letter to CMS and news coverage of our strong advocacy campaign in opposition of egregious proposal, as well as what’s next.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/mgma18-no-crystal-ball-prediction-what-cms-will-do-about-controversial-e-m-codes to view the full article online.

 
Nearly 80 percent of physicians who answered a recent survey indicated that their practice is more burdened by regulations than it was a year ago.

Visit https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/more-regulations-cutting-into-time-with-patients-physicians-say.html to view the full article online.

 
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Some physicians have been less than impressed with the relatively low pay adjustments received by even the best-performing physicians under MIPS.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/mgma18-underwhelming-mips-payments-leaves-physicians-feeling-like-it-was-just-for-nothing to view the full article online.

 
According to a new report, top-performing practices tend to be patient-focused, oriented toward long-term goals and committed to improving operations.

 

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.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/three-winning-strategies-help-drive-medical-practice-performance to view the full article online.

 
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Explaining why the survey is important, keeping it short and avoiding paper are among the ways to increase the response rate.

Visit http://www.medicaleconomics.com/business/4-tips-amplify-your-patient-satisfaction-surveys to view the full article online.

 
Payer participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges has dropped particularly sharply in areas where the population is low.

 

Editor’s note: Learn more about health insurance exchanges and read APMA’s policy briefs at APMA's health-care reform page.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/competition-in-aca-exchanges-has-plummeted-since-2016/538691/ to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Daily foot checks are important for seniors, who can be more susceptible to a host of foot-related conditions.

Visit http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/oh-my-aching-feet-seniors-can-take-steps-to-prevent-lessen-foot-problems,1477996/ to view the full article online.

 
Among the tips to consider when selecting a running shoe is to shop at a physical store, preferable later in the day and try a variety before making a choice.

Visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-hlth-picking-the-right-running-shoe-1003-story.html to view the full article online.

 
Not wearing the same pair of shoes on consecutive days and washing one's feet regularly are among the ways to reduce the risk of foot odor.

Visit https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1023124/how-to-get-rid-of-smelly-feet-tips-feel-fresh to view the full article online.

 
Pain in the feet when first arising from bed in the morning can be sign of plantar fasciitis.

Visit https://www.petoskeynews.com/gaylord/news/opinion/opinion-dr-nick-hamlin-about-that-early-morning-foot-pain/article_96064b25-9f34-5999-a464-2e1c0c20662c.html to view the full article online.

 
Early diagnosis and treatment of gout is important so that permanent joint damage can be avoided.

Visit https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2018-09-28/mccaig-institute-researcher-takes-guesswork-out-gout to view the full article online.

 
The most important factor in closing the gender pay gap among physicians is to make compensation transparent, according to a new survey.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/3-ways-doctors-close-gender-pay-gap-sermo to view the full article online.

 
In interviewing candidates for your practice, it helps to get a sense of what they would do in specific circumstances as well as why they are interested in the position you're offering.

 

Editor’s note: Hiring? Looking for a change? We can help you at the APMA Career Center.

Visit https://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com/practice-management/interviews-can-help-ensure-physician-candidates-fit-culture/article/804514/ to view the full article online.

 
A new study highlights once again the relationship between the administrative burdens related to EHRs and physician burnout.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/why-70-percent-physicians-would-not-recommend-profession to view the full article online.

 
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