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Colorado, Washington, and Texas all have either passed or are considering legislation to limit or prohibit surprise billing.

 

Editor’s note: Find a sample letter and tips to help you talk to patients about out-of-network status and physician termination from MAO plans. Check out APMA’s State Advocacy resources for state components and members.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/as-trump-wades-in-states-move-on-surprise-billing/554647/ to view the full article online.

 
In upstate New York, the use of telehealth services increased nearly threefold from 2016 to 2018.

 

Editor’s note: See APMA’s telehealth/telemedicine resource page for details on how this rapidly rising patient care method applies to you and your practice.

Visit https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/telehealth-use-soars-as-consumers-acclimate-to-its-convenience to view the full article online.

 
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Among the things that contribute to negative physician experiences with electronic health records are poor interoperability and implementation issues.

 

Editor’s Note: Need practice technology advice? Take advantage of APMA’s EHR Decision Guide for DPMs.

Visit https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ehrs/viewpoint-7-factors-that-negatively-impact-physicians-ehr-use.html to view the full article online.

 
Improving communication skills takes practice, but doing so can make physicians better leaders.

 

Editor’s note: Peruse previous issues of APMA News Brief for more articles on this topic and more.

Visit https://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/practice-management/communication-skills-for-physician-leaders to view the full article online.

 
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There are a variety of tax-related issues to consider when planning for retirement, including health savings and when to take Social Security.

 

Editor’s note: Learn more about the tax benefits of APMA’s planned giving options.  

Visit https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/career-development/tax-basics-retirement-physicians-often-overlook to view the full article online.

 
The increased data speed of 5G is likely to have wide-ranging effects on health-care technology.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/tech/industry-voices-5g-and-potential-for-widespread-healthcare-disruption to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Overuse of flip-flops can lead to problems such as plantar fasciitis for those who run frequently.

 

Editor’s note: APMA’s video on how to avoid a Flip-Flop Fiasco is on YouTube. Share with patients!

Visit https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/11/well/move/why-runners-shouldnt-wear-flip-flops.html to view the full article online.

 
Shock absorption and heel height are among the factors to consider when evaluating walking shoes.

 

Editor’s note: See APMA’s running shoe guide for different arch types on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.whowhatwear.com/how-to-find-the-best-walking-shoes-for-women to view the full article online.

 
New advances in bunion surgery can reduce the time it takes patients to get back on their feet.

 

Editor’s Note: Share APMA’s free “Beat Bunion Blues” materials with your patients and download APMA’s digital brochure on bunions for your practice—you can even customize it with your practice information.

Visit https://www.wistv.com/2019/05/14/new-bunion-procedure-slashes-recovery-time-minimizes-pain-according-irmo-surgeon/ to view the full article online.

 
Problems related to the big toe can be painful, but multiple treatment options are available.

 

Editor’s note: APMA’s easy to read, concise Foot Health Conditions information page is a resource to share with your patients.

Visit https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/big-problems-for-big-toe-joints-2019051316614 to view the full article online.

 
A higher percentage of millennials is uninsured than older generations, and millennials express more interest in non-traditional health-care services, according to a new report. 

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/millennial-healthcare-preferences-are-departure-status-quo to view the full article online.

 
Even smaller practices can by targeted by cybercriminals, with ransomware remaining the leading threat, experts say.

 

Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s Health IT resource page for guidance on practice and hospital tech security and other issues.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/growing-cyber-threat-physician-practices to view the full article online.

 
High demand has led to increased competition in the recruitment of final-year residents, according to the results of a new survey.

 

Editor’s note: Hire top talent or find your dream job through APMA Career Center. APMA’s Young Physicians’ Transition Series has key resources for residents!

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/high-demand-new-doctors-recruited-like-blue-chip-athletes to view the full article online.

 
Gathering and organizing relevant documentation and contacting one’s malpractice insurance provider are among the tips.

 

Editor’s note: APMA provides Medical Liability/Malpractice Reform resources and informed consent tips just for members.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/health-law-and-policy/8-tips-navigating-medical-malpractice-case to view the full article online.

 
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