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Reducing clutter in one’s workspace, prioritizing responsibilities and planning ahead are all among the ways that can help physicians become more productive.

Visit https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/article/3777 to view the full article online.

 
By leading to increased efficiency, value-based payment reform ultimately can lead to lower costs and better quality, according to a health economist.

Visit https://revcycleintelligence.com/news/value-based-payment-reform-key-to-moving-forward-with-value to view the full article online.

 
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The number of doctors pursuing MBA degrees has been growing steadily.

 

Editor’s note: Visit www.apma.org/wellbeing for resources on physician burnout.

Visit https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-21/doctors-add-mbas-to-their-mds-as-health-care-burnout-spreads to view the full article online.

 
Legislation to reduce the incidence of surprise medical bills could have some unexpected effects on some health-care providers.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/proposed-solutions-surprise-medical-bills-growing-social-risk-healthcare-industry-says-moodys to view the full article online.

 
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By 2030, the United States will face a physician shortfall of more than 120,000, according to a recent report.

Visit https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/healthcare/450034-will-there-be-enough-doctors-to-fulfill-the-health-care to view the full article online.

 
The common practice of patients searching online for information about their symptoms can have both positive and negative repercussions.

Visit https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Study-finds-89-of-US-citizens-turn-to-Google-before-their-doctor-511797001.html to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
It’s important to focus on function rather than form when making decisions about a toddlers’ first shoes.

 

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s tips for finding proper fitting shoes for your child with your patients.

Visit https://www.romper.com/p/what-kind-of-shoes-should-toddlers-wear-a-podiatrist-explains-the-support-toddler-feet-need-18013985 to view the full article online.

 
Socks serve some important functions, such as reducing friction, which can cause blisters, and protecting against athlete’s foot.

Visit https://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/hygiene-tips/sockless-bad-for-feet.htm to view the full article online.

 
Common foot issues that could require the care of podiatrist include bunions, plantar fasciitis and ingrown toenails.

Visit https://www.pulseheadlines.com/foot-agony-explaining-common-podiatry-problems/72766/ to view the full article online.

 
Flip flops are appropriate in some situations, but not all, and it’s important to choose footwear carefully.

 

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

Visit http://www.fox2detroit.com/health/summer-shoes-should-we-ditch-the-flip-flops- to view the full article online.

 
The percentage of patients who paid more than $500 out of pocket increased sharply from 2017 to 2018, according to a new report.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/majority-of-patients-faced-out-of-pocket-expense-of-500-or-more-last-year/557680/ to view the full article online.

 
The rising number of patients failing to pay their bills has left practices in a difficult situation, but there are collection strategies that can help.

 

Editor’s note: Maximize your practice income with the tools in APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/practices-dealing-bad-debt-patients-struggle-medical-bills-study-shows to view the full article online.

 
It's important for health-care providers to be aware of the requirements regarding HIPAA Covered Entities.

Visit https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/opinion/why-hipaa-requirements-extend-far-beyond-providers-walls to view the full article online.

 
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