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Overestimating the time required for certain procedures can lead to increased health-care costs.

 

Editor’s note: Check out APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/physicians-over-estimate-time-translates-to-their-medicare-payments-study-finds to view the full article online.

 
While cost discussions with patients can be uncomfortable, such talks are becoming more important as out-of-pocket costs continue to rise.

 

Editor’s note: Find a sample letter and tips to help you communicate with patients about out-of-network status and physician termination from Medicare Advantage plans.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/discussing-costs-care-patients to view the full article online.

 
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To address physician burnout, researchers have adapted Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to create a new five-tier model.

 

Editor’s note: Visit www.apma.org/wellbeing for help managing burnout, work–life balance, and more. Residents, please take our survey to help APMA identify factors associated with the well-being of podiatric residents.

Visit https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/clinical-care/5-tier-hierarchy-helps-prioritize-physician-burnout-interventions to view the full article online.

 
New research suggests that the volume of EHR-generated messages could be contributing to physician burnout.

 

Editor’s note: Get help selecting an EHR system with APMA’s Health IT resource page. Feeling overwhelmed with rising technology requirements? Get help at www.apma.org/wellbeing.

Visit https://ehrintelligence.com/news/ehr-generated-inbox-messages-may-increase-physician-burnout to view the full article online.

 
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Mergers can be complicated, but the hard work isn’t over once the deal is complete.

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It’s important to stay on top of regulatory and licensure issues when considering engaging with telehealth services.

 

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.medicaleconomics.com/news/how-avoid-legal-risks-telemedicine to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Choosing the right footwear for the activity, and protecting feet against sunburn are among the ways to keep feet safe this summer.

 

Editor’s note: See APMA’s summer foot care tips and print copies of a colorful Summer Foot Care flyer for your practice.

Visit http://www.pressandguide.com/lifestyles/professional-tips-to-protect-your-feet-this-summer/article_53a8c40d-4f81-5b5c-b4d3-cb3e6c7578d1.html to view the full article online.

 
While recent research shows some benefit to having callused feet, calluses can cause problems for those with certain medical conditions.

 

Editor’s note: Share APMA’s corns and calluses information with your patients.

Visit https://phys.org/news/2019-06-foot-calluses-good.html to view the full article online.

 
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For those with plantar fasciitis who would like to wear sandals, it’s important to bear certain considerations in mind.

 

Editor's note: Check out the latest list of APMA Seal-Accepted footwear and recommend these products to your patients.

Visit https://www.prevention.com/beauty/style/g28211694/best-sandals-for-plantar-fasciitis/ to view the full article online.

 
Preventive foot care can help to head off deformities that can develop progressively. 

Visit https://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20190630/local-health-qampa-foot-care-can-go-long-way-to-preventing-problems to view the full article online.

 
A positive work culture can help keep a physician practice strong and resilient in the face of change.

Visit https://www.healio.com/ophthalmology/practice-management/news/blogs/%7B0608f3e7-c993-4893-af93-f85f8c1778d9%7D/john-a-hovanesian-md-facs/blog-what-is-your-practices-culture to view the full article online.

 
Several recent studies have shown connections between physicians demonstrating empathy and increased satisfaction among patients.

 

Editor’s note: Be sure to read APMA’s Opioid and Chronic Pain Management State CME Requirements and Guidelines for best practices in your state.

Visit https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/physician-empathy-key-to-improving-patient-satisfaction-1.3924410 to view the full article online.

 
Training staff to identify the signs of a phishing email and keeping security software current are among the ways to help protect against threats.

Visit https://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/practice-management/3-ways-to-stay-safe-from-phishing-emails to view the full article online.

 
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