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A survey of female physicians found that both unconscious and overt bias have led to the current gender pay gap.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/why-do-female-physicians-earn-less-than-men-here-s-what-women-had-to-say to view the full article online.

 

Commonly overlooked areas for improvement when it comes to billing costs include cash posting and claim status inquiries.

 

Editor’s note: Learn more about how to protect your wallet in APMA’s practice management and reimbursement resources on APMA.org.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/4-ways-rein-your-practices-hidden-billing-costs to view the full article online.

 
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Interventions involving teamwork, time, transitions, and technology can help to address the problem of physician burnout.

 

Editor’s note: Feeling burned out? Our Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing can help.

Visit https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/physician-health/physician-burnout-4-types-interventions-and-how-they-can-help to view the full article online.

 
Among the trends for the next ten years are the increasing importance of cybersecurity and the rise of artificial intelligence.

Visit https://www.mdlinx.com/physiciansense/the-big-5-healthcare-business-trends-of-the-next-decade/ to view the full article online.

 
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Ball-of-foot pain can be the result of a tear in the plantar plate.

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Regular foot exams by a podiatrist are an important facet to the care patients with diabetes should receive.

 

Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA’s Diabetes Campaign materials year-round at www.apma.org/diabetes.

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El Paso, Texas, Miami, and Cleveland are the top three cities in terms of physician demand, according to a recent study.El Paso, Texas, Miami, and Cleveland are the top three cities in terms of physician demand, according to a recent study.

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A recent study has found that very few patients actually access their medical records.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/node/139559 to view the full article online.

 
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In severe cases, surgery can be necessary to correct a painful bunion.

 

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.realsimple.com/health/first-aid-health-basics/what-causes-bunions to view the full article online.

 

When symptoms of foot pain or numbness arise, a visit to the podiatrist can help to identify and treat a potential problem before it gets worse.

 

Editor’s Note: This year's highly successful Diabetes Awareness campaign theme was "Don't Lose Your Nerve to Diabetes." Check it out and share with your patients. Share APMA’s neuroma information with patients, too.

Visit https://www.miningjournal.net/life/tuesday-health/2019/12/inherited-nerve-disease-leads-to-problems/ to view the full article online.

 

The past year saw a number of legislative and regulatory developments that could end up increasing access to telehealth services in the U.S.

 

Editor’s note: Read APMA’s issue brief on telehealth and get help selecting an EHR system with APMA’s Health IT resource page.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/telehealth-laws-and-regulations-2019-have-set-stage-increased-access-and-use to view the full article online.

 
Solid data and consideration of multiple factors are key for those seeking to grow their practice effectively.

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/hospitals-health-systems/industry-voices-act-adding-medical-practice-value-through-administrator-s to view the full article online.

 

Proposed legislation regarding surprise billing is unlikely to come up for a vote prior to 2020.

 

Editor’s note: Visit APMA’s eAdvocacy page at www.apma.org/eadvocacy to write to your member of Congress on behalf of the profession. Learn more about APMA’s legislative advocacy efforts on APMA.org.

Visit https://khn.org/news/congress-compromise-legislation-on-surprise-medical-bills/ to view the full article online.

 
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