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Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicates a sharp increase in in participation in the Quality Payment Program from 2017 to 2018.

 

Editor’s note: APMA has everything you need to know about MACRA, MIPS, and APMs at www.apma.org/macra.

Visit https://www.healthcaredive.com/news/cms-says-participation-in-apms-mips-has-climbed-significantly/558731/ to view the full article online.

 
A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Visit https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/strategy/house-votes-repeal-aca-cadillac-tax to view the full article online.

 
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Reducing the amount of screen time when at home and remembering to take breaks are among the ways to help keep an effective work-life balance.

 

Editor’s note: Please see APMA’s new Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing for help managing burnout, work–life balance, and more.

Visit https://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/lifestyle/4-tips-to-help-keep-work-at-work to view the full article online.

 
A new study examining the effects of reducing the number of hours residents work suggests that resident work limits do not adversely affect quality or cost of care.

 

Editor’s note: APMA’s Young Physicians’ Transition Series has resources specific to each stage in a young physician’s career, including each year of residency.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/news/study-patient-outcomes-and-care-costs-unaffected-residency-work-limits to view the full article online.

 
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According to a recent study, the South and the Midwest are the regions most affected by a shortage of physicians.

 

Editor’s note: The APMA Career Center has all your hiring and job search needs covered.

Visit https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/article/3888 to view the full article online.

 
The way in which appointment reminders are sent and the state of a practice’s waiting room are among the factors that can affect whether patients come back.

Visit https://www.mdmag.com/physicians-money-digest/practice-management/five-reasons-why-your-patient-retention-is-low to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Plantar fasciitis, long common among athletes, has become a more widespread problem in the general population.

 

Editor’s note: Download our digital brochure on heel pain, which can be customized you’re your practice information.

Visit https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/what-plantar-fasciitis-what-can-you-do-relieve-pain-ncna1027506 to view the full article online.

 
The first step in treating a painful bunion is to visit a podiatrist.

 

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 http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-bunion-treatments-remedies.html to view the full article online.

 
For beach running, it can be best to select footwear that isn’t too stiff.

 

Editor's note: Tell your patients about APMA's list of athletic shoes given the APMA Seal of Acceptance.

Visit https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/beach-running-shoes to view the full article online.

 
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Before deciding on what footwear to go with, it’s important to determine what type of flat feet you have.

 

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

Visit https://www.runnersworld.com/gear/a25750345/running-shoes-flat-feet/ to view the full article online.

 
The percentage of physicians engaging with telemedicine continues to rise among young and older physicians alike.

 

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.healthcaredive.com/news/uptake-remains-low-but-doctors-of-all-ages-interested-in-telemedicine/558776/ to view the full article online.

 
Potential organizational solutions to physician burnout include taking a team approach to stress reduction and addressing workloads.

 

Editor’s note: Please see APMA’s new Physician Well-Being resources at www.apma.org/wellbeing for help managing burnout, work–life balance, and more.

Visit https://www.beckersasc.com/asc-quality-infection-control/3-tips-to-alleviate-physician-burnout.html to view the full article online.

 
When it comes to mobile health apps or devices, important considerations include the product’s regulatory status and issues of privacy.

Visit https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/digital/wearables-fda-and-patient-advice-what-physicians-should-know to view the full article online.

 
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