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The Senate is expected to vote this week on extending through the end of the year the moratorium on a 2 percent Medicare sequester cut that was due to take effect on March 31.

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/senate-vote-week-medicare-sequester-cuts-moratorium to view the full article online.

 

The acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated a report and order regarding the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

 

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

Visit https://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/fcc-issues-guidelines-new-round-250-million-covid-19-telehealth-program to view the full article online.

 
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that the Healthcare.gov special enrollment period will be extended through August 15.

 

Editor’s note: APMA members can find all COVID-19 CMS-related news here.  

Visit https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/biden-administration-extends-federal-special-enrollment-period to view the full article online.

 
The top challenges reported by physicians in a recent study included administrative burdens and physician burnout.

Visit https://www.dermatologytimes.com/view/2021-s-top-challenges-facing-physicians to view the full article online.

 
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There are many reasons to see a podiatrist, including beginning a new fitness routine or seeking help with an existing foot condition.

 

Editor’s note: APMA provides a page aimed at the public explaining podiatry. Visit “What is a Podiatrist?” on APMA.org and share widely. 

Visit https://ventsmagazine.com/2021/03/22/reasons-to-see-a-podiatrist/ to view the full article online.

 
Moisturizing and properly exfoliating feet can help to reduce the buildup of dead skin.

Visit https://www.chicagotribune.com/consumer-reviews/sns-bestreviews-how-to-get-rid-of-dead-skin-on-feet-20210321-7wui3frphredho3m5ea6i3ygmq-story.html to view the full article online.

 
Choosing appropriate footwear is important for those with psoriatic arthritis, as the wrong shoes can exacerbate problems such as heel pain.

Visit https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/spring-shoes-for-psoriatic-arthritis to view the full article online.

 
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An increasing number of physician practices are embracing new payment management technology.

Visit https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/claims-processing/more-physician-practices-move-contactless-payment-options to view the full article online.

 
Elements of an effective compliance program include appointing a compliance officer and establishing a reporting system.

Visit https://www.physicianspractice.com/view/healthcare-compliance-7-elements-for-an-effective-program to view the full article online.

 
Effective planning well ahead of time can help to make for a smooth transition.

 

Editor’s note: Get information about starting, selling, or closing a practice on the APMA Career Center.  

Visit https://www.physicianspractice.com/view/timing-your-exit-from-your-medical-practice to view the full article online.

 
According to new data, in-person outpatient visits dropped significantly from 2019 to 2020, while telehealth use rose during the same time period.

Visit https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/telehealth/telehealth-use-50-fold-privately-insured-patients-first-months-pandemic to view the full article online.

 
Montana and Minnesota topped the list of best states in which to practice, according to a new analysis.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/the-10-best-states-for-doctors-in-2021 to view the full article online.

 
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