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Health-care groups are offering objections to new proposed payment rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

 

Editor's note: APMA is reviewing the proposed rule and preparing to advocate on behalf of members. For more details, click here and here. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/providers/hospital-physician-groups-push-back-cms-payment-rules-covid-19-assistance-dwindles to view the full article online.

 

Prior authorization is among the issues contributing to physician burnout, according to some experts.

 

Editor’s note: Feeling overwhelmed? APMA has physician well-being resources for members at www.apma.org/wellbeing.

Visit https://www.medpagetoday.com/publichealthpolicy/workforce/99793 to view the full article online.

 

Training staff to recognize malicious emails is one part of an effective cybersecurity strategy at physician practices.

 

Editor’s note: Get expert advice on how to minimize your risk of a ransomware attack, as well as cyber liability policy options through PICA, a ProAssurance Company.

Visit https://www.physiciansweekly.com/strong-cybersecurity-is-critical-for-healthcare-practices/ to view the full article online.

 
Results from a new study suggest that a shorter wait time might be appropriate for patients seeking elective surgery following recovery from COVID-19.

 

Editor’s note: APMA has compiled a list of resources for members regarding elective procedures and non-emergent non-COVID-19 health-care.

Visit https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-safety-outcomes/surgery-after-covid-19-might-be-safe-sooner-than-recommended-7-week-wait-study-suggests.html to view the full article online.

 
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Finding ways to make it easier for patients to fulfill their payment obligations and considering approaches to upfront collections are among the tips for improving collections.

 

Editor’s note: See APMA’s member resources on coding and reimbursement basics and balance billing. 

Visit https://www.physicianspractice.com/view/nine-tips-for-collecting-patient-balances to view the full article online.

 
Taking a hard look at how things have always been done at one's practice can lead to solutions that improve efficiency.

Visit https://www.medicaleconomics.com/view/breaking-bad-habits-at-your-practice to view the full article online.

 

The COVID-19 public health emergency has been extended through October, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has announced.

 

Editor's note: For physician COVID-19 resources, visit www.apma.org/covid19. 

Visit https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/providers/hhs-renews-covid-19-public-health-emergency-another-three-months to view the full article online.

 
Several hospitals have announced a scaling back of certain services as a result of staffing shortfalls.

Visit https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/care-coordination/hospitals-cutting-services-over-staffing-shortages-0719.html to view the full article online.

 
What Patients are Reading
Staying hydrated and wearing proper footwear can help to reduce the likelihood of foot cramps.

Visit https://www.insider.com/guides/health/treatments/foot-cramps to view the full article online.

 

Hot showers and increased foot stress can contribute to dryness of the feet.

 

Editor’s note: APMA has a sweaty feet information page for members to share with their patients. Visit www.apma.org/sweatyfeet.  

Visit https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/cracked-dry-feet-causes-prevention-and-best-treatments to view the full article online.

 
If a foot wound from a splinter shows signs of infection, it's important to seek professional care.

Visit https://www.wellandgood.com/what-to-do-for-a-splinter/ to view the full article online.

 
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