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Jan. 19, 2012
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Medicare Provider Performance Evaluations
to be made publicly available

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On Jan. 6, the Medicare Data for Performance Measurement Final Rule went into effect. You can read a summary of the final rule online. The regulation allows qualified entities to use Medicare claims data to evaluate the performance of Medicare providers and suppliers, including DPMs, on the measures of quality, efficiency, effectiveness and resource use. The performance measurements will be made publicly available to enable health plans and consumers to make more educated healthcare choices. Qualified entities must confidentially share performance measurement reports with providers and suppliers free of charge at least 60 days before they are made publicly available. More

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APMA + Latina magazine
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Diabetes awareness month may have officially ended, but education about the disease never should. That's why APMA has run a half-page, color advertisement in the Feb. 2012 issue of Latina magazine. The advertisement was created as part of the most recent "Knock Your Socks Off" diabetes awareness campaign targeting the Hispanic community, which is at an increased risk of developing the disease. APMA PR staff worked closely with Latina magazine to ensure the ad would resonate with their influential audience and blend well with the theme of the magazine. Latina is the largest women's consumer magazine edited by and for Hispanic women, and it has a combined audience of nearly three million, including subscriptions and copies sold. See the ad online! More

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 Health Care in the News


No easy fix for Medicare doctors' pay
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If you were hoping for a quick resolution of the Medicare physician payment issue, think again. The "doc fix" issue is part of a broader and more complicated debate: How to finance an extension of the current payroll tax cut for the rest of the year and federal benefits for the long-term unemployed. More

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ACFAOM's 2012 ANNUAL CLINICAL CONFERENCE

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CBO: Medicare cost-cutting programs haven't worked
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Programs designed to cut Medicare spending and improve the quality of healthcare have mostly failed, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The findings are a blow to existing Medicare projects as well as a key goal of the healthcare reform law. More

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Van Nuys, Calif., center takes new approach to prevent amputations
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Bob Winkler was told he would lose his leg. It was the result of Charcot foot, a rare condition associated with diabetes. Simply put, Charcot foot occurs from a combination of diabetes complications including osteoporosis, which softens the foot's bones and eventually causes the arch of the foot to collapse. This changes the way a patient walks and over time can cause an ulcer.

Editor's note: Studies prove care by a podiatrist helps prevent diabetes complications.
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Smartphone application manages diabetes
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An interdisciplinary research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts has received a $1.2 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart phone application that will help people with advanced diabetes and foot ulcers better manage their disease. More


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Western Foot and Ankle Conference


Register Now! June 7-10, 2012. The Western celebrates California Podiatric Medical Association’s Centennial. 25 CMEs including radiology, 3-day Assistants program, PICA discount, and more!
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A recent study shows that diabetic patients may benefit from wearing diabetic socks with built in graduated compression. These socks can help alleviate swelling, improve circulation and help a person with diabetes maintain an active lifestyle. With a flat toe seam and extra soft padded sole, the SIGVARIS Diabetic Compression Sock is comfortable and designed to help keep diabetic legs healthy. MORE
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PARK CITY UTAH SKI CONFERENCE
Make plans to join the Podiatry Institute and the Utah Podiatric Medical Association for their 19th Annual Ski Conference in Park City, Utah. The 3-day conference will be held February 2-4, 2012 at the Park City Marriott. For more information or to register, please go to www.podiatryinstitute.com.
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 What Your Patients Are Reading


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Big toe problems can be a big deal
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The recent big toe problem that Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is dealing with is of real concern. Sprains or strains of the all-important "push off lever" of the foot is often called "turf toe." Although this condition might be considered "just a toe problem", it's a big mistake to take it lightly.

Editor's note: Share APMA's foot-health brochure with your patients.
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Examining the minimalist athletic shoes
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APMA member Robert Weiss, DPM, writes, "We have all experienced the concept of toning shoes and barefoot running. Now, it's time to move on to the latest 'movement' towards minimalist athletic shoes."

Editor's note: See APMA's position statement on barefoot running.
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Toenail infections
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Infections of the toenail generally occur because of an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis), infection around the skin of the nail (paronychia) or onychomycosis (fungal infection of the toenail). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, paronychia can occur around your fingernails as well as your toenails.

Editor's note: Share APMA's nail problems brochure with your patients.
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