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APMA, Health Systems Committee webinar series on out-of-network providers
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APMA's Health Systems Committee webinar series has been implemented to educate members on contract provisions and negotiating provider contracts. The first webinar will be hosted Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. Hear an informative lecture, Out-of-Network Providers, Understanding Your Rights and Obligations, presented by Bruce Blank, DPM, APMA member, APMA HSC and Kelli, Back, Esq., Law Offices of Mark S. Joffe. Join us to get your questions answered. For immediate information on providing care out of network, view Chapter 11 of the Private Insurance Resource Guide at www.apma.org/pirg. Space is limited. Reserve your seat now. More

Health-care reform: Establishment of exchanges and qualified health plans
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a proposed rule, Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans. APMA summarizes the proposed rule and its implications for podiatrists in a recently published Policy Brief. The proposed rule sets forth the following: More


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Update to legal challenges to federal health-care reform law
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Approximately 30 lawsuits have been filed challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law passed in 2010. The basis of most of the lawsuits is that Congress exceeded its authority under the Constitution's Commerce Clause by requiring individuals to obtain insurance, commonly referred to as the insurance mandate. Over the past several months, six cases have reached federal appeals courts with split decision among the circuits and many legal experts expect the U.S. Supreme Court to combine these cases and render a decision on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate sometime next year or early 2013. APMA is actively monitoring these legal developments and has created a status chart of the major cases. While the legal challenges maneuver through courts, the federal health care reform law remains intact. Thus, CMS and states continue with their plans to implement the law. For more information about health care reform and its implications to podiatric physicians, visit www.apma.org/healthcarereform.

Podiatrists make music
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APMA members Richard Gosnay, DPM; Nichol Salvo, DPM; and Jeffrey Yung, DPM, participated in the World Doctors Orchestra memorial charity concert on Sept. 11 at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md. The concert benefited Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in Washington, D.C., specializing in HIV/AIDS care and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender care. The concert was performed in remembrance of Sept. 11 and as a plea for peaceful solutions to world problems. World Doctors Orchestra is a nonprofit organization including more than 500 physicians from 36 countries.


 Health Care in the News


Mobile phones used to open records — and doors — in health care
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Mobile phones are making their presence felt in health care, where physicians are using them to access health records and health facilities. Two separate announcements recently highlight new methods for authentication. Imprivata and PhoneFactor have announced a reseller partnership that will merge the former's OneSign authentication and access management platform with the latter's phone-based multi-factor authentication service. More

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Progress on malpractice reform
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Specialized courts have a growing reputation for producing fair and speedy results, so it is encouraging to see the establishment of a malpractice court in Buffalo, N.Y. It can be one way to lower the costs of practicing medicine in this state, while producing fair awards more quickly for those who deserve them. More

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Maggots heal chronic diabetic wounds after other methods fail in study
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Maggots healed the wounds of diabetic patients where traditional medicine had failed, according to a report that suggests the ancient therapy may offer an alternative for clearing severe ulcers. Medical-grade versions of the fly larvae, placed on the sores of 27 diabetic patients, helped close the wounds in 21 cases, said Lawrence Eron, associate professor at the University of Hawaii's John A Burns School of Medicine, in Honolulu, and an author of the report. Some of the wounds had been open for as long as five years, he said.

Editor's note: Share APMA's diabetic wound care brochure with your patients.
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Experts joining heads to analyze measures against diabetic foot
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Diabetic foot disease will be the focus of a five-day conference that begins in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. The Diabetic Foot Academy is organized with the support of the Health Ministry. The DFA, which features lectures, workshops and surgeries, targets cosmetic, orthopedic and general surgeons. Participants will receive certificates of achievements from the University of California.

Editor's note: Care by podiatrists can reduce hospitalizations secondary to diabetic foot infections. Read more here.
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Health insurance companies under pressure
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Beginning this month, health insurance companies will face more pressure to keep premiums reasonable. Previously, Missouri and Montana were the only states in the country where insurance rates weren't examined or reported, but a provision of the federal health care reform law changes that. More
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 What Your Patients Are Reading


High country running: Happy feet
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Megan Duwell writes, "As a professional runner on Team USA Arizona and a prior University of Minnesota athlete, I faced running-related injuries throughout my years of training and competition. Different athletes have different weaknesses. For some it's the hips, others the knees. My injuries were all confined to my feet."

Editor's note: Share APMA's Runner's Resource with your patients.
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High heeled shoes: Sexy and harmful
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High heel shoes give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and a greater overall height. They also alter the wearer's posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles, and making the bust and buttocks more prominent. All high heels counter the natural functionality of the foot, which can create skeletal and muscular problems if they are worn excessively.

Editor's note: Share APMA's footwear tips with your patients.
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These shoes aren't made for walkin'
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Beauty is pain. We've heard women say that — joking or not — for decades. But some of the pain associated with society's image of beauty could be harmful to health, says one Greater Cincinnati primary care physician, and it doesn't have to be as extreme — or as expensive — as surgery or injections. More

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