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Dec. 15, 2011
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House passes 2 year 'doc fix'; Senate action unclear
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The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed legislation (H.R. 3630) that would prevent a steep reduction in Medicare reimbursement for physicians, extend Social Security payroll tax relief in 2012 at its current reduced rate of 4.2 percent and extend some expiring benefits for the long-term unemployed. Access more information on the issue on APMA's Federal Resource Center Web page, and email messages to your Representatives and Senators via the APMA E-Advocacy Web page. More

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Resolution submission deadlines for 2012
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APMA is accepting resolutions for consideration for the 2012 House of Delegates and our first deadline is near. Submit nonemergency resolutions calling for the expenditure of more than $10,000 by Monday, Dec. 19! The Resolution Preparation Guidelines have been created to assist sponsors in the development of a resolution. The Resolution Financial Impact Form should accompany each resolution. If you have any questions regarding resolution submission or the House of Delegates meeting, please contact Stephanie Simmons at srsimmons@apma.org. More

Fee discrimination webinar recording available!
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APMA hosted its webinar on "Understanding Fee Discrimination Laws and Introducing Fee Parity Legislation" this week in its continued effort to resolve fee discrimination by private payers. We thank those of you who were able to attend, and if you missed the webinar, you can still watch a recording. State component societies considering an advocacy initiative to address fee discrimination should access The Model Fee Parity Law Project: A State Advocate's Manual for Implementing an Anti-Fee Discrimination and Fee Parity Act. We encourage you to contact APMA's Center for Professional Advocacy for more information and assistance. More

Survey finds most physicians distrustful of health care reform plan
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APMA would like members to be aware of new survey results from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions that finds physicians are not optimistic about their post-health care reform future, even though most physicians surveyed (71 percent) claim to be "somewhat informed" about the legislation. Forty-four percent said it was a good starting point, but just as many believe it is a step in the wrong direction. Deloitte found that 73 percent of physicians surveyed believe emergency rooms will remain overwhelmed due to the increased demands from newly insured patients. Also see the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's infographic summarizing the U.S. federal budget and fundamental budgetary challenges facing the country. More

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 Health Care in the News


Office of Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez aims to improve patient data protection
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Despite the challenge of getting new systems off the ground, it's clear that electronic health records are a powerful tool. They could save the American health care system billions of dollars by reducing unnecessary tests. They could make managing multiple chronic illnesses easier for both patients and doctors. And they present big research opportunities. More


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CMS rule would make drug, device makers' payments to doctors transparent
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its 121-page proposed rule designed to reveal potential conflicts of interest between drug, biological and medical device companies and the physicians and teaching hospitals that prescribe and use them. More

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Patient says Placenta graft healed his diabetic wound quickly
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Jim Ray was diagnosed with diabetes in 1991. A fire in 1999 led to the loss of part of his right foot. Because of a loss of feeling in his feet, common for diabetics, Ray did not realize he had lost his shoes as he fought the fire. "And I got burned on the bottom of my feet. They put skin grafts on both feet but over the years they started to deteriorate." More

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Kent State, podiatry college could merge by July
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An end could be in sight to the long courtship between Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Trustees at Kent State agreed recently to enter into exclusive talks with the podiatry school about the idea of folding the college into Kent State's operations. Officials with both parties have been in talks for months about a potential merger. More
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 What Your Patients Are Reading


'Butterball break' and other holiday risks to the feet
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Boca Raton, Fla., podiatrist Dr. Bret Ribotsky sees it every holiday season — and this year has been no different. From just prior to Thanksgiving to just after New Year's, Ribotsky notes that his practice treats significantly more patients suffering from various — and often preventable — foot, ankle and lower-leg injuries. More

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The high heels and tight fits of today's shoes are terrible for women's feet (photo gallery)
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Women's shoes have always been about the heels. And barring the brief Earth Shoes phase in the 1970s, style has usually trumped comfort. Maybe it was "Sex and the City" and its fetishization of Manolo Blahniks.

Editor's note: Share APMA's Footwear Fashion Calendar tip sheet with your patients.
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Why skaters get athlete's foot and how to prevent it
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As a skater one of the parts of your body that takes the most abuse is your feet. That extensive use makes your feet more prone to injuries as well as infections like athlete's foot. Athlete's foot is common among all skaters, but it can also be prevented.

Editor's note: Share APMA's Athlete's Foot brochure and with your patients.
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Stories from sources other than APMA do not necessarily reflect APMA positions or policies. APMA does not endorse these stories. This content appears in the News Brief to enhance members' understanding of how media coverage shapes perceptions of podiatric medicine, and to educate members about what their patients, legislators and other health care professionals are seeing in the media.
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