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  • December 10, 2018

    Looking to save money this holiday season? Register to use the APMA MIPS app! This member-exclusive benefit allows you to complete your 2018 MIPS performance year reporting through the APMA Registry for free, while other registries cost $600 or more. Available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and a convenient web portal.

  • December 10, 2018

    All resolutions for consideration at the 2019 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting this March must be submitted to APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, by January 16, 2019. Resolutions Preparation Guidelines are available on the HOD page.

  • November 5, 2018

    The 18th Annual Joint National Podiatric Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC)-Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) meeting was held on Friday, November 2, in Baltimore.

  • November 5, 2018

    CMS released the Final Rule for the Quality Payment Program for 2019, including changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in Year 3. While APMA is still reviewing the final rule, members should be aware of critical changes.

  • October 22, 2018

    APMA has not let up its advocacy efforts in the weeks since we submitted formal written comments opposing the CMS E/M proposal in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule.

  • October 1, 2018

    The new ICD-10 codes go into effect October 1. This year, there are a total of 473 code changes.

  • September 24, 2018

    National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has released the update to Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes. This resource provides a set of 10 clinically useful principles highlighting areas of agreement in diabetes care and prevention. APMA has signed on as one of the 20 professional organizations and federal agencies supporting the use of Guiding Principles.

  • September 10, 2018

    APMA submitted its formal comments to CMS on September 10 in response to CMS' proposed rule for the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. We are incredibly proud of our members’ efforts to let CMS know its proposals related to separate E/M coding for DPMs are unacceptable.

  • September 4, 2018

    In accordance with CPME procedures, interested individuals or institutions are invited to submit third-party comments with respect to compliance of the Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine in Glendale, AZ, with the standards and requirements of the council. The council will take into consideration all comments received by December 15 as part of the college’s on-site evaluation scheduled for January 22–25, 2019.

  • Novitas LCD Clarification Victory
    August 20, 2018

    Since last November, APMA has been working with our Novitas Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) representatives to clarify problematic language in Novitas’ Mycotic Nail Debridement Local Coverage Determination (LCD). As a result of the work of APMA and the CAC representatives, Novitas has changed the language, releasing a new LCD with an effective date of August 16, 2018. Under this new LCD, if the patient qualifies under “mycotic nail debridement” and debridement is performed without concomitant pharmacologic therapy, mycologic confirmation is expected.

  • August 20, 2018

    As APMA has reported, CMS released its 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule [CMS-1693-P] that, if finalized, would require podiatrists to use different E/M codes from all other Medicare physicians. The codes would reimburse at a significantly lower rate.

  • August 13, 2018

    CMS released the hardship exception application for MIPS-eligible clinicians for the 2018 performance period on August 8. There are three main categories of exception application types: PI Hardship Exception; Special Status Clinicians; and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances.

  • Action Alert! Comment on E/M Code Discrimination
    July 30, 2018

    On July 12, CMS released a proposed rule [CMS-1693-P] that, if finalized, would require podiatrists to use different E/M codes from all other Medicare physicians. The codes would reimburse at a significantly lower rate. APMA urges podiatrists, their patients, and other stakeholders to take action today to address this discriminatory and punitive proposed rule.

  • July 16, 2018

    CMS released the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule last week, which also includes provisions related to the third year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

  • July 16, 2018

    APMA is pleased to announce the opening of the APMA/TDI Public Health Fellowship application process for the 2019–20 academic year. The deadline for applications is September 28. Applications must be submitted by email to Carolyn G. Anderson, scientific program assistant, at cganderson@apma.org.

  • Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl Crowns Winner
    July 15, 2018

    There is a new Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl champion. Brandon Rogers from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine won the top prize in a raucous, energetic competition. Trent R. Brookshier (Western University of Health Sciences Collee of Podiatric Medicine) placed second and Dong Yu (Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine) claimed third.

  • Examining Hot Topics in Public Health
    July 14, 2018

    Health-care providers need to stay current on a variety of public heath issues, and a Friday session presented timely updates on three perennial, but hot, topics—medical marijuana, implicit bias, and physician burnout.

  • Explore Surgical Procedures from Diagnosis to Coding
    July 14, 2018

    The surgical blitz returns today with presentations on 11 procedures, as well as on how to code for each diagnosis. “I will look at the surgical techniques speakers will be discussing and tailor my presentation around them so it is an all-encompassing session,” said Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM. “We will cover clinical and surgical aspects, but attendees also need to be able to code for the services they are performing. We hope to cover everything they need to know, from beginning to end.”

  • From the Exam Room to the Courtroom
    July 14, 2018

    The clinical management of wounds in patients with diabetes is a priority for podiatrists, but they also must prioritize record management, especially if treatment leads to amputation. Saturday’s Breakfast Symposium will examine the medical and legal implications of diabetic ulcers and other wounds to a podiatric practice.

  • Residents’ Program Examines Keys for Success
    July 14, 2018

    Saturday’s “Residents’ Program” will provide valuable non-clinical instruction and guidance for the profession’s newest podiatrists. The non-CECH session will take place at 10 a.m. in National Harbor 10–11.

  • Reversing the Trend of Overprescribing Opioids
    July 14, 2018

    Continued increases in the use of opioid medications to manage pain and the number of patients addicted to opioids are one of the greatest crises facing health-care providers today. The Alliance for Patient Access (APA) is working to reduce that trend, and the APA chair will deliver Saturday’s Plenary Lecture.

  • Sunday Offers MIPS, Coding Education for Podiatrists and Assistants
    July 14, 2018

    As The National winds down, Sunday morning provides attendees with an opportunity to focus on their practices, with new information about MIPS and the APMA Registry. Ira H. Kraus, DPM, immediate-past president; Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, APMA director of Clinical Affairs; and Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, consultant, APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, will oversee a breakfast symposium in Potomac Ballroom A from 7–8:30 a.m.

  • The APMA Registry Solves Your MIPS Problems and Saves You Money
    July 14, 2018

    In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The law replaced the much-maligned sustainable growth rate with new mechanisms for CMS to determine physician reimbursement rates. The chief determinant for many physicians is the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Your MIPS score during a given reporting year dictates what sort of payment you will receive in two years—a bonus, a penalty, or neutral.

  • Undergraduates Step into Podiatry
    July 14, 2018

    On Friday, undergraduate students assembled at The National for Step into Podiatry, an event designed to introduce them to podiatric medicine and surgery as a career. The event was part of APMA’s renewed focus on student recruitment.

  • Forefoot, Midfoot Surgical Approaches
    July 13, 2018

    From toes gone wild to Lisfranc fractures to discussions of fusion versus implants for treating hallux issues, the best treatments for forefoot and midfoot surgeries were examined Thursday. “Back to Basics: Forefoot and Midfoot Surgical Techniques” featured four experienced surgeons discussing their approaches, followed by a presentation on tips for ICD-10 coding.

  • Improving the Treatment of PVD and Wounds
    July 13, 2018

    Podiatrists regularly treat patients with vascular disease that can lead to critical limb ischemia (CLI), but those treatments vary greatly, especially in patients with diabetes. A Friday Breakfast Symposium will focus on management of wounds and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and include a look at a clinical trial to determine the best treatment options for patients with CLI.

  • Looking to the Future: APMA Brand Audit and Value Proposition for Young Physicians
    July 13, 2018

    For more than a year APMA has been undergoing a brand audit. The purpose of this effort is to position the association for a bright future by emphasizing its strengths and addressing its weaknesses while connecting with the newest generation of podiatrists. The process is nearly at an end, but APMA has already begun acting on the findings of the audit.

  • Participating Organizations to Present Sessions
    July 13, 2018

    The treatment of patients with sports-related injuries and advances in the management of heel pain will be addressed in two of the sessions to be presented Friday by participating organizations.

  • Rep. Wenstrup Extols Benefits of Podiatry in Opening Address
    July 13, 2018

    During a celebratory opening session Thursday, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH), the first podiatrist to serve in the US House of Representatives, congratulated APMA members on the passage of the VA MISSION Act, including APMA’s VA Provider Equity Act. “This was not only about pay,” Rep. Wenstrup said, referring to the bill, which placed podiatrists in the same authority as their allopathic and osteopathic colleagues at the Veterans’ Health Administration. “It was about leadership. And it was important for our veterans. Our veterans so often have comorbidities. And that’s what we do as podiatrists.”

  • Unusual Treatments, Conditions Tackled in Surgical Blitz
    July 13, 2018

    Several unusual conditions and treatments will be examined during Friday’s Surgical Blitz session. Nine presentations will address topics such as modes of fixation, metatarsal fractures, syndesmotic injuries, cartilage defects, subtalar dislocations, and diabetic ankle fractures.

  • Workshops Offer Hands-on Learning Opportunities
    July 13, 2018

    Four Friday workshops will give attendees hands-on experience in new procedures on cadavers, an opportunity to sharpen skills using established techniques, and information about new approaches to a variety of conditions treated by podiatrists.

  • Dermatologic Due Diligence
    July 12, 2018

    The importance of thorough dermatologic examinations and the use of the correct biopsy techniques by podiatrists when needed will be explored during Thursday’s Plenary Lecture, “Common Lower Extremity Skin Lesions and Soft Tissue Masses—Diagnosis and Treatment Options.” Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, medical director of the Crozer Center for Wound Healing in Springfield, PA, and chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, will use examination photos to help demonstrate the importance of not overlooking lesions or growths on the lower extremities.

  • Diagnosing Dermatologic Dilemmas
    July 12, 2018

    Diagnosing dermatologic conditions on the lower extremities can be challenging because many conditions look alike. Two speakers at Thursday’s Breakfast Symposium will explain their tips for diagnosing and managing a variety of common and unusual conditions and explore new technology for an old problem.

  • Find it all in the Exhibit Hall during today’s Grand Opening
    July 12, 2018

    Have you ever wished there was a podiatry superstore, a single place you could go to take care of all your practice needs? Well it turns out there is one, and it is the exhibit hall here at The National. Following this morning’s opening session, come to the exhibit hall grand opening! The expansive exhibit hall at The National features nearly 200 exhibitors ready to fill your every need. Dermatologics, orthotics, surgical tools, diagnostics … if you need it to run a podiatry practice, you will find it here!

  • Options Available in Limb Preservation
    July 12, 2018

    Amputations and complex treatments are common for patients who have diabetes or Charcot deformities, but better options and outcomes are available. Podiatric physicians will explore those options today during Track 1: Limb Preservation. Presentations will cover guidelines for treating osteomyelitis, including antibiotics; the importance of being flexible in managing Charcot deformity; the potential of using thermal imaging; and consideration of a patient’s lifestyle when choosing a treatment option.

  • Stay Connected with The National
    July 12, 2018

    You have committed to the must-attend meeting for every podiatrist; now make the most of your time at The National with the must-download app for every attendee. Search for the APMA Meetings app in the iTunes store for IOS devices or the Google Play store for Android devices. If you are a returning attendee, you are all set! Just select this year’s meeting in the app.

  • Student Recruitment Begins at Home
    July 12, 2018

    Career awareness and student recruitment have become hot-button issues for the profession of podiatry in recent years as applications to the nine colleges of podiatric medicine have dipped below acceptable levels.

  • Welcome to Washington, DC
    July 12, 2018

    Welcome to the APMA 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National). The National is truly the must-attend event for every podiatrist. From workshops, to surgical blitzes, to expert practice advice, to specialized topics from participating organizations, The National covers the entire spectrum of foot and ankle care.

  • Support Podiatric Medicine with Every Amazon.com Purchase
    June 25, 2018

    The APMA Educational Foundation is now participating in AmazonSmile, a program in which the online retailer, Amazon.com, donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to the foundation.

  • APMA Achieves Major Federal Legislative Success
    June 6, 2018

    President Trump has signed the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018, or MISSION Act.

  • Joint Task Force of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Podiatric Surgeons Convenes in Chicago
    May 30, 2018

    Leaders from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and the American Podiatric Medical Association came together in Chicago on April 11 for a first-of-its-kind meeting of a Joint Task Force of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Podiatric Surgeons.

  • May 14, 2018

    APMA wishes to congratulate Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) for passage of legislation that updated the Connecticut scope-of-practice law to remove barriers for podiatrists to surgically treat the ankle.

  • May 11, 2018

    APMA congratulates the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association (SCPMA) on the passage of H 3622, an updated podiatry scope-of-practice act to allow doctors of podiatric medicine to medically and surgically treat the ankle.

  • April 23, 2018

    APMA awarded SCPMA a Center for Professional Advocacy Financial Assistance grant last week to help South Carolina podiatrists with the scope legislation that would update the scope-of-practice to include the ankle.

  • APMA Registry Ready for MIPS 2018 Reporting Year
    April 16, 2018

    The APMA Registry is now ready to accept 2018 MIPS reporting data. If you have not used the registry before, get started at the APMA Registry Sign Up Portal. The registry is free to use and allows all APMA members to complete their ACI and CPIA attestations for the MIPS 2018 reporting year.

  • April 9, 2018

    The low-volume threshold for MIPS participation changed for the 2018 reporting period. CMS released a MIPS Participation Lookup Tool on April 6 that allows you to easily check your 2018 eligibility.

  • April 9, 2018

    Palmetto GBA, the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Jurisdictions J and M, issued a notice that the “routine foot care service edit, based on the Routine Foot Care Local Coverage Determination (LCD), L37643, has been editing incorrectly and only allowing one CPT/HPCPS code identified in the LCD per patient, per claim.”

  • April 2, 2018

    APMA members should be alert to CMS rolling out its new Medicare card program. Patients began receiving these cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) on April 1.

  • March 20, 2018

    APMA is very pleased to announce that after much advocacy by APMA and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), diabetic shoe inserts fabricated using scanning devices will be reimbursed the same as those inserts made over a positive model of the patient’s foot, effective April 1, using a temporary HCPCS code, K0903.

  • Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, Installed as APMA President
    March 19, 2018

    On Sunday, March 18, Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, was installed as president of APMA by Ross A. Taubman, DPM. Dr. Frisch addressed the house, outlining APMA’s accomplishments and his goals for the coming year. He promised to devote his energy toward moving forward together as well as the importance of APMA membership.

  • In Memoriam: Harry Goldsmith, DPM
    March 19, 2018

    APMA is deeply saddened by the passing on February 7 of Harry Goldsmith, DPM, after a battle with cancer. Dr. Goldsmith was a noted coding expert and a consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice department. His vast knowledge of coding was instrumental in the development and evolution of the APMA Coding Resource Center, and he supported APMA’s RUC and CPT initiatives, committee activities, and other efforts.

  • March 18, 2018

    Dr. Kraus enumerated a long litany of accomplishments on behalf of members, including passage of legislation in the House of Representatives, major regulatory wins, development of a data registry, the launch of a new website, a massive and growing volume of media coverage, support of hundreds of students through APMA Educational Foundation scholarships, and many more.

  • APMA Remembers Harry Goldsmith, DPM, at HOD
    March 17, 2018

    The APMA House of Delegates took time on Saturday to honor the memory of noted coding expert and APMA consultant Harry Goldsmith, DPM, of California, who passed away on February 7.

  • March 12, 2018

    It’s already March! Have you checked out the 2018 MIPS Performance Year Resource Page recently? On it, members will find all the information they need to select the measures they would like to report or attest to for the 2018 MIPS Performance Year, for the three performance categories (Quality, Improvement Activities, and Advancing Care Information) that eligible clinicians must submit data or attest to, as well as information on the new cost performance category.

  • February 26, 2018

    If you currently have fewer than 500 appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council at the Departmental Appeals Board, you may be eligible for a limited settlement agreement option for resolution to settle the portion of your pending appeals that have total billed amounts of $9,000 or less per appeal in exchange for timely partial payment of 62 percent of the net Medicare-approved amount.

  • February 20, 2018

    If you have fewer than 500 appeals currently pending at the Office of Medicare Hearing and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council (Council) at the Departmental Appeals Board, you may be eligible for a limited settlement agreement option for resolution to settle the portion of your pending appeals that have total billed amounts of $9,000 or less per appeal in exchange for timely partial payment of 62 percent of the net Medicare-approved amount.

  • January 29, 2018

    The Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction J (Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia) is transitioning from Cahaba to Palmetto. The Part A transition went into effect January 26.

  • January 22, 2018

    APMA provides tangible benefits for your dues dollars, but your association’s advocacy efforts also save you thousands of dollars—if not more—each year. Just two of APMA’s recent initiatives have saved members more than $100 million.

  • January 8, 2018

    The performance period for MIPS in 2018 started on January 1. The 2018 performance period for eligible clinicians (those who see more than 200 Medicare Part B patients a year and have more than $90,000 in Medicare Part B allowable charges) is as follows: 12 months for the Cost and Quality performance categories; and 90 days for the ACI and CPIA performance categories.

  • January 4, 2018

    If you registered to use the APMA Registry for the 2017 performance year, you will receive instructions regarding login and use of the registry shortly. We continue to process business associate/data use agreements and will let you know if we need further information from you. You have until March 24, 2018, to use the APMA Registry to attest to CPIA and ACI measures.

  • January 2, 2018

    Happy New Year! APMA would like to share with you some of the highlights of 2017 and how we delivered on our commitment to members. Read on for some of your association’s most significant accomplishments on your behalf.

  • December 18, 2017

    Effective January 1, 2018, Medicare claims for X-rays taken using computed radiography/cassette-based imaging must include modifier “FY” and a 7-percent reduction in reimbursement will be applied to the technical component (and the technical component of the global fee) from 2018–22, and the reduction will increase to 10 percent in 2023. For purposes of this provision, computed radiography (CR) is defined as “Cassette-based imaging utilizing an imaging plate to create the image involved.”

  • October 23, 2017

    A new set of FAQs addresses the MIPS quality payment program. It is available on the MACRA resource page, along with other valuable MACRA-related tools.

  • October 23, 2017

    APMA's Bylaws and Procedures Committee has drafted proposed changes to the bylaws, which would be considered by the 2018 House of Delegates and enacted by procedures modifications at the 2019 House of Delegates meeting. APMA is seeking feedback from members on these proposed changes. Feedback is due November 30, 2017.

  • APMA Defeats Proposed Orthotics and Prosthetics Rule
    September 28, 2017

    APMA celebrated a major advocacy victory this week when CMS withdrew proposed rule CMS-6012-P, which would have required previously exempted, qualified practitioners including podiatrists to obtain additional certification and licensing to furnish and fabricate orthotics and prosthetics.

  • In Memoriam: Jerry D. Brant, DPM
    September 18, 2017

    APMA is saddened to announce that Past President Jerry D. Brant, DPM, passed away September 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

  • July 25, 2017

    The VA Provider Equity Act (HR 1058) was passed unanimously in the House on July 24. The APMA-crafted legislation aims to resolve ongoing recruitment and retention issues for podiatrists employed by the Veterans Health Administration (VA).

  • How to Avoid a MIPS Penalty
    March 30, 2017

    APMA Executive Director and CEO James R. Christina, DPM, explains how to avoid a MIPS penalty.

  • Dr. Evans Honored with Award of Excellence
    March 19, 2017

    John Evans, DPM, was honored with the Award of Excellence on Sunday, March 19. Dr. Evans was nominated by Crystal Holmes, DPM, president of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association.

  • A Note From Dr. Christina: Social Media—What Can It Do for Your Practice?
    January 17, 2017

    Social media has woven its way into every part of our lives, including health care. According to MediaBistro.com, 40 percent of those surveyed reported information they see via social media impacts how they handle their health. How are you using social media to help promote your practice?

  • December 21, 2016

    HMP Communications (HMP) and the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), executors of the annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Spring and Fall meetings, are again offering a Wound Care Podiatrist Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any APMA member who has demonstrated exceptional clinical skills and an intense dedication to caring for patients with wounds.

  • December 19, 2016

    APMA submitted comments to CMS on December 19 regarding the finalized rule for the Medicare Quality Payment Programs, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APMs).

  • APMA Actively Reviewing Quality Payment Program Rule
    October 14, 2016

    This morning, CMS announced the final rule implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) provisions in MACRA, which are collectively known as the Quality Payment Program.

  • CMS Raises the Bar for Coding Accuracy October 1
    September 26, 2016

    When ICD-10 was adopted on October 1, 2015, CMS instructed Medicare contractors to not deny claims billed under the Part B physician fee schedule through either automated medical review or complex medical record review based solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis code as long as the provider used a valid code from the correct family. This policy will end on October 1, 2016.

  • September 26, 2016

    In response to a number of questions and feedback from members, APMA has created an FAQ page, with a printable PDF version, for the final section 1557 notification. View the document today to prepare your office for the October 16 compliance deadline.

  • CMS Announces MACRA Implementation Plan
    September 8, 2016

    CMS announced today that it will allow physicians participating in MACRA’s Quality Payment Program four options to comply with the first year of the law and avoid penalties. APMA, along with other physician specialties, have called on CMS to delay implementation and provide more flexibility in the program.

  • August 29, 2016

    The Private Insurance Resource Guide (PIRG) is an online, detailed guide just for members on elements of insurance related to the practice of podiatry.

  • August 22, 2016

    The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports will be available in September for individual eligible professionals (EPs) and PQRS group practices. The 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) will also be available in September for groups with two or more EPs and solo practitioners.

  • July 11, 2016

    CMS released the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule last week. APMA is currently in process of evaluating the rule’s impact on our members.

  • June 6, 2016

    CMS invites the public to join an upcoming listening session on June 8, 12-1 p.m. EDT, to learn more about the Resource Use performance category, part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) proposed in the recently released MACRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

  • June 1, 2016

    The APMA Coding Committee will meet on Friday, June 3, to discuss hot topics in coding, including ICD-10, X modifiers, global day post-op evaluations, and CPT updates.

  • CMS Nail Debridement and E/M Services Webinar
    June 1, 2016

    Join CMS for a webinar on the comparative billing report on Podiatry: Nail Debridement and Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services (CBR201608), Wednesday, June 22, from 3–4:30 p.m. EDT.

  • April 18, 2016

    Recently, a number of APMA members have expressed concerns to APMA on the possible reduction in reimbursement they might face, under the Medicare film/cassette imaging service payment reduction provision in the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

  • APMA Sponsors Capitol Hill Briefing on Limb Salvage
    March 29, 2016

    APMA sponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill underscoring for legislators and staffers the critical importance of podiatrists in diabetic limb salvage and promoting the Helping Ensuring Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act.

  • Paul Kinberg, DPM, Accepts Award of Excellence
    March 21, 2016

    Paul Kinberg, DPM, was honored with the Award of Excellence on Sunday, March 20. Dr. Kinberg was nominated by Leslie Campbell, DPM. The award is presented to members in good standing in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors. Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

  • APMA Remembers Oliver “Ollie” Foster, DPM, at HOD
    March 20, 2016

    The APMA House of Delegates took time on Saturday to honor the memory of past Delegate Oliver “Ollie” Foster, DPM, of California, who passed away last week. The APMAPAC Kaplan-Clarke-Foster Practice Management Seminar is named in honor of Dr. Foster, who was an avid supporter of the PAC.

  • Dr. Caporusso Receives Distinguished Service Citation
    March 20, 2016

    APMA President Phillip. E. Ward, DPM, presented APMA Past President Joseph Caporusso, DPM, with the Distinguished Service Citation on Saturday at the 96th Annual APMA House of Delegates in Washington, DC.

  • R. Daniel Davis, DPM, Installed as APMA President
    March 20, 2016

    On Sunday, March 20, R. Daniel Davis, DPM, was installed as president of APMA by Marc Lederman, DPM. Dr. Davis addressed the house, outlining APMA’s accomplishments and his goals for the coming year. He promised his high energy and passion for podiatry as the cornerstone of his presidency.

  • Rising Star Award
    March 20, 2016

    APMA President Phillip E. Ward, DPM, honored Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, with the Rising Star Award on Saturday.

  • Get Hands-On Surgical, Ultrasound Experience
    March 17, 2016

    For those podiatrists looking for more in-depth learning than a standard lecture when they attend a foot and ankle conference, The National offers three hands-on workshops.

  • February 29, 2016

    Registry reporting remains a significant aspect of the CMS EHR Incentive Program and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and will continue to be into the future with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. In order to meet meaningful use requirements (Objective 10 Measure 3) eligible professionals must submit their intent or connect to a specialty registry by today, February 29.

  • APMA Testifies Before House VA Subcommittee on Health
    May 19, 2015

    APMA Director of Young Physicians’ Programs Nichol Salvo, DPM, testified on behalf of APMA before the US House Veterans Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Health, last week. Her focus was on how disparity within the VA hinders recruitment and retention of podiatrists.

  • James A. Lamb Accepts President’s Award
    March 22, 2015

    Frank Spinosa, DPM, presented his President’s Award to James A. Lamb, retired executive director of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS), in recognition of his 18-year tenure at ABFAS and his many contributions to the profession.

  • Phillip E. Ward, DPM, Installed as President
    March 22, 2015

    On Sunday, Phillip E. Ward, DPM, was installed as president by his daughter Meredith Ward, DPM. Dr. Ward addressed the House of Delegates and shared his goals for his presidency.

  • APMA Selects James R. Christina, DPM, as Next Executive Director and CEO
    March 21, 2015

    APMA is pleased to announce that James R. Christina, DPM, has been confirmed as its new executive director and CEO. Dr. Christina was selected after a lengthy national search process conducted by JDG Associates executive search firm and confirmed by the House of Delegates today during its annual meeting.

  • Bipartisan Medicare SGR Overhaul Bill Unveiled in Congress
    March 20, 2015

    On March 19 leaders in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate released bipartisan, bicameral legislation to replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. The bipartisan, bicameral bill seeks to end the cycle of annual ‘doc fix’ crises that have created uncertainty for millions of Medicare providers and beneficiaries for more than a decade and also create a system that promotes higher quality care for America’s seniors.

  • March 9, 2015

    Several podiatrists from different states alerted APMA last week that they have been victims of tax scams and possible identify theft. After further research by APMA, it appears that the same or similar tax scam schemes have targeted all types of medical providers.

  • HELLPP Act Reintroduced in 114th Congress
    March 4, 2015

    HR 1221/S 626, The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, was introduced to the 114th Congress on March 4 by US Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate and US Reps. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) in the House. The bipartisan HELLPP Act includes multiple comprehensive reforms that will enable podiatric physicians to continue to save lives, limbs, and health-care dollars. The net result of implementing these common-sense provisions would be significant improvements to patient access to quality foot and ankle care and tremendous savings for the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

  • APMA Affiliates Add Big Value with Small Group Discussions at The National
    February 18, 2015

    To enhance the already robust selection of tracks available through the educational program at The National, this year attendees will be able to receive additional focused knowledge through small group discussions hosted by APMA affiliates on Friday, July 24, from 1:30–5:30 p.m. The group discussions are designed for more intimate learning than general lectures and explore topics of specific interest to the affiliate host.

  • February 9, 2015

    APMA recently submitted a comment letter to CMS on the policies outlined in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) proposed rule. Concerns expressed include podiatric physician participation in ACOs and Medicare beneficiaries’ right to receive care outside of an ACO.

  • February 9, 2015

    The National Academies of Practice (NAP) is seeking nominations for deserving individuals to be inducted within its ranks. NAP is dedicated to affordable, accessible, coordinated quality health care for all. NAP believes that health-care practice that has an interprofessional foundation and addresses a person as a whole provides better health care and better preventive care.

  • October 16, 2014

    DME Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) published a notice stating that all four jurisdictions would be delaying implementation of recently finalized local coverage determinations (LCD) for pneumatic compression devices (PCDs). The scheduled effective date was November 1. DME MACs have not published a future effective date. These LCDs would have prevented podiatric physicians from prescribing PCDs regardless of the scope of practice in their respective states. The current LCD and related policy article will remain in effect.

  • APMA Young Physicians Discuss Leadership, Strategy at 2014 YPI
    October 12, 2014

    The 2014 APMA Young Physicians’ Institute (YPI) took place October 10–12 in Franklin, TN, at the headquarters of the Podiatry Insurance Company of America (PICA). During the three day meeting, more than 50 young physicians, residents, podiatric medical students, and APMA Trustees gathered for leadership training, practice management advice, and networking.

  • August 8, 2014

    APMA has aggressively lobbied Congress to resolve the ongoing pay disparity faced by podiatrists employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now, we need our members to take the torch and continue to advocate while Congress is on recess.

  • Gain Hands-on Experience at The National
    June 25, 2014

    The National will have two opportunities for attendees to gain hands-on training from renowned experts with an ultrasound workshop and ankle arthroscopy workshop. Attendance is limited, so register today!

  • June 6, 2014

    CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on May 20 that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs (meaningful use) to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

  • May 5, 2014

    In February, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a notice on health-care competition. APMA submitted a comment letter in response to this FTC notice last week. It addressed the education, training, and experience of podiatrists, as well as scope of practice laws and other legislative and regulatory restrictions that do not reflect the advancement of podiatric medicine and the value of care by podiatrists.

  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup, DPM, Receives President's Award
    March 15, 2014

    APMA President Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, honored US Rep Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH), during the 2014 APMA House of Delegates meeting with the President's Award in honor of Dr. Wenstrup's outstanding achievements.

  • January 31, 2014

    APMA and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons met with representatives of the CMS Center for Program Integrity and Office of Legislation, and Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL) last Tuesday about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) in the congressman’s office.

  • December 18, 2013

    Participate in PQRS by December 31, 2013, or your Medicare Part B payments will decrease by 1.5 percent in 2015. Participation is easy; follow these steps to ensure you don't lose money.

  • APMA Signs Letter Supporting Sunshine Act Reporting Exemption
    October 30, 2013

    The Physician Payment Sunshine Act (OPEN PAYMENTS), section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to publicly report to CMS payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including podiatrists.

  • August 12, 2013

    APMA is strongly opposed to CMS’ arbitrary omission of CPME from a list of accrediting and certifying entities under a Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA) regulation that exempts indirect payments made to speakers at accredited or certified continuing medical education (CME) programs from reporting requirements.

  • July 29, 2013

    Beginning this Thursday, August 1, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA), a section of the Affordable Care Act, requires manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals, or medical supplies to start collecting data consisting of payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including podiatrists.

  • March 18, 2013

    The House of Delegates heard from a task force that has been considering the future of the house and potential changes to the governing body of the association and its meetings.

  • March 11, 2013

    APMA has answered frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA). PPSA requires drug, medical device, biological, and medical supply manufacturers to disclose to CMS certain payments and other transfers of value made to physicians, including DPMs.

  • Impact of Budget Sequestration on DPMs—Update
    February 27, 2013

    Due to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., the federal government will encounter an automatic budget "sequester" starting March 1, 2013. Learn more about how these budget cuts will impact APMA members and podiatric physicians.

  • First Ever DPM Elected to Congress
    November 7, 2012

    In a landslide victory, Brad Wenstrup, DPM, has won the Ohio second district congressional race by a 59-41 percent vote. Dr. Wenstrup is the first ever podiatrist to be elected to the US House of Representatives and APMA congratulates him on this victory.

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