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  • Announcement from the Committee on Physician Parity
    October 16, 2021

    Over the past 16 years, APMA and the profession have made great strides toward parity. APMA has hired cognitive psychologist and consultant Lynn Curry, PhD, to collect our stakeholders' diverse perspectives on physician parity in a report before the end of the year. APMA will then formulate a responsive plan to resume pursuit of physician parity. Updates on this effort will continue.

  • October 4, 2021

    The Biden administration released regulations last week outlining how the No Surprises Act’s independent dispute resolution (IDR) process will work to resolve billing disputes between providers and insurers.

  • First Deadline to Report PRF is September 30
    September 27, 2021

    Given the accounting PRF reporting requires, we strongly recommend providers required to report work with a financial advisor to ensure everything accuracy.

  • September 27, 2021

    For those who are reporting or plan to report MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) and/or Promoting Interoperability (PI) measures, the final continuous 90-day performance period of 2021 starts October 3.

  • APMA to Join "We Can Do This" Campaign, HHS' COVID-19 Public Health Initiative
    September 13, 2021

    APMA is pleased to announce that it has joined the “We Can Do This” campaign as a member of the COVID-19 Community Corps. The campaign is part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts to provide reliable and accessible information to the public about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • New COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Medicare, Medicaid Facilities
    September 13, 2021

    The Biden Administration has announced it "will require COVID-19 vaccination of staff within all Medicare and Medicaid-certified facilities," and that this requirement would apply to "clinical staff, individuals providing services under arrangements, volunteers, and staff who are not involved in direct patient, resident, or client care."

  • September 7, 2021

    Last week, APMA submitted comments to the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury in response their Surprise Billing; Part I interim final rule with comment (IFC).

  • Legacy Gift from the Arner Charitable Trust
    September 7, 2021

    The APMA Educational Foundation extends its most gracious thanks to the late Raphael Arner, DPM, and his wife, Judith, for their generous estate gift of $12,500, given through the Arner Charitable Trust.

  • 2020 MIPS Targeted Review Deadline October 1
    August 16, 2021

    2020 MIPS participants can now review their payment adjustment factor(s) on the QPP website. You can submit a targeted review through October 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Team APMA Conquers the Rockies
    August 16, 2021

    Thanks to the support for our hybrid race, the 2021 Team APMA 5K Run/Walk raised more than $9,500 for the APMA Educational Foundation!

  • COMING SOON: On-Demand CECH Opioid Program
    August 10, 2021

    Coming soon to the APMA Online Learning Center is an opioid/pain management-focused, on-demand CECH opportunity: “Postoperative Opioid Prescribing Practice in Foot and Ankle Surgery,” with Brandon Brooks, DPM, MPH, and Bradley Brooks, DO (psychiatrist and addictionologist).

  • 15 Outstanding Students Travel to Denver
    August 9, 2021

    The APMA Educational Foundation spent a week with 15 outstanding podiatric medical students at The National in Denver. Each student was awarded a travel fellowship as part of a video contest launched in May.

  • Exhibit Hall Opens Today
    July 29, 2021

    If you’re on site in Denver, join us today at 4 p.m. for the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Hall! If you’re online, begin visiting our virtual hall early and often—virtual booths are open from the start of the meeting.

  • Welcome to The National!
    July 29, 2021

    Welcome to the APMA 2021 Annual Scientific meeting (The National)! Whether you’re joining us in Denver or online, we’re excited to share this premier foot and ankle meeting with you. Read on for more about what to look forward to!

  • July 12, 2021

    APMA collaborated with PFA and AOPA during the July 8 CMS HCPCS Panel Meeting to request that the descriptor for HCPCS code L3000 be changed.

  • July 12, 2021

    Last week, APMA submitted comments to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),in response to the agency’s request for information on the impact of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • July 6, 2021

    On July 1, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and Treasury (and the Office of Personnel Management [OPM] for purposes of federal employee health plans), released the first in a series of rules implementing the No Surprises Act passed in late 2020 to address surprise billing.

  • Find the Right Plan for Your Practice
    July 1, 2021

    APMA is delighted to announce the launch of health insurance options for small groups. The enrollment portal is now open; submit your information now and start your new plan as early as August 1.

  • June 29, 2021

    In 2019, the DOE engaged in negotiated rulemaking around several issues and finalized revisions to regulations in July 2020. The council has incorporated these changes to comply with the new regulations within CPME 120 and CPME 130.

  • Major Victory for First Coast Providers
    June 28, 2021

    Thanks to advocacy efforts led by FPMA CAC Representative Mark Block, DPM, First Coast Service Options Inc. reversed a longstanding policy in an updated Local Coverage Article by allowing podiatrists to serve as providers who diagnose a non-asterisked complicating condition that qualifies a patient for routine foot care coverage.

  • Legislative Victory!
    June 16, 2021

    APMA is pleased to announce victory on HR 2545, a bill to further clarify the role of doctors of podiatric medicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Congratulations Travel Scholarship Winners!
    June 7, 2021

    The APMA Educational Foundation is thrilled to announce 15 outstanding podiatric medical students have been awarded travel scholarships to attend the APMA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National), July 29–August 1 in Denver!

  • June 1, 2021

    APMA and the Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance Coalition (PARCA) wrote to the US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department of Labor, and US Department of Treasury (Departments), urging these agencies to implement protections against provider discrimination as required by the No Surprises Act as included in The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

  • Continued Revisions to CPME Residency Documents
    May 17, 2021

    At its April 24 meeting, the Council on Podiatric Medical Education reviewed Draft 1 documents of CPME 320 and CPME 330, along with comments from the community of interest.

  • Legislation Introduced to Clarify VA MISSION Act
    April 19, 2021

    APMA’s ambitious legislative efforts continue with the introduction of HR 2545, to clarify the role of doctors of podiatric medicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

  • Take Part in APMA’s April Sports Medicine Campaign
    April 5, 2021

    Last week, APMA kicked off its 2021 Foot Health Awareness Month campaign, Today’s Podiatrist Keeps America Active. The campaign is designed to speak to the athlete in everyone with information about proper foot health for athletes and the role podiatrists play in sports medicine.

  • April 5, 2021

    As a result of the efforts of APMA, DME Workgroup, and podiatric CAC representatives for Palmetto Jurisdictions, Palmetto will now reimburse DPMs for performing remote physiological monitoring (RPM) services.

  • March 29, 2021

    APMA is pleased to announce the Senate passed a two-month extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last week.

  • APMA Addresses its Priorities with Biden Administration
    March 16, 2021

    In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden, APMA urged the president and his administration to take several significant regulatory and administrative actions to lessen paperwork burdens, promote ready access to foot and ankle care, and reduce longstanding health disparities.

  • March 4, 2021

    CPME's Nominating Committee is seeking applications for four at-large and one postsecondary educator positions on the council. CPME will hold a closed ballot election to fill the position at its October 2021 meeting.

  • March 4, 2021

    Recognizing the continued impact COVID-19 is having on residency training programs, the council has decreased required MAV by 15 percent, waived diversity requirements for 2021 residency graduates, and approved a petition to allow programs flexibility to provide alternative clinical experiences.

  • Registration for PRF Reporting Now Open
    February 8, 2021

    HHS has delayed Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting, but recipients of PRF payments exceeding $10,000 in aggregate must register in the PRF Reporting Portal. There is currently no portal registration deadline.

  • Your CRC Log-In Information is Changing
    January 13, 2021

    The Coding Resource Center (CRC) will undergo a security upgrade on Thursday, January 14, at 12 p.m. ET. After the upgrade is complete, you will use your APMA user ID and password (i.e., your log-in info) to access the site.

  • Call for Abstracts for the National
    January 11, 2021

    APMA is pleased to announce the Call for Oral/Poster Abstracts for the APMA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (The National) in Denver, July 29–August 1.

  • January 11, 2021

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is relaunching this week; on January 11, for first-time borrowers via community financial institutions (CFIs), and on January 13 for second-time borrowers.

  • Provider Relief Fund Updates
    January 4, 2021

    HHS has updated its Provider Relief Fund (PRF) FAQs regarding how the payment was calculated for the Phase 3 General Distribution.

  • Impact of Relief Legislation for Podiatry Practices
    December 22, 2020

    Congress and the administration have heard from medical practices nationwide about the substantial impact of COVID-19 on their businesses. Read more about the impact of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as COVID-relief legislation passed as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, that may have an impact for our member physicians.

  • December 11, 2020

    We look forward to delivering an outstanding benefit of your membership in APMA and your state organization.

  • 20th Annual CAC-PIAC Meeting an Online Success
    December 7, 2020

    Nearly 70 podiatrists, APMA staff members, and industry experts participated in the 20th Annual Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) and Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) Meeting on Saturday, December 5

  • December 3, 2020

    CMS released the CY 2021 MPFS Final Rule on December 1. APMA is pleased to confirm that the changes to office/other outpatient E/M coding APMA advocated for will indeed take effect in 2021.

  • December 1 is Giving Tuesday
    December 1, 2020

    This year, podiatric medical students have been particularly impacted by changes in academic structure, employment opportunities, and financial stability. By donating today, you are supporting APMA’s effort to ease the financial burden of medical school on podiatry students.

  • 20th Annual CAC-PIAC Meeting This Weekend
    November 30, 2020

    The 20th Annual CAC-PIAC Meeting will be held virtually this Saturday, December 5. This one-day event will focus on updates from policy experts in the private and public health insurance sectors, and provide attendees the opportunity to learn from each other while discussing local concerns.

  • November 23, 2020

    The APMA Center for Professional Advocacy (CPA) is delighted to announce that eight state components were awarded a 2021 Innovation Grant. These grants are designed to help state components with their scope-of-practice and physician definition advocacy efforts and their efforts to educate and build relationships with MD/DOs, policymakers, and payers.

  • Update: PPE CPT® Code 99072 and Medicare
    November 3, 2020

    Procedure status "B" assigned to the CPT® code that accounts for extra provisions to ensure patient and provider safety during a public health emergency.

  • November 2, 2020

    APMA recently submitted comments to CMS and the National Quality Forum (NQF), addressing CMS’ proposed Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) pathway and best practices for EHR data quality.

  • COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
    November 2, 2020

    The COVID-19 public health crisis is causing many families to suffer financial hardship, isolation, and stress. You can help by sharing these resources with your patients.

  • APMA Expresses Concerns with Anthem Guidelines, Requests Delay
    October 26, 2020

    APMA has written to Anthem about its questions and concerns with Anthem’s "Clinical Appropriateness Guidelines for the Musculoskeletal Program, Appropriate Use Criteria: Small Joint Surgery," set to take effect November 1. APMA is also sending a joint letter with ACFAS, AOFAS, and AAOS to express our shared concerns.

  • October 26, 2020

    APMA has created a fact sheet addressing members’ and state components’ concerns over the proposed decrease to the conversion factor for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and its impact on your reimbursement.

  • Recruiting Diabetic Patients for Online Studies
    October 26, 2020

    The Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) is recruiting diabetic participants for two online survey-based studies on physical activity and the diabetic foot.

  • October 19, 2020

    Several 2021 CPT® code set changes affect podiatrists, including changes to ultrasound, fluorescence wound imaging, arthroscopy, and significant E/M changes.

  • APMA Expresses Significant Concern with Proposed MPFS
    October 5, 2020

    APMA expressed significant concerns with a proposed rule for payment policies revisions under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for Calendar Year 2021, and commented on proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

  • Updates to the Medicare AAP Loan Program
    October 5, 2020

    On October 1, as part of its Continuing Resolution (HR 8337), Congress provided relief to COVID-19 Medicare Advanced and Accelerated Payment Program (AAP) loan recipients.

  • New ICD-10 Code Set Effective October 1
    September 28, 2020

    Every year, a new ICD-10-CM code set is released and takes effect October 1. This year, there are 490 total additions, 58 deletions, and 47 revisions. Many of the new codes are pertinent to most podiatric practices.

  • September 28, 2020

    A Routine Foot Care and -59 and X{ESPU} Modifier Tool Kit is now available for members. You'll get a template appeal letter, articles, documentation guidelines, and more. Take advantage of these resources today!

  • CMS Confirms AAP Loan Recoupment Delay
    September 21, 2020

    CMS is delaying garnishing Medicare providers’ payments related to the CARES Act Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program (AAP).

  • September 21, 2020

    October 1 marks the beginning of the final 90-day consecutive period that you can report on Promoting Interoperability and/or Improvement Activities for the MIPS 2020 performance year.

  • September 14, 2020

    APMA’s Center for Professional Advocacy will participate in the NCSL's virtual meeting, Base Camp, to help state legislators better understand DPMs' education and training, and the value the profession provides to patients and the health-care system.

  • New PPP Tax Implications—Talk to Your Accountant
    August 24, 2020

    The IRS recently released Notice 2020-32 stating that if a PPP recipient uses those PPP funds toward expenses that would otherwise be deductible, those expenses will no longer be deductible.

  • August 17, 2020

    APMA is pleased to announce that after multiple requests, CMS has announced it is delaying full implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) requirements for advanced imaging orders to 2022.

  • APMA Brought Student Recruitment Effort to NIH Career Fair
    August 10, 2020

    The APMA student recruitment team participated in the National Institutes of Health’s Graduate and Professional School Fair on August 5. APMA’s recruitment resource, Step into Podiatry, was featured during the virtual event.

  • Provider Relief Fund News and Reminder
    August 10, 2020

    HHS has reopened the Phase 1 General Distribution Application portal. Medicare providers who missed the opportunity to apply before may apply August 10–28. Remember to apply for the Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Fund tranche by August 28.

  • August 6, 2020

    CMS released its CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed (MPFS) Rule, which includes proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2021 on Monday, August 3. APMA is reviewing the rule and plans to comment.

  • APMA Leadership Addresses NMA Podiatry Section
    August 3, 2020

    APMA President Seth Rubenstein, DPM addressed the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Section during its virtual 2020 Annual Convention July 31-August 4. According to its website, NMA is “the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.”

  • Student Advocacy Week a Huge Success
    July 28, 2020

    Students, friends, and family took part in APMA’s Student Advocacy Week this year, generating 11,626 letters to Congress and posts to social media on multiple issues facing the profession.

  • July 27, 2020

    At its most recent meeting, the APMA Board of Trustees approved Atlanta as the host site for the 2021 State Advocacy Forum. Previously held in Detroit, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Milwaukee, the State Advocacy Forum is conducted in a host state that is selected to recognize that state component’s exceptional accomplishments in state advocacy

  • July 20, 2020

    Your APMA Health Policy and Practice Committee’s -59 Modifier Workgroup held its first conference call in July 15 to develop education and advocacy strategy. The workgroup was formed during last month’s Health Policy and Practice Committee Meeting.

  • APMA Supports New Telehealth Legislation
    July 20, 2020

    On July 16, legislators introduced a bill that would expand telehealth beyond the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating restrictions on its use in Medicare, providing a bridge for patients currently using the practices because of the crisis, and requiring a study on the use of telehealth during COVID-19.

  • DPMs Designated Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers in COVID-19 Response
    July 20, 2020

    After months of APMA's advocacy, the US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has explicitly included podiatric physicians in its definition of physicians classified as an essential critical infrastructure worker during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • Medicare FFS Audits Resuming August 3
    July 20, 2020

    In light of states reopening regardless of the ongoing public health emergency status, CMS expects to resume audits on August 3, as related to its program integrity efforts.

  • APMA Announces New Efforts to Address Racism and Disparities
    June 29, 2020

    APMA stands in solidarity with our Black members, leaders, and patients. We want them to know that Black lives do matter. Recent discussions have resulted in new ideas about how to advance APMA’s commitment to ending health-care disparities and how to promote inclusivity and diversity. Among these ideas are several that APMA plans to pursue in the coming months.

  • June 29, 2020

    APMA extends its congratulations to the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association (GPMA) on its legislative victory to modernize the state scope-of-practice law. Georgia House Bill 932 allows podiatrists to form professional corporations with MDs and DOs and removes antiquated language.

  • CMS Announces COVID-Related MIPS 2020 PY Relief
    June 29, 2020

    CMS announced on June 24 that any clinician "significantly impacted" by the COVID-19 public health emergency may submit an Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Application to reweight any or all MIPS performance categories for the 2020 PY if they choose.

  • CPT Win for Novitas Providers
    June 29, 2020

    Following an initiative led by Maryland and DC region CAC Representative David Freedman, DPM, Novitas has updated its procedure file to allow payment to all podiatrists for three codes for which it previously denied payment.

  • June 29, 2020

    APMA is pleased to announce that the joint effort we led with AAOS and AOFAS has resulted in the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) correcting an erroneous NCCI edit related to CPT 28296 and CPT 28289.

  • Congratulations to the 2020 APMA/TDI Public Health Fellow
    June 16, 2020

    Congratulations to the Class of 2020 APMA/TDI Public Health Fellow, Brandon Brooks, DPM, MPH! Dr. Brooks has officially joined the ranks of APMA/TDI alumni through a virtual ceremony held by The Dartmouth Institute on Friday, June 12.

  • New Provider Relief Funds for Medicaid Providers
    June 16, 2020

    Last week, HHS announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to eligible Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs.

  • Re-Opening Your Practice Resources
    June 16, 2020

    APMA is pleased to provide a comprehensive compilation of information to assist members with opening their offices in a safe manner for their patients and staff.

  • APMA to HHS: Fix Provider Relief Funds Oversight
    June 8, 2020

    Last week, APMA submitted a letter to Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Alex Azar regarding the inability of our members who are acknowledged as eligible recipients for funds from the HHS Provider Relief Fund, but through some oversight on the backend, did not receive any monies from the first distribution.

  • Join the Mentor Network Today
    June 8, 2020

    The Step into Podiatry website has had more than 136,000 pageviews since its launch in January, and during the COVID-19 public health crisis, the site has hosted several webinars to help potential applicants connect with current students and admissions administrators.

  • A Statement from APMA on Current Events
    June 2, 2020

    In recent weeks, our country has been reminded that we have much work to do to overcome racism and hate. The American Podiatric Medical Association—its leaders, staff, and members—unequivocally condemns all acts of racism and violence.

  • APMA's Comment Letter to Noridian on TSD
    June 1, 2020

    In support of J. Kevin West, Esq., who wrote a letter on behalf of PICA policyholders, APMA submitted its own letter to Noridian to express our shared concerns with its policies related to the Therapeutic Shoe Program for Persons with Diabetes (TSD).

  • SBA, Treasury Interim Final Rule on PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements
    June 1, 2020

    The US Small Business Administration (SBA), in partnership with the Department of the Treasury, issued an interim final rule (IFR) with comment period last week, addressing loan forgiveness requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program. This new rule is effective immediately.

  • APMA Supports DOD Expansion of Audio-Only Telehealth Coverage
    May 26, 2020

    APMA submitted comments on May 25 in support of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Interim Final Rule: TRICARE Coverage and Payment for Certain Services in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. APMA supported the two major changes the DOD finalized.

  • Webinar: Learn About Common Employment Issues
    May 26, 2020

    Are you readying to reopen or expand your practice hours as COVID-19 restrictions ease? Have questions about obligations to your employees? Reserve your spot now for APMA’s upcoming member-exclusive webinar, “Employee Issues in the Time of COVID-19.”

  • Why Your Participation in AAD COVID-19 Registry Matters
    May 26, 2020

    APMA is working closely with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on its established COVID-19 registry, APMA encourages its members to report cases of lesions on the feet associated with COVID-19 through this HIPAA-compliant, IRB-approved registry because it could have strategic benefits for our profession.

  • HHS Updates Guidance to Provider Relief Funds
    May 18, 2020

    HHS released new guidance in the past week addressing continued questions about the provider relief fund general distribution. These updates addressed a number of topics relevant to podiatrists.

  • APMA Met with CMS, Discussed Ongoing LCD/LCA Concerns
    May 11, 2020

    APMA met with CMS on November 12 to discuss ongoing frustrations with the revised release and review process for LCDs and LCAs, and the roles of CAC representatives under the 21st Century Cures Act.

  • CPME Offers Petition for Residents Who Won't Meet MAV Requirements
    May 11, 2020

    CPME has developed a petition form to be completed and submitted by the residency director by May 31 for residents who will not meet the MAV/rotation requirements, but who have demonstrated competence through alternative means, as referenced in the CPME Statement on COVID-19 and Minimum Activity Volume (MAV) published on March 30.

  • Register Now for Upcoming Online CECH Webinars
    May 11, 2020

    The APMA Online CECH series continues this week with “Juvenile Hallux Valgus.” Members can earn up to 1.0 CECH for attending. APMA Trustee Patrick DeHeer, DPM, will lecture on juvenile hallux valgus. Registration is also open for week 4.

  • APMA Webinars on PPP, Provider Relief Funds
    May 4, 2020

    APMA, with Hart Health Strategies, has two new webinars addressing the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Medicare Provider Relief Funds. And you'll find new Provider Relief Funds resources at

  • COVID-19 Regulatory Updates
    May 4, 2020

    In the past week, the Small Business Administration (SBA), US Treasury, and IRS have released more rules and guidance on the PPP, and CMS issued a new interim final rule with comment period that, among other changes, increases the reimbursement for telephone-only teleheath visits.

  • Virtual Coding Seminar: How to Access Your Credits and a Recording
    May 4, 2020

    Did you miss the Virtual Coding Seminar on April 25? A recording will be available for purchase soon with access to all related materials. If you attended the live event, you should have received an email on Friday with information on how to access the recording and how to submit your seminar evaluation to receive your educational credit.

  • Additional Provider Relief Funds Made Available
    April 27, 2020

    Last week HHS announced additional plans for distributing funds from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund. Approximately $10 billion was scheduled to be released on April 24 to providers who have already shared key data with HHS.

  • CMS Suspends Advance Payment Program
    April 27, 2020

    CMS announced on April 26 its decision to reevaluate the amounts that will be paid under the Accelerated Payment Program and to suspend its Advance Payment Program to Part B suppliers.

  • New PPP Webinar Recording, Advocacy Update
    April 27, 2020

    With Congress approving an additional $310 billion last week for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed the program on Monday, April 27. APMA, with Hart Health Strategies, recorded another webinar to help members understand the program and recent updates.

  • Relief Fund Attestation Portal Open; What You Must Do Now
    April 20, 2020

    The CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Payment Attestation Portal is now open. Providers who received a payment from the initial $30 billion general distribution must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the terms and conditions within 30 days of payment.

  • Initial $30 Billion of CARES Act Provider Relief Funding—Now Being Delivered
    April 14, 2020

    On April 10, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began distributing the initial $30 billion in relief funding to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) facilities and providers in support of the national response to COVID-19. Some providers have already received payments from this initial distribution. These are grants, not loans, and do not have to be repaid.

  • APMA Advocacy Update
    April 13, 2020

    APMA has been working hard to ensure our members are seen, heard, and represented as various government agencies work to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, APMA advocated for members via several key mechanisms.

  • “How Your Practice Can Survive COVID-19” Webinar, Q&A Posted
    April 13, 2020

    If you were unable to join last week’s webinar, “How Your Practice Can Survive COVID-19,” which addressed the various financial resources and loans available to small businesses, it is now posted for you to watch at your convenience.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
    April 9, 2020

    The COVID-19 public health emergency continues to pose new and unprecedented challenges for our health-care system and individual physicians and practices. APMA is here to help its members navigate these difficult times and continue to deliver the highest-quality foot and ankle care to patients.

  • COVID-19 Update: Podiatrists Can Provide E/M Services Remotely
    April 9, 2020

    During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, there are four main non-face-to-face service types podiatrists can provide. A podiatrist’s ability to employ these services and be reimbursed for these services may differ based on the patient’s insurance and state licensure. Always check with payer and state licensure guidelines before providing any service.

  • DOL Issues Update on Expansion of FMLA
    April 6, 2020

    Last week, the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published more guidance on the new FMLA benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which went into effect on April 1.

  • Updates to Non Face-to-Face Services, New Telehealth Resource Page
    April 6, 2020

    APMA is working hard to make sure members have access to the most up-to-date information on recent changes to how and what services podiatric physicians can provide to patients via non face-to-face services. As of March 30, the biggest changes for Medicare and Medicare Advantage patient billing are the following.

  • APMA Seeks Regulatory Relief for Members
    March 30, 2020

    Last week, APMA submitted comments to both CMS and the Department of Labor (DOL). In both comments, APMA explicitly asked for additional regulatory relief, given the national public health crisis (

  • CMS Announces New Financial Relief for Medicare Providers
    March 30, 2020

    CMS announced an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health-care providers and suppliers to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This program expansion includes changes from the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • CMS Provides Enrollment Relief Update
    March 23, 2020

    CMS released its “Frequently Asked Questions on Medicare Provider Enrollment Relief related to COVID-19” on March 22, which includes the toll-free hotlines available to provide expedited enrollment and answer questions about COVID-19 enrollment requirements.

  • APMA House of Delegates Meeting, The Coding Seminar Canceled
    March 11, 2020

    APMA places the highest value on the health and wellbeing of its members and staff. In light of new developments in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the APMA Board of Trustees has voted to cancel the 2020 House of Delegates meeting scheduled for March 13–16 in Washington, DC, and The Coding Seminar, scheduled for March 28 in Dallas.

  • March 9, 2020

    APMA submitted its comments to CMS on March 6 in response to CMS’ Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2021 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates and Part C and Part D Payment Policies.

  • February 10, 2020

    RIPMA was recently awarded an APMA CPA Assistance Grant to help obtain a legal opinion related to a hospital discrimination issue.

  • January 21, 2020

    APMA once again informed CMS that over the past several years, state law has been amended to clearly permit podiatric physicians and surgeons to supervise physician assistants (PAs), and more.

  • January 13, 2020

    Effective January 1, 2020, the DME MACs have changed the requirement for a “Detailed Written Order” to a requirement for a “Standard Written Order.”

  • January 5, 2020

    APMA is thrilled to announce a recent victory with a formal reconsideration request to Wisconsin Physicians’ Services (WPS) to correct its problematic Wound Care Local Coverage Determination (LCD).

  • October 28, 2019

    If you are a member practicing in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, or Nebraska, be on the lookout for an action alert from your state component!

  • September 30, 2019

    APMA submitted three formal comment letters to CMS on September 27 in response to its CY 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), and the End-Stage Renal Disease/Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Supplies (ESRD/DMEPOS) Proposed Rules.

  • APMA Announces Member-Exclusive Health Insurance Solutions
    September 16, 2019

    Are the costs of health insurance draining your wallet? APMA has a brand new, member-exclusive benefit designed for you. APMA’s health insurance solutions can help cut your practice’s health-care costs by a whopping 15 to 30 percent, and there are options available for practices of any size.

  • June 10, 2019

    APMA met with CMS on June 6 to voice concerns about changes to Local Coverage Determination (LCD) and Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) processes. APMA also continued to lobby for administrative simplification of the Medicare Therapeutic Shoes for Patients with Diabetes (TSDs) program, as it aligns with CMS' Patients over Paperwork and provider burden reduction initiatives.

  • APMA News Has 10 Questions for You
    April 9, 2019

    APMA News is pleased to invite members to be featured in our 10 Questions column, which runs on the back page of each issue of the magazine. Contact Aimee Condayan for details.

  • David G. Edwards, DPM, Installed as APMA President
    March 17, 2019

    On Sunday, March 17, David G. Edwards, DPM, was installed as APMA president by Mark F. Rogers, DPM. Dr. Edwards stated that his vision for the coming year is tied to the pioneering spirit of our country that is embodied in the profession.

  • January 10, 2019

    The DME MACs have recently begun strictly enforcing a long-existing policy, “Same and Similar.” This has resulted in suppliers more frequently receiving denials for DME, indicated on EOBs with reason code “M3.”

  • December 17, 2018

    The coding guidance that exists when dispensing bilateral DME items is changing, effective March 1, 2019. This change applies to ankle-foot orthoses, knee-ankle-foot orthoses, lower limb prostheses, surgical dressings, orthopedic footwear, and therapeutic shoes for persons with diabetes.

  • 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.

  • Support Podiatric Medicine with Every Purchase
    June 25, 2018

    The APMA Educational Foundation is now participating in AmazonSmile, a program in which the online retailer,, donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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