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  • Call for Comment—Take Brief Survey on CPME 220 and 230
    September 27, 2022

    As part of the document review process, CPME surveys the community of interest to obtain the opinions of the podiatric community of interest regarding crucial elements of specialty certification. CPME requests your assistance in completing its brief survey by November 1.

  • APMA Responds to CMS on CY2023 OPPs Proposed Rule
    September 12, 2022

    APMA submitted comments in response to CMS’ proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Payment System proposed rule for 2023.

  • September 12, 2022

    APMA's Center for Professional Advocacy (CPA) is delighted to announce it will once again award state scope innovation grants to component societies in states that already include the ankle in their scope of practice. APMA is accepting applications through September 15.

  • APMA Comments on CY2023 MPFS and QPP
    September 6, 2022

    APMA submitted comments in response to the CMS’ proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program for 2023.

  • CMS Announces Roadmap to End the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
    August 29, 2022

    CMS' roadmap states there will be a 60-day notice before the end of the PHE. Providers should begin preparing for the end of PHE flexibilities, however, CMS has stated that some measures will remain in the hope of promoting innovation and advancing health equity.

  • MIPS 2021 Final Scores and Targeted Review Now Available
    August 29, 2022

    CMS has released Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback and final scores for the 2021 performance year and associated MIPS payment adjustment information for the 2023 payment year.

  • More Exciting E/M Changes Take Effect in 2023
    August 29, 2022

    With the help of APMA's advocacy efforts, the process by which Hospital Inpatient and Observation Care, Consultation, Nursing Facility, and Home or Residence E/M service levels are selected will change, effective January 1, 2023.

  • August 22, 2022

    The APMA Center for Professional Advocacy hosted the first virtual State Advocacy Forum on Saturday, August 20. The forum is traditionally a biennial in-person event, but the energy and enthusiasm generated at the 2021 State Advocacy Forum convinced the association two years was too long to wait between meetings. The Iowa Podiatric Medical Society served as the virtual host of the event.

  • CPME Public Notice Concerning the ABPM CAQ in Podiatric Surgery
    August 11, 2022

    CPME is aware of the recent announcements by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine to offer a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in podiatric surgery. CPME does not recognize or approve any CAQs within its current policies and procedures for board recognition. CAQs are not equivalent to certification, and they cannot lead to certification in any specific content area.

  • APMA Submits CLDEE Proposal to OASH
    August 8, 2022

    Last week, APMA submitted its proposal to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s (OASH) request for Comprehensive Diabetic Lower Extremity Exam (CDLEE) service, which would help with prevention of diabetes-related lower extremity complications.

  • Kent State Takes Trophy in Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl
    July 31, 2022

    The fifth annual Podiatry School Student Quiz Bowl took place Saturday afternoon at The National in Orlando, FL. Nine exceptional fourth-year students, one from each of the accredited colleges of podiatric medicine and surgery, competed for bragging rights (and a cash prize and trophy) for themselves and their school. And the winner is ... Jonathan Westerveld of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine!

  • APMA Promotes Student Recruitment at The National
    July 29, 2022

    Furthering APMA’s ongoing commitment to student recruitment and to creating a sustainable pool of podiatric medical student applicants, APMA staff and member volunteers will host a Step into Podiatry career event Friday at The National. The four-hour student recruitment event will feature Q&A sessions with practicing podiatrists and podiatric medical students, meetings with the colleges of podiatric medicine, as well as a tour of the exhibit hall. The event ends with a hands-on cadaveric suture workshop.

  • Breakfast Symposium Tackles Pain Management for the Post-Op Patient
    July 29, 2022

    According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers in 2019. With an opioid crisis still looming large, appropriate postoperative pain management is an important consideration for every podiatric surgeon.

  • Educators’ Forum Aims to Transform Postgraduate Training
    July 29, 2022

    In a new addition to The National, this year APMA is partnering with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM) to present an Educators’ Forum. The two-part forum spans four hours Friday afternoon and is perfect for residency directors and anyone involved in postgraduate training. The goal: to modernize the educational experience for podiatric residents.

  • Prepare for the Blitz!
    July 29, 2022

    The National’s Surgical Blitz sessions are back by popular demand! This year, two sessions, one Friday morning and one Saturday morning, explore Forefoot and Soft Tissue procedures and Rearfoot surgery. The National Today spoke with Dyane Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, senior medical director and director of Clinical Affairs at APMA and one of the track leaders, to learn more about what attendees can expect from these rapid-fire sessions.

  • Interventional Radiology + Podiatry: A Limb-Saving Combination
    July 28, 2022

    The five-year mortality rate for critical limb ischemia (CLI) is higher than for many types of cancers.1 With diabetes and chronic kidney disease on the rise, CLI is also on the rise, and many patients are presenting with more severe disease than in years past, making it more important than ever for podiatric physicians to develop a close working relationship with their colleagues in interventional radiology.

  • Opening Session Examines Podiatry’s Role in Population Health, Leadership
    July 28, 2022

    “The Quadruple Aim has been described as improving population health, improving the patient experience of care, decreasing the cost of care, and improving the care team experience and well-being (1). I would assert that these are not aspirational goals, but interconnected imperatives for the future of health care.” - Mike DeGere, DPM, MBA

  • Surgical Complications Session Covers Custom 3D Implants, Bone Grafts, More
    July 28, 2022

    The program at The National is once again split into two convenient tracks, one covering medical topics and the other covering surgical topics. Thursday’s surgical track focuses on a challenge every surgeon will face: complications. The National Today spoke with track leader and moderator Patrick Burns, DPM, to learn more about what attendees can expect.

  • Welcome to the 2022 APMA Annual Scientific Meeting!  
    July 28, 2022

    The National is truly the must-attend event for every podiatrist, covering the entire spectrum of foot and ankle care and representing every voice in podiatric medicine and surgery. This year, once again, we have organized all of our outstanding content into two convenient tracks: One track will cover medical topics, while the other will focus on surgical topics.

  • July 25, 2022

    On July 22, APMA and the AADA submitted comments to Novitas and First Coast Service Options, Inc. (FCSO) to express their displeasure at the changes in the Surgical Treatment of Nails Policy in Billing and Coding Article A52998 (Novitas) and A57666 (FCSO).

  • Announcing the APMA DEI Committee Appointments
    July 18, 2022

    APMA is proud to share that the roster for the 2022–23 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has been approved by the APMA Board of Trustees. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their appointment to the committee.

  • APMA Working to Contest Medicare Skin Substitute Proposals
    July 18, 2022

    In the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, CMS is proposing to change the reimbursement model for skin substitute services in the private office setting. APMA is continuing to review the proposal and preparing to advocate for members.

  • CMS Releases CY23 MPFS Proposed Rule
    July 7, 2022

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Proposed Rule earlier today. APMA is carefully reviewing the details of this Proposed Rule and will provide more information soon.

  • CPME Announcements: Call for Third-Party Comments and Draft II Revisions
    July 5, 2022

    CPME reminds interested individuals or institutions about its call for third-party comments with respect to the compliance of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, and the council's Draft II revisions to CPME publications 320 and 330, which are open for comment.

  • June 13, 2022

    APMA’s DME Workgroup is constantly monitoring developments in DME policy that impact podiatric physicians. The DME Medical Administrative Contractors (MACs) recently issued the following notices.

  • May 31, 2022

    Last week, APMA asked again for CMS to delay the implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program required under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) and further meaningfully engage affected stakeholders on the program’s implementation and evaluation delay.

  • APMA Comments on NAM’s Proposed National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being
    May 31, 2022

    APMA's Public Health and Preventive Podiatric Medicine Committee originated a number of important points for the National Academy of Medicine's (NAM) consideration related to residency culture, resilience and mental health resources, reducing administrative burdens, and allowing providers to practice at the top of their training/education/licensure.

  • May 31, 2022

    APMA is a proud participant in the development of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) National Action Plan (NAP), a roadmap enabling national coordination for PAD prevention and treatment to improve outcomes for PAD patients and those at risk.

  • In Search of Parity Workgroup Representatives
    May 23, 2022

    APMA is seeking volunteers to serve as the member-at-large representative to a workgroup on podiatric medical education and another on testing. Learn more and express your interest by June 16.

  • APMA Advocacy Drives PRF Reporting Portal Reopening—May 18 Reporting Request Deadline for Reporting Period 2
    May 16, 2022

    APMA is very pleased to announce that the HRSA is accepting Requests to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances for Reporting Period 2 through Wednesday, May 18, for PRF recipients who were unable to report during Reporting Period 2 because of extenuating circumstances. Providers must submit their request no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT. HRSA initially took this action after hearing from APMA and other member associations, whose members expressed serious concerns about the Period 1 funding they received being recouped despite good faith intents to report and the impact it would have on their practices.

  • APMA Represented at CPT® Meeting
    May 16, 2022

    APMA was represented at this past weekend’s meeting of the AMA CPT Editorial Panel Meeting and also at the AMA Relative Value-Based Update Committee (RUC) meeting April 27–30.

  • APMA Expands Alliance with NextGen Healthcare
    May 11, 2022

    The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is pleased to expand its partnership with NextGen® Healthcare (Nasdaq: NXGN), a leading provider of cloud-based, ambulatory-focused technology solutions. NextGen Healthcare is a founding partner of the APMA Registry, and NextGen® Office is a preferred electronic health record (EHR) system for APMA members.

  • May 4, 2022

    APMA is conducting its practice survey. Your responses to this important survey will help us to provide accurate information when speaking with regulators, lawmakers, health-care agencies, and other podiatry influencers. The results can also help you negotiate salary and benefits for yourself or your staff.

  • In Memoriam: Jay Levrio, PhD
    May 3, 2022

    APMA is deeply saddened to share the news that former Deputy Executive Director and COO Jay Levrio, PhD, has passed away. Dr. Levrio died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on April 30.

  • April 25, 2022

    Part B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA (AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV) has proposed a policy that, if finalized, would limit the frequency of toenail avulsion and permanent toenail excision procedures.

  • April 25, 2022

    Two weeks ago, Novitas and First Coast Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) released proposed skin substitute policies that, if finalized, would limit skin substitute application to two applications within an episode of skin replacement surgery for wound care.

  • April 18, 2022

    On April 11, APMA provided comments to CMS and the Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation regarding the development of a measure focusing on patient receipt of key information related to recovery from an outpatient surgery or procedure.

  • April 11, 2022

    APMA is in contact with Palmetto about this proposal and is collaborating with the APMA Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) representatives of the involved states to contest this proposal.

  • Abstract Questions Podiatric Surgical Outcomes
    April 7, 2022

    APMA is aware of an abstract presented at the 2021 meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, which compares outcomes of surgery performed by podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. While the abstract of this study was published in Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics, the paper in its entirety has not been published, nor to our knowledge has it been accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal. It has also been pulled from presentation at future meetings due to problems with the study.

  • More Progress on Amniotic Injections Advocacy Efforts
    April 4, 2022

    Since the last APMA update on this subject, all seven Part B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have removed the guidance that they would be denying claims for amniotic injections for musculoskeletal conditions effective March 16, and recouping payment for claims going back to December 6, 2019.

  • New Campaign Spotlights Kids’ Foot Health
    April 4, 2022

    It’s officially Foot Health Awareness Month! We hope you will take part in our Today’s Podiatrist Keeps Kids Active campaign and help us educate parents and caregivers about kids’ foot health and the important role podiatrists play in keeping kids active.

  • Student Recruitment Update
    April 4, 2022

    ABFAS and ABPM are to be commended for their commitment to student recruitment, and their continued investment in the future of the profession.

  • The 2022 APMA Virtual Legislative Conference and Advocacy Week
    April 4, 2022

    As the only organization lobbying for podiatrists and their patients on Capitol Hill, APMA goes above and beyond in its legislative advocacy efforts to ensure your priorities are represented. As part of our commitment to advocacy, APMA will host the 2022 APMA Virtual Legislative Conference and Advocacy Week on April 27.

  • In Memoriam: Kevan Kreitman, DPM
    March 29, 2022

    It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Kevan Kreitman, DPM, speaker of the APMA House of Delegates, passed away suddenly this week. Dr. Kreitman will be deeply missed by a grateful profession.

  • DEI Task Force Update and Committee Nominations
    March 21, 2022

    During the recent APMA House of Delegates, William Long, DPM, Chair of APMA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, presented the final report to the house detailing the efforts of the Task Force during the past year.

  • Joint Alert from APMA and PICA: Amniotic Fluid Injections
    March 17, 2022

    The following alert is offered to provide risk advice to podiatrists. In the past five years, podiatric physicians have seen great patient benefits from the emerging use of amniotic fluid injections to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Despite these benefits, the FDA has recently stated that it has not approved the use of such products and that further study is needed. On February 28, all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) announced that they would be denying claims for amniotic fluid injections.

  • APMA Legislative Victory! President Signs Veterans Affairs Bill
    March 14, 2022

    APMA is pleased to announce victory on HR 2545, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to further clarify the role of doctors of podiatric medicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill was signed by the president today. This win is yet another example of APMA’s tireless effort to protect and defend podiatric medicine.

  • House of Delegates: Legislative Advocacy Report
    March 14, 2022

    At the 2022 APMA House of Delegates meeting (HOD) in Washington, DC, Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair and Trustee William S. Long, DPM, gave attendees a report on the status of APMA's federal legislative advocacy efforts.

  • House of Delegates: Town Hall Forum
    March 14, 2022

    At the 2022 APMA House of Delegates meeting (HOD) in Washington, DC, various leaders participated and led discussions on various important topics in a Townhall Forum.

  • Student Recruitment Update
    March 14, 2022

    At the 2022 House of Delegates meeting, APMA Director of Communications and Marketing Peggy Tresky, MA, and Associate Director of Young Physicians and Students Tiffany Kildale updated delegates on the more than 18 million prospective students reached through the Step Into Podiatry campaign and the long-term implications of the campaign for applications.

  • Awards Presented at 2022 APMA House of Delegates
    March 12, 2022

    The APMA House of Delegates meeting is an opportunity not only to come together to create policy and priorities for the association, but also to celebrate the outstanding work of APMA members. During the meeting Saturday, several awards were presented.

  • Guest Speakers at the 2022 APMA House of Delegates
    March 12, 2022

    The APMA House of Delegates convened in person in Washington, DC, on Saturday. Guest speakers addressed the house, bearing greetings from our physician peers and messages of thanks for the work of the house.

  • Introducing APMA Weekly Focus Sponsor: Ortho Dermatologics
    March 7, 2022

    APMA is proud to introduce Ortho Dermatologics, maker of JUBLIA®, as the 2022 sponsor of APMA Weekly Focus. Ortho Dermatologics is a Corporate Partner of APMA that has supported many initiatives for APMA members, including both CECH and non-CECH educational programs over the past decade.

  • March 7, 2022

    As an NCICLE member, CPME was given the opportunity to nominate a resident or fellow to represent podiatry on a newly formed NCICLE Learner Advisory Group. CPME nominated two podiatric residents for this group. Drs. Lindsay Short and Thomas Poynter were chosen to serve on the advisory group and they will join MD and DO residents and fellows to discuss current trends, challenges, and opportunities to improve the clinical learning environment from the perspective of a resident.

  • Additional Provider Relief Funds Released
    February 28, 2022

    HHS, through the HRSA, released an additional $560 million in Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 4,100 providers last week.

  • CMS Releases Updated Benchmarks
    February 28, 2022

    CMS released updated 2022 MIPS Quality Measure Benchmarks to include data from opt-in eligible clinicians and groups that elected to opt-in to MIPS.

  • February 22, 2022

    If you have a need for CECH or are looking for a way to meet specific licensure requirements, check out APMA's Essentials Bundle, a collection of six, 1.0 CECH courses on a variety of non-clinical subjects frequently required for state licensure.

  • Latest APMA Health Policy and Advocacy Wins
    February 7, 2022

    APMA works tirelessly to advocate for the podiatry profession. Over the past year, APMA has been successful in ensuring podiatrists receive equitable reimbursement and patients have full access to care provided by podiatrists. Take a closer look at our recent successes.

  • January 24, 2022

    This week, APMA and other organizations signed on to a letter to HHS from the Patient Access to Responsible Care Alliance (PARCA), voicing concerns with the regulations implementing the No Surprises Act requirement to provide Good Faith Estimates (GFE) to uninsured or self-pay patients.

  • January 24, 2022

    APMA hired Lynn Curry, PhD, owner and chief consultant with CurryCorp, in the fall of 2021 to collect member stakeholders' perspectives on achieving physician parity. Dr. Curry's findings on the issue of parity are available, along with our response.

  • January 10, 2022

    APMA is aware its members have experienced issues in registering or renewing access to their Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) web portals due to changes that the CGS DME MAC (DME Jurisdictions B and C) has recently implemented. APMA recommends that members become familiar with the resources that their DME MACs provide and sign up for available DME MAC email distribution lists and webinars.

  • PRF Reporting Period 1 Extended, HHS Begins Phase 4 PRF Payments
    December 15, 2021

    The Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal is open for report completion or (re)submission for Reporting Period 1 through December 20. Also, more than 69,000 providers in the US and its territories, will receive Phase 4 payments starting by December 17.

  • Support the Foundation’s 2021 Campaign
    December 13, 2021

    If you haven’t contributed yet, you can still make your investment in the future of podiatry and give today! Deckers X Lab will continue to donate one pair of shoes for each gift made through December 31!

  • APMA Awards Seal of Approval to Ortho Dermatologics for JUBLIA®
    December 9, 2021

    APMA congratulates Bausch Health Companies Inc. and its dermatology business, Ortho Dermatologics, one of the largest prescription dermatology health-care businesses, on receiving the APMA Seal of Approval for JUBLIA® (efinaconazole) Topical Solution, 10%, a treatment for onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the toenails.

  • Looking for CECH This Holiday Weekend?
    November 19, 2021

    Do you need to earn a few more credits before the end of the year and have some free time this weekend? Check out APMA’s Online CECH library! We are currently offering a variety of free and member-discounted courses covering a wide range of topics.

  • Reimbursement Trends in Focus at CAC-PIAC Meeting
    November 15, 2021

    More than 70 member volunteers came together for the 21st Annual Carrier Advisory Committee and Private Insurance Advisory Committee (CAC-PIAC) Representatives Meeting on November 12, in Alexandria, VA, and online.

  • November 8, 2021

    Launching in January 2022, the new program LEAD: Longitudinal Education and Assessment for Diplomates will replace ABFAS’ traditional, once-every-ten-years recertification and self-assessment examinations.

  • CMS Publishes 2022 MPFS Final Rule
    November 8, 2021

    Last week, CMS released the CY 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. APMA is currently reviewing the rule and will provide full analysis soon and comment as necessary.

  • Hybrid CAC-PIAC Meeting Happening This Week
    November 8, 2021

    The 21st Joint National Carrier Advisory Committee and Private Insurance Advisory Committee Representatives’ Meeting (CAC-PIAC) will be held this Friday, November 12, in Alexandria, VA, and online.

  • OSHA and HHS Issue Rules Related to Vaccine Mandates
    November 8, 2021

    Last week, the Biden administration released two rules related to mandatory vaccination against COVID-19: A CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule with Comment Period, and an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing.

  • November 1, 2021

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and APMA’s Communications Committee is launching a new public education campaign designed to reach one of our most at-risk patient populations: Hispanic males. The campaign, “Es Hora,” offers a wealth of educational materials for you to use in your practice.

  • NBPME Survey on Clinical Skills Assessment or Verification for Licensure
    October 29, 2021

    Since the February 2021 postponement of the Part II CSPE, the NBPME has established an investigation by the board to review options and ensure pathways for progression and licensure for its students and residents, while maintaining the trust earned from patients, the public, licensing authorities, and others that DPM graduates have the requisite skills.

  • Now Available: On-Demand CECH Opioid Program
    October 27, 2021

    The APMA Online Learning Center presents 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).

  • October 25, 2021

    In accordance with CPME procedures, interested individuals or institutions are invited to submit third-party comments with respect to the council’s standards and requirements concerning the application of a new school of podiatric medicine at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) in Edinburg, TX.

  • 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!

  • 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 APMA.org 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, www.aad.org/covidregistry. 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 www.apma.org/covid19.

  • 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 (www.apma.org/commentletters).

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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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