Grassley, Stabenow, Cotton, Udall, Heinrich, Brown, Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Podiatrists in Medicaid, Improved Care in Medicare
Posted on July 18, 2017
July 12, 2017
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich and Sen. Sherrod Brown today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare.
“Foot and ankle health is important to individual health,” Grassley said. “Maintaining mobility helps people exercise, which prevents other health-related problems, and helps prevent falls, which cause dangerous injury. Good care increases the ability of patients to live without pain. Getting the right care for diabetes is critical to avoiding serious complications such as loss of limb or even death. Wherever we can, Congress ought to make sure Medicaid and Medicare reflect the modern practice of medicine. That’s what our bill does for foot and ankle care.”
“People in Michigan rely on quality foot and ankle care to keep moving and stay healthy,” Stabenow said. “This bill will make it easier for patients to access the doctors and care they need and for seniors with diabetes who rely on therapeutic shoes to stay mobile.”
IA Podiatrist Appointed to Lucas County Health Center
Posted on July 11, 2017
Chariton Herald-Patriot - July 6, 2017
The Lucas County Health Center Board of Trustees has approved podiatrist Randy Metzger, DPM for staff privileges. Dr. Metzger received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 2010 from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In June 2013, Dr. Metzger completed his 3rd Year Podiatric Surgical Residency Rearfoot, Reconstruction and Ankle Surgery program at Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA.
Dr. Metzger has volunteered his time as a summer camp counselor at the Miracle Burn Camp at Camp Foster Lake Okoboji, IA for several summers, and as a medical staff volunteer at the Steamtown Marathon, and worked as an A/V assistant.
Podiatric foot health screening could save millions of dollars by preventing diabetic amputations
UCLA Center For Health Policy Research - June 28, 2017
Allowing podiatrists to give diabetic patients regular foot health screenings — which are usually done by primary care doctors — could save limbs, lives and money, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
As many as 1 in 4 diabetic Californians develop damaging toe, foot and leg ulcers which could lead to amputation and elevated risk of death, according to the study. The cost of treatment statewide reached $565 million in 2014. Click here to read more.
CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA
Dorsey Health Law - June 21, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The proposed rule, among other things, would further streamline reporting requirements and ease administrative burdens for small and rural providers. Click here to read more.
What Clinicians need to know about CMS’ Year 2 MACRA Proposed Rule
Squire Patton Boggs
CMS unveiled the highly-anticipated 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule last week. In 1,058 pages of dense legislative language, CMS laid out the ground rules for the second year of MACRA, the rule QPP implements. At the rule's announcement, CMS messaged it was allowing flexibility for the rule by proposing the exemption of small providers participating in the program and will continue its “pick your pace” approach for data reporting. The agency believes the move will exclude about 134,000 clinicians from the program, adding to the already 800,000 clinicians exempted from MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Click here to read more (must be an APMA member).
IPMS Issues Comments to WPS' Proposed LCD on Wound Care (DL37228)
June 19, 2017: Click here to download the full wound care comment letter