Attention Schedule II Prescribers!

May 2, 2019

by Steve Uecker, MPH

On September 1, 2018 the Pharmacy Board started issuing a new Official Prescription form for Schedule II Prescriptions.

Effective June 1, 2019, all versions of the Official Prescription Form issued prior to September 1, 2018 will no longer be valid. The changes made to the form are to combat fraud and abuse and is part of a multi-front campaign to address the opioid epidemic. In 2016, over 14,000 people died from prescription opioids excluding methadone in the U.S. (CDC 2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-Related Risks and Outcomes).

Please be advised, the Pharmacy Board is currently reporting that it is taking 6 – 8 weeks for prescribers to receive the new pads. For more information please visit the Pharmacy Board’s website.

Additionally, all prescribers of any scheduled substance are required to register with the Pharmacy Board’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Beginning September 1, 2019 prescribers must check the PMP for a patient’s prescription history prior to issuing the prescription order.

Not Too Late to Avoid the MACRA Penalty

March 21, 2018

Even if you have done nothing for the MACRA 2017 reporting period, it may not be too late.
There is a list of 92 Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) for the 2017 reporting period.  If you completed even one of these activities in 2017, you can attest to having completed them using the APMA registry (free for APMA members!) and not only avoid a penalty in 2019, but position yourself for potential bonus payments in 2019.

The full list of activities can be viewed here:

Many measures on this list you may have performed without even realizing they were a CPIA, including:

  1. Provide 24/7 access to MIPS eligible clinicians, groups, or care teams for advice about urgent and emergent care.
  2. Performance of regular practices that include providing specialist reports back to the referring MIPS eligible clinician or group.
  3. Annual registration by eligible clinician or group in the prescription drug monitoring program of the state where they practice.

If you review this list and find that you performed any of these activities for 90 consecutive days in 2017, you can sign up for the APMA registry now and follow the instructions on how to attest.

The deadline to attest using the APMA registry is March 24.
Traffic to the registry and its support systems is expected to be very high at the deadline.
Do not delay.  Sign up TODAY!

APMA Overview of Proposed Bylaw Changes

March 1, 2018

APMA held two webinars to address the proposed bylaw changes to be considered at the 2018 House of Delegates.

You can read the proposed bylaw changes being considered. And an overview of major issues.

Major issues:

  • New requirements for Senior and Life Member categories
  • Expanded membership category for non-physicians
  • Reduced advance notice period for dues increase
  • New HOD term limits
  • Clarification of authorities of the BoT and the HOD
    (consultant recommendation: APMA BoT be designated as the governance entity with fiduciary responsibility and legal authority for APMA)
  • Reduction in the BoT size and a revised composition of the BoT
  • Revised term limits for BoT members
  • Prospective and current board member conduct
  • New budget authorization process – HOD review/BoT final authority

Advocate for Podiatry: It Takes Two Minutes

March 1, 2018

APMA continues to advocate on behalf of podiatric medicine to address health-care reform issues. Of particular note are three bills which impact the quality of foot and ankle care – most notably with our nation’s war veterans.

  • Senate Bill 1871 the VA Provider Equity Act (the companion House bill passed in 2017)
  • Senate Bill 1533/House Bill 1542 the HELLPP Act.
  • Senate Bill 2193 Care for our Veterans Act (to which the SB 1871 has been added)

We need your help!

Nothing resonates better with legislators than hearing from their constituents.
Please take the 2 minutes needed to follow the instructions below to contact your legislator.
It has a HUGE impact on our ability to move these bills.

  1. Go to the APMA eAdvocacy Page
  2. Under Action Alerts you will see “VA Provider Equity Act” and “HELLPP Act”
  3. In the gray box under VA Provider Equity Act, click “Email”
  4. A pre-written letter will appear with your name at the bottom. To the right, you will see a list of recipients. Confirm these are your Senators. Below the list, hit “Send All”
  5. Next click “Additional Alerts” and select “HELLPP Act”, then click the envelope next to “Take Action”
  6. A pre-written letter will appear with your name at the bottom. To the right, you will see a list of recipients. Confirm these are your Senators and Representatives. Below the list, hit “Send All”
  7. DONE! You have provided a TREMENDOUS service to the profession!

Tricare Reimbursements

February 6, 2018

APMA submitted comments on January 22 to the Department of Defense in response to its review of existing TRICARE regulations, APMA focused its comments on the following:

  • update TRICARE regulations generally to reflect the advancements in the education and experience of podiatrists;
  • update the TRICARE definition of physician at 32 CFR 199.2(b) to include podiatrists; and
  • permit DPMs to prescribe physical and occupational therapy (PT/OT) to patients.

This letter and all other previous comments can be found at

CAC-PIAC MEETING – Private Insurance Advisory Committee

January 20, 2017

Full Report submitted by Leslie Campbell, DPM                                                          


November 16, 2016

Dr. Paul Kinberg and Dr. Leslie Campbell attended CAC-PIAC (Private Insurance Advisory Committee) meeting held by APMA on November 4-5, 2016. Read the full CAC report.  Read the full PIAC Report.

Upcoming: Foot Health Awareness Month

December 24, 2015

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and the perfect opportunity to broadcast the importance of maintaining healthy feet and ankles. As you know, millions of Americans suffer from foot pain and injuries every day, so this is a great time to provide them with information about how and where to get help. In order to raise awareness, be sure to share your favorite podiatry tips and facts via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #FeetFacts to join the conversation. Follow TPMA on Facebook and Twitter.