APMA AWARD NOMINATIONS

April 20, 2018

Call special attention to someone who has really made an impact on the profession – submit an APMA award application. Nominators are asked to carefully review the Awards and Recognition Procedures which provide comprehensive information about the qualifications for each award.  The procedures, as well as the application, are available on the members’ site (www.apma.org/awards).  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Simmons, srsimmons@apma.org or 301-581-9257.  Completed applications, including all required documents, should be submitted to me by June 1.

 

Distinguished Service Citation (Members or Lay Person – National Level)

This citation is the association’s highest honor and should be reserved only for those individuals whose contributions are truly long-term, outstanding, and of lasting significance to the profession of podiatric medicine and to APMA.  This award should be viewed as the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.

 

Award of Excellence (Members or Lay Person – National Level)

The Award of Excellence may be awarded to a member in good standing or lay person in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

 

Rising Star Award (National Level)

The Rising Star Award may be awarded to a member in good standing in practice for no more than five (5) years in recognition of outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA.

 

Humanitarian Award (National Level)

The Humanitarian Award may be awarded to an institution/organization or individual member in good standing demonstrating truly outstanding humanitarian efforts which have had a profound impact on the public and a definable positive impact on podiatric medicine.

 

Meritorious Service Award (Members or Lay Person – Local/State/Regional Level)

A Meritorious Service Award may be awarded to members in good standing or lay person in recognition of outstanding accomplishments on the local, state, or regional level in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors that have had a profound impact on podiatric medicine.  Nominees must have demonstrated outstanding service to APMA, component societies, or affiliated organizations.

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:
https://www.apma.org/applications/secure/index.aspx?FileID=74394

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 https://www.apma.org/registry 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!

Dennis Shaw, DPM Passes Away

March 21, 2018

Dennis Gerald Shaw was born August 27, 1948, in New York City to Joseph Schutkofsky and Matilda Rubin and died on March 19, 2018, at Medical City Dallas after losing a hard-fought battle with leukemia. He grew up in Bayside, Queens. He went to Francis Lewis High School and then graduated from Queens College in 1969 with a degree in Psychology. He met his wife, Vivian Abrams at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. They were married on August 8, 1976. They came to Texas to do their postgraduate training in 1977 and bought their first home in Richardson. They later settled in North Dallas. He was a board-certified podiatrist. He practiced in Garland, Texas for twenty-seven years and then joined Vivian’s practice in McKinney. Stacey came along in 1981 and then David in 1986.
 
Dennis was a life-long Yankee fan. He is a member of the Temple Shalom Softball League Hall of Fame. He played softball from 1987 to 2005 and returned in 2012 to play with his son David. In his later years, he was known as the “softball dad.”
 
He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Vivian, his daughter Stacey, son David and wife Jessica, his brother Howard and wife Penelope, and grandchildren Madison, Joshua, and Jeremy. He is proceeded in death by his parents and beloved dogs. A graveside service will be held at the Sinai Gardens at Restland Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75243 at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
 
The family would like to express their gratitude to the oncology nurses at Medical City Dallas for their dedicated care and compassion. If desired, donations can be made to Operation Kindness or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in his name.

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!

APMA Webinars on Proposed Bylaw Changes

February 9, 2018

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

The first webinar held February 7 was  an explanation of the process leading up to the proposed changes.
The next call  (February 26, 7 pm – 8:30 pm) will delve into the proposed changes and the questions raised about those changes.

All members are encouraged to sign up for the free webinar . If you cannot make the webinar, you can read the proposed bylaw changes being considered.

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

In Memoriam: Harry Goldsmith, DPM

February 9, 2018

We have learned of the passing of Harry Goldsmith DPM February 7, 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.

Dr. Goldsmith also was a longtime delegate to the APMA House of Delegates, at one time chairing the Resolutions Subcommittee.

Dr. Goldsmith is survived by his wife, Susan; sons Brian, Mark, and Jon Goldsmith, DPM, and their families; as well as two brothers. A small, private service will be held in his memory Friday, February 9.

The APMA Educational Foundation has established a fund in Dr. Goldsmith’s memory.  Donations can be made by visiting www.apma.org/donate.

https://www.apma.org/News/NewsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=29021

 

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 www.apma.org/CommentLetters.

Sunset Update

January 20, 2017

The full report can be viewed at Self-Evaluation Report (August 2015) and is worth your reading to get a full grasp of the intensity of the Sunset process.

After several meetings with TSBPME and TPMA to gain information and prepare to make their recommendations, the Sunset Staff Review was posted in October, 2016.  The full report can be viewed at Full Staff Report (Oct 2016) and is worth your review.

Health Licensing Consolidation Project: The full report can be found at Full Staff Report (Nov 2016)

CAC-PIAC MEETING – Private Insurance Advisory Committee

January 20, 2017

Full Report submitted by Leslie Campbell, DPM