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*	 Alternative Funds: The APMA website also provides information on how to apply for a loan from Bankers Healthcare
Group, an APMA partner that focuses on the needs of
health-care professionals.
*	 Debt Management: APMA has posted information regarding how the CARES Act affects student loan debt.

Telehealth
*	 Physician Resources: APMA explains in detail the four
non-face-to-face service types podiatrists can provide to
most patients during the COVID-19 emergency. The website features a video and a podcast from APMA Health Policy and Practice Consultant Jeffrey Lehrman, DPM, CPC,
discussing these options and coding for them.
*	 Patient Resources: APMA is in the process of developing
materials for members to share with patients in advance of
telehealth visits to help ensure optimal care, including advice on what to expect, how to prepare for a telehealth visit, what technology they will need, and more.

Clinical Topics
*	 Dermatological Manifestations of COVID-19: 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 registry, which is HIPAA-compliant and has
undergone IRB approval. The AAD registry is international
and encompasses a wide variety of medical specialties. It is
the best option to create a truly representative sample of
data about the dermatological manifestations of this disease. This registry provides an excellent opportunity for
podiatric physicians to collaborate with their allopathic
and osteopathic colleagues to build a body of research.
JAPMA published a letter to the editor1 from Rami Basatneh, DPM, and Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, on this topic, and
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Dr. Vlahovic delivered a webinar as part of the APMA Online CECH series, www.apma.org/onlinecech.
*	 Patient Concerns: Many areas of the country are under
stay-home orders, and patients are concerned about keeping routine medical appointments and even seeking care
for emergent conditions. APMA, in conjunction with its
Communications Committee, has developed a wealth of
social media content designed to help patients maintain
good foot and ankle health during quarantine and to educate the public about what symptoms warrant an appointment even under stay-home orders.
*	 Care for Diabetic Wounds: Many leading wound care experts are concerned about lapses in care for diabetic
wounds while patients are quarantined. JAPMA published
a special communication, "All Feet on Deck,"2 on this topic
at www.japmaonline.org. The APMA Board of Trustees also
endorsed a website from the International Working Group
on the Diabetic Foot, COVID-19 and Diabetic Foot Disease, at https://iwgdfguidelines.org/covid-19.
*	 Podiatrists on the Front Lines of COVID-19: APMA provided decisive leadership for the profession by issuing a position statement encouraging governors nationwide to loosen
scope-of-practice statutes in order to allow podiatrists to provide support at the front lines of the pandemic. APMA also
supported state components as they reached out to their individual governors and penned a joint letter with other podiatric
organizations to the National Governors Association.

Distance Learning
*	 Advocacy: APMA advocated for podiatrists at the start of
the COVID-19 crisis with the Federation of Podiatric Medical Boards to encourage state boards to postpone or waive
licensing requirements in light of canceled CECH events.
*	 Virtual Coding Seminar: APMA canceled its Coding Seminar scheduled for the end of March in Dallas but quickly
pivoted to provide a virtual version of the event, offering


http://www.apma.org/onlinecech http://www.japmaonline.org https://www.iwgdfguidelines.org/covid-19/ http://www.aad.org/covidregistry http://www.aad.org/covidregistry

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