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APMAPAC Chair
By Randy K. Kaplan, DPM

What's at Stake for Podiatry This Election Year?
First and foremost, I hope you, your family, staff, and patients are healthy and safe. Please take all appropriate measures for your health and well-being.
As everyone knows, 2020 is a major US election year.
What you may not have known is this is an election year for
APMAPAC, as well. My name is Randy K. Kaplan, DPM, and
I am the new APMAPAC chair. My father, Earl G. Kaplan,
DPM, started what was known in 1972 as PPAC. He knew
then as we do today that the pathway to promote and
protect our profession is through legislative and political
advocacy.
I want to thank all those who have already made their
meaningful contribution to APMAPAC. We understand everyone is under financial and emotional stress. These are
most certainly difficult and extraordinary times due to
COVID-19. Understandably, APMAPAC contributions are
significantly down. We know APMA members have been impacted financially by the pandemic. In the days of COVID-19,
with financial and political turmoil in Washington, DC, we
need every penny to make sure our profession is treated fairly
and equitably in the ever-changing health-care environment.
Your support makes a difference. We in health care have a lot
at stake, and it takes less than five minutes to make your contribution to APMAPAC at www.apma.org/donate.
At the time this article was written, we did not know the
election results, much less what would happen after the election, but we did know the election results would affect everyone. APMAPAC is your insurance policy to make sure you
have a seat at the table, so your services are included and reimbursed by any health-care plan. Now is the time for you to
do your part and support APMAPAC with your contribution.
Here is some of what is at stake for you, because health care
is on the agenda:
* Reimbursement-The perennial threat to E/M reimbursement, possible future revaluing of other codes, and surgical
codes that may be decreased to benefit primary care physicians are all on the table. Congress tried to reduce reimbursement once before (www.apma.org/News/NewsDetail.
cfm?ItemNumber=31879), but thanks to grassroots advocacy and APMA's strong relationships with key members of
Congress, the association was able to meet with CMS and
stop this punitive proposal.
* The Affordable Care Act-Will it be struck down entirely
or in part by the Supreme Court? If so, Congress will need
new legislation on health care, which means modifying
what currently exists and/or developing a new health-care
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plan. Either way, access to care could be limited, thus affecting your patient volume and income.
* COVID-19/Pandemic Relief-Almost everyone has taken
advantage of The Department of Health and Human Services' stimulus support through Medicare accelerated payments, Paycheck Protection Program loans, and/or the US
Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster
Loans. Will more financial assistance be available in 2021?
* COVID-19/Pandemic Uncertainty-What will happen
with the pandemic? We may face the possibility of more
lockdowns and economic repercussions.
* Other Issues-Federally mandated opioid training for
your DEA license, the Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians Act, and the ability to
prescribe physical and occupational therapy under TRICARE all have unknown outcomes.
Who is going to protect your profession for you? The future
of our great profession and your future depend on your support of APMAPAC.
Please make your contribution today at www.apma.org/
donate.
Thank you for your support. Stay healthy and safe this holiday season.
Contact Dr. Kaplan at pac@apma.org. n


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