April 2018

NYSPMA releases report on value of podiatric services to patients

A report funded by the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) has found that expanding podiatry’s role may impact healthcare in the state by decreasing the number of hospital admissions, costs of long-term care, and prescription of opioids in target conditions: diabetes, obesity, substance abuse/back pain, and fall prevention. Moreover, data analysis indicated potential reductions in adverse events related to the conditions.

According to the report, podiatry services and treatment may bring about notable decreases in opioid dispensing to patients with back- and podiatric-related pain diagnoses, falls in elderly and at-risk populations, and hospitalizations relating to obesity and diabetes, by 28%, 36%, 19%, and 37%, respectively. The study concludes that podiatry may provide key services for target conditions in New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, which is expected to shift up to 80% of Medicaid managed care provider payments from fee-for-service to value-based by 2020.

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