June 14, 2018 | Issue 190
The Latest News
Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy
PAFP pushes DPC bill, residency expansion funding
With the state legislature scheduled to conclude for the summer on June 30, the PAFP is working to advance the Direct Primary Care (DPC) Authorization Bill, Senate Bill (SB) 926. The bill will likely be amended, yet we remain optimistic that it will retain its key goals. Members may help through utilizing SpeakOut or by distributing our new DPC Legislative Brief. Also, we have teamed up with several other associations working to secure funding in the 2018-19 budget to go toward the family medicine residency expansion grant that PAFP administers and helps fund nine new family medicine residency slots.
Make summer plans with PAFP education
Wherever you go this summer, remember to take the PAFP with you! For a minimum $20 donation to the PAFP Foundation, you will receive a commemorative 70th Anniversary T-shirt. You can also earn five enduring CME hours while you travel. Click here to view our updated online CME catalog.
After you pack your towel and sunscreen, don’t forget to register for the Second Annual Procedures and Clinical Dermatology Event. Click here to join us at the Penn Stater Sept. 6-7. Contact Janine Owen or Lindsey Kilian with questions on how to donate or how to register.
PAFP, HHS discuss opioids, payments, more
The PAFP recently met with Dept. of Health and Human Services Region III Director and former Rep. Matt Baker (a past PAFP Legislator of the Year award-winner) to discuss a number of topics, including the opioid crisis and strategies to increase access to treatment and reduce patient and physician barriers to care. Additionally, the PAFP presented the AAFP’s Alternative Payment Model: Advanced Primary Care and the principles to include addressing social determinants of health. Lowering drug prices and reducing administrative burdens were also discussed, and the PAFP encouraged reconsideration of the administration’s position on pre-existing conditions which could affect patients.
Residents and Students
Welcome, first-year residents!; headed to Kansas City?
AAFP National Conference is less than two months away! Headed to Kansas City? Let us know! We’re working to connect residents and students for hotel room sharing, social connections, collaborating on resolutions and the work of the Congresses, and answering your questions about how to make the most of your time at the conference. PAFP student and resident leaders will be hosting conference calls in advance of AAFPNC, so please make sure you’re on our list.
Closer to home, Pennsylvania’s family medicine residency programs are welcoming first year residents for orientation. The PAFP shares your excitement – we’re glad you’re here!
Welcome New PAFP Members!
- James Raczek, MD
- Pooja Mehta, MD
- Jessy Ang
Patients receiving new Medicare cards
Patients who are enrolled in Medicare will soon be receiving (or may have already received) new Medicare cards that will remove the member's social security number to combat identity theft. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed special language to help patients understand this change and why it is being made. Please click here for more information.
Join PAMED for Clinically Integrated Network meeting
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) invites PAFP members to join other physicians on Wednesday, June 27 for a meeting on its Clinically Integrated Network. Led by your fellow Pennsylvania physicians, the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Clinically Integrated Network enables practices like yours to prosper in the evolving healthcare world. Please click here for details and to register.
Enroll in ABFM PRIME Registry free for 3 years
The ABFM invites board-certified family physicians to enroll in its PRIME Registry free for the first three years! PRIME Registry is a practice and population data tool developed by the ABFM that safely extracts patient data from your electronic health records (EHRs) and turns it into actionable measures, presented in an easy-to-use, personalized dashboard, maintaining its full confidentiality.
PRIME not only simplifies quality reporting for payment programs such as MIPS and CPC+, but also allows you to better evaluate aspects of your practice, patient groups, and individual patients, illuminating gaps or successes in patient care. Click here for full details!