Feb. 8, 2018 | Issue 181
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Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy
Pa. Gov. Wolf proposed 2018-19 budget
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a $33.2 billion state general fund budget for fiscal year 2018-19 on Tuesday, a $1.2 billion (3.7 percent) increase in state spending from the current fiscal year. The proposal merges the budgets of the individual departments of Health and Human Services, in concert with another planned legislative attempt to merge agencies. The PAFP was pleased the proposal included monies in PHEAA for primary health care, previously known as the “primary care practitioner line item” at $4.5 million; however, we will push the legislature to grant administrative power of those funds to the Health Dept.
Reserve your room for Philly - block closes today!
Final day to act! Click here to take advantage of the discounted hotel room rate at the Hilton for the PAFP’s Philadelphia CME Conference. The hotel offers beautiful waterfront views from accommodations and the hotel’s indoor pool and fitness center. The discounted room rate will NOT be extended past Thursday, February 8.
There’s still time to register online for the Philadelphia CME Conference. Click here to register! At the Hilton at Penn’s Landing March 2-4, full conference attendees can earn more than 18 CME hours, 12 patient safety hours, and meet your state-mandated ACT 31 requirements.
Pa. flu deaths rise by more than two dozen in past week
Over the past week, 26 more people have died of influenza in Pennsylvania, bringing the total number of flu deaths to 91. The Morning Call reports more than 47,000 cases have been diagnosed in the Commonwealth. Although the flu vaccine is a poor match for the dominant H3N2 strain of the virus, getting the flu shot is still the very best way for patients to protect themselves.
Residents and Students
Call for Research Day abstracts open; join our Career Development Track
PAFP All-Resident Member Survey
Residents: Enter to win a Starbucks gift card and help your program qualify for a Panera gift card participation prizes just by completing the survey! The PAFP thanks you for your insight!
Research Day call for abstracts OPEN!
Saturday, March 3, 2018, downtown Philadelphia
Deadline: Feb. 9, 2018
Step 1: Register online
Step 2: Submit your abstract
FREE with Research Day registration: Career Development Track
Experts in personal finance, educational loan management, navigating practice opportunities, and visa waiver programs yields a program just for you. Lunch is included!
PAFP 2017 Annual Report released
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2017 Annual Report is now available. This report details each area of the PAFP's mission, including updates on government affairs and practice advocacy, education, membership, residents and students, corporate support, and financials. Click here to view the report.
Urge the Pa. Senate to support DPC
Pa. House Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 926 would improve access to direct primary care (DPC) by recognizing, protecting, and defining these arrangements as outside the scope of state insurance regulations, allowing patients and physicians to contract for care. Click here to use the AAFP's Speak Out tool and take action!
2018 PAFP Annual Business Meeting to be live-streamed
The PAFP's 2018 Annual Business Meeting will be live streaming on Friday, March 2 beginning at 7:30 a.m. You can click this link to view the meeting. All members invited to live stream if you won't be at the meeting!
Welcome New PAFP Members!
- Cynthia Rosenberg
- Nicolette Walsh
- Karen McGeehan
- John Cellucci
- Sean Bryan
- Reda Shedeed
- Joseph Valdez
- Irina Esteva
- Katherine Lattanzio
- Muhammad Jawaid
- Shownak Shreyarthi
- Peiyun Chang