Aug. 22, 2019 | Issue 220
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Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy
Work continues on PAFP's top issue: prior authorization reform
The PAFP is collaborating with the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and other stakeholders to address the burden of prior authorizations and step therapy through legislation to be introduced this fall by State Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster). Based on a recent survey of PAFP members, prior authorization reform is the top state legislative issue of concern and we have been working diligently on what will be House Bill 1194. The PAFP is preparing for a major advocacy campaign on this critical issue.
New PAFP apparel available through Aug. 30
Remember to cash in your reward points* to receive a 10 percent discount on your new PAFP apparel. The new online store offers polos, jackets, sweaters, blankets, and even children’s shirts! You will need to create an online profile before you are able to view the items. Click here for instructions and link to the store. The online store is available for this sale’s order period through Friday, Aug. 30. Get ready for your fall sports with PAFP apparel now!
*NOTE: PAFP reward points are not transferable for cash and may only be used for PAFP Foundation CME programs or PAFP apparel.
Pa. Dept. of Health conducting Lyme disease survey
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is conducting a survey of healthcare providers in Pennsylvania to better understand the scope of Lyme disease related healthcare visits and to gain a better understanding of current Lyme disease treatment practices. Any provider practicing in Pennsylvania is welcome to complete the survey. Please click here to take the survey on Survey Monkey. You may receive this survey through multiple sources, but please complete it only once. Should you have any questions on this survey, please contact Leah Lind at email@example.com. Thank you for your response.
Residents and Students
Mark your calendar for fall events!
Pa. Primary Care Career Night
Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Sheraton University City, Philadelphia
Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8 p.m.
Olive or Twist, Pittsburgh
Click through above links for details and FREE registration
State and national loan repayment programs, networking with clinicians and employers. Lots of food and prizes, too!
Save the date: AAFP FMX
Philadelphia, Sept. 24-28
FREE registration student members, a special clinical track and social/networking events!
Registration rebates for resident members
FMEC Annual Meeting
Lancaster, Nov. 1-3
Residency programs: Residency Fair
Students: apply TODAY for student scholarships (includes hotel, conference meals, registration)
Still time to register | 2019 AAFP FMX in Philadelphia
Don’t miss your chance to take part in the AAFP’s largest annual family medicine event! The 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) will be held in Philadelphia, Sept. 24-28. You and your peers will earn CME, be inspired by dynamic keynote presentations, and find patient care solutions to implement when you return to practice. Learn more and register soon to secure your spot.
Special supplement of Annals of Family Medicine released
The journal Annals of Family Medicine has released a special supplement of its August 2019 issue featuring an editorial on the Contribution of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative in Advancing the Movement to Value-Based Care. To view the full supplement, please click here.
Time to vaccinate? Atlantic Health Partners can help!
Whether it’s a toddler getting scheduled vaccines, children and teens going back to school or off to college, adults needing boosters, or flu season - Atlantic Health Partners is a strong resource for PAFP members to strengthen their immunization efforts by offering most favorable vaccine prices, purchasing support and program management assistance.
Key benefits include:
- Most favorable pricing for Sanofi, Merck, Pfizer (Trumenba®), Dynavax and Seqirus vaccines
- No minimum quantity requirements to always receive most favorable pricing and terms
- Excellent and timely customer service including reimbursement support and advocacy
- One stop shopping for most vaccines
- No cost to join!
For information about the program please contact Jeff or Cindy at 800-741-2044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRIME Registry: Building the future of primary care
The PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care.
- More Measures that Matter—through PRIME’s improved array of high-value primary care measures with demonstrated connection to improved outcomes and quality of life.
Doctors and patients agree that Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) is meaningful. The PRO pilot launched in PRIME in April 2019 gives patients a voice, while giving clinicians valuable feedback. The PRO will roll out to all of PRIME later in 2019.
- Improved Health for Communities:
PRIME’s quality dashboard helps identify patients with quality gaps and helps practices see how they are doing compared to their peers.
The PHATE tool helps identify patients at risk due to social determinants and provides an in-clinic connection to resources in the patient’s community, while also illuminating areas where resources are needed. PHATE has the potential to help guide more personalized risk-assessment and access to patient resources.
- Reduced Burden for Clinicians:
PRIME’s quality data tracking and benchmarking, paired with the implementation of more “measures that matter” (comprehensiveness, continuity, PRO, low-value care) enables participating physicians to demonstrate high value in practice which has the potential for a positive affect on payments from both CMS and private payers.
The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
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