May 14, 2020 | Issue 238
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Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy
PAFP urges Wolf administration to adopt 'Health in All Policies' strategy
Earlier this week, PAFP President Tracey Conti, MD issued an open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman urging them to adopt a “Health in All Policies” (HiAP) strategy for Pennsylvania. The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on existing health disparities in our Commonwealth through its overwhelming impact on vulnerable and minority populations. A HiAP approach would help to address social determinants of health and achieve health equity for all Pennsylvanians. The PAFP has drafted a framework for a HiAP executive order that was shared with the Administration.
The PAFP also sent a letter to Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman asking for payment parity by commercial insurers and the state’s medical assistance program for audio-only telemedicine services. PAFP members have reported that current RVUs for audio-only patient interactions are 35-50 percent of video interactions.
New online CME offerings now available
Though many of our members are unable to travel at this time to earn their continuing medical education credits, the PAFP is here to support you and your educational needs. The PAFP’s Online CME Catalog was recently updated with more than 14 hours of new enduring webinars, each qualifying for patient safety credit! Meet your opioid and pain management mandate too. Until we meet again in-person, be sure to check PAFP’s complimentary Online CME Catalog for your continuing education credit needs.
If you have any questions regarding PAFP’s education, or if you have suggestions for future events, please contact Janine Owen or Lindsey Killian.
Join the PAFP on Weekly Wellness Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, the PAFP will be sharing new wellness information to help you, your staff, patients and your family. These wellness tips and information will be shared each week on our social media outlets –
, and LinkedIn
. Be sure to follow us on social media to receive your weekly tip on how to manage daily stressors and struggles. The PAFP’s weekly wellness post will include tips and tricks from special guests who have joined us at our
live CME events as well as other credible sources. Remember to share them on your social media channels and with family and friends!
Residents and Students
Congrats, Class of 2020!
Congratulations and best wishes to the medical school and residency graduates of the Class of 2020! Please know that as you engage in virtual commencement ceremonies, socially distant and virtual celebrations of your achievements, we are cheering for you. This unprecedented health crisis has proven that family physicians are needed more now than ever, and your leadership, adaptability, clinical acumen and passion to advocate for your patients and community will help lead us out of this pandemic and into a brighter and healthier future for all Pennsylvanians and across the U.S. Your friends at the PAFP are here for you and join that fight beside you. Cheers to you, the Class of 2020!
Students: apply for AAFPNC student scholarships today!
The conference will happen, either live and in person or live and on your computer. Join the fun, learning and networking! PAFP scholarship application open through May 29.
Congratulations to our newest PAFP Resident and Student Assembly leaders! These are the folks representing YOU in discussions on PAFP policy and initiatives, and we’re excited to work with them!
Welcome New PAFP Members!
- Frederick Bloom, MD, FAAFP
Kevin Cowell, DO
- Dennis Guest, DO
- Cindy Iglesias, MD
- Marian Landau, DO
- Candace LeFlame, DO
- Michael Loeven, MD
- Amit Mehta, MD, MBA, CPE
- Marium Mujahid, DO
- Christopher Mulholland, DO
- Brianna Orlowski, DO
- Travis Rearick, MD
- Brian Seeley, DO
- Diana Tacelosky, MD, PhD
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