March 19, 2020 | Issue 234
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Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy
CMS to expand access to telehealth services
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will expand access to Medicare telehealth services in
order to help protect the public from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Under the expansion, Medicare can pay for office, hospital and other visits provided via telehealth services. Following suit, the Pennsylvania Department of Human
Services (DHS) has shared its intention to seek waivers with CMS in order to allow for more flexibility in the state’s Medicaid, CHIP and managed care programs. PAFP President Tracey Conti, MD has called for commercial health insurers
in the state to also expand access to telemedicine to their enrollees.
“Family medicine physicians are on the front lines of this pandemic, and patients are urged to call their physician if they suspect they have the COVID-19
virus,” Dr. Conti said. “Broadening physicians’ options to utilize mainstream telehealth and virtual health methods will help patients and physicians deal with this crisis. Further, expanding these options now will enable patients
seeking routine care the ability to avoid potential exposure to the virus.”
Are you up for an 'Adventure'?
Are you up for an “Adventure”? If so, then you’re in luck! Our next education program, the Adventures in Family Medicine conference, takes us to Camelback Mountain Resort in the Poconos for what will be an exceptional CME experience. Building on the success of last year’s outdoor-medicine-focused conference at Lake Raystown, not only outdoor, but out-of-the box education will be in abundance September 10-12. Online registration and the full agenda will be available soon at www.pafp.com. Bring your family members – there’ll be something for everyone at Camelback in September!
COVID-19 resources available on PAFP website
The PAFP has assembled a list of resources to help you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources, from organizations like the Pa. Dept. of Health (DOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found by clicking here.
Residents and Students
PAFP celebrates Match Day with students; looking forward to AAFPNC
Match Day: March 20, 2020
We’re thinking about med students anticipating Friday’s big Match news and sad that public health mandates are canceling and postponing large celebrations at our medical schools. Please stay connected via PAFP and AAFP social media and let us know how you’re celebrating #MatchDay2020 – we want to celebrate with you!
Full speed ahead to summer!
While it's true that the AAFP has canceled meetings scheduled through May 2020, we're looking forward to AAFPNC and planning accordingly.
Earn $$$ for your FMIG promoting AAFPNC. First 50 groups to apply can earn $100!
March 31 deadline for Family Medicine Student Organization Grants!
AAFP National Conference: Register, apply for scholarships TODAY!
July 30-Aug. 1, Kansas City, Mo.
Registration and scholarship applications are open!
AAFPNC call for posters; submission deadline April 1.
Housing fills fast, don’t delay making your hotel reservations.
Please join us in congratulating the 2020 PAFP Research Day award winners!
AAFP meetings canceled
After careful consideration of information from the CDC and experts, the AAFP has determined that it is necessary to cancel several upcoming live events, including the Annual Leadership Conference and National Conference of Constituency Leaders (ACLF/NCCL) in Kansas City. Please see full details here.
Congrats to CME registration winner
Congratulations to Madeline Taskier, MD, winner of a complimentary CME registration fee at any CME program through November 2021 (Alaska cruise excluded). Dr. Taskier’s name was drawn from all completed surveys on future program development directed to residents and young physicians. Way to go!
Welcome New PAFP Members!
- Babek Behta, MD
Samiudha Bhat, MD
- Stacey Denlinger, DO
- Monika Kumanova, MD
- Bhavani Kundeti, MBBS
Shekiba Shahabzada, MD
Jessica Shreve, MD
- Weber Wu, DO
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