Drug overdose deaths fall for sixth straight month Oct. 23, 2018
While annual U.S. drug overdoses have been rising for nearly four decades, Stat reports the number of fatal drug overdoses nationwide has fallen for six consecutive months. Nevertheless, public health experts warn against drawing any firm conclusions from the data. Opioids continue to drive the bulk of overdose deaths, but deaths from cocaine and stimulants are rising.
In a few short weeks, learn to lead with the PAFP Oct. 22, 2018
The PAFP's first-ever Leadership Institute event is right around the corner! On Nov. 2, explore various aspects of leadership, from successful planning to the importance of mentorship. You'll develop more effective communication skills, learn more about the business aspects of family medicine, and become a source of knowledge and inspiration. Join us!
Health insurance often fails to prevent financial ruin Oct. 19, 2018
The most basic function of health insurance is to ensure patients have affordable access to care, but a recent report suggests it fails at this task. The New York Times reports a survey of nearly 1,500 Americans, including some of the country's most seriously ill, has found more than a third of respondents spent all or most of their savings while sick.
Deadline approaching: Apply for a PAFP leadership position! Oct. 18, 2018
The PAFP is currently seeking applicants to serve in various leadership positions, but you only have until Dec, 31, 2018 to apply! PAFP board and committee members develop policy and make decisions that keep the organization at the forefront of the specialty. Apply here to use your individual talents and unique perspective to guide the PAFP into the future!
Pa. Dept. of Health launches prescriber education initiative Featured News
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Health has just launched a prescriber education initiative called Evidence-Based Prescribing: Tools You Can Use to Fight the Opioid Epidemic. The curriculum teaches best practices for using the state's prescription drug monitoring database. All courses are free and qualify for 1 CME credit each; they're available on the TRAIN PA website.