Primary care coalition issues open letter to Acting Secretary of Health on COVID-19 vaccine distribution changes
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the PAFP, PA-AAP and PA-ACP issued an open letter to Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam voicing criticism about the Department's recent announcement to reallocate COVID-19 vaccine doses from independent primary care providers to hospitals, pharmacies and FQHCs. The letter was shared with the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as statewide media. Read the open letter.
Physician groups deeply troubled by Pa Department of Health's COVID-19 vaccine distribution changes
The PAFP, along with our partner physician organizations, issued a statement criticizing the Pennsylvania Department of Health's recent order that cuts independent primary care providers out of the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, and urged the Administration to immediately rescind the order. Read the statement. The PA Department of Health's Covid-19 Vaccine Hotline is 1-877-724-3258.
Prior Authorization legislation to be introduced in state Senate, House
PAFP President Tracey Conti, MD participated in a press conference on the introduction of Senate Bill and House Bill 225 - legislation that would implement much-needed reforms in insurance companies' prior authorization and step therapy processes. Dr Conti, along with representatives from several other physician and patient advocacy organizations, spoke about the delays in patient care caused by prior authorization and the need to bring transparency and consistency to the process. Watch the replay of the press conference.
Pennsylvania family physicians seek to reassure public of vaccine safety and efficacy in video public service announcement
PAFP President Tracey Conti, MD and PAFP’s 2020 Family Physician of the Year Delana Wardlaw, MD urge Pennsylvanians, particularly those in African American and other minority communities, to get their COVID-19 vaccination.
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AAFP Provides "Physician Health First" Resource for America's Family Physicians
The AAMA is taking steps to provide behavior and mental health resources to help family physicians pause and take time to care for yourselves and address the emotions you are dealing with. A variety of resources to help you focus on your well-being are available through Physician Health First®.
Notice-Candidates and Official Virtual PAFP Election Timeline
Due to COVID-19, PAFP elections will be done online under
the following timeline:
-Members must register for the Annual Business Meeting to be eligible
-Registration closes March 1.
-Elections: Feb 26 (noon) thru March 5 (noon.)
-Swearing in: March 12 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) at the PAFP Annual