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March 2012
News Archive

HAPPY NATIONAL DOCTOR'S DAY! (March 30, 2012) 

Happy National Doctor's Day! The PAFP honors and thanks its members every March 30, designated as National Doctor's Day by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. Family physicians, your value cannot be overstated! Click here to visit the PAFP's pledge page and honor a mentor or colleague with a gift to sustain family medicine's future!
 
HEALTH CARE RULING EXPECTED IN JUNE (March 29, 2012) 

U.S. Supreme Court hearings over the health care law wrapped up yesterday, and a ruling is expected in June. This morning, the Wall Street Journal examines possible implications of a ruling against the law, and the Associated Press asks if any part of the law can survive if the court declares the individual mandate unconstitutional.  
 
AAFP PRESIDENT DISCUSSES RUC DECISION (March 28, 2012) 

Last evening, AAFP President Dr. Glen Stream discussed the Academy's controversial decision to continue participating in RUC with Dr. Mike Sevilla (Ohio family physician, blogger and friend of the PAFP) on Sevilla's Family Medicine Rocks podcast. Trust us - it's a must-listen for all who care about family medicine's future.
 
MORE CRC INFO FOR AWARENESS MONTH (March 27, 2012) 

March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month, as you're well aware if you're a member or friend of the PAFP. Early detection is so vital, evidenced by this piece from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Make sure you have all the facts about CRC, and please visit our CRC Screening Collaborative for even more information.
 
SCOTUS HEARS HEALTH CARE ARGUMENTS (March 26, 2012) 

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Affordable Care Act, signed by President Obama in March 2010. At the heart of the case - the health care reform law's requirement that all Americans obtain health insurance by 2014. If you'd like to know more, please read this analysis by PAFP's legal counsel.  
 
WHY ATTEND THE 2012 ANNUAL MEETING? (March 23, 2012) 

The PAFP annual meeting will be held May 17-19, 2012 at the beautiful Omni Bedford Springs Resort. It will be accompanied by golffood, dance, education and more. Some of your best friends and favorite colleagues will be there. Do you need any more reasons to register? If so, we've got 10 of them right here!  
 
NEW INFORMATION ON PCMH INITIATIVE (March 22, 2012) 

Have you been following all the talk about the "Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)," but aren't sure if it's right for your practice? We may be able to help. We're pleased to announce The Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, a brochure that, we hope, makes it easier to understand the principles and value of the PCMH.
 
RENEWED FOCUS ON MTBI IN SOLDIERS (March 21, 2012) 

According to MedPageToday, the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) brought on by explosive devices. Don't let the term "mild" fool you - these injuries have serious consequences. Get informed with the PAFP's CME on TBI, including this tip sheet about TBI in young athletes.
 
'PROGRESS NOTES' OUT TODAY (March 20, 2012)

Our biweekly newsletter, Progress Notes, is now available and in members' inboxes! We have news on the CMS 5010 enforcement delay, an update from the Residency Program Collaborative, medical students striking matches, tips for Women's History Month and more! For past issues, feel free to explore our Progress Notes archive.
 
PAFP BRINGS PCMH INITIATIVE TO U.S. CAPITAL (March 19, 2012)

Today, a team from the PAFP will be presenting on the Patient-Centered Medical Home at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's International Summit on Improving Patient Care in Washington, D.C. Visit ourPatient-Centered Medical Home resource portal for more information on how the PAFP is improving Pennsylvanians' care.
 
MATCH DAY 2012 IS FINALLY HERE (March 16, 2012)

It's finally here: Match Day 2012! The PAFP will be with students from the Penn State University College of Medicine today as they discover which residency programs they'll be paired with. Check out our Resident Initiatives and Student Initiatives pages to learn how the PAFP is supporting the future of family medicine.
 
AAFP TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATING IN RUC (March 15, 2012)

According to American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) President Dr. Glen Stream, the national chapter will continue participating in the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, or "RUC." Click here for information on RUC, including Dr. Stream's comments on the decision to continue AAFP participation.
 
PAPER: SIMPLE, MUST-KNOW CRC INFORMATION (March 14, 2012)

Remember, March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month! You can find some need-to-know tips and information on CRC, screening and the latest research in this piece from today's New York Daily News. And check out the great work of our CRC Screening Collaborative, fighting the disease on the front lines!
 
PRACTICE ADMINS, OFFICE MANAGERS NEEDED (March 13, 2012)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is looking for practice administrators and office managers to join a new work group focused on practice management and advocacy issues. The goal? To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Pennsylvania's practices. Read more here.  
 
RESEARCH DAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED (March 12, 2012)

We've announced the winners of our 2012 Research Day - you can find the full list by clicking here! We also have photos of the event, with more to come, on our Facebook page. Check them out, "like" them, share them, and let us know what you think by commenting! 
 
HERSHEY CME CONFERENCE WRAP-UP (SO FAR...) (March 10, 2012)

Our Hershey Escape event is in full swing today! A schedule can be found here. Continue following us on Twitter for the latest, and link in to the event with #hersheycme. Also, check out today's issue of The Patriot-News for an incredible in-depth look at one of yesterday's activities!
 
WE'RE TWEETING FROM HERSHEY - ALL WEEKEND LONG (March 9, 2012)

Come check us out on Twitter as we post updates and information about what is happening at our Hershey Escape CME conference. To plug into all things related to the general conference, use #hersheycme. Also, we have our QI team out in full force, using #PAIPIP to fill you on the exciting things happening in quality improvement!
 
'SHOCKING' TEEN SMOKING STUDY RELEASED (March 8, 2012)

The U.S. Surgeon General says in a new report that the number of teen smokers is staggering - nearly one out of every four high school seniors. The report also highlights the importance of teaching young ones to stay away from tobacco. Check out the PAFP's anti-smoking initiative Tar Wars for a fun and successful education model.
 
HEADED TO ALLENTOWN FOR 'ARTABILITY' (March 7, 2012)

Today, the PAFP is headed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital (Cedar Crest) in Allentown for Artability, an art expo featuring creations and performances by artists with disabilities. We'll have a full feature on the event in a future issue of Keystone Physicianbut follow us today on Twitter for steady updates on this exciting celebration!
 
10 DAYS LEFT FOR FP OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS (March 6, 2012)

Time is running out to nominate yourself or a colleague to be the PAFP's 2012 Family Physician of the Year! The nomination deadline is March 16. Candidates must be PAFP members who serve as role models to their communities, both professionally and personally. The online nomination form can be found here.
 
MEDIA SOUND OFF ON COLON CANCER AWARENESS (March 5, 2012)

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the news media are sounding off! Kansas City infoZine has tips on reducing your risk; the Huffington Post has some scary numbers on colorectal cancer disparities; and the Clifton Journal has a simple message: Don't be afraidCheck out our CRC Collaborative for more vital info! 
 
PA. SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS MCARE FUND RULING (March 2, 2012)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has determined that hundreds of millions of dollars in the state's general fund do not need to be used to pay down the unfunded liability of the Mcare Fund. The Associated Press has commentary from the Corbett administration and state medical associations. Click here to read the court's opinion.  
 
PAFP STUDENT LEADER HONORED (March 1, 2012)

PAFP Student Chair Andrew Lutzkanin has been honored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for his scholastic achievements. The fourth-year Penn Stater is one of just five students honored nationally by the society. He'll win a scholarship and an opportunity to showcase his work. Be sure to follow Lutzkanin on Twitter!
 
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