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April 2012
News Archive

ALF/NCSC CONFERENCE WEEK COVERAGE (April 30, 2012)

This week, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is hosting one of its biggest yearly events, the Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies. The PAFP will be in Kansas City covering the event from May 2 though 5. Stay tuned for updates and information!
 
PRIMARY CARE PAY ON THE RISE (April 27, 2012)

According to USA Today, pay for primary care physicians is on the rise - at least a bit. Unfortunately, the report points out "the doctors most people see most often," including family physicians, "make the least money." The tide is changing - one of the benefits of the Patient-Centered Medical Home is a fairer payment model. Read more here! 
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAD COW DISEASE (April 26, 2012)

For the first time since 2006, mad cow disease has appeared in the United States. Should you be worried about your burgers, tacos, steak and milk? The short answer: no. For more information about mad cow disease, how people get infected, and how your safety is affected, read this piece from WBUR, Boston's NPR station.
 
AAFP: AGING POPULATION STRAINS WORKFORCE (April 25, 2012)

An aging patient population is straining an already volatile family physician workforce, says the AAFP. Fortunately, the PAFP's Resident and Student initiatives are dedicated to keeping family medicine vibrant. Visit our Resident and Student web pages for information on how you can bolster the future of family medicine! 
 
CDC: CHOLESTEROL RATES CONTINUE TO DROP (April 24, 2012)

According to the CDC, cholesterol rates are continuing to drop, in part from a decrease in smoking rates and other factors. Continue to better outcome measures, including patient cholesterol control, through the PAFP's free online CME. While only 13 percent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol, there's still plenty of room to improve!
 
LOAN REPAYMENT CHATTER HEATS UP (April 23, 2012)

The forgiveness of student loan debt is once again part of the national economic conversation, but did you know that state and federal loan repayment programs already exist for doctors in Pennsylvania? We've compiled a list of opportunities for loan forgiveness or repayment that are readily and immediately available to family physicians.
 
GEAR UP FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA PRIMARY (April 20, 2012)

The PAFP hopes you're preparing to vote on Tuesday! Under the new voter ID law (Act 18 of 2012), for the April 24 primary, you will be requested (but not required) to show acceptable photo ID unless you're a first-time voter. You can find details on Pennsylvania's voting website, VotesPA.
 
DOH RESPONDS TO GAS DRILLING CONCERNS (April 19, 2012)

The Pa. Department of Health is responding to concerns that a provision in the gas drilling law (Act 13) prevents doctors from discussing with patients fracking chemicals that may cause illness. Health Secretary Eli Avila says the information may be used "in whatever manner necessary" by a physician. Click here to read more.
 
PROGRESS NOTES IS RELEASED (April 18, 2012) 

The PAFP's biweekly newsletter, Progress Notes, is now in the inboxes of members! In this issue, you'll discover where you can "rock and roll all nite" with the PAFP, why students everywhere are choosing family medicine, and who is calling the site of our FORE Family Medicine Golf Tournament the best course in Pennsylvania!  
 
WSJ: HEART DISEASE STILL LEADING KILLER (April 17, 2012) 

According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. deaths from coronary heart disease have dropped by 75 percent in 40 years, but cardiovascular disease is still the leading killer. The PAFP's Residency Program Collaborative has made promising strides in this area - read why it may become part of the evidence base for heart attack prevention!  
 
FAMILY MEDICINE CHAT ON WITF RADIO SMART TALK (April 16, 2012) 

Family medicine was the topic of conversation on today's WITF Radio Smart Talk program! PAFP member Dr. Ryan Crim, a family physician from Carlisle, answered health and medical-related questions for an hour this morning. If you missed it, don't worry! You can catch it again at 7 p.m. Click here to listen online!  
 
BRUSH UP ON DIABETES KNOWLEDGE WITH CME (April 13, 2012) 

Diabetes is once again in the media spotlight, with a new report suggesting the disease is linked to certain types of sleep schedules. Brush up on your diabetes knowledge with our free online CME, including Improving Care in the Patient-Centered Medical HomeBest Practices and Clinical Outcomes.
 
WELCOME TO THE PAFP PRESS ROOM! (April 12, 2012) 

The PAFP Communications Department is pleased to unveil the PAFP Press Room, a one-stop communications resource for the news media and public. Within, you'll have instant access to all PAFP press releases, past media coverage, logos and graphics, news, policy information and much more. You're sure to find it useful!
 
PAPER: PENNSYLVANIA, PAFP A 'LEARNING LAB' FOR PCMH (April 11, 2012) 

Medical Home News, an authority on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), mentions the PAFP's contributions to the PCMH movement in an April 2012 article titled "Pennsylvania: A Learning Laboratory for Medical Home Implementation." Read the first page here, and order the magazine on the Medical Home News website
 
ICD-10 LIKELY TO BE PUSHED BACK 1 YEAR (April 10, 2012) 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed delaying ICD-10, the new HIPAA-mandated medical coding standard, amid concerns that providers will be unable to meet the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline. The PAFP will have additional information as it becomes available. See the AAFP's ICD-10 resource portal for more. 
 
RX MONITORING A PRIORITY AS PAINKILLER SALES SOAR (April 9, 2012) 

According to the Associated Press, sales of two popular painkillers have exploded, prompting concerns of an addiction epidemic. In Pennsylvania, legislators hope House Bill 1651 will help curb this epidemic by tracking scheduled prescription drugs to combat doctor shopping or illicit diversion. Read more about the bill here. 
 
YOUNG LEADERS, VOICES NEEDED (April 6, 2012) 

All PAFP residents and students are invited to volunteer for a leadership position or as a commission member. Learn about the student positions and resident positions available and find one that best suits your interests! If you'd like to know more about the PAFP leadership structure and current leaders, please click here.
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR REGIONAL LECTURE SERIES (April 5, 2012) 

Registration is now open for the PAFP's Regional Lecture Series: New Tools to Fix a Broken Screening System. Regional Lecture Series events are scheduled for two hours and are worth two patient safety credits each; admission is free for PAFP and PA-ACP members and one staff member from each practice.
 
DOCTORS CALL FOR FEWER ROUTINE TESTS, PROCEDURES (April 4, 2012) 

Nine medical organizations, including the AAFP, have each developed a list of five routine tests and procedures that should be performed less often. The initiative, called Choosing Wisely, is a partnership between the specialist organizations, the ABIM Foundation, and Consumer Reports. Read the AAFP's list here.
 
TAKE A SURVEY, HELP PATIENTS WITH DISABILITIES (April 3, 2012) 

There appear to be comparatively few family medicine or internal medicine physicians working with patients with childhood-onset special needs. Would you mind helping these patients out? In honor of World Autism Awareness Month, please take this survey to aid the PAFP in meeting the needs of patients with disabilities! 
 
THINK TRANSITION ON AUTISM AWARENESS DAY (April 2, 2012) 

Today is the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day, when we celebrate the wonderful people in our lives affected by autism. It's the perfect time to think about creating successful transitions into adult health care for young ones with disabilities. Read this tip sheet on the subject, as well as a testimonial about the joys of transition!
 
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