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TELEVISION

Affordable Care Act lurches forward, deadlines loom Dec. 12, 2013
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

More than two months after the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges, what's the status of the law? abc27 News asked physicians and legislators for their opinions. Featuring PAFP Vice President of Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy Brent Ennis.

Glitches reported as PA rolls out healthcare exchange
 Oct. 1, 2013
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Pennsylvania's health insurance exchange opened on Oct. 1 - unfortunately, glitches kept many people from signing up for health insurance. Featuring PAFP Vice President of Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy Brent Ennis.

What is the Affordable Care Act? Sept. 30, 2013
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Harrisburg's abc27 News talks to multiple health experts, including Brent Ennis, PAFP Vice President of Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy, about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on patients.

Pa. bill targets prescription drug abuse Sept. 26, 2013
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PAFP Vice President of Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy Brent Ennis talks about efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and "doctor shopping" in Pennsylvania.

HealthSmart in a Minute: Doctor Patient Partnership April 15, 2013
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PAFP Board Chair Dennis Gingrich, MD discusses the importance of the physician-patient relationship - and how it's changing with the times.

Electronic medical records becoming the new normal across U.S. Jan. 22, 2013
CBS 21 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Mark Rowand, MD. What is an electronic medical record, and why are medical professionals switching from paper charts to electronic systems?

The Affordable Care Act: A New Focus on Prevention Dec. 13, 2012
Transforming Health (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD talks about how the Affordable Care Act will change preventive care.

Corbett: Pa. won't set up health care exchange Dec. 12, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring comment from the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that the state will not set up a health insurance exchange.

TV Smart Talk: Transforming Health Nov. 15, 2012
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)

With PAFP member Joseph Cincotta, MD. A panel of health care experts discusses the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the ongoing transition of the U.S. health system.

A brief history of smoking (Facing Cancer Together) Oct. 16, 2012
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PAFP 2012-13 Board Chair Dennis Gingrich, MD talks to WITF's Facing Cancer Together program about the history of tobacco usage.

Health care reform has mixed response from Pennsylvanians June 28, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP 2012-13 Board Chair Dennis Gingrich, MD. The Supreme Court has upheld the majority of the Affordable Care Act. How are Pennsylvanians responding?

Is a flu outbreak headed to Pennsylvania? May 15, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP 2011-12 President Dennis Gingrich, MD. Flu in May is uncommon, but not unheard of - and it appears an outbreak could spread to Pennsylvania.

Caffeine and kids a dangerous combination May 10, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Matt Silvis, MD. Using legal energy drinks can sometimes come with dangerous consequences, especially for young ones.

Pandemic flu simulation in LionReach mobile training center March 9, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

B-roll plus two interviews. Featuring PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations Bryan Peach and PAFP members. Family physicians experience pandemic flu simulation.

Proper dosage of over-the-counter medications Jan. 27, 2012
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Richard Grunden, MD. When giving over-the-counter medicine to kids, the right dosage could mean the difference between life and death.

Doctor review websites Dec. 2, 2011
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP 2011-12 President Dennis Gingrich, MD. How do physicians feel about websites that allow patients to “rate” their doctors?

Safety in Youth Sports Act Nov. 14, 2011
WGAL News 8 (Lancaster, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Matt Silvis, MD. High school sports coaches and students will soon have new rules to follow when it comes to injuries during a game.

Steps to help prevent child sexual abuse Nov. 11, 2011
WGAL News 8 (Lancaster, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD. Dr. Wanda Filer explains how parents can protect their children from abuse. 

Medical malpractice lawsuits March 5, 2011
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP 2011-12 President Dennis Gingrich, MD. Medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania are on the decline. 

Importance of immunizations April 26, 2011
abc27 News (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP member Ellen Smith, MD. Why it's important for adults to have up-to-date immunizations.

PAFP Clinical Camp: Hands-on medicine Dec. 20, 2010
CBS 21 News (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP member Bruce Bushwick, MD. An in-depth look at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians’ annual Clinical Camp.



 
PRINT and WEB

Lawmakers address prescription drug abuse (Oct. 20, 2014)
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

The Pennsylvania House and Senate approve legislation to thwart doctor shopping in the Commonwealth. With PAFP 2014-15 President Douglas Spotts, MD. 

Healthy PA passed by governor (Aug. 30, 2014)
The Wayne Independent (Honesdale, Pa.)

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett's Medicaid expansion plan, Healthy Pennsylvania, is approved by the federal government. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and other organizations sound off on the plan.

Parents reminded to have their children immunized (Aug. 5, 2014)
The Times News (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians reminds parents to get their children immunized as the 2014-15 school year rapidly approaches.

Hershey doctor named top physician educator (July 9, 2014)
PennLive (The Patriot-News) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PennLive, the website of the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, announces that Dennis Gingrich, MD, past-president of the PAFP, has won a national teaching award.

Hershey physician receives national teaching award (July 8, 2014)
The Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pa.)

Dennis Gingrich, MD, 2011-12 PAFP president, receives a prestigious national award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for his excellence in teaching.

Dr. House Was Right: Give Patients What They Need, Not What They Want (May 26, 2014)
Forbes (national)

What's wrong with satisfaction surveys giving patients what they want? With PAFP 2014-15 Board Chair William Sonnenberg, MD.

You Can't Yelp Your Doctor (May 21, 2014)
The Daily Beast (national)

PAFP 2014-15 Board Chair William Sonnenberg, MD and others discuss the implications of and problems with patient surveys and "satisfaction." 

Ready for patients (May 5, 2014)
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Pennsylvania's family physicians are ready to take new patients when Medicaid is expanded in Pennsylvania. With PAFP President Douglas Spotts, MD.

Baker awarded 2014 Legislative Leadership Award from PA Association of Community Health Centers May 1, 2014
The Daily Review (Towanda, Pa.)

Rep. Matt Baker is recognized for his health care advocacy, including his designation as the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2014 Legislator of the Year.

Letters to the Editor 4/29/2014 
April 29, 2014
The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

PAFP President Douglas Spotts, MD talks about access to care in Pennsylvania, and how family physicians are well equipped to manage new patients, even when Medicaid is expanded.

Letters to the editor April 28, 2014
The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)

The Erie Times-News prints a letter from PAFP President Douglas Spotts, MD regarding Medicaid expansion and how family physicians can handle the growing patient burden.

Letters Extra: Hoping for a bureaucratic miracle April 28, 2014
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.)

With PAFP President Doug Spotts, MD. The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians appeals for Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.

Pa. health reform April 28, 2014
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era (Lancaster, Pa.)

While the Affordable Care Act has been a mixed bag for many, Pennsylvania's family physicians are ready and to help even more patients navigate the complexities. With PAFP President Doug Spotts, MD.

Fighting for access to quality care (letter) April 25, 2014
York Daily Record (York, Pa.)

According to PAFP President Doug Spotts, MD, all Pennsylvanians deserve access to quality care - and the state's family physicians hope for a quick resolution to Medicaid expansion to cover the thousands of uninsured statewide. 

Letter to the editor | Advocating affordable care April 25, 2014
Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)

PAFP President Doug Spotts, MD discusses family physicians' confidence that they will be able to handle the patient burden when Medicaid is expanded in Pennsylvania in a letter to the editor of the Centre Daily Times.

If Medicaid is expanded, Pa. doctors are ready: PennLive letters April 24, 2014
PennLive (The Patriot-News) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PAFP President Doug Spotts, MD appeals for a quick resolution to Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania in a letter to the editor of The Patriot-News (PennLive).

Study: Primary care accessibility varies by insurance status April 8, 2014
Newsworks (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Newsworks talks to PAFP President Douglas Spotts, MD about access to primary care in the wake of a new study suggesting that capacity does exist for new patients.

Local physician makes history with professional group April 3, 2014
Montgomery News (Montgomery County, Pa.)

The PAFP's Nicole Davis, MD is selected as the president-elect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Davis will be the PAFP's first African-American president.

Baker's Work to Improve Patient Care Recognized by PA Academy of Family Physicians March 19, 2014
NorthcentralPA.com (Williamsport, Pa.)

Pa. Rep. Matt Baker is honored by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians for his efforts in advancing the patient-centered medical home model of care in Pennsylvania.

Erie Doctor Named Top Doc in Pennsylvania March 4, 2014
YourErie (Erie, Pa.)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has named Erie's Craig Johnston, DO its 2014 Family Physician of the Year.

Pa. Chronic Care Initiative pilot program makes little difference to costs, quality March 1, 2014
Newsworks (Philadelphia)

PAFP President William Sonnenberg, MD and others respond to a study that suggests the Chronic Care Initiative pilot program's reforms resulted in virtually no changes to cost or quality measures.

Midstate Health Care: Doctors pressured to partner up Feb. 28, 2014
The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.)

As family physicians face increasing pressure from a health care system growing in complexity, many are partnering up with hospitals and health systems. With Bryan Peach, PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations.

In Brief: Registrations accepted for Highmark walk Feb. 23, 2014
The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)

The Erie Times-News discusses Craig Johnston, DO, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2014 Family Physician of the Year award winner.

Baker's Medicaid bill moves to house Dec. 14, 2013
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Williamsport, Pa.)

House Bill 1655, which would create a Patient-Centered Medical Home Advisory Council and is supported by the PAFP and other physician groups, gains approval from the House Health Committee.

Lehigh Valley's family doctors bracing for Obamacare 
Dec. 9, 2013
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

PAFP Board of Directors member Mary Stock Keister, MD talks about the increase in her practice's patient load in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. A PAFP study on access to care is also discussed.

Local Family Doctor Named as President-Elect of PA Academy of Family Physicians 
Nov. 4, 2013
NorthCentralPA.com (Williamsport, Pa.)

PAFP leader Douglas Spotts, MD is named the president-elect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.

Pharmacists, doctors disagree on state bill 
Oct. 22, 2013
The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)

Physicians and physician organizations like the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians oppose a law that would allow pharmacists to give vaccinations to children 7 and older.

Obamacare worries small family practices 
Oct. 20, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to PAFP Vice President of Practice Advocacy and Government Affairs Brent Ennis about how the health care law is impacting physicians.


Health events calendar
Oct. 14, 2013
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

A call for nominations for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2014 Family Physician of the Year award lands on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's health events calendar.


Vaccinations by pharmacists a sticking point in Pa.
Oct. 9, 2013
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review discusses legislation that would permit pharmacists to give vaccinations to children ages 7 to 17, the lawmakers who support it, and the physician groups that are fighting against it.


Health news briefs 
Oct. 7, 2013
The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)

The Erie Times-News announces the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2014 Family Physician of the Year contest.


Do you know a top doc?
 Oct. 3, 2013
The Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, Pa.)

"Do you know a top doc?" asks the Pocono Record. The call is out for nominations for the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2014 Family Physician of the Year award.


Lawmakers consider bill allowing pharmacists to offer flu shots to children
 Sept. 28, 2013
The Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and others oppose a bill that would allow pharmacists to offer flu shots to children as young as 7. 


Obamacare is forcing physicians to change 
Aug. 10, 2013
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

The Morning Call examines the current (and potential future) effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," on physicians. The patient-centered medical home is also discussed. Featuring PAFP Vice President of Practice Advocacy and Government Affairs Brent Ennis.

Reminder: Get up-to-date with vaccines before 2013-14 school year
Aug. 7, 2013
Moscow Villager (Moscow, Pa.)

The Moscow Villager reminds parents about the need to understand vaccine requirements before the school year starts.


Career of caring
 
Aug. 5, 2013
News Item (Shamokin, Pa.)

The News Item interviews Elizabeth Edmunds, MD, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2013 "Family Physician of the Year," discussing her life, her career, and her passion for her patients.

Physicians groups say vaccines are crucial to children's health
July 21, 2013
Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.)

The Public Opinion discusses the importance of vaccinations for the coming school year. A vaccination schedule is also listed.

Parents of school children, call your doctor's office
July 17, 2013
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

The Morning Call discusses a joint effort by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) and the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (PA-AAP) to inform parents of school-aged children about vaccine requirements for the coming school year.

A doctor's office that's all about you
July 2013
Consumer Reports (national)

Featuring PAFP member Dr. William Warning. Consumer Reports discusses the advantages of the patient-centered medical home care model.

Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds is named the state's Family Physician of the Year
May 27, 2013
Reading Eagle (Reading, Pa.)

The Reading Eagle interviews and profiles Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2013 "Family Physician of the Year."

York doctor named Teacher of the Year
May 14, 2013
York Dispatch (York, Pa.)

The York Dispatch highlights Dr. Gordon Zubrod of York, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians' 2013 "Exemplary Teacher of the Year."


Family doctors study finds no Pa. shortage 
March 22, 2013
Philadelphia Business Journal (Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia Business Journal discusses an access to care study by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians suggesting that the state's family physicians are highly accessible to patients regardless of their insurance status.

The health care workforce
March 22, 2013
CBPJ Extra (Central Penn Business Journal) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

What does the health care workforce really look like in Pennsylvania? Includes a study on care access by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. 

Experts: Obamacare insurance gains could stress primary care system 
March 14, 2013
Politico (national)

With PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD. Politico discusses potential strains on the primary care system with millions of previously uninsured Americans seeking access to care.

Pennsylvania has enough family doctors for now, and they freely accept the uninsured: survey 
March 14, 2013
PennLive (The Patriot-News) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PennLive discusses a survey jointly conducted by the PAFP and Dr. G. Terry Madonna regarding access to primary care in Pennsylvania. PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD is interviewed.

LETTER: It would be irresponsible not to pass drug database bill 
March 12, 2013
The York Dispatch (York, Pa.)

PAFP member and 2012 Family Physician of the Year Dr. Robert Fawcett discusses the importance of passing state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo's bill to authorize a prescription drug database in Pennsylvania to combat prescription drug abuse and overdoses.

Providing a healthy example is important, says PinnacleHealth doctor Joseph Cincotta 
March 10, 2013
PennLive (The Patriot-News) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PennLive talks to PAFP member Joseph Cincotta, MD about modeling healthy behaviors for children. (Note: This piece was also published in the March 24 edition of the Sunday Patriot-News.)

'Get as active as possible' is key health advice, says Hershey Bears team doc Matthew Silvis 
March 10, 2013
PennLive (The Patriot-News) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

PennLive talks to PAFP member Matthew Silvis, MD about the importance of exercise. (Note: This piece was also published in the March 24 edition of the Sunday Patriot-News.)

Immunizations keep whooping cough at bay March 8, 2013
York Daily Record (York, Pa.)

PAFP member and 2008 Family Physician of the Year Dr. Andre F. Lijoi and others discuss the need for immunizations to stave off pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

Should Doctors and Patients Be Facebook Friends?
 Feb. 4, 2013
The Wall Street Journal (national)

With PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD. How can doctors use social media while protecting patient privacy and maintaining appropriate boundaries?

Flu appears to be on the rise, but not as severe as feared
Jan. 13, 2013
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia)

With PAFP 2006-2007 President Russ Breish, MD. The influenza is on the upswing throughout Pennsylvania and much of the country, but it appears it's not as severe as many feared it could have been.

Doctor-Patient Relationship 
January 2013
Harrisburg Magazine (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP Board Chairman Dennis Gingrich, MD; Social Media Specialist Tim McKenna; Patient-Centered Medical Home Director Colleen Schwartz; and member Peter Cardinal, MD. PAFP members and staff discuss the Patient-Centered Medical Home, the physician-patient relationship, and men's health.

Doctors fear ill tidings in fiscal-cliff drama Dec. 28, 2012
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia)

The Philadelphia Inquirer talks to Dr. Richard Wender, PAFP member, about the implications of fiscal cliff negotiations on the health care community.

Premier launches screening campaign Dec. 14, 2012
Pittsburgh Business Times (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

With PAFP member Dr. Richard Wender. Premier Medical Associates, the largest physician practice in Western Pennsylvania, increases its commitment to screening for colorectal cancer.

Governor faces deadline on health insurance exchange; others debate Nov. 25, 2012
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal/New Era (Lancaster, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP Vice President of Practice Advocacy and Government Affairs Brent Ennis. The deadline for Gov. Tom Corbett to make a decision on health insurance exchanges is looming.

Talking with your doctor 
Nov. 7, 2012
Transforming Health (WITF) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

By PAFP member Joseph Cincotta, MD. Talking to a family physician may seem embarrassing or even trivial for a patient, but the doctor-patient conversation is an important component of health care.
Sept. 9, 2012
The New York Times (national)

The New York Times talks to PAFP member Dr. Marjorie A. Bowman and others about the looming primary care shortage and how students are incentivized to seek family medicine careers.
Sept. 6, 2012
The Daily Iowegian (Centerville, Iowa)

PAFP Member Ojiaku Ikezuagu, MD - or "Dr. OJ" for short - joins the staff of the South Central Iowa Medical Clinic.
Sept. 2, 2012

York Daily Record (York, Pa.)

The York Daily Record talks to PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD, PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations Bryan Peach, and others about the potential impact of the health care law in central Pennsylvania.

New CIO Talks EMR at Hershey Aug. 31, 2012
Central Penn Business Journal (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP PA REACH East Project Director Tracy Koval and PA REACH East HIT Facilitator Pam Wilshere. Transitioning to an electronic medical record is a lot of work, but the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is taking the challenge.

Penn State Hershey takes the lead in implementing new care model July 31, 2012
Penn State Live (State College, Pa.)

Recent developments in Penn State Hershey Medical Group's adoption of the patient-centered medical home and its principles, including the reception of a PAFP grant, are discussed.

York doctor named Pa.'s Family Physician of the Year July 27, 2012
The York Dispatch (York, Pa.)

The York Dispatch profiles Dr. Robert Fawcett, the PAFP's 2012 Family Physician of the Year, highlighting some of his favorite parts of family medicine.

Doctor moved to help patients, advocate for new residents July 23, 2012
The Altoona Mirror (Altoona, Pa.)

PAFP member Dr. Sabesan "Saby" Karuppiah discusses his love of working with medical students and residents with
The Altoona Mirror.

West York student wins anti-smoking poster contest July 17, 2012
Cram Session (York Daily Record) (York, Pa.)

Cram Session, a York Daily Record blog, recognizes the PAFP's 2012 Tar Wars poster contest winner, 11-year-old Alexis Colon of Lincolnway Elementary School.

Doctors group promotes e-system, family practices
July 11, 2012
The Penn-Trafford Star (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) (Trafford, Pa.) 

In the midst of federal health care reform, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians adapts its policies on the state level to focus on patient-centered care. Featuring PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD and PAFP Executive Vice President and CEO John Jordan.

Health care reform ruling ushers in time for action July 5, 2012
Central Penn Business Journal (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

With PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations Bryan Peach. What does the Supreme Court's health care law ruling mean for the business community in Central Pennsylvania?

ACA Medicaid expansion would cost $2B through 2019 June 22, 2012
Pennsylvania Independent (Harrisburg, Pa.) 

With PAFP Board Chair and Immediate Past President Dennis Gingrich, MD. Possible effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the health care law are discussed.

Fired Physician's Bad-Faith Allegations Raise Jury Question on HCQIA Immunity
June 21, 2012
Bloomberg BNA Health Law Reporter (national) 

Charles I. Artz, Esq., PAFP legal counsel, testifies as a witness in Babb v. Centre Community Hospital
before a state appeals court.

PA: More than $520M in Medicare, Medicaid fees went to potentially avoidable hospital stays June 15, 2012
Pennsylvania Independent (Harrisburg, Pa.)

With Molly Talley, PAFP Director of Resident and Student Affairs. Could new models of primary care reduce potentially avoidable hospital stays? 


Doctor chosen president-elect of state board June 15, 2012
Go Crawford County (Titusville, Pa.)

Go Crawford County
highlights PAFP member Dr. William Sonnenberg, the PAFP's president-elect who will begin his presidency in May 2013.

Anti-inflammatory diet won't cure rheumatoid arthritis, but it can't hurt June 3, 2012
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) 


Featuring Dr. Peter Cardinal, a member of the PAFP and its Legal and Government Affairs Commission (LGAC). Will a diet change ease the pain of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis?

Dateline Pittsburgh for 06/03/12 June 3, 2012
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lists the installation of Dr. Kevin Wong as the PAFP's 66th president in its recurring "Dateline Pittsburgh" column.

Business briefs May 30, 2012
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

The Pittsburgh-Tribune Review mentions Dr. Kevin Wong, PAFP's newly installed president, in its recurring "Business briefs" column.

Business briefs for May 20 May 20, 2012
The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.)

The Evening Sun mentions Dr. Robert Fawcett of York Hospital, winner of the PAFP's 2012 "Family Physician of the Year," in its recurring "Business briefs" column.

Our take: White roses and thorns May 18, 2012
York Daily Record (York, Pa.)

The York Daily Record, in its recurring "White roses and thorns" column, honors Dr. Robert Fawcett of York Hospital for winning the PAFP's 2012 "Family Physician of the Year" award.

York Hospital doctor receives top family physician award May 11, 2012
York Daily Record (York, Pa.)

The PAFP chooses a York physician - Dr. Robert Fawcett of York Hospital - for its 2012 "Family Physician of the Year" award.

Sickening simulation: Hershey Medical Center program forces doctors to confront worst nightmare March 10, 2012
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Chris Lupold, MD. A highlight of a PAFP education conference, the LionReach mobile training center, is examined.

Erie physician still makes house calls Jan. 31, 2012
The Erie Times-News (Erie, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Bruce Gebhardt, MD. Doctors making house calls? It’s not just a thing of the past.

Hospital closure will impact region’s health care availability Dec. 12, 2011
The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP Director of Resident and Student Initiatives, Molly Talley. Access to care is becoming a serious concern in the Scranton area.

Letters to the editor: Re: geriatric care Nov. 29, 2011
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

By PAFP 2011-12 President Dennis Gingrich, MD. Dr. Dennis Gingrich responds to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece, "Boomers' Aging Reveals Geriatrician Shortage."

Hershey doctor helps improve health care and water needs in rural Haiti Nov. 24, 2011
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member N. Benjamin Fredrick, MD. A PAFP member has taken his expertise across the world to help the needy.

Lemoyne medical group receives recognition Nov. 13, 2011
The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.)

Heritage Medical Group in Carlisle becomes the third organization in the country to be recognized as a patient-centered medical home by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), according to the PAFP.

Going Deep: Hershey Bears trying new way to guard against concussions Nov. 12, 2011
PennLive/The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)  

Featuring PAFP member Matt Silvis, MD. The Hershey Bears try to minimize the risk of concussions with the help of experts including their team physician, a PAFP member.

Letters: Address income gap between physicians Oct. 17, 2011
USA Today (national) 

By PAFP 2011-12 President Dennis Gingrich, MD. 
Dr. Dennis Gingrich responds to a
USA Today piece, “Don't blame doctors for high health care costs.”

People on the Move 
June 12, 2011 
The Times-Tribune 
(Scranton, Pa.) 

The Scranton Times-Tribune profiles PAFP member and 2011 "Exemplary Teacher (Volunteer Faculty)" Dr. Robert Yanoshak in its "People on the Move" feature.

People Watch
 (June 10, 2011)
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

The Morning Call profiles PAFP member and 2011 "Exemplary Teacher (Full- or Part-Time Faculty)" Dr. Maria Ghetu in its "People Watch" feature.


Wellsboro doctor named 'Family Physician of the Year' by state agency 
May 24, 2011 
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Williamsport, Pa.) 

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette profiles PAFP member
and 2011 "Family Physician of the Year" Dr. Edmund Guelig.

Anti-smoking poster is rated tops in state May 16, 2011
Reading Eagle (Reading, Pa.)

The Reading Eagle talks to 10-year-old Skylar Miller about her winning entry in the PAFP’s “Tar Wars” poster contest.



RADIO

Smart Talk: Drug payment for docs, and more Oct. 7, 2014
Radio Smart Talk (WITF) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

The Open Payments system is a new database that allows patients see how much money physicians and health systems receive from pharmaceutical companies. The PAFP's Director of Medical Practice Advocacy, Tracy Koval, discusses the pitfalls and promises of the system.

Study Shows Later Start Time For Teens Improves Their Performance Aug. 25, 2014
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Do middle school and high school adolescents get enough sleep? A new study says no, and it's affecting their performance in school. PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD weighs in.

Doctor: Patients Are 'Confused' Over Healthcare Nov. 14, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

PAFP 2013-14 Board Chair Kevin Wong, MD talks to Larry Richert and John Shumway of KDKA News Radio 1020 about patients' frustration and confusion over the Affordable Care Act.


Flu season: myths, facts, and more Oct. 22, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

PAFP 2013-14 Board Chair Kevin Wong, MD separates flu fact from myth, including who should get the flu vaccination and who should avoid it.

Family physicians: the quarterbacks of health care 
Oct. 13, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD discusses health clinics, retail pharmacies, coordinated care, and more with Rob Pratte of KDKA-AM.

Vaccinations and influenza
Oct. 13, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Rob Pratte of KDKA-AM talks to PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD about the influenza, vaccinations, and the history of the flu shot.

The effects of diabetes; the impact of the Affordable Care Act 
March 25, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  

KDKA-AM talks to PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD about diabetes and its causes, as well as the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Are there enough primary care doctors in Pa.? 
March 25, 2013
Radio Smart Talk (WITF) (Harrisburg, Pa.)

WITF's Radio Smart Talk program explores issues of care access in Pennsylvania, and whether the commonwealth's primary care physicians are able to take care of the current - and future - patient burden. With PAFP 2012-13 Vice President and Foundation President Doug Spotts, MD.

Should People With Egg Allergies Get the Flu Shot? 
Feb. 2, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  

PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD talks to KDKA-AM about egg allergy interactions with the influenza vaccine.

Flu Season Arrives in Full Force in Pennsylvania 
Jan. 13, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  

PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD talks to KDKA-AM about the nationwide influenza epidemic and the training of (and risks of being) a family physician.

What is the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians? Jan. 13, 2013
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  

PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD talks to KDKA-AM about the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, the excitement of practicing primary care, and why he decided to enter family medicine.

Beyond the Bio: Dr. Wanda Filer 
Dec. 18, 2012
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)

WITF reporter Megan Lello talks to PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD, member of the AAFP Board of Directors, about her passion for family medicine and her role as Pennsylvania's first physician general.

Radio Smart Talk: Central PA healthcare poll Nov. 26, 2012
WITF (Harrisburg, Pa.)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) is mentioned in a discussion over how Pennsylvanians feel about the health care system.

The Importance of a Family Physician Oct. 24, 2012
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)  

Larry and John of KDKA-AM talk to the PAFP's 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD about the importance of a family physician to a person's overall health. The PAFP's presence at the American Academy of Family Physicians' Congress of Delegates and Scientific Assembly meetings is also discussed.

The WCHE Morning Magazine: Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher May 16, 2012
WCHE 1520 AM (West Chester, Pa.)

The WCHE Morning Magazine team interviews PAFP member and 2012 Exemplary Teacher of the Year Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher about the ins and outs of teaching family medicine.

Are Your Children Vaccinated and Ready for School? April 30, 2012
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD. KDKA’s Mike Pintek talks to Dr. Kevin Wong about a state immunization deadline extension and vaccination rumors and false information.

Radio Smart Talk: Ask the Doctor April 16, 2012
WITF Radio (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP member Ryan Crim, MD. Dr. Crim answers health- and medical-related questions from listeners.

Everyone’s Sick – What’s Going On? Nov. 14, 2011
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD. KDKA’s Larry and John talk to Dr. Kevin Wong about seasonal illness.

Will Your Doctor Be in Your Network? Oct. 5, 2011
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 

Featuring PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD. KDKA’s Larry and John talk to Dr. Kevin Wong about patient concerns over the continuing battle between Highmark and UPMC.

Doctors Feel Caught Between Highmark and UPMC July 7, 2011
KDKA News Radio 1020 (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Featuring PAFP 2012-13 President Kevin Wong, MD. KDKA’s Larry and John talk to Dr. Kevin Wong about the Pittsburgh “health care war.”




SPECIALTY PUBLICATIONS


The Future of Family Medicine Sept. 24, 2014
Medical Economics

PAFP 2003-2004 president and current AAFP Board of Directors member Wanda Filer, MD discusses physician-led, team-based care in the context of family medicine's future. 

Can a Good Doctor Just Say No? Aug. 29, 2014
Medscape

What happens when a doctor says "no" and the patient doesn't get what they want? Featuring William Sonnenberg, MD?, the PAFP's 2013-2014 president.
Gingrich named top physician educator in the U.S. July 16, 2014
Penn State News

Dennis Gingrich, MD, the PAFP's 2011-12 president, is named Exemplary Teacher of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Pros and Cons of Patient Satisfaction Measures July 8, 2014
Medscape

Former PAFP Presidents Brad Fox, MD and William Sonnenberg, MD discuss patient satisfaction measures on a "primary care roundtable" with Charles Vega, MD, member of the Medscape Family Medicine Advisory Board.

Pennsylvania Senate Bill Proposes Independent Practice of Certified Nurse Practitioners May 5, 2014
Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News

Senate Bill 1063 seeks to eliminate collaborative agreements between certified registered nurse practitioners and physicians. Physicians groups like the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians oppose the legislation.

More states consider autonomy for NPs April 21, 2014
MedPageToday

As more states take steps toward autonomy for nurse practitioners, the physician community, including the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, is fighting back.

Jefferson Physician-Educator Named Top Physician Teacher in Pennsylvania
March 18, 2014
@Jeff (Jefferson University Hospitals)

@Jeff, a Jefferson University Hospital online publication, praises physician-educator Patrick McManus, MD for winning his second ever Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award from the PAFP.

RAND study ignores data pointing to success of PCMH care model, say physicians March 1, 2014
News Medical

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and other physician organizations weigh in on a RAND Corporation study skeptical of the patient-centered medical home model of care.

Do PCMHs really reduce emergency use and save money? Feb. 28, 2014
EHRIntelligence

With PAFP 2013-14 President William Sonnenberg, MD. The PCMH concept has its supporters and detractors. But what does the evidence say?

50 Women of Excellence [New Pittsburgh Courier (PA)] July 8, 2013
New Pittsburgh Courier (via TMCnet)

PAFP member Dr. Esa Matius Davis, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, is named one of the
New Pittsburgh Courier's 50 Women of Excellence. 

Baker Says Delaying Medicaid Expansion Right Move for PA July 3, 2013
Pharmacy Choice

Pa. Rep. Matt Baker (a Republican serving Bradford and Tioga counties) discusses PAFP research data in an announcement that the state House of Representatives voted not to move forward with Medicaid expansion.


You may be surprised at what family physicians do March 7, 2013
KevinMD

PAFP Board Chairman Dennis Gingrich, MD and former student leader Aaron George, DO detail the diverse and comprehensive profession of a family physician.

Asking Tough Questions about Abuse Can Save Lives Jan. 21, 2013
AAFP Leader Voices Blog

PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD, member of the AAFP Board of Directors, writes about screening for abuse, including helpful tools for family physicians and red flags to look out for.

Step Up to Help Curb Teen Medication Abuse Oct. 27, 2012
AAFP Leader Voices Blog

PAFP 2003-04 President Wanda Filer, MD, member of the AAFP Board of Directors, writes about preventing teenagers from abusing prescription drugs.

Culture clash between insurer, hospital system results in merger meltdown Oct. 15, 2012
American Medical News

With 2012-13 PAFP President Kevin Wong, MD.
American Medical News details the latest in the collapse of the merger between the West Penn Allegheny Health System and Highmark.

New Trustees: Juniata Names Five to Board Sept. 24, 2012
Juniata College Campus News

Juniata College's Board of Trustees names Douglas Spotts, MD, the PAFP's 2012-13 Vice President and Foundation President, as the board's alumni trustee.

Family Physicians Play Key Role in Planning Assembly CME Sept. 5, 2012
AAFP News Now

In a guest column for AAFP News Now, PAFP 2006-07 President Russell Breish, MD discusses the role the AAFP's Commission on Continuing Professional Development (COCPD) plays in arranging CME for the AAFP Scientific Assembly.

Best of medical blogs - weekly review and blog carnival July 17, 2012
CasesBlog

In its weekly summary of the best medical blog posts, CasesBlog discusses the PAFP's Primary Care & Social Media guide via Dr. Mike Sevilla's Family Medicine Rocks blog.

Physician Social Media Guide July 15, 2012
Family Medicine Rocks

Dr. Mike Sevilla introduces the PAFP's Primary Care & Social Media guide and discusses his involvement in its creation.

Navy Family Medicine Programs Prep to Graduate Medical Home Port Specialists June 5, 2012
Navy Medicine Live 

Former PAFP student leader Lt. Kevin Bernstein, MD of the U.S. Navy discusses the graduating class of naval medical officers and its training in the medical home care model.

Pennsylvania: A Learning Laboratory for Medical Home Implementation April 2012
Medical Home News 

The PAFP’s contributions to Pennsylvania’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiatives are covered.

Learning to See in Primary Care Feb. 14, 2012
Primary Care Progress 

PAFP student leader Diana Tucci’s award-winning essay discusses her changes in attitude as a student of primary care medicine.

Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Graduates Featured in Keystone Physician Jan. 19, 2012
Susquehanna Health News 

The Susquehanna Health Network discusses the cover story of the PAFP’s chapter magazine, Keystone Physician.

Use social media to spread the family medicine revolution Oct. 19, 2011
KevinMD 

PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations, Bryan Peach, writes about the use of social media engagement to further the goals of family medicine.

Why my family doctor is a superhero Aug. 23, 2011
KevinMD

PAFP Manager of Media and Public Relations, Bryan Peach, writes about why he considers his family physician to be more than just a man.


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