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June 2012
News Archive

GOV. TO SIGN HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE BILL (JUNE 29, 2012)

A bill that will provide the framework for Pennsylvania's health information exchange is awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett's signature. Senate Bill No. 8 would establish the Pennsylvania eHealth Partnership Authorityaccording to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. More information about health information exchanges can be found here.
 
HEALTH CARE LAW UPHELD IN 5-4 DECISION (JUNE 28, 2012)

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the majority of the Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul enacted in 2010. According to the majority, the individual mandate to purchase health care or pay a fine is a tax that Congress can legally impose. However, a part of the law involving Medicaid must change.
 
GOVERNMENT: ROUTINELY CHECK PATIENTS' BMI (JUNE 27, 2012)

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says doctors should routinely check patients' BMI. The PAFP's Residency Program and CHC collaboratives are ahead of the curve on BMI screening, as well as measures to combat diabetes, hypertension and more. Read about it in the June Learning Session Wrap!
 
SCOTUS HEALTH CARE RULING EXPECTED THURSDAY (JUNE 26, 2012)

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected on Thursday to announce its decision on the Affordable Care Act. How the court will rule is anyone's guess, but we've put together all the information you need to know about the law and its effects - especially if you're called upon for a media interview! Click here for talking points and other resources.
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR DOH CONCUSSION COURSES (JUNE 25, 2012)

Registration is open for Department of Health-approved regional concussion courses from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society. Attendees will learn to recognize, test for and treat concussions. The courses meet educational requirements under the Safety in Youth Sports Act.
 
WEST NILE VIRUS FOUND IN MIDSTATE PENNSYLVANIA (JUNE 22, 2012)

The West Nile Virus has been found in central Pennsylvania. A mosquito caught in a trap in Lancaster has tested positive for the sometimes-deadly virus, reports the York Daily Record. For public health safety information, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a number of resources relating to the disease.
 
NEW REGULATIONS FOR PHYSICIANS PROVIDING DRIVER EXAMS (JUNE 21, 2012)

Physicians who conduct physicals for commercial drivers will soon have new standards to follow. According to AAFP News Now, a final rule by the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) means that family physicians will have to be trained, tested and registered to examine drivers.
 
SCOTUS RULING COULD LEAD TO MEDICAID CUTBACKS (JUNE 20, 2012)

Kaiser Health News is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act may result in Medicaid cutbacks. While 17 million more Americans would be insured starting in 2014 under the health care law, states would be able to tighten eligibility for the first time since 2009 if the law is struck down.
 
HOW DO RETAIL CLINICS FIT INTO HEALTH CARE? (JUNE 19, 2012)

Physicians are becoming cautious about the role of retail clinics in the health care world, according to Family Practice News. While insurance companies support retail clinics as a way to reduce costs, physicians are quick to point out that clinics are no replacement for a family physician. Read more here.
 
GOVERNMENT: USE OF ADHD DRUGS UP IN U.S. KIDS (JUNE 18, 2012)

A new government report shows that, in children 17 and younger, the use of ADHD drugs has increased by 46 percent over the last eight years. To learn more about ADHD in children, see our ADHD CME library, or join our Summer Escape CME conference, which will include an ADHD session.
 
TEAM USA HEADS TO OLYMPICS WITH EHR (JUNE 15, 2012)

Team USA is headed to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with more than just hopes and dreams of gold medals - they're bringing an electronic health records (EHR) systemFind out why here, then visit our Quality Initiatives page to learn why you don't need to be a swimmer or runner to appreciate the benefits of an EHR.
 
SCANDAL TRIAL PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON CSA (JUNE 14, 2012)

The Jerry Sandusky trial is now in its fourth day. While the justice system will ultimately prevail, after days of heartbreaking testimony, one thing is clear: the importance of preventing child sexual abuse (CSA). Family physicians are one of the first lines of defense. Click here to learn how to recognize and report child sexual abuse.
 
HONOR DR. WONG BY DONATING TO FOUNDATION (JUNE 13, 2012)

Would you like to congratulate Dr. Kevin Wong on becoming the 66th president of the PAFP, while also supporting a great cause? Here's your chance! Purchase a congratulatory ad in Keystone Physician. All proceeds will go to to the PAFP Foundation to support CME, public health and other initiatives that further family medicine.
 
FAMILY PHYSICIAN RECOGNITION RESOLUTION ADOPTED (JUNE 12, 2012)

A resolution in the Pa. House introduced by State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga) recognizing family physicians and the PAFP for their contributions to quality health care for all Pennsylvanians has been adopted in a 198-0 vote. Click here to read House Resolution 767. Congratulations to all of Pennsylvania's hardworking family physicians!
 
PAFP PARTNERS WITH GEICO FOR MEMBER BENEFITS (JUNE 11, 2012)

The PAFP is offering yet another amazing benefit to its members - exclusive savings on auto insurance from GEICO. To get a free quote, members can call 1 (800) 368-2734 or visit the GEICO website to find out how much they could be saving. GEICO can also help find great rates on homeowner's and renter's insurance and more!
 
CELEBRATING TWO YEARS OF RPC (JUNE 8, 2012)

Happy anniversary, Residency Program Collaborative (RPC)! The program began in June 2010 as an effort to teach systems change at residency program sites. In June 2011, the program expanded into two concurrent groups, RPC 1 and RPC 2. The PAFP will be covering today's RPC learning session for a future Keystone Physician piece.
 
POLL: SHOULD SCOTUS OVERTURN HEALTH LAW? (JUNE 7, 2012)

Should the U.S. Supreme Court strike down the health care law? A decision on its constitutionality is expected this month, and more than two-thirds of Americans hope some or all of the law will be overturned. For more information, read this comprehensive summary of the arguments from Charles I. Artz, Esq., the PAFP's legal counsel.
 
STUDY: WAIST SIZE SHOWS DIABETES RISK (JUNE 6, 2012)

According to researchers at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, U.K., a person's waist size can determine their diabetes risk. But there's an easier way to manage diabetes than participating in a 17-year study: routine visits to a family physician! Read how the PAFP's Residency Program Collaborative is improving diabetes care.
 
SUMMER ESCAPE EARLY BIRD RATE ENDS TOMORROW (JUNE 5, 2012)

We hope you'll be joining us for our incredible Summer Escape CME conference in historic Annapolis July 5 through 8! If you haven't registered yet, now is the time to do it - our early bird rate ends tomorrow, June 6. Click here to register and save $30 on what is sure to be the highlight of your summer!
 
DATA SHOWS PRIMARY CARE DOCS ESSENTIAL TO INJURY PREVENTION (JUNE 4, 2012)

A new study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows how essential primary care doctors are in the prevention of injuries. But there's still room for improvement in Pennsylvania, which has the 30th highest rate of injury-related deathsRead the full report here.
 
REPORT: DIGITAL RECORDS ALONE MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE (JUNE 1, 2012)

Digital records alone don't necessarily make a difference in care improvement, according to a report in the Annals of Family Medicine. The study highlights a simple fact: the most important part of owning an electronic health records (EHR) system is learning to use it! Find out how the PAFP Quality Initiatives team assists practices with this task.
 
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