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September 2012
News Archive

EXPERT: BAN TACKLING IN YOUTH FOOTBALL (Sept. 28, 2012)

A leading expert and author of a new book about concussions says tackling should be banned in youth sports. The reason, he tells CNN, is that the body only develops certain systems to protect against head trauma around age 14. For more information, read Concussion & the Young Athlete, a tip sheet from PAFP President Kevin Wong, MD.
 
AAFP: SOME STRUGGLE WITH INCENTIVE MONEY ALLOCATION (Sept. 27, 2012)

Family physicians and practice owners may be finding it difficult to navigate a changing payment system that includes incentive dollars and bonuses. The AAFP discusses what physicians might expect - and how they can make the most - out of a transforming payment structure in this new report on AAFP News Now.
 
BRANDING EXCHANGES TO APPEAL TO PATIENTS? (Sept. 26, 2012)

Some states are already discussing renaming their health insurance exchanges, according to Kaiser Health News. The reason: to make purchasing insurance more appealing to patients. As the PAFP has previously reported, many states, including Pennsylvania, continue to explore their options regarding health insurance exchanges.
 
WHEN FALL ROLLS IN, THOUGHTS TURN TO FALL PREVENTION (Sept. 25, 2012)

When fall rolls in, Pennsylvania's family physicians are thinking about something other than the weather - fall prevention awareness. It's especially important in the state with the second-highest elderly population, where every 11 minutes, a person 65 or older is hospitalized for a fall-related injury. Learn more in our Fall Prevention Tip Sheet.
 
REPORT: ELITE SCHOOLS BEGIN TO EMBRACE PRIMARY CARE (Sept. 24, 2012)

Several elite medical schools like Johns Hopkins, Yale and Harvard don't have family medicine departments. But that's changing, according to a report by National Public Radio, which says the health care law's emphasis on primary care has a lot of these schools taking another look at family medicine. Read more here.
 
DISCOUNT DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR LANCASTER BREAKAWAY (Sept. 21, 2012)

The early bird discount for the PAFP's Lancaster Breakaway CME is less than two weeks away! Register here by Oct. 2 to receive a 30 percent discount. You'll pay just $69 for relevant sessions on topics like autism, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. You'll also enjoy a "Medical Jeopardy" event, a beer and wine pairing, and more!
 
JOIN US FOR AN ELEGANT DINING EXPERIENCE (Sept. 20, 2012)

Join us in Philadelphia during the AAFP Scientific Assembly for an evening of delectable food and delightful fellowship. The PAFP member reception will be held at Maggiano's Little Italy on Wednesday, Oct. 17. For more information, look for your invitation in your mailbox or email inbox. You can also see it online by clicking here.
 
AAFP RELEASES 'PRIMARY CARE IN THE 21ST CENTURY' REPORT (Sept. 19, 2012)

Research shows that an emphasis on coordinated care is vital to containing health care costs. In a new report, 'Primary Care in the 21st Century,' the AAFP explains the importance of the Patient-Centered Medical Home - and why it's a poor idea to fix the primary care workforce shortage by filling the gap with nurse practitioners.
 
GET FREE CME BEFORE IT EXPIRES (Sept. 18, 2012)

The PAFP's Residency Program and Community Health Center collaboratives are transforming practices into Patient-Centered Medical Homes, improving patient outcomes, and producing plenty of valuable CME! Check out these webcasts - on topics including transitional care and open access scheduling - before they expire!
 
JOIN THE PRACTICE ADVOCACY NETWORK! (Sept. 17, 2012)

Join the PAFP's Practice Advocacy Network for a free ICD-10 learning session on Thursday, Sept. 27 from noon until 1 p.m. The webinar will feature Debra Seyfried, the AAFP's Coding and Compliance Specialist. Click here to register, and learn more about our workgroup on the Practice Advocacy Network webpage.
 
APPLE PUTS THE "I" IN "HEALTH IT" (Sept. 13, 2012)

Yesterday's Apple announcement set the tech world abuzz - hopefully doctors and patients were paying attention! That's because Apple's innovations have truly put the "i" in "health IT," from remote heart monitoring and allowing patients to participate in their own care to replacing traditional note taking in medical schools.
 
PLAY THE HEALTH IT VIDEO GAME (Sept. 12, 2012)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has developed a novel way to educate and train providers on the topic of security. Today, the ONC released the Cybersecure: Your Medical Practice, a free, web-based video game in which players respond to security hurdles in a virtual practice. Try it now!
 
BIPARTISANSHIP ON ISSUE OF HEALTH IT? (Sept. 11, 2012)

What do the Republican and Democrat party platforms have to say about health IT? Healthcare IT News says "not much" - even though strong IT infrastructure is essential to contain costs. Fortunately, some experts think the absence of health IT in the party platforms is a bipartisan sign that emphasizing health IT is a foregone conclusion.
 
WELCOME TO NATIONAL HEALTH IT WEEK! (Sept. 10, 2012)

Did you know that it's National Health IT Week? One of the PAFP's most pressing concerns is health information technology. As we celebrate this special week, we'll be focusing on health IT news and tips on PAFP.com and on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Learn more about the PAFP's work in Health IT on our Quality Initiatives webpage!
 
REPORT: U.S. HEALTH SYSTEM WASTES $750B YEARLY (Sept. 7, 2012)

A report by the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit that advises the government, says the U.S. health care system wastes $750 billion a year - enough to cover the uninsured! Controlling health care costs is key to cutting the deficit. To do so, the study recommends coordinated care and payment reforms - both championed by the PAFP.
 
AS SEASON KICKS OFF, NFL PLEDGES $30M FOR BRAIN RESEARCH (Sept. 6, 2012)

Last night, the NFL season kicked off with a Dallas Cowboys win over the New York Giants. The NFL is also promising victory over brain injury, pledging $30 million for medical research in areas like concussion management and traumatic brain injury (TBI). For more on TBI, please see our searchable CME catalog and this TBI tip sheet.
 
CDC: AMERICANS' BLOOD PRESSURE OUT OF CONTROL (Sept. 5, 2012)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says more than half of Americans who have high blood pressure don't have it under control - and it's costing the U.S. billions. The PAFP's Residency Program Collaborative Blood Pressure Challenge is here to fix that! Click here for helpful tips to combat high blood pressure.
 
STUDY: BULLIES TARGET HALF OF TEENS WITH AUTISM (Sept. 4, 2012)

According to a study published Sept. 3 in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicinenearly half of teens with an autism spectrum disorder are bullied. Remember, family physicians are one of the first lines of defense against bullying - especially when it involves such an emotionally delicate population as teens with autism.
 
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