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October 2012
News Archive

HELP AVAILABLE FOR PRACTICES DAMAGED IN STORM (Oct. 31, 2012)

If your practice was damaged by Sandy, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) may be able to help. Click here for the AAFP's Family Physician Assistance Application. For additional aid and support, visit the flooding information portal assembled by the Pa. Dept. of Health.
 
WORST OF STORM OVER, BUT UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS PREVAIL (Oct. 30, 2012)

The worst of Hurricane Sandy is over, but expect rain and high winds throughout Tuesday. The PAFP offices are closed today as a precautionary measure. If you plan to travel, be on the lookout for downed trees and power lines. You can view local power outages at abc27.com. Remember not to call 911 unless you have a true emergency.
 
PA. UNDER STATE OF EMERGENCY AS SANDY BEARS DOWN (Oct. 29, 2012)

Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on Pennsylvania, with the worst expected between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. Monday. The PAFP offices are closed as Pennsylvania is under a state of emergency. See the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services (PEMA) for more information, and do not call 911 unless you have a true emergency.
 
STUDY: SPENDING ON MEDICAID SLOWS (Oct. 26, 2012)

As the economy improves, spending on Medicaid is slowing, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The New York Times reports total spending on Medicaid grew by only 2 percent in 2011 - one of the lowest recorded rates. Enrollment also grew at a modest rate, but the paper points out that may change as a result of the health care law.
 
JOIN THE PAFP ON GOOGLE+ (Oct. 25, 2012)

Central Penn Parent is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Healthcare Heroes contest. Do you have a colleague or friend who is an innovator or exceptional caregiver in Central Pennsylvania? Click here to nominate your favorite health care professional - family physicians are eligible for nomination in several categories!
 
NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE OR FRIEND FOR 'HEALTHCARE HERO' (Oct. 24, 2012)

Central Penn Parent is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Healthcare Heroes contest. Do you have a colleague or friend who is an innovator or exceptional caregiver in Central Pennsylvania? Click here to nominate your favorite health care professional - family physicians are eligible for nomination in several categories!
 
HEALTH CARE DOCUMENTARY COMING TO CENTRAL PA. (Oct. 23, 2012)

How can we solve the U.S. health care crisis? That's the question posed by the new, award-winning documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. On Oct. 30, Family First Health will be presenting a free screening of the documentary at the Capitol Theatre in York. RSVP for your tickets by clicking here!
 
MENINGITIS OUTBREAK UPDATE: 23 DEAD, 1 CASE IN PA. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Deaths from the fungal meningitis outbreak related to tainted steroid shots have nearly doubled to 23 since we last reported on it Oct. 10. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 285 cases, including one in Pa. Visit the CDC's portal of dedicated outbreak information such as a case count map, alerts and FAQs.
 
VISIT THE PAFP'S ASSEMBLY YOUTUBE CHANNEL (Oct. 19, 2012)

We're putting the PAFP's Primary Care & Advanced Social Media publication to good use this week at the Scientific Assembly! See what all the buzz is about on the PAFP's Assembly YouTube channel. There, you'll find interviews, how-tos, and much more from the heart of the family medicine revolution here in historic Philadelphia!
 
ASSEMBLY EXPO HALL, PAFP BOOTH OPEN (Oct. 18, 2012)

At 10 a.m. Thursday morning, the Scientific Assembly Expo Hall opens to all attendees. And the PAFP is the first chapter ever to have a booth! Stop by 1726 to meet PAFP officers and staff, get a hands-on social media experience, and peruse one of the PAFP's many educational publications. Click here for more information. 
 
ENJOY 2 GREAT PAFP EVENTS WEDNESDAY AT ASSEMBLY (Oct. 17, 2012)

The Scientific Assembly is going strong, and the PAFP is everywhere today! Wake up with the PAFP at the Regional Lecture Series breakfast, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the College of Physicians. Then at night, all PAFP members are invited to the PAFP Member Reception at Maggiano's Little Italy from 5 to 7:30 p.m. We'll see you there!
 
ASSEMBLY OPENS; CHECK OUT NEW SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDE (Oct. 16, 2012)

AAFP Scientific Assembly attendees, don't forget: registration is between noon and 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Broad Street Atrium. In other news, the PAFP has released its second social media guide, Primary Care & Advanced Social Media. Take some time in between CME sessions to check it out!
 
AAFP SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 15, 2012)

This week, our homepage news items will center around one of the biggest yearly gatherings of family physicians: the AAFP Scientific Assembly! The PAFP is proud to be the host chapter and will bring you real-time coverage starting tomorrow. Stick with us on PAFP.comFacebook and Twitter for all the very latest news and updates.
 
HEALTH CARE A MAJOR FOCUS OF VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE (Oct. 12, 2012)

Last night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan featured no shortage of ideas on health care reform - unsurprising on the heels of a new study that shows health care is one of the top two issues voters are concerned about. The Los Angeles Times breaks down the candidates' arguments here.
 
STUDY: STROKES INCREASE IN YOUNGER PATIENTS (Oct. 11, 2012)

New research suggests strokes are occurring more frequently in younger patients. According to the study, stroke patients between the ages of 20 and 54 increased six percentage points between the early 1990s and mid-2000s. Learn more about the Residency Program Collaborative to find out how the PAFP is combating ischemic strokes.
 
MENINGITIS OUTBREAK SPREADS TO 10 STATES; 12 DEAD (Oct. 10, 2012)

A fungal meningitis outbreak related to tainted steroid shots has claimed 12 lives and spread to 10 states, including neighboring Ohio. More than 120 cases have been reported. To learn about the causes, transmission, and risk factors of fungal meningitis, read this fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
PAFP SPEAKS OUT FOR NATIONAL PRIMARY CARE WEEK (Oct. 9, 2012)

What does primary care mean to you? This week is National Primary Care Week, and Primary Care Progress, a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the primary care workforce, wants your opinion! Visit the organization's Voices for Primary Care project and upload your voice. Every PAFP staff member already has - see if you can find them all!
 
PA. SECRETARY OF HEALTH RESIGNS (Oct. 5, 2012)

As we first reported yesterday through Facebook and Twitter, Pa. Secretary of Health Dr. Eli Avila has resigned his post. According to the office of Gov. Tom Corbett, Avila said he planned to pursue other interests. Executive Deputy Secretary of Health Michael Wolf will serve as acting secretary. Click here to read more from PennLive.
 
CANDIDATES SPAR OVER HEALTH CARE IN DEBATE (Oct. 4, 2012)

In last night's first presidential debate of this election year, President Barack Obama and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney laid out their visions for the future of U.S. health care. Kaiser Health News has video and a transcript of the health care portion of the debate, while the Associated Press summarizes the candidates' arguments.
 
TAKE STAND AGAINST BULLYING DURING PREVENTION MONTH (Oct. 3, 2012)

A viral video of a local news anchor responding to a viewer who called her fat on Oct. 2 perfectly highlights the link between bullying and obesity. October is National Bullying Awareness Month - take a stand by learning about bullying, especially as it relates to obesity, in the PAFP's Treating and Managing the Obese Patient CME webcast.
 
SHOULD DOCTORS SHARE NOTES WITH THEIR PATIENTS? (Oct. 2, 2012)

Research published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine suggests doctors should let patients see the post-visit notes written about themCNN's The Chart blog says patients who had access to the notes were more compliant, and many doctors claimed it strengthened the physician-patient relationship.
 
SERIOUS INJURIES FROM CHILD ABUSE RISE (Oct. 1, 2012)

According to a sobering report based on records from around 2,500 hospitals, serious injuries from child abuse have increased since 1997. You can learn more about suspected child abuse in our FAQs for Mandated Reporters guide from Keystone Physician and this document from a child abuse lecture by former PAFP President Jane Weida, MD.
 
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