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November 2012
News Archive

KNOW THE ABCS OF DIABETES: SMOKING (Nov. 30, 2012)

Smoking is the final letter in the "ABCS" of diabetes. Smoking elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease and increasing A1C levels in people with diabetes. The PAFP is committed to helping people quit smoking, especially those with diabetes, through the PAFP IPIP Smoking Cessation ChallengeClick here to register your practice!
 
CAN RESEARCHERS PREDICT OBESITY AT BIRTH? (Nov. 29, 2012)

Researchers say they are able to predict obesity at birth using a simple formula, according to Time. But that's only the first step - preventing and treating obesity is the trickier part. To help family physicians combat this epidemic, the PAFP has assembled Tip Sheets in Keystone Physician on topics like obesity prevention and management.

 
MEMBERS, STAFF IN THE NEWS (Nov. 28, 2012)

This year has been a busy one for PAFP members and staff in the media, especially over the last few weeks. On topics like health insurance exchanges and the importance of family physicians, the PAFP is committed to helping the media educate the public. View our Media Coverage Archive for local and national clips featuring the PAFP!

 
SEVERAL FREE CME WEBCASTS EXPIRE TOMORROW (Nov. 27, 2012)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians offers free, high-quality continuing medical education (CME) webcasts to members and non-members alike. Several of those webcasts, including CME on topics like diabetes, obesity and the Patient-Centered Medical Home, expire tomorrow. Click here for a complete list.
 
FISCAL CLIFF TALKS COULD MEAN MEDICARE CHANGES (Nov. 26, 2012)

Lawmakers are reportedly "guardedly optimistic" about fiscal cliff talks. Surprisingly, according to the National Journal: adding competition to Medicare may be on the table. Click here to read how this tenet of the Romney campaign is making a comeback in negotiations. Additionally, click here for an excellent summary of the fiscal cliff.
 
KNOW THE ABCS OF DIABETES: CHOLESTEROL (Nov. 21, 2012)

This week's news post for American Diabetes Month comes early, since tomorrow is Thanksgiving! A healthy cholesterol level is one of the most important factors in controlling diabetes. An unhealthy cholesterol level can clog blood vessels and cause heart attack or stroke. Learn more from the American Diabetes Association.
 
CONTACT INFO UPDATE NECESSARY TO RECEIVE MA PAY INCREASES (Nov. 20, 2012)

Medicaid payment for some primary care services will increase for 2013-14 under the Affordable Care Act. However, board-certified physicians enrolled in the state medical assistance (MA) program must have their certificates filed with the Pa. Dept. of Public Welfare (DPW) and contact information updated in order to qualify. Click here for details.
 
REPORT: FUTURE OF PHYSICIAN PAY UNCLEAR (Nov. 19, 2012)

While the Affordable Care Act will move forward as planned in the wake of President Barack Obama's reelection, it's uncertain how physician pay will change as the health care system transitions. According to American Medical News, issues like a delayed insurance exchange deadline mean that disruptions in physician pay may occur.
 
KNOW THE ABCS OF DIABETES: BLOOD PRESSURE (Nov. 16, 2012)

Blood pressure is one of the "ABCS" of diabetes. High blood pressure can cause heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, and maintaining normal blood pressure is vital for those with type 2 diabetes. Click here for tips to improve blood pressure from the PAFP's Residency Program and Community Health Center collaboratives.
 
'GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT' ENCOURAGES QUITTERS (Nov. 15, 2012)

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, taking place today, encourages Americans who smoke to make a plan to quit. To help your patients quit smoking, consider joining our PAFP IPIP Smoking Cessation Challenge! You can also sign up to be a Tar Wars presenter and stop kids from starting.
 
WEDNESDAY MARKS 'WORLD DIABETES DAY' (Nov. 14, 2012)

Today is World Diabetes Day. About 26 million Americans suffer from diabetes, a deadly illness and one of the fastest-growing health epidemics worldwide. The PAFP is working hard to combat this debilitating disease through online and live CME and the Residency Program and Community Health Center Collaboratives.
 
FRACKING AND PUBLIC HEALTH: KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN RELEASED (Nov. 13, 2012)

The Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Keystone Physician is out now! In addition to recurring features like Member News, the President's Message, and Capitol Comments, we're excited to reveal our cover story: an examination of the public health effects of hydraulic fracturing. Click here to read the magazine!
 
KNOW THE ABCS OF DIABETES: A1C (Nov. 9, 2012)

November is American Diabetes Month, and each Friday from Nov. 9 on, the PAFP will explain the "ABCS" of diabetes. "A" stands for "A1C." The A1C test shows the three-month glucose level of a patient with diabetes and helps to determine how well the disease is being controlled. Visit PAFP.com every Friday for more of the ABCS!
 
STUDY: SIGNS OF AGING MAY PREDICT HEART DISEASE (Nov. 8, 2012)

New research suggests certain signs of aging, such as baldness, may predict heart disease. While some, including The Boston Globe, are questioning the study, it's important to note the PAFP's Residency Program and Community Health Center collaboratives are tangibly helping practices prevent and treat heart disease in patients.
 
HEALTH LAW TO SURVIVE, STATES GET BIG SAY (Nov. 7, 2012)

The re-election of President Barack Obama means the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will remain intact. But the biggest say in how it will be carried out goes to the states - 30 of which have Republican governors. Kaiser Health News says some governors may undermine the law's intent to extend health coverage.
 
GET OUT AND VOTE! (Nov. 6, 2012)

Election Day has finally arrived, and we encourage all PAFP members to get out and vote! Pennsylvania residents will be asked, but not required, to show photo ID at polling places today. If you have any questions about voting, or need to find your voting location, visit Pennsylvania's voting website, VotesPA.
 
SEE CANDIDATES' STANCES ON HEALTH CARE ISSUES (Nov. 5, 2012)

Tomorrow is Election Day, and the PAFP wants you to know where the candidates stand on health care issues. President Barack Obama (Democrat)Gov. Mitt Romney (Republican)Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green) are all on the Pennsylvania ballot for president. Click here to see candidates for other offices.
 
BUY A T-SHIRT, SUPPORT SANDY VICTIMS (Nov. 2, 2012)

We've come up with a creative way to support those affected by Sandy, the superstorm that claimed more than 75 lives and caused $60 billion in damage. If you purchase a T-shirt from Family Physicians for Sandy Relief, you'll be donating to the storm victims! Learn more on our Facebook page, and check out the T-shirts here.
 
SEE HOW PA. CHCs STACK UP IN 7 QUALITY MEASURES (Nov. 1, 2012)

How do Pennsylvania's community health centers (CHCs) measure up to the quality of other states' clinics? Kaiser Health News has developed a chart showing how U.S. states and territories compare to the national average and each other on seven quality measures, including hypertension and diabetes control. See the chart here.
 
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