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December 2012
News Archive

KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN RELEASED: FINAL ISSUE OF 2012! (Dec. 21, 2012)

The Holiday 2012 issue of Keystone Physician is now available! The final issue of 2012 includes features like tips for treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and depression, legal updates that family physicians need to know about, and an interactive timeline of the biggest moments from 2012. Check it out by clicking here!
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PAFP! (Dec. 20, 2012)

It's the holiday season, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians wants to wish all Pennsylvanians a happy holiday season and a healthy New Year. PAFP staff will be out of the office until Jan. 2, 2013. We're planning some big things for next year, and we're excited to share them with you when we return!
 
IS TOBACCO CESSATION COVERED UNDER ACA MANDATE? (Dec. 19, 2012)

According to the Affordable Care Act, insurers must cover a number of preventive care services, including tobacco cessation. But, according to American Medical News, that doesn't mean it will always be covered. Click here for more details, and visit the PAFP IPIP Smoking Cessation Challenge to help your patients quit for good!
 
LEADERS APPROACHING 'FISCAL CLIFF' SOLUTION? (Dec. 18, 2012)

This morning, Reuters is reporting that leaders are inching closer to a "fiscal cliff" solution, with both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner making major concessions in closed-door talks. Click here for a summary of family physicians' concerns over the fiscal cliff and to urge lawmakers to stand with family medicine.
 
FEELING THE WINTER BLUES? YOU MAY BE SAD (Dec. 17, 2012)

Are you feeling the "winter blues" this season? It may not be stress from Christmas shopping or frustration with the in-laws, but rather seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. It's a disorder that can be difficult to deal with, but it's totally treatable. ABC News has a video summary of SAD hereclick here for more information from the Mayo Clinic.
 
PAFP MEMBER TALKS PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP (Dec. 14, 2012)

The physician-patient relationship is an important part of family medicine, but it comes with many questions: How much should each party invest in that relationship? How involved should a patient be in his or her care? On Dec. 13, WITF's Health Smart program explored some of those questions with several PAFP members.
 
GOV. SAYS 'NO' TO STATE-RUN HEALTH EXCHANGE (Dec. 13, 2012)

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that Pennsylvania won't set up its own health insurance exchange, citing concerns over costs and planning. The Philadelphia Inquirer has broken down what that means for Pennsylvanians. In addition, the Pennsylvania Independent has reaction from lawmakers on the decision.
 
PAFP MEMBER NAMED TO PCPCC TASK FORCE (Dec. 12, 2012)

PAFP member and Residency Program and Community Health Center collaborative faculty William Warning, MD has been named the co-director of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative's (PCPCC) Task Force on Education and Training. The PCPCC is dedicated to advancing the Patient-Centered Medical Home care model.
 
SPEAK OUT FOR FAMILY MEDICINE IN 'FISCAL CLIFF' TALKS (Dec. 11, 2012)

Much is at stake for family physicians as Congress and the president work on keeping the nation from tumbling over the "fiscal cliff." Payment increases, graduate medical education and more may be in jeopardy. Use the AAFP's Speak Out tool to unite with family physicians nationwide and urge lawmakers not to put family medicine at risk!
 
AHOY! CME CRUISE TO BERMUDA HAS BEEN CONFIRMED (Dec. 10, 2012)

Today is the deadline to register for the PAFP's seven-night CME cruise from Bermuda to Baltimore on Royal Caribbean's incredible Grandeur of the Seas, June 28 through July 5, 2013! You'll earn up to 18 hours of valuable CME on this trip to paradise while enjoying family fun and dazzling entertainment! Click here to register.
 
STUDY: BREATH TEST COULD DETECT CRC (Dec. 7, 2012)

A breath test has been shown to be more than 75 percent accurate in detecting colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a study published in the British Journal of Surgery. It's too early to tell if it will one day become a recommended test for CRC screening. For more information on colorectal cancer, visit our CRC Screening Collaborative webpage.
 
VACCINATIONS: BALANCING CHOICE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH (Dec. 6, 2012)

Some parents object to getting their kids vaccinated. But why, and can anything be done about it? In a conversation especially apropos during National Influenza Vaccination WeekNPR talked to a physician about balancing a parent's freedom of choice with the public health necessity of vaccination. You can read the interview here.
 
HOW WILL THE 'FISCAL CLIFF' AFFECT HEALTH CARE? (Dec. 5, 2012)

We've been hearing much about the so-called "fiscal cliff" and its implications for America's economic future, but how will it affect family physicians? Kaiser Health News has answered six important questions about how fiscal cliff negotiations could impact the health care industry and workers, including the sustainable growth rate (SGR).
 
FLU SEASON ARRIVES, MAY BE A SEVERE ONE (Dec. 4, 2012)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu season has arrived - and most of the viruses indicate this season could be severe. Of course, the best defense against the flu is vaccination. Dec. 2 through 8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, so now is the perfect time to protect yourself against the flu virus.
 
REPORT: STRONG LINK BETWEEN TBI AND BRAIN DAMAGE (Dec. 3, 2012)

According to a report by Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, a thorough study by Boston University shows 80 percent of subjects (including athletes and veterans) who sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) developed a degenerative brain disorder. For more information about TBI, check out these tips from a recent PAFP CME conference.
 
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