September is Pennsylvania Family Physician Month
Gov. Josh Shapiro has proclaimed September 2023 "Pennsylvania Family Physician Month." In his proclamation, Gov. Shapiro recognized the PAFP and family physicians across the Commonwealth for providing primary health care to underserved populations, helping restrain ever-increasing health care costs, and improving public and community health. Read the proclamation.
Fall Family Medicine Essentials Summit - REGISTER NOW
Register now to attend the PAFP's one-day FM Essentials Summit on October 21, 2023, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA. Earn state-mandated child abuse and opioid/pain management CME in one place, in one day. Already got those covered? Choose from concurrent patient safety topics like obesity, COPD, breast cancer screening, end-of-life care, migraine and more to earn 7+ CME credits! Discounted rates for members! Register today.
FREE CME ONLINE - Choose from 15+ Topics, Including Pain/Opioids!
According to a recent member survey, FREE online CME is one of the most popular benefits of PAFP membership. So we're adding EVEN MORE outstanding patient safety CME to our on-demand library. Free to all PAFP members! Access recorded CME sessions at your convenience through your free Eeds account, which records and tracks your CME credits. See current list of webcasts.
PAFP Has a New Mailing Address
Effective immediately, the PAFP is transitioning to a new mailing address. Please make a note and be on the lookout for communications from us! The new address is: PAFP, 96 Commerce Drive, Suite 180, Wyomissing, PA 19610. All phone numbers and staff emails will remain the same.
Credentialing reform and other advocacy priorities
Rep. Steve Mentzer (R-Lancaster) has introduced House Bill 1510, which would reform the physician insurance credentialing process, helping to ensure timely decisions and standardization. In addition to addressing administrative burdens for physicians that delay patient care and interrupt continuity of care, the PAFP's legislative priorities include lobbying for the elimination of non-compete clauses in physician employment contracts; pushing back against scope of practice expansion for non-physician providers; and working with the legislature, administration, and other physician groups on a fix to the PA Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn the venue rule in medical malpractice cases. View the PAFP's 2023 Legislative Agenda.
"Primary Care Spend" legislation introduced in state Senate — Receives National Recognition from the Primary Care Collaborative
The PAFP applauds the introduction of Senate Bill 809, sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), that would create a Primary Care Investment Task Force in Pennsylvania. Greater investment in primary care is linked to lower health care costs, fewer hospitalizations, and better health outcomes, among other benefits. In a media release, the PAFP commended Sen. Schwank and her colleagues for drawing attention to the need for increased spending on primary health care services by commercial health insurers and Medicaid MCOs. Read the PAFP's media release. The Primary Care Collaborative highlighted the proposed legislation and encourages lawmakers to "invest more in the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth." Read the PCC news item.
Attention Residency Graduates: Next Step Resources and Free FP Essentials Subscription!
Congratulations Resident Graduates! To help you navigate your first years as a family physician, the AAFP has launched a webpage of curated tools and articles specifically focused on the needs of early-career family physicians. Check it out.