28 more Pennsylvanians die from flu Feb. 22, 2018
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 28 more Pennsylvanians died last week from the flu or complications of the virus. According to the Morning Call, that brings this flu season's death toll to 135 statewide. More than 3,000 Americans have died from the flu or flu-related complications since the flu season began in October; 19,000 Americans have been hospitalized.
Prior authorizations delay care 98 percent of time: study Feb. 21, 2018
A survey of PAFP members has found that prior authorizations delay patient care nearly 98 percent of the time. "Along with many other barriers to the patient-physician relationship, prior authorization requirements by health insurers have become overly burdensome" and often jeopardize patient care, said PAFP President Edward Zurad, MD. Click here for the full press release.
Demand outpaces supply for medical marijuana in Pa. Feb. 20, 2018
There is an early shortage of medical marijuana products in Pennsylvania, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pittsburgh area, which has one cultivation facility and two dispensaries, is feeling the pressure of high demand. Six dispensaries opened in the state last week to dispense the products; Philly.com explains which products are available, including oils and resins.
View PAFP leadership nominees online Feb. 14, 2018
At the PAFP's Annual Business Meeting, Friday, March 2, PAFP members will be voting on a new slate of leaders. Each candidate has submitted a biography and a short answer to the question, "How will your skills and experience make the PAFP a stronger partner for all members?" Click here for a list of nominees, the position they're running for, their biography, and question response.
Urge the Pa. Senate to support DPC Featured News
Pa. House Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 926 would improve access to direct primary care (DPC) by recognizing, protecting, and defining these arrangements as outside the scope of state insurance regulations, allowing patients and physicians to contract for care. Click here to use the AAFP's Speak Out tool and take action!