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February 2015
News Archive

KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN: CRC MONOGRAPH (Feb. 27, 2015)

In the just-released issue of Keystone Physician, the PAFP has developed an excellent resource to help you improve your colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates. This CME monograph shows you how to use the "model for improvement" to help move Pennsylvania's CRC screening rate to 80 percent!
 
EHR ATTESTATION DEADLINE MOVED TO MARCH 20 (Feb. 26, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline of attesting to Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR) systems to March 20, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CMS says the extension is meant to provide extra time for providers to submit their meaningful use data. Click here to read more.
 
PAFP, PACHC HIGHLIGHT COLLABORATIVE SUCCESSES (Feb. 25, 2015)

The PAFP's collaboration with the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) has yielded many successes, reports Judd Mellinger-Blouch of PACHC. On the 3RNet Blog, he writes about the partnership, which has led to primary care career fairs, the expansion of residency slots, and more.
 
LONG, HARSH FLU SEASON ON THE WANE (Feb. 24, 2015)

This year's flu season - which was especially long and harsh, and was further complicated by an ineffective vaccine - is on the wane, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Flu-related hospitalizations among older people hit the highest point since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started tracking the data.
 
DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES EXTENDED FOR VALLEY FORGE CME (Feb. 23, 2015)

There's still time to get a room at the Sheraton Valley Forge at the PAFP discounted rate for the Valley Forge CME Conference. Through Wednesday, Feb. 25, you'll pay just $129 per night. If you are unable to use the PAFP room block when making a reservation, contact Jeannine Bates at the hotel at (484) 238-1821.
 
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO BE LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE (Feb. 20, 2015)

If you can't make it to the PAFP's Annual Business Meeting in Valley Forge at noon on March 20, you can still view and participate in the event, which will be live-streamed via the PAFP Community. Visit the 2015 PAFP Annual Business Meeting Live Stream page on the day of the event to view and ask questions.
 
HOTEL ROOM BOOKING INFORMATION FOR VALLEY FORGE CME (Feb. 19, 2015)

The Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel, location of the PAFP's Valley Forge CME Conference, is experiencing technical issues with its online booking system. If you are making a room reservation and are unable to use the PAFP room block, please contact Jeannine Bates at the hotel directly at (484) 238-1821.
 
FINAL DAY FOR VALLEY FORGE EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (Feb. 18, 2015)

The PAFP's Valley Forge CME Conference is coming up next month - but today is the final day to receive the early bird discount of $30 off the registration fee! More than 16 CME credits will be available at the conference, with session topics including vaccines, insulin management, and much more. Register here!
 
PAFP 2014 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED (Feb. 17, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its latest Annual Report. Within the 2014 Annual Report, you will find information about the PAFP's activity on all fronts, from legislative undertakings to educational offerings to financial details and much more.
 
DON'T FORGET YOUR LOVED ONES ON VALENTINE'S DAY (Feb. 13, 2015)

From red roses to box of chocolates, it's nice to be thought of on Valentine's Day - but none of these gifts is as precious as our health. Tell your patients and loved ones that you care about their well-being: send them the PAFP's Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative Valentine's Day e-card today.
 
2015: YEAR OF THE HEALTH CARE HACK? (Feb. 12, 2015)

Some experts are saying that 2015 may be the "Year of the Health Care Hack," reports Reuters, based on a recent wave of cybersecurity breaches giving criminals access to millions of patient records. If you want to know more about maintaining privacy and security, please visit Primary Healthcare Consultants.
 
NEW 'PROGRESS NOTES' RELEASED; VISIT THE ARCHIVE (Feb. 11, 2015)

The new issue of Progress Notes has been released, with all the latest information on Medicaid expansion, nurse practitioner independence, and much more. Did you know members have access to every past issue of Progress Notes? Simply click here to visit the PAFP Progress Notes Archive, log in, and start reading!
 
PAFP READY TO WORK WITH MEDICAID CHANGES (Feb. 10, 2015)

Pennsylvania's family physicians are ready to work with Medicaid changes under Gov. Tom Wolf's administration. Wolf's newly announced plan to expand Medical Assistance eligibility will replace former Gov. Tom Corbett's Healthy PA program. Click here to read a full statement from the PAFP.
 
ONE WEEK LEFT TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE FOR 2015 (Feb. 9, 2015)

The open enrollment period for buying health insurance ends on Feb. 15, 2015. If you're not yet covered, Time has assembled a helpful list of all the information you need, including where you can shop for coverage, what exceptions exist, and what you can expect to be penalized if you remain uninsured.
 
MEDICAL MARIJUANA HEARINGS IN FEBRUARY? (Feb. 6, 2015)

Sen. Mike Folmer of Lancaster has reintroduced a bill that would allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis for certain conditions including cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and ALS. Hearings may begin this month, and the PAFP will have details and specifics in the next issue of Keystone Physician.
 
ONC SEEKS INPUT ON EHR INTEROPERABILITY (Feb. 5, 2015)

Interoperability of electronic health records (EHR) is a key to their success. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking physicians' input on how to get EHR systems to work together efficiently, reports Medscape. ONC is accepting comments here through April 3.
 
KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT MEASLES VACCINE (Feb. 4, 2015)

The measles outbreak that originated at Disney Land has spread to six other states, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 102 cases, according to the New York Times. Know the facts - click here for the Times' interactive fact sheet about the measles and its safe and effective vaccine. 
 
REGISTER NOW FOR EARLY BIRD VALLEY FORGE RATE (Feb. 3, 2015)

While the Valley Forge CME Conference is still a month and a half away, you've only got a couple weeks to snatch the early bird discount - a $30 savings if you register by Feb. 18. This event includes more than 16 hours of CME credit, including a child abuse recognition and reporting session. Register today!
 
QUALITY-BASED MEDICARE PAYMENTS COMING (Feb. 2, 2015)

The Dept. of Health and Human Services says it is hastening changes to its Medicare program that will lead to quality-based payments for doctors. According to Philly.com, within four years, half of Medicare's traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals, and providers that coordinate patient-care.
 
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