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July 2015
News Archive

PAFP RESIDENT MEMBER SELECTED FOR LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE (July 31, 2015)

The PAFP congratulates member and Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program's Courtney Hudson on her selection to participate in the AAFP's inaugural Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute! Hudson has earned a scholarship and will complete a leadership project in the coming year.
 
AAFP NATIONAL CONFERENCE UNDER WAY (July 30, 2015)

The American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students is under way! Follow PAFP Director of Resident and Student Initiatives Molly Talley on Twitter to keep up with the action as residents and students learn, connect, and collaborate!
 
FRACKING MAY LEAD TO ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS (July 29, 2015)

Two studies on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have found higher hospitalization rates and lower birth weights in communities surrounding wells. However, reports Lancaster Online, experts stress it is impossible to prove fracking causes adverse effects, and that more research is needed on the subject.
 
PA. HEALTH CARE 'EVEN WORSE THAN AVERAGE': STUDY (July 28, 2015)

Pennsylvania's health care is worse than average, according to a new study. Lancaster Online reports that the researchers, from a public policy and advocacy organization, say Pennsylvanians spend $900 more per year on care than the national average - and some common procedures can cost twice as much.
 
PAFP'S CHESAPEAKE SUMMER ESCAPE UNDER WAY (July 27, 2015)

PAFP members are enjoying sun, fun, and CME at the Chesapeake Summer Escape CME Conference, which runs through Wednesday, July 29. Follow everything that's happening on Twitter with the hashtag #PAFPCME. If you weren't able to make it, plan ahead for the Allentown CME Conference this autumn!
 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR ALLENTOWN CME CONFERENCE (July 24, 2015)

Registration is now open for the Allentown CME Conference, Nov. 6-8, 2015 at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel. This conference includes a SAM study group on childhood illness, clinical sessions on topics like obesity and the PAFP's "Best Of" series, and a Paint Nite fundraiser. Click here to register today!
 
SENATE PANEL TO HHS: DELAY STAGE 3 MU RULES (July 23, 2015)

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is asking the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules. According to Modern Healthcare, providers are concerned about meeting the requirements - only a quarter of physicians are compliant with Stage 2.
 
WE NEED YOU! LEADERS WANTED (July 22, 2015)

Residents and students, now is the time to plan your next step to develop professionally, personally, and gain exposure to medicine outside the walls of your education. Consider applying for a national family medicine leadership position! Contact Molly Talley, Director of Resident and Student affairs, for more details.
 
STUDY: MANY SEEK ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES, DON'T TELL DOCTOR (July 21, 2015)

People often seek alternative therapies - like acupuncture or chiropractic services - to relieve chronic pain. However, many of these patients aren't telling their primary doctor about these treatments, reports Live Science. Doctors say that's a problem because it limits their ability to coordinate care and manage pain.
 
FALLS, LIKE PRESIDENT BUSH'S, COMMON AMONG ELDERLY  (July 20, 2015)

Former President George H.W. Bush is out of the hospital after suffering a fall and breaking a bone in his neck. Falling incidents like these are common among the elderly, reports ABC News. But such falls are not inevitable. Read this piece from Keystone Physician to learn more about fall prevention in the elderly.
 
PAFP SEEKS FULL-TIME SENIOR HEALTH CONSULTANT (July 17, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians seeks a full-time senior health consultant for its new company, Primary Healthcare Consultants. This individual will provide consulting services for primary care medical practices. We offer a competitive salary and exceptional benefits package. Click here for details.
 
NEW ONLINE CRC SCREENING CME AVAILABLE (July 16, 2015)

Earn CME credit quickly, easily - and for free - through the PAFP! Several webcasts and monographs on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening are now available, covering topics from using the model for improvement to building a patient navigation system. All of the PAFP's online CME offerings can be found here.
 
PROPOSED RULE: CHANGES TO PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE (July 15, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule in The Federal Register which would implement new policies in the 2016 physician fee schedule and changes to several quality improvement initiatives. Public comments end Sept. 8. The final rule will be issued by Nov. 1.
 
HOSPITALS OFTEN MISS SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE (July 14, 2015)

Many U.S. hospitals are missing signs of child abuse, reports HealthDay. A study by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports huge variations between hospitals' adherence to abuse guidelines. The PAFP is offering state-required child abuse training at the Chesapeake Summer Escape CME Conference.
 
MOST U.S. PHYSICIANS STILL WORK IN SMALL PRACTICES (July 13, 2015)

Despite the growing number of doctors working for large hospital- and health-system-owned practices, the majority of physicians still work in small practices, reports Medscape. More than 60 percent of physicians were in practices of 10 physicians or fewer, a percentage which changed little between 2012 and 2014.
 
J-1 VISA WAIVER PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE (July 10, 2015)

Openings are available in the Pa. Dept. of Health's J-1 Visa Waiver Program, designed to improve access to primary care in Pennsylvania. The program seeks international medicine graduates (IMG) with training visas who would like to stay in the state and practice with underserved populations in a clinic setting.
 
SWIM IN SAVINGS WITH PAFP'S SUMMER CME WEBCASTS (July 9, 2015)

Whether you're tanning by the pool or in the AC keeping cool, you can earn CME credit with free, high-quality CME webcasts available around-the-clock from the PAFP! Topics like asthma and vaccines are presented by experts in family medicine, and much of the CME qualifies for patient safety credit.
 
CHILD ABUSE EXAMINATION TRAINING FROM PA-AAP, PAFP (July 8, 2015)

The Pa. Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA-AAP) is offering a free preceptorship on child abuse examinations for physicians willing to evaluate children in their communities. Also, the PAFP is offering state-required Act 31 child abuse training at the Chesapeake Summer Escape CME Conference.
 
ALMOST ALL DOCTORS ADMIT TO WORKING SICK: STUDY (July 7, 2015)

When patients are sick, they're often instructed to leave work and see a doctor - but most most doctors admit they work sick, according to a new study. NBC News reports than more than 83 percent of doctors have worked in the past year while suffering from fevers, diarrhea, and severe respiratory symptoms.
 
CMS, AMA ANNOUNCE ICD-10 PREPARATION MEASURES (July 6, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced new measures to help providers prepare for ICD-10. The organizations say the assistance will include additional training, testing, resources, and flexibility, plus a to-be-announced ICD-10 ombudsman.
 
HAVE A HAPPY, SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND (July 2, 2015)

Independence Day is this Saturday, July 4, and the PAFP offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. on July 2 through 8 a.m. on July 6. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend - practice responsible driving and never drink and drive. Also, remember to be very careful with fireworks and when you're having a cookout!
 
STUDY: AMERICANS WANT ONLINE ACCESS TO HEALTH RECORDS (July 1, 2015)

A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that most Americans would like online access to their health records. According to US News & World Report and Health Day, up to 57 percent of American patients say they want to use their doctors' websites to access their personal health information.
 
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