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August 2015
News Archive

IN PA., VACCINES NOT ALWAYS PART OF BACK-TO-SCHOOL PREP (Aug. 31, 2015)

On Aug. 28, we discussed U.S. child vaccination rates. But how does Pennsylvania fare? As many as one in five students don't have all of the vaccines required by the state, reports Public Source; in the 2013-14 school year, Pennsylvania had one of the worst vaccination rates in the country for the MMR vaccine.
 
REPORT: MOST U.S. KIDS GETTING VACCINATED (Aug. 28, 2015)

Although pockets of resistance exist, Health Day reports that most U.S. kids are getting the vaccinations they need. Federal health officials report more than nine out of 10 children who entered kindergarten last year were protected with the proper immunizations. Less than 1 percent of children receive no vaccinations.
 
ALLENTOWN CME CONFERENCE AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE (Aug. 27, 2015)

The agenda for the PAFP's Allentown CME Conference, Nov. 6-8, is now available. Take a look at it today and plan out your CME weekend in advance! The conference will include 18 CME credits (including 15 patient safety sessions) and a "best of" series featuring the highest-rated speakers from previous events.
 
PHYSICIAN SATISFACTION WITH EHRs DECLINES (Aug. 26, 2015)

In 2010, 61 percent of physicians said they were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their electronic health record systems. But that number has dropped to 34 percent, reports the American Academy of Family Physicians. Some suggest government initiatives like meaningful use have contributed to the decline.
 
ATTEND A PRIMARY CARE CAREER FAIR (Aug. 25, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center is hosting two career fairs in the coming days - in Philadelphia on Sept. 3 and Pittsburgh on Sept. 11. Attendees will discover jobs, learn about loan repayment, win prizes, and so much more. Click here for more information and to register - we'll see you there!
 
HELPFUL PHYSICIANS MAY BE KEY TO WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS (Aug. 24, 2015)

A helpful physician can improve the chances of weight loss success in obese patients, reports Medical News Today. Johns Hopkins researchers found those who reported the helpful support of their health care provider lost twice as much weight as those who did not. More than a third of U.S. adults is obese.
 
CHIP ENROLLEES TO SEE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS IN 2015 (Aug. 21, 2015)

Children enrolled in Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, will see additional benefits like preventive health care services and unlimited essential benefits by the end of this year. WITF reports that these changes will bring CHIP plans up to the standards of the Affordable Care Act.
 
PAFP'S PAIN MANAGEMENT PROJECT KICKS OFF (Aug. 20, 2015)

The PAFP's Pain Management Project - a 10-month quality improvement study for eight family medicine practices in areas of high opioid abuse - has kicked off. Practice teams are receiving education, coaching, and technical assistance to help implement best practices in chronic pain assessment and management.
 
IN DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, THINK AHEAD TO 2016 CRUISE (Aug. 19, 2015)

The dog days of summer are slowly giving way to autumn, but don't start making plans for maize mazes and pumpkin carving yet! First, think ahead to summer of 2016 and reserve your spot for the PAFP's CME Cruise! Earn valuable education credits while sailing to beautiful Bermuda. Learn more and register today!
 
PAFP 2015 MEMBER SURVEY RESULTS NOW AVAILABLE (Aug. 18, 2015)

The PAFP is eager to reveal the results of its 2015 Member Survey. The feedback helps us to identify what you desire from this organization Thanks for participating! Congratulations to Michael Brown, MD of Temple University, who was randomly selected out of all survey respondents as the winner of an iPad Mini!
 
 
PARENTS: LACK OF PRIMARY CARE ACCESS FORCES ER VISITS (Aug. 17, 2015)

Parents who have made emergency room visits with their children blame a lack of access to primary care, reports Reuters. University of Iowa researchers say 70 percent of survey respondents who have taken their child to an ER claim the visit could have been avoided if a primary care provider was available.
 
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR MA PROVIDERS (Aug. 14, 2015)

The Dept. of Human Services must revalidate all medical assistance (MA) providers at least every fire years. Therefore, all providers who enrolled on or before March 25, 2011 must revalidate their enrollment by March 24, 2016. This may be accomplished by completing a new enrollment application. Learn more here.
 
MEANINGFUL USE OF EHRs BY DOCTORS FALLS (Aug. 13, 2015)

Physicians' participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) electronic health record Meaningful Use incentive program dropped by 12 percent in 2014 as requirements became more stringent, reports Modern Healthcare. For help with Meaningful Use, please visit Primary Healthcare Consultants 
 
JOB LISTING: FULL TIME PHYSICIAN WANTED AT PENN MEDICINE (Aug. 12, 2015)

Penn Medicine is looking for a full-time family physician to join its Chestnut Hill office. The three-person practice, located directly behind Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, seeks to replace a longstanding colleague who will be retiring in 2016. For more information and to apply, please click here.
 
REPORT: NEARLY HALF OF ALL PHYSICIANS DISSATISFIED WITH EHRS (Aug. 11, 2015)

A new survey reveals satisfaction with electronic health records (EHR) systems has declined in the past five years, in spite of the technology's growing prominence. According to Healio, the recently published report revealed just 22 percent of providers were satisfied - and 12 were percent very satisfied - with their EHR.
 
PA FREE QUITLINE REPORTS HIGHEST-EVER LEVEL OF SUCCESS (Aug. 10, 2015)

The PA Free Quitline recently reported its highest-ever success rate. Use the Quitline to support your recommendation to patients to quit - click here for Fax to Quit details! Register for Pennsylvania's Tobacco Cessation Registry to for smoking cessation services provided to your Medical Assistance patients.
 
READ BACK ISSUES OF PAFP PUBLICATIONS (Aug. 7, 2015)

Whether you're looking for an article you enjoyed from months ago or want to revisit past events, PAFP members can access old issues of the PAFP's publications, like Keystone Physician and Progress Notes! Log into the Keystone Physician Archive and the Progress Notes Archive with your AAFP ID number. 

 
NEED HELP WITH EHRS, PQRS, AND MEANINGFUL USE? (Aug. 6, 2015)

Do you need help with electronic health records, Meaningful Use, the Physician Quality Reporting System, and other quality improvement programs? Primary Healthcare Consultants, a PAFP-affiliated practice transformation company, can help! Visit www.primaryhealthcareconsultants.com for more information. 
 
EMPOWER FAMILY MEDICINE IN PA. WITH PAFP PAC (Aug. 5, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians works hard to ensure that family medicine has a seat at the legislative table. By investing in the PAFP's official political action committee, PAFP PAC, you join your colleagues in creating a stronger voice for family medicine in Harrisburg. Consider donating today.

 
FIT IN SOME SUMMER CME WITH PAFP WEBCASTS (Aug. 4, 2015)

Summer isn't over yet, and you've still got plenty of time for a nice shore vacation or a rustic, woodsy getaway! No matter where you are, you can get free PAFP CME credits in between water skiing, beach volleyball, and relaxing in the hammock. Head to the PAFP's Online CME Catalog to get started!
 
PAFP'S CRC SCREENING PROJECT COMES TO AN END (Aug. 3, 2015)

After six years of providing education and support, the PAFP’s Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Project came to an end on July 31, 2015. The project reached nearly 22,000 physicians in 2013 and 2014 alone through online and live CME plus statewide grand rounds presentations. Visit www.pafp.com/CRC for more.
 
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