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September 2015
News Archive

PAFP MEMBER, PAST-PRESIDENT INSTALLED AS AAFP PRESIDENT (Sept. 30, 2015)

Today marks the installation of PAFP member and past-president Wanda Filer, MD as president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In addition to her work with the PAFP and AAFP, Filer served as Pennsylvania's first physician general. Congratulations, Dr. Filer - you will make Pennsylvania proud!
 
MORE HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES GETTING FLU SHOTS (Sept. 29, 2015)

The chances are good that the hospital employees you interact with are protected against the seasonal flu, reports Lancaster Online. That's because 89 percent of hospital employees received the flu vaccine in 2014, up from 65 percent in 2011. Learn the facts about the flu vaccine and get the shot or spray!
 
WHEN WILL OTHER 1/2 OF PHYSICIANS ADOPT EHRs? (Sept. 28, 2015)

Only half of physicians use electronic health records (EHR) systems over paper records. But, as a U.S. News & World Report column notes, more physicians are adopting. If you need assistance with electronic health records, visit our health information technology affiliate, Primary Healthcare Consultants!
 
AS ICD-10 APPROACHES, ANXIETIES MOUNT (Sept. 25, 2015)

With ICD-10 set to debut in just days on Oct. 1, 2015, Medscape reports providers are becoming anxious about how claims will go through, especially after the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov. However, some remain convinced that the Y2K-like fears are unwarranted and expect an easy transition to the system.
 
LEARN ABOUT PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER ADULTS (Sept. 24, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 and older. Fear of falling often leads to dependence and increased immobility. Learn more about how you can help prevent fall-related injuries and deaths with the PAFP's free, high-quality fall prevention CME.
 
2016 FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR SEARCH BEGINS (Sept. 23, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has begun its hunt for the 2016 Family Physician of the Year! We're looking for a compassionate, caring servant - a doctor who is a community leader, a role model, and a skilled professional. Click here to nominate a physician and meet the past award winners! 
 
UPDATE: STATE BUDGET IMPASSE (Sept. 22, 2015)

As Pennsylvania moves into its fourth month without a state budget, leaders have been preoccupied with negotiations. Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed the legislature's budget on July 1, says he will also veto a stopgap spending bill to be taken up in the House this week. That bill passed the Senate last week.
 
GLOBAL ANTIBIOTIC USE, RESISTANCE 'DIRE': REPORT (Sept. 21, 2015)

Antibiotic resistance rates are rising rapidly worldwide, and experts say the only way to combat it is to limit overuse and misuse of antibiotics, reports Medscape. Hand washing is an important way to protect against diseases, but as Time reports, doctors say nix the antibacterial soap - regular soap and water works fine.
 
JOIN PAFP, OTHERS FOR FMEC ANNUAL MEETING (Sept. 18, 2015)

Join the PAFP and the larger community of medical students, residents, and faculty at the Family Medicine Education Consortium's (FMEC) 34th Annual Meeting! This is an excellent opportunity to network, learn, and explore the specialty of family medicine. Student scholarships are available - see the full agenda!
 
A YEAR'S WORTH OF UPCOMING CME EVENTS (Sept. 17, 2015)

Mark your calendars for a full year's worth of upcoming CME events from the PAFP! From the Allentown CME Conference Nov. 6-8, 2015 to the highly anticipated second-ever PAFP CME Cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda July 2-7, 2016, learn about the PAFP's live education events in the latest issue of Progress Notes!
 
PHYSICIAN SOUGHT FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PRACTICE (Sept. 16, 2015)

Medical Wellness Associates in Jeannette (just outside of Pittsburgh) is looking to hire a board-certified family physician to join its staff. The candidate should have knowledge of or interest in integrative medicine. Competitive compensation and benefits included. Contact Bonnie Hagerty for more on this opportunity!
 
HEALTH IT PRIVACY, SECURITY GUIDE RELEASED (Sept. 15, 2015)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a revised guide on privacy and security. The Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information is designed to help providers comply with federal requirements. Visit Primary Healthcare Consultants for more.
 
PAFP PRESIDENT TO TESTIFY AGAINST NP INDEPENDENCE (Sept. 14, 2015)

PAFP President Nicole Davis, MD is slated to testify against House Bill 765 - which would eliminate collaborative agreements and give nurse practitioners full independence - on Oct. 22 before the House Professional Licensure Committee. Oppose the House bill and Senate bill through AAFP Speak Out.
 
PENN STATE HOSTS CANCER SYMPOSIUM (Sept. 11, 2015)

The Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute is hosting its 21st annual cancer symposium, titled Cancer Survivorship, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Register today for this free CME opportunity, where you'll learn about current trends of basic research and clinical applications in the field of cancer.
 
FREE WEBINAR: ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, AND BREAST CANCER (Sept. 10, 2015)

Living Beyond Breast Cancer's (LBBC) Young Women's Initiative is hosting a free webinar, titled Addressing Anxiety Among Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Register today to learn about managing anxiety and depression after a breast cancer diagnosis.
 
PHYSICIANS, STAFF PREPARE FOR ICD-10 (Sept. 9, 2015)

After several delays which prompted both cheers and jeers from the medical community, the ICD-10 coding expansion is set to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2015. The Associated Press reports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging providers to make sure their practices are ready for the switchover.
 
JOIN RPC THIS FALL FOR LEARNING SESSION (Sept. 8, 2015)

Join the PAFP's Residency Program Collaborative (RPC) on Nov. 6, 2015 at The Park Inn by Radisson in Mechanicsburg for an autumn learning session! You'll learn how to enhance coordination and improve patient care. Register soon - the deadline for the special PAFP room rate is Oct. 8. We hope to see you there!
 
HHS TERMINATES CERTIFICATION OF 2 EHRs (Sept. 4, 2015)

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that two electronic health records products - versions of Platinum Health Information Systems, Inc.'s SkyCare 4.2 - have had their certifications terminated. HHS says the products did not respond and participate in routine surveillance requests.
 
AAFP SUGGESTS CHANGES TO PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE (Sept. 3, 2015)

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has assembled a list of proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule. The AAFP's recommendations include alterations to coding, imaging, and chronic care management.
 
STUDY: PATIENTS PREFER HOSPITALS THAT EMPLOY THEIR DOCTORS (Sept. 2, 2015)

When a patient has to go to the hospital, they're much likelier to choose the hospital where their personal physician practices, reports Modern Healthcare. As more and more physicians are practicing in hospital-based settings, this could reduce costs and improve care quality as care coordination is prioritized.
 
THANKS TO STATE LAW, DRUG REVERSES 289 OVERDOSES (Sept. 1, 2015)

A state law that went into effect in November of 2014 has resulted in the saving of hundreds of lives. Act 139 of 2014 allowed first responders like police officers and fire fighters to administer naloxone, an opioid reversal medication. WITF reports first responders have used naloxone to reverse 289 overdoses so far.
 
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