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December 2015
News Archive

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PAFP! (Dec. 22, 2015)

The PAFP would like to wish its members happy holidays and a prosperous 2016! Over this season, we especially acknowledge your dedication and commitment to Pennsylvania's patients, ensuring that they can enjoy healthy holidays with family and friends for years to come. We will be back in the office Jan. 4, 2016.
 
YEAR IN REVIEW: THE EVENTS THAT ROCKED HEALTH CARE (Dec. 21, 2015)

From health security breaches to the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, 2015 was a wild year in health care, writes Modern Healthcare. Please visit the PAFP News Archive for more about the events that shaped this year, and stay tuned for a year in review feature in the next issue of Keystone Physician.
 
1 IN 5 AMERICANS HAS NO PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR (Dec. 17, 2015)

While health care policymakers and experts continue to encourage patients to have a personal physician, one in five Americans has "no usual source of care" - that is, no primary care doctor - according to Forbes. The PAFP's mission is to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has a relationship with a family physician.
 
 
TWO NEW PAIN MANAGEMENT WEBCASTS AVAILABLE (Dec. 16, 2015)

The PAFP has just made available two webcasts related to pain management. The free webcasts - A Team-Based Approach to Pain Management: Improving Patient-Centered Care and Practical Considerations in Analgesic Selection for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain - are worth one (1) CME credit each.
 
LAST DAY FOR HEALTHCARE.GOV ENROLLMENT (Dec. 15, 2015)

Patients who want to enroll on the federal insurance exchange at www.HealthCare.gov have to act soon. Today (Tuesday, Dec. 15) is the final day to enroll for coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. The website offers plenty of helpful advice for those signing up for the first time as well as returning patients.
 
REPORT: RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS VIOLATE LAW, PUT PATIENTS AT RISK (Dec. 14, 2015)

Prestigious research institutions such as Stanford University are putting patients at risk by violating federal law, reports Stat. These institutions, including medical schools and drug companies, aren't disclosing human study research data to the federal government, depriving patients and doctors of complete data.
 
CONSIDER A HOLIDAY GIFT TO THE PAFP FOUNDATION (Dec. 11, 2015)

In this holiday season of giving, consider making a donation to the PAFP Foundation to support family medicine in Pennsylvania. Options include making a general gift to areas of greatest need and funding a scholarship for a student education trip. Donating is easy - you can do it by phone, mail, or online!
 
500,000-PLUS ENROLLEES IN PA. MEDICAID EXPANSION (Dec. 10, 2015)

More than 500,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled in Medicare since Gov. Tom Wolf announced the state would embrace a full program expansion, dubbed Health Choices, in early 2015. The Wolf administration reports the commonwealth's uninsured rate dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to just 8 percent today. 
 
DO HEALTH CARE MERGERS AFFECT INSURANCE RATES? (Dec. 9, 2015)

As health care mergers become increasingly common, some are concerned that patient care will become more expensive. But, abc27 News reports, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department doesn't actually know how mergers affect insurance rates, as the department says there are too many variables to detail.
 
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROPOSALS ADD LIMITATIONS (Dec. 8, 2015)

Pennsylvania's heroin epidemic is getting worse, and tens of thousands of addicts seeking treatment are unable to get it, reports Lancaster Online. A new study by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania has found that, because of inconsistencies in tracking data, the true extent of the state's heroin crisis is unclear.
 
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROPOSALS ADD LIMITATIONS (Dec. 3, 2015)

Proposed changes to the medical marijuana bill that overwhelmingly passed the Pa. Senate earlier this year have some supporters disappointed. PennLive reports Rep. Ron Marsico's proposals would limit THC content and the number of dispensaries in the state. A legalization vote could happen within the next two weeks.
 
SUBMIT YOUR RESEARCH DAY ABSTRACT (Dec. 2, 2015)

PAFP resident members, it's time to submit your abstract for Research Day, Saturday, March 12, in the middle of the combined PAFP Pittsburgh CME Conference and UPMC 43rd Refresher Course in Family Medicine. Please register today - and see our handy step-by-step guide on submitting your abstract!
 
ARM YOUR PATIENTS WITH THE FACTS ON WORLD AIDS DAY (Dec. 1, 2015)

Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day. HIV/AIDS is a very high profile disease - but, while great strides have been made in preventing and treating the disease worldwide. many people are still confused and fearful of it. Arm your patients with the facts! CNN has assembled a helpful guide of debunked HIV/AIDS myths.
 
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