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January 2017
News Archive

Today's the last chance to sign up for Obamacare Jan. 31, 2017
Obamacare enrollment is winding down, and today is the last day for patients to sign up for coverage in 2017. As NPR reports, it may also be the final time patients can ever sign up for the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump work on a plan to replace the health care law. 
Final day for Family Physician of the Year nominations Jan. 27, 2017
Are you, a friend, or a colleague Pennsylvania's best physician? Make your case by submitting a nomination for the PAFP's 2017 Family Physician of the Year! Today is the final day to nominate, so be sure to read the full contest rules, meet past recipients, and tell us who deserves to win this year's award today! 
Flash sale: first 20 CME registrants get discounts Jan. 26, 2017
Today (Jan. 26, 2017) only, the first 20 people to register for the PAFP's Harrisburg CME Conference on March 16-19 before 4 p.m. will receive a randomly generated mystery discount on their full CME registration. Share your mystery discount on the Facebook event page for five extra member reward points! 
Governor dismisses top anti-drug official Jan. 25, 2017
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has dismissed Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis. WITF News reports Tennis, who headed the state's fight against the opioid epidemic, was fired after a report that he pressured a job applicant to meet with a lobbyist to boost her chances of getting a job in the department. 
HHS nominee grilled by Senate Finance Committee Jan. 24, 2017
Rep. Tom Price, President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is taking questions from the Senate Finance Committee today, Tuesday, Jan. 24. According to CNN, he's expected to feel the heat on questions over the ethical propriety of his financial investments. 
New administration may not enforce individual mandate Jan. 23, 2017
It's President Donald Trump's first week in office, and health care is high on his agenda. According to Reuters, Trump's aides say his administration may not enforce the controversial individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Trump's full health care plan is as yet unclear. 
On Inauguration Day and beyond, stick with the PAFP Jan. 20, 2017
As America transitions from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians will keep its members abreast of all the changes to the health care landscape. Stick with us on TwitterFacebookPAFP Connect, and the PAFP website for all the news you need! 
Some businesses hopeful for Obamacare repeal Jan. 19, 2017
While many are concerned about the effects of a health law repeal, others are hopeful for change. WITF's Transforming Health reports the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses is eager for the future, saying a replacement plan should address cost-drivers in health care. 
HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price takes the hot seat Jan. 18, 2017
Today, Wednesday, Jan. 18, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Department of Health and Human Services secretary will face questions from the Senate Health Committee. According to CNN, Rep. Tom Price is expected to focus on his own proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 
'Insurance for everyone' under ACA replacement? Jan. 17, 2017
The details of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act are unclear, but President-elect Donald Trump says his health care proposal would provide "insurance for everyone." The Washington Post reports Trump also said he will target "politically protected" pharmaceutical companies over skyrocketing medication prices. 
With inauguration around the corner, think PAFP-PAC Jan. 13, 2017
Inauguration Day is a week away. As President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, reflect on the political difference you can make by joining the PAFP-PAC, the official political action committee for family medicine in Pennsylvania. Strengthen the specialty by pledging your support. 
Stay ahead of the risks facing family medicine Jan. 12, 2017
Did you know that the PAFP partners with MedPro Group - the nation’s oldest, largest health care liability insurer - to enhance the professional liability insurance coverage of its members? MedPro is helping the PAFP to stay ahead of the risks facing family medicine. If you want to receive a quote, click here. 
Are you interested in a PAFP leadership position? Jan. 11, 2017
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians cares about developing leaders in family medicine. Leadership positions within the PAFP include areas like board governance, education, government affairs, and practice advocacy. If you're interested in a PAFP leadership position, click here to apply. 
Visit PAFP Connect for news you can use Jan. 10, 2017
In the latest issue of Keystone Physician, we asked members about the most important family medicine news stories of 2016. In 2017, the PAFP will continue to post important, relevant news updates every weekday on the PAFP Connect app, available on iOS and Android devices. Download the app today! 
Help us find the state's best family physician Jan. 9, 2017
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is still looking for its 2017 Family Physician of the Year - but time is running out to nominate yourself or a colleague for the PAFP's highest award! The nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Click here to read the full contest rules, meet past winners, and nominate!
Learn more about ophthalmology at free event Jan. 5, 2017
WillsEye Hospital in Philadelphia is excited to invite you to its free Ophthalmology for the Pediatrician, Primary Care Physician & Allied Health Professionals event this Saturday, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. This live event will provide important updates about diagnosis, treatment, and vision screening. Register here! 
Registration now open for Harrisburg CME Conference Jan. 4, 2017
The first PAFP event of 2017 will be here before you know it! Register today for the Harrisburg CME Conference, March 16-19 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The PAFP is partnering with the Penn State College of Medicine, which expands the program with additional CME and special events. Click here for full details! 
Doctors say curbing opioids is hurting patients Jan. 3, 2017
Physicians in the United States say they're cutting back on prescribing opioids but have significant reservations about how they're harming patients in the process. The Boston Globe reports a new survey reveals more than a third of doctors say their new prescribing practices hurts their patients with chronic pain. 
2017 shaping up to be big year in health care Jan. 2, 2017
If you thought 2016 was a wild ride, get ready for the New Year! From medical marijuana in Pennsylvania to a new administration that wants to get rid of the health law, there will be a lot to pay attention to in 2017 that promises to affect physicians and patients alike. Stick with the PAFP for all the latest news and updates!
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