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THIS WEEK (APRIL 17-21, 2017)

U.S. spends far more per capita on health care April 21, 2017
The United States' spending on health care per person far exceeds that of other nations. According to NPR, a new report the U.S. spends $9,237 on each American - Somalia is at the opposite end of the spectrum, spending just $33 per person. Most health spending in high-income nations comes from the government.
NP independence bill moves forward April 20, 2017
Senate Bill (SB) 25, which would give nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania full practice authority without a collaborative agreement, has passed a Senate committee 13-2, setting the stage for further action. The PAFP opposes on patient safety grounds. Members are encouraged to Speak Out against the legislation.
Medical Economics releases annual Physician Report April 18, 2017
Medical Economics has released its 88th annual Physicians Report, which details the state of primary care today. The report highlights aspects of medical practice from salaries to premiums, productivity, number of patient visits, hours worked, and much more. Click here for this important snapshot of primary care in 2017.
Tax day is also an important health insurance deadline April 18, 2017
Americans' tax returns are due today - and Kaiser Health News reports it's also zero hour for millions to prove they have health insurance or pay a fine. The majority of Obamacare still stands, including the "individual mandate" requiring Americans to have insurance. All most filers must do is check a box on Form 1040.
Some Pa. doctors wary of medical marijuana April 17, 2017
As Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program moves from planning to implementation, Pennsylvania physicians are wary about the drug. PAFP Foundation Vice President Jay Joseph, MD told WITF that many doctors need to be educated on medical marijuana, and more research is needed into its effects.

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