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November 2011
News Archive

PAFP TESTIFIES AT FAIR CONTRACTING HEARING (Nov. 30, 2011)

Dr. Edward G. Zurad, member of the PAFP Board of Directors, and PAFP general counsel Charles Artz, Esq. testified yesterday at a House of Representatives Insurance Committee hearing in favor of House Bill 1763, the Fair Health Care Provider Contracting ActClick here for more on this important bill.

PAFP MEMBER HAS HEART FOR HAITI (Nov. 29, 2011)

PAFP member Dr. N. Benjamin Fredrick is the founder of Thriving Villages International, an organization that takes care of health care needs in rural Haiti. Over Thanksgiving weekend, The Patriot-News featured Fredrick's work - you can read the article by clicking here
 
RPC, PCMH INITIATIVES HEAD TO ORLANDO (Nov. 28, 2011)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 23rd Annual National Forum is coming up Dec. 4 through 7 in Orlando, Fla. The PAFP's Patient-Centered Medical Home team is presenting on practice innovation, while the Residency Program Collaborative is showing a display on teaching quality initiatives in Pa.
 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (Nov. 24, 2011)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has had a banner year in 2011. The PAFP staff is thankful for all members and supporters who carry the flag of family medicine on behalf of Pennsylvania's citizens and their continued well-being. Have a safe, fun Thanksgiving! 
 
GREENCASTLE PRACTICE GETS MUVER CERTIFICATES (Nov. 23, 2011)

Greencastle Family Practice is a REACH-assisted practice which recently attested to meaningful use. Today, REACH recognized five Greencastle Family Practice physicians as MUVers – Meaningful Use Vanguards who have successfully transitioned to an electronic health records system (EHR). Way to go!
 
TEAM REACH ACHIEVES HUGE MILESTONE (Nov. 22, 2011)

The PAFP's very own Team REACH assists providers in implementing electronic health records (EHR) systems on their way to achieving meaningful use. We've learned that  PA REACH East leads the nation with 233 of its providers having achieved Stage 1 meaningful use! Congratulations! 
 
PAFP VISITS SADLER HEALTH CENTER (Nov. 21, 2011)

Members of the PAFP student and resident affairs and communications team visited the Sadler Health Center in Carlisle - a wonderful organization with an inspiring mission. Look for a story about this amazing community health center in the next issue of Keystone Physician in early 2012!
 
BOARD MEETING THIS WEEKEND (Nov. 18, 2011)

The PAFP Board of Directors will meet this weekend (Friday, Nov. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 19) at the Hilton Harrisburg. PAFP commission meetings are planned, and President Dr. Dennis Gingrich will provide an update on the "town hall" meeting at the Nemacolin breakaway this month. Click here for the schedule.
 
AMERICANS SAY GOODBYE TO SMOKING (Nov. 17, 2011)

Today is the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout! Americans are encouraged to quit smoking or make a plan to quit today. Join your family medicine colleagues who support the Great American Smokeout by making a pledge to educate patients and school-aged children

PROGRESS NOTES AVAILABLE (Nov. 16, 2011)

Our new issue of Progress Notes, the PAFP's biweekly newsletter, is now available. This installment covers fair contracting legislation, various webinars and CME opportunities, resident and student news and much more. For access to the complete, members-only Progress Notes archive, click here.
 
PAFP LEADERSHIP IN THE MEDIA (Nov. 15, 2011)

PAFP leaders are making their mark on TVs and stereos across the state! On Nov. 14, President-elect Dr. Kevin Wong talked to Newsradio 1020 KDKA (Pittsburgh) about autumn illnesses. Also on Nov. 14, Dr. Matthew Silvis, the Board of Directors' New Member representative, discussed the Safety in Youth Sports Act on WGAL (Lancaster). Silvis talked to the Patriot News about concussions on Nov. 12 as well.
 
CONCUSSIONS BILL ENACTED (Nov. 14, 2011)

The Safety in Youth Sports Act (Senate Bill 200) standardizes how student athlete concussions are handled. For more information, read this article in the fall issue of Keystone Physician and be sure to check out our tip sheet on concussions and young athletes.
 
CSA RESOURCES ON PAFP.COM (Nov. 8, 2011)

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious and often under-reported problem, evidenced by recent allegations at Penn State University. For CME and other CSA resources from the PAFP, please click here, and read how primary care doctors can "S.A.V.E." patients from abuse in our summer-fall issue of Keystone Physician.
 
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