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January 2012
News Archive

MEMBERS HIT THE NEWS STAND, AIRWAVES (Jan. 31, 2012) 

PAFP members are all over the news! Friday, abc27 News featured member Dr. Richard Gruden on a piece about children's dosage of over-the-counter medicine. Today, the Erie Times-News featured Dr. Bruce Gebhardt, a member who still makes house calls, as well as student member Lydia Travnik. Check out both excellent pieces!
 
PA REACH ENROLLMENT DEADLINE LOOMING (Jan. 30, 2012) 

The deadline for free assistance from PA REACH is Feb. 28, 2012. But there's still plenty of time to get on board! If you need assistance with registration for the CMS EHR Incentive Program, please contact one of our PA REACH East team members, Debra Hammaker and Tracy Koval.
 
WALL STREET JOURNAL: PAY FAMILY PHYSICIANS MORE (Jan. 27, 2012) 

The Wall Street Journal has a message for insurers: Pay family physicians more! The piece, An Rx? Pay More to Family Doctors, says a greater emphasis on primary care could save insurers and patients billions in the long run. Join the discussion or email America's economic and business news authority and voice your support!  
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR RPC LEARNING SESSION (Jan. 26, 2012) 

The PA IPIP Residency Program Collaborative, which aims to improve care at residency program clinics and enhance coordination and patient-centered care, is hosting a learning session on Friday, March 9. Registration is open now, and you can learn even more by going to the RPC 1 and RPC 2 Learning Session webpage
 
TIME MAG FEATURES PCMH MODEL, VOICES OPTIMISM (Jan. 25, 2012) 

According to TIME Magazine, "there are two winners" in a well-functioning Patient-Centered Medical Home: "the insurer (or taxpayer) who ends up paying less in costs, and the patient, who ends up healthier." Read the column, send it to your friends and family, and send an email to TIME's editor about the efficacy and economy of the PCMH!
 
HELP TRANSITION YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (Jan. 24, 2012) 

Like all pediatric patients, youth with special health care needs must eventually transition to adult-centered systems. There seems to be a shortage of family physicians or internal medicine practitioners working with childhood-onset special needs patients - a problem you can help the PAFP solve by taking this transition survey
 
CONSIDER SAFETY OVER SUPER BOWL SEASON (Jan. 23, 2012) 

The Super Bowl XLVI matchup is set, with the Brady Bunch to take on the G-Men in Indianapolis on Feb. 5. As kids head into their back yards to simulate the big game, take some time to educate yourself on sports injuries and young athletes, especially mTBI. Let's make this Super Bowl season a safe and enjoyable one! 
 
PANDEMIC SIMULATION COMING TO HERSHEY (Jan. 20, 2012) 

Are you going to the Hershey Escape? The PAFP is holding three workshops in conjunction with the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Primary Care Update 2012, including a "pandemic flu clinical simulation" in the LionReach Mobile Training Center. It's like a primary care video game! Click here to register!
 
PRIMARY CARE ATTRIBUTES LINKED TO LOWER MORTALITY (Jan. 19, 2012) 

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), new research correlates aspects of primary care linked to the Patient-Centered Medical Home with lower individual mortality. AAFP News Now has a full report on the research, which you can read by clicking here.
 
ARM YOURSELF TO TREAT OBESITY (Jan. 18, 2012) 

While a new report shows the epidemic may be leveling off, obesity is still on the rise. In fact, one in three adults can now be considered obese. Take a stand against obesity - learn the three approaches to obesity treatment that will lead your patients to happier, healthier lives.
 
FOR LOWER COSTS, FOCUS ON FAMILY MEDICINE, PCMH (Jan. 17, 2012) 

As USA Today reports that 5 percent of patients account for half of health care spendingTIME points out that spending levels are increasing at the lowest rate in 50 years. Of course, recent evidence proves that a focus on primary care and the PCMH is the best way to curb health care costs. Check out the PAFP's PCMH initiative
 
GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK, ANDREW J. SANDUSKY JR. (Jan. 13, 2012) 

For the PAFP, this Friday the 13th is a very unlucky one indeed. Deputy Executive Vice President and COO Andrew J. Sandusky, Jr. has taken a position with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and today is his last day with the PAFP. Thank you, Andy, for your 11 years of service to Pennsylvania's family doctors! Good luck!
 
FREE 1-HOUR, CRC-FOCUSED CME OFFERED (Jan. 12, 2012) 

Is your hospital or health system looking for educational material for Grand Round presentations for primary care providers? The PAFP is offering a free, one-hour live CME event focused on colorectal cancer screening. Please contact Michelle Seitz, Quality Initiatives Project Director, for more information.   
 
PAFP VISITS MILTON HERSHEY WITH FMIG STUDENTS (Jan. 11, 2012) 

PAFP staff spent this morning at the Milton Hershey School with Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) students from Penn State's College of Medicine. Students visited fourth-grade classrooms to discuss healthy eating habits! Pictures are posted on the PAFP's Twitter gallery. Expect a full feature in a future issue of Keystone Physician
 
DPW GRANTS EXCEPTIONS TO MA PHARMACY BENEFIT LIMIT (Jan. 10, 2012) 

Some PAFP members are concerned about the pharmacy benefit change for Medical Assistance (MA) recipients. The Department of Public Welfare has created a list of automatic exceptions and a benefit limit exceptions form for physicians to complete for MA patients who require more than six prescriptions per month. Click for more.
 
FREE FLU SHOTS OFFERED AT FARM SHOW (Jan. 9, 2012) 

Where but Pennsylvania can you get a funnel cake and a flu shot all in the same place? The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering free flu shots and other vaccinations at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, in the Main Hall in the Maclay Street lobby area. For more information, download the Department of Health's press release.

ADHD MEDICATION SHORTAGES PERSIST (Jan. 6, 2012) 

Local and national media outlets are abuzz regarding a shortage of certain medications to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The PAFP has outlined in-depth ADHD treatment strategies in its free online CME webcast, ADHD: Bad Behavior or Clinical Diagnosis? It's just one of many CME webcasts offered by the PAFP.
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR HERSHEY ESCAPE (Jan. 5, 2012) 

Do you smell chocolate? The PAFP does! Registration is open for the Hershey Escape event, March 9 through 11 at the Hotel Hershey. Enjoy clinical sessions, workshops, Research Day, and a special leadership training session. PAFP President Dr. Dennis Gingrich has more details in the current issue of Keystone Physician
 
RESOLVED TO EXERCISE? SEE YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN FIRST! (Jan. 4, 2012) 

Now that 2012 has arrived, many of us plan to keep New Year's resolutions to stay fit and healthy through exercise. Experts recommend that you talk to your family doctor before beginning an exercise program to ensure a safe and productive fulfillment of your resolution. Good luck in meeting and exceeding your goal! 
 
OFFICE OPEN, "KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN" RELEASED (Jan. 3, 2012)

The PAFP staff has been hard at work over the holiday season. The first item of business: the latest issue of Keystone Physician has been released! Now that the office has reopened for the New Year, stay tuned for continuous news and updates on PAFP.com and our Twitter feed.  
 
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