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May 2012
News Archive

PAFP PRESIDENT HEADED TO WHITE HOUSE (May 31, 2012)

Yes, you read the headline correctly. PAFP President Kevin Wong, MD will meet with Obama Administration officials and other health care power players June 19 to discuss health information technology's impact on better patient care - an important part of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model the PAFP champions. What an honor!
 
AAFP, CMS MAKE PROGRESS ON REGULATORY BURDEN (May 30, 2012)

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a final rule in the May 16 Federal Register highlights new regulations that ease the regulatory burden on family physicians who serve Medicare and Medicaid patients. The AAFP says it's evidence that its ongoing discussions with CMS are making a difference.
 
GETTING SOME SUN? GET EDUCATED FIRST! (May 29, 2012)

Results of a new study show people taking common painkillers were less likely to develop skin cancer. But don't let that report get in the way of common sense as you get some sun this summer! Read these skin cancer myths, learn about the importance of sunblock, and be sure to talk to your family doctor before you head to the beach to tan!
 
REPORT: DIABETES IN TEENS DRAMATICALLY ON RISE (May 24, 2012)

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a dramatic rise in diabetic or pre-diabetic teenagers. To learn best practices for combating this terrifying trend, head to our searchable CME catalog, where you'll find diabetes-centric CME on applying evidenceclinical outcomes and more.
 
HOUSE BILL 1400 HEADED TO GOVERNOR'S DESK (May 23, 2012)

House Bill 1400, the "Primary Stroke Center Recognition Act," has passed both chambers and is now headed to the governor's desk for a signature. The legislation requires the Pennsylvania Department of Health to recognize hospitals certified by the Joint Commission as "primary stroke centers." For more information, click here.
 
DAY 2: PRIMARY CARE SCHOLARS WEEK CONTINUES (May 22, 2012)

Today, during Primary Care Scholars Week at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, students will enjoy discussions about urban primary care, future health care workforce needs, problem-based learning and much more. The PAFP will continue to update social media through the event!
 
PRIMARY CARE SCHOLARS WEEK BEGINS (May 21, 2012)

This week, the PAFP will be attending Primary Care Scholars Week at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Thirty students selected from participating schools will participate in lectures, seminars and clinical experiences. Stick with the PAFP on FacebookTwitter and here at PAFP.com for news and updates!
 
ANNUAL MEETING IN FULL SWING, GOLF REGISTRATION STILL OPEN (May 17, 2012)

It's that time again - the PAFP Annual Meeting is upon us! A full schedule of events can be found here, and you can click here to register for the weekend's activities, including the FORE Family Medicine Golf Tournament, our first ever Rock Band tournament, a PAFP-exclusive cooking class and a silent auction!   
 
MEDIA ROUNDUP: PAFP, MEMBERS IN THE NEWS (May 16, 2012)

The PAFP has been quite active across the news media spectrum. On May 11, the York Daily Record highlighted the PAFP's Family Physician of the Year. PAFP President Dennis Gingrich, MD discussed influenza on abc27 News on May 15. And on May 16, WCHE interviewed the PAFP's 2012 Exemplary Teacher, which you can download here.
 
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUITS ON DECLINE IN PA. (May 15, 2012)

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania have dropped by more than 40 percent for four years in a row, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. The drop is largely because of a 2003 rule change by the state Supreme Court. PAFP President Dennis Gingrich, MD also discussed the decline in litigation with abc27 News last spring.
 
PAFP LEADERS AT FMCC CONFERENCE (May 14, 2012)

The PAFP has a group of members, including student and resident leaders, at the AAFP's Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C.! Participants learn about the legislative process and the issues, then go out and advocate for family medicine, at this two-day event. You can follow the action at home on Twitter!
 
SAY 'HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY' WITH A CRC E-CARD! (May 11, 2012)

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13. Hopefully you've already picked out a card and gift for your mom! Another great way to tell your mother you love her: send her our e-card reminding her you care about her colorectal health. Click here to personalize and send the card!
 
SEARCHABLE CME DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE (May 10, 2012)

It's now easier than ever to take advantage of the PAFP's free, high-quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses! After months of research, redesigning and refining its CME database, the PAFP has just launched a brand-new searchable CME catalog. You can find CME by topic, date, location and more. Take a look! 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2012 AWARD WINNERS! (May 9, 2012)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce its 2012 award winners! Congratulations to Dr. Robert Fawcett, the 2012 Family Physician of the Year, and Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, the 2012 Exemplary Teacher of the Year! You can read biographies of these amazing family physicians by clicking here.  
 
'KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN' RELEASED (May 8, 2012)

The Spring 2012 issue of the PAFP's bimonthly magazine, Keystone Physician, is out! Within its pages, you'll meet artists with disabilities and their incredible creations; read a breakdown of the health care law arguments before the Supreme Court; and discover how practicing family medicine is a lot like playing a round of golf
 
ALF/NCSC POST-CONFERENCE WRAP-UP (May 7, 2012)

PAFP physicians and staff have safely returned from the AAFP's Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies. For post-conference wrap-ups, check out The Conference Hangover on Dr. Mike Sevilla's Family Medicine Rocks blog and the AAFP's Kirk Ackerson's spectacular Storify coverage!
 
TV'S J.R. MARTINEZ SPEAKS AT ALF/NCSC (May 4, 2012)

J.R. Martinez of television's "All My Children" and "Dancing With the Stars" is speaking today at the AAFP's Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies. Martinez became a motivational speaker, and later an actor, after sustaining severe injuries in Iraq in 2003 when the vehicle he was driving hit a landmine.
 
WHAT'S ON TODAY'S ALF/NCSC ITINERARY? (May 3, 2012)

The Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies is in full swing! Today will see an elected leader forum and roundtable discussion; breakout CME sessions on advocacy, policy and media relations; and a welcome reception featuring a Beatles cover band! Follow the action with us.
 
LIVE-TWEETING AT ALF/NCSC: ENGAGE WITH US! (May 2, 2012)

The best way you can engage this week with the PAFP - and other family physicians across the nation - is through Twitter, where the #FMrevolution is heating up! We're live-tweeting all week, so follow us, and follow the hashtags #aafpncsc and #aafpalf to link to other family physicians at the event. It's about community.
 
READ THE ALF/NCSC SCHEDULE, MEET THE SPEAKERS (May 1, 2012)

The PAFP is on the scene of the AAFP's Annual Leadership Forum and National Conference of Special Constituencies this week! Keep track of the week's goings-on: Check out the schedulesdownload the handouts, and read about the plenary speakers, including J.R. Martinez of "All My Children" and "Dancing With the Stars"!
 
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