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January 2013
News Archive

HARDSHIP EXEMPTION DEADLINE TODAY FOR eRx PROGRAM (Jan. 31, 2013)

Today is the deadline to request a hardship exemption to avoid a payment adjustment under the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. More information can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website - just click here. Please call PA REACH with additional questions at 1-877-725-9998.
 
'BUILD BRIDGES' TO COMBAT CANCER (Jan. 30, 2013)

The Pa. Dept. of Health's Cancer Prevention & Control Program needs your help to combat cancer by mobilizing support, developing best practices, and rewriting the state's cancer control program. Attend the Building Bridges Pennsylvania Cancer Planning Summit on April 11 in Pittsburgh to join the state's battle against cancer.
 
WILL YOU REPRESENT THE PAFP IN KANSAS CITY? (Jan. 29, 2013)

The PAFP is still looking for a few physicians to represent some of its special constituencies (women, minority, and new physicians) at the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) National Conference of Special Constituencies, April 25-27 in Kansas City, Mo. Click here to read more and represent Pennsylvania!
 
ATTESTATION NOW REQUIRED FOR ENHANCED PAYMENT (Jan. 28, 2013)

Family physicians who wish to receive increased Medicaid payment rates for certain primary care services must now self-attest to the family medicine specialty and that they are either board-certified or billing at least 60 percent of services rendered of the specific E/M or vaccine administration codes. Please click here for more information.
 
EARLY BIRD RATES FOR VALLEY FORGE CME END FEB. 4 (Jan. 25, 2013)

The PAFP's first CME conference of 2013 is fast approaching - but so is the early bird deadline! The Valley Forge CME Conference, March 8-10, includes plenty of relevant clinical sessions, a free pre-conference training workshopSAM study groupResearch Day, and much more. Register by Feb. 4 to get the early bird rate of just $69!
 
STUDY: QUITTING SMOKING ADDS YEARS TO LIFE (Jan. 24, 2013)

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, cigarette use shaves more than 10 years off of smokers' lives - but quitting adds years back. A just-released study shows quitting any time reduces excess death risk, and quitting by 35 erases it completely. Visit the paPAFP Smoking Cessation Challenge for more on quitting tobacco use.
 
CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS WEBINAR TODAY (Jan. 23, 2013)

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pennsylvania Chapter) and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia present HPV Related Cancer: What Clinicians can Recommend to Reduce Incidence of Disease today at noon. Register here.
 
NEW WEBCAST AVAILABLE: RECALCITRANT DEPRESSION (Jan. 22, 2013)

Getting a head start on earning CME credit for 2013? The PAFP has added a new webcast to its wide array of online CME offerings. Check out the Recalcitrant Depression webcast and earn one prescribed AAFP CME credit. Don't forget to stop by our searchable CME catalog for more free, high quality educational offerings!
 
GOV. APPOINTS PAFP MEMBER TO EHEALTH POST (Jan. 18, 2013)

Gov. Tom Corbett has appointed PAFP member Gaspere C. Geraci, MD to chair the eHealth Partnership Authority. According to the governor's office, the collaborative will seek to improve health care delivery and outcomes through information technology and health information exchange initiatives. For the full press release, click here.
 
PANEL: NO PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ARRAY OF CHILDREN'S VACCINES (Jan. 17, 2013)

A government-advisory panel says the heavy array of vaccines given to U.S. children doesn't appear to cause any health problems, the Wall Street Journal reports. The panel also said delaying vaccinations correlates with an increase in vaccine-preventable disease. Visit our Public Health page to learn more about vaccinations.
 
NOT TOO EARLY FOR FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS (Jan. 16, 2013)

The PAFP is looking for the best family physician in Pennsylvania – and we need your help! The deadline for Family Physician of the Year nominations is two months away, but it’s not too early to nominate yourself or someone else. Click here for contest rules, the nomination form, and to meet past winners.
 
SOME SERVICES ELIGIBLE FOR ENHANCED PAYMENT (Jan. 15, 2013)

A portion of the Affordable Care Act requires an increase in Medicaid payment rates to Medicare levels for certain primary care services in 2013 and 2014. In addition, family physicians will see higher payments for services under some evaluation and management (E/M) codes not reimbursed by Medicare. Click here for more information.
 
PA. HOUSE RECONVENES AT 1 P.M. (Jan. 14, 2013)

The Pa. House of Representatives is scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. today. Any bills not enacted upon in 2012 have expired, but many of interest to the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and its members are expected to be reintroduced. Stick with the PAFP's Government Affairs webpage for legislative updates.
 
FIND A FAMILY PHYSICIAN WITH NEW PAFP TOOL (Jan. 11, 2013)

Starting today, a new tool on PAFP.com will allow Pennsylvanians all across the state to easily find a great personal physician near them. The Find a Family Physician Search web page allows patients to search for a family physician by location or physician name. Click here to get started!
 
LEARN ABOUT HPV DURING CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH (Jan. 10, 2013)

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. This coincides with a recent study suggesting a spike in cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV), including cervical cancer. To learn more about cervical health and HPV, visit the PAFP's Public Health webpage, where you'll find information about immunizations and more.
 
HELP PATIENTS WITH DIABETES QUIT SMOKING (Jan. 9, 2013)

Smoking raises the risk of heart disease and increasing A1C levels in those with diabetes. If you have patients with diabetes who smoke, help them quit in 2013! Take our brand new Smoking Cessation for Patients with Diabetes webcast for best practices, and consider joining our Smoking Cessation Challenge for more help. It's all free!
 
YOUTH SPORTS CONCUSSIONS FOCUS OF U.S. STUDY (Jan. 8, 2013)

Citing a shortage of data on what is becoming an urgent health concern, the U.S. government has launched a study into sports-related concussions in youth. According to the latest data, such injuries rose 60 percent between 2000 and 2010. For more information, read Concussion & the Young Athlete by PAFP President Dr. Kevin Wong.
 
FLU HITS NATION HARD, SPREADING QUICKLY (Jan. 7, 2013)

Flu season is here, and it's already a bad one. Forty-one states have been affected so far, including Pennsylvania. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released need-to-know information about the 2012-13 flu season, and the Pa. Dept. of Health website has its own flu data portal. Visit our Public Health page for more.
 
MC-FP EXAM ONLINE APPLICATION NOW OPEN (Jan. 4, 2013)

The online application for the 2013 MC-FP examination scheduled for April 2013 is now open. Physicians can access the online application by logging into their Physician Portfolio by clicking here. If physicians have questions or concerns, they can email the ABFM Support Center at help@theabfm.org or call (877) 223-7437.
 
STUDY: QUITTING SMOKING REDUCES ANXIETY (Jan. 3, 2013)

Cigarette smokers often claim lighting up relieves stress. But according to a new study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, successful quitters experience less anxiety than those who continue the habit. Visit our PAFP Smoking Cessation Challenge and commit to help 20 smokers quit (and reduce stress!) by June 30, 2013.
 
'DOC FIX' INCLUDED IN 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL (Jan. 2, 2013)

Fiscal cliff negotiations went down to the wire, but Republicans and Democrats agreed to a last-minute deal that averted a 27 percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians. The one-year patch is paid for by other offsets, which Kaiser Health News says include hospitals chipping in nearly $15 billion over the next decade.
 
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