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February 2013


TOMORROW FINAL DAY FOR CME CONFERENCE ONLINE REGISTRATION (Feb. 28, 2013)

If you haven't yet made plans to attend the PAFP's Valley Forge CME Conference March 8 through 10, you've only got hours left to pre-register online! At 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 1), the online registration form will be deactivated. Walk-in registrations will be welcome beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 8.
 
'DOC FIX' PLAN ON AGENDA FOR WAYS & MEANS CHAIR (Feb. 27, 2013)

Kaiser Health News reports House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp says a fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is on his 2013 to-do list. This proposal is separate from a bipartisan bill introduced earlier this month. The PAFP will detail these efforts in the next issue of Keystone Physician.
 
GOVERNORS TALK MEDICAID EXPANSION AT SUMMIT (Feb. 26, 2013)

U.S. governors convened this weekend to discuss hiring people with disabilities, but according to National Public Radio (NPR), the discussion quickly shifted to Medicaid expansion. It's still unclear whether or not Medicaid will be expanded in Pennsylvania, so stick with the PAFP Government Affairs team for the very latest.
 
MAKE SURE YOUR SUMMER PLANS INCLUDE NATIONAL CONFERENCE (Feb. 25, 2013)

It may be February, but it's not too early to start thinking about how you'll spend your summer vacation! We have a suggestion: Plan to attend the AAFP's National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, Aug. 1-3! Click here to learn what the conference has in store, and don't forget to apply for a student scholarship!
 
GEISINGER RECEIVES $1 MILLION FOR MARCELLUS SHALE STUDY (Feb. 22, 2013)

Geisinger Health System has received a $1 million grant to fund its study into the health impact of natural gas drilling. Geisinger is using electronic health records to investigate possible health effects in drilling areas. Last year, the PAFP met with key participants of the study for an in-depth article in Keystone Physician.
 
REGISTER FOR MEDICAL PRACTICE THEFT RISK WEBINAR (Feb. 21, 2013)

Did you know medical practices are especially vulnerable to theft? Join the PAFP's Practice Advocacy Network for a free webinar on theft prevention, titled Internal Controls in a Medical Practice, offered by PMSCO Healthcare Consulting. Click here to register, and don't forget to become a part of our Practice Advocacy Network!
 
AMERICAN HEART MONTH: LEARN MORE ABOUT HEART DISEASE (Feb. 20, 2013)

February is American Heart Month. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., it can be prevented. Learn more about evidence-based recommendations for preventing heart disease by visiting our Residency Program and Community Health Center collaboratives webpage.
 
CAN'T MAKE IT TO VALLEY FORGE? JOIN US ONLINE (Feb. 19, 2013)

If you can't make it to the PAFP's Valley Forge CME Conference in person March 8-10, you can still get the same high-quality CME online! Click here to register for our live, streaming CME session, then log on to watch in real-time as they're happening in Valley Forge. You can register for individual sessions or get a full-day package!
 
AVOID PQRS PAYMENT ADJUSTMENTS (Feb. 15, 2013)

Practitioners who begin participation now in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) incentive program and successfully report will avoid payment adjustments in 2015. For additional information on how to avoid these payment adjustments and get started, click here.
 
TELL SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM WITH E-CARD (Feb. 14, 2013)

Happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air. Today, why not let a friend, family member or significant other know that you're thinking about them and their health? The PAFP's Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative has developed an e-card reminding loved ones to get screened. Click here to customize and send the card!
 
FAMILY MEDICINE TOP MATCH FOR DO STUDENTS (Feb. 13, 2013)

Family medicine is the largest matched specialty among osteopathic students in 2013. According to Yahoo! News, family medicine matches increased 11 percent this year. Positions filled have increased in 2013 to 472 from 433 positions last year. Match Day for all other medical students takes place March 15 this year.
 
HELP PA. 'MAKE THE GRADE' WITH SMOKING CESSATION (Feb. 12, 2013)

When it comes to smoking cessation and tobacco prevention, Pennsylvania is a failure, garnering F's for both on the American Lung Association's 2013 State of Tobacco Control report card. Help our state make the grade with free CME opportunities regarding tobacco use and diabetes patients at the Valley Forge CME Conference this March. 
 
MANY STRESSED AMERICANS LACK MENTAL HEALTH CARE ACCESS (Feb. 11, 2013)

Are Americans getting the help they need managing their stress? According to the American Psychology Association's annual Stress in America survey, more than half of Americans say they get little or no support managing stress - underscoring the importance of screening patients for stress and other mental health issues.
 
PAFP STUDENT MEMBER NAMED AAFP FMIG NETWORK COORDINATOR (Feb. 8, 2013)

PAFP student member Kristina Zimmerman has been named regional coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) National Family Medicine Interest Group Network. Zimmerman will consult Family Medicine Interest Groups (FMIGs) in six states. Click here for details. The PAFP congratulates Zimmerman!
 
BIPARTISAN BILL TACKLES SGR ISSUE (Feb. 7, 2013)

bill introduced by Republican Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada and Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Democrat, may put an end to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. According to Politico, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has downgraded the cost of eliminating the SGR, making a repeal more attractive to lawmakers.
 
BREAKING DOWN THE PROPOSED 2013-14 BUDGET (Feb. 6, 2013)

In Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed Pennsylvania budget for 2013-14, $4 million would establish a subsidy fund for community health centers and lookalikes, while $1 million would enhance the Primary Health Practitioner Loan Repayment Program. Chronic care funding would remain unchanged from $970,000. Click here for full details.
 
CME CONFERENCE, SAM STUDY GROUP UPDATES (Feb. 5, 2013)

Important information for those who plan to attend the PAFP's Valley Forge CME Conference: the SAM study group topic has changed to pain management. Click here for more information. Additionally, the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge has extended its discounted $139 room rate, which includes free parking, through Feb. 13.
 
REGIONAL CONCUSSION COURSES COMING TO YOUR AREA (Feb. 4, 2013)

If you watched the Super Bowl last night, you certainly saw a lot of bone-crunching, cringe-inducing hits. But youth athletes across America know you don't have to be pro to be prone to injuries like concussions. Regional concussion courses are coming to a town near you as part of the Safety in Youth Sports ActClick here for locations and dates.
 
3 DAYS LEFT TO GET EARLY BIRD RATE FOR VALLEY FORGE CME (Feb. 1, 2013)

There are just three days left to get the early bird rate for the PAFP's first CME conference of 2013! If you register before Feb. 4, you can enjoy the Valley Forge CME Conference, March 8-10 at the Crowne Plaza Valley Forge, for just $69! For full conference details, including a conference brochure, area information, and more, please click here.
 
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