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March 2013


SATURDAY IS NATIONAL DOCTORS' DAY (March 28, 2013)

This Saturday, March 30, is National Doctors' Day. This special day to commemorate doctors nationwide has been celebrated for 80 years and was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. Whether you're a patient or a physician, take a moment Saturday to celebrate doctors both state- and nationwide!
 
STUDY: OBESITY MAY BE DETECTABLE AS GAS (March 27, 2013)

Time reports that, because of the microbes living inside human beings, obesity may be detectable as a gas. That's according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Doctors hope the study will lead to weight loss benefits in patients. For more on obesity, visit the PAFP's Public Health page.
 
A THIRD OPTION FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION? (March 26, 2013)

Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett plans to meet with Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius next month to discuss whether Pennsylvania will expand Medicaid. But is there a third option? NPR reports that Arkansas may enroll those newly eligible into private insurance plans. Read more here.
 
ARE THERE ENOUGH PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS IN PA.? (March 25, 2013)

Access to care is a critical issue in Pennsylvania and across the nation. This morning, WITF's Radio Smart Talk program explored the issue with PAFP Vice President and Foundation President Doug Spotts, MD. If you missed it, tune in to WITF on your radio or online at 7 p.m. and listen to the encore - or simply click here.
 
TAKE THE HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE POP QUIZ (March 22, 2013)

What does the health care workforce look like in Pennsylvania? Are the commonwealth's family physicians up to the task of caring for the patient population? If you think you know, take the Central Penn Business Journal's clever "health care workforce pop quiz." (Don't worry, it's pretty easy, and you won't be graded!) 
 
POLL: MOST AMERICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND HEALTH LAW (March 21, 2013)

Kaiser Health News reports that despite all the media attention surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Obama three years ago, most Americans don't know how it affects them - including two-thirds of uninsured adults. Visit our Government Affairs page for more about the impact of the ACA.
 
STUDY: PILLBOXES, PURSES CULPRITS IN CHILD MED POISONING (March 20, 2013)

According to a report in USA Today, most child victims of medication poisoning find the pills on the floor, in couch cushions, in purses and in pillboxes - not the medicine cabinet.  It's an important thing for adults to be aware of, especially during National Poison Prevention Week. To learn more about poisoning, click here.
 
PAFP MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN POLITICO EVENT (March 19, 2013)

Dr. Wanda Filer, member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors and past president of the PAFP, took part in a panel discussion about scope of practice this morning on PoliticoClick here to view the Politico Pro Health Care Breakfast Briefing, and read our coverage of the event on Storify.
 
REPORT: PARENTS CONCERNS OVER HPV VACCINE GROWING (March 18, 2013)

Despite no evidence linking it to serious side effects, parents' concerns over the HPV vaccine are rising, according to Reuters. In 2010, 44 percent of parents said they're eschewing vaccinations for their teens over safety concerns, up 4 percent from 2008. Click here to learn the facts about the HPV vaccine.
 
MATCH DAY 2013 FINALLY ARRIVES (March 15, 2013)

After years of lecture hall classes, late nights studying and lots of hard work, Match Day 2013 has finally arrived. Today, 34,000 medical students from across the U.S. will discover where they will undertake residency. To see how the PAFP is supporting the future of family medicine, view our Residents and Students webpages.
 
PENNLIVE TALKS TO PAFP PRESIDENT ABOUT ACCESS TO CARE (March 14, 2013)

PennLive, the multimedia website of The Patriot-News, has interviewed PAFP President Kevin Wong, MD about Pennsylvanians' access to primary care services. "The bottom line should be that family doctors are willing to work with people" regardless of their insurance status, said Wong. Click here to read the full piece.
 
PRIMARY CARE SHORTAGE IN PA.? NOT SO FAST (March 13, 2013)

A new report on access to primary health care by the PAFP and Dr. G. Terry Madonna has found that Pennsylvania's family physicians are highly accessible to patients, including those on Medicare and Medicaid and those without insurance. Click here to see the full report on access to care in Pennsylvania.
 
STUDY: NO EVIDENCE HELMETS PREVENT CONCUSSION (March 12, 2013)

Do helmets prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)? According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP), top sports medicine authorities say there's no evidence to suggest that wearing a helmet prevents concussions. For tips on preventing TBI in adolescent athletes from the PAFP's Lancaster Escape CME Conference, click here.
 
AAFP PRESIDENT TALKS PRIMARY CARE ON CNN (March 11, 2013)

Jeffrey Cain, MD, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), appeared on CNN on Sunday, March 10 as part of a panel to discuss the importance of physician-led primary care. "I'm optimistic about the future of family medicine," he told host Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Click here to view the full interview.
 
VALLEY FORGE CME CONFERENCE BEGINS (March 8, 2013)

The PAFP's first conference of the year, the Valley Forge CME Conference, has begun! Today's events include a SAM study group, a Caribbean-themed mix-and-mingle, and a leadership development seminar. Even if you're not able to be there, click here to register for live streaming CME sessions between March 8 and 9.
 
PROCESSED MEATS LINKED TO HEART DISEASE, CANCER (March 7, 2013)

A new study has linked processed meats to a higher risk for cancer and heart disease, according to National Public Radio (NPR). Never fear - the PAFP's Residency Program and Community Health Center collaboratives, which are meeting today for a learning session, are actively working to prevent heart disease. Find out how.
 
STUDY: 30% OF DOCS OVERLOOK EHR TEST RESULTS (March 6, 2013)

According to Politico, a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that electronic health records (EHR) systems may have an unintended consequence: about 30 percent of physicians said they missed test results because of information overload. Visit PA Reach East to learn more about the proper use of EHRs.
 
COMMISSION SEEKS PAYMENT REFORM SOLUTIONS (March 5, 2013)

A new advocacy group, the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform, is looking for ways to rein in spending, reform physician payment, and optimize patient outcomes, according to Family Practice News. Read more about the importance of fairer physician payment on our Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) page.
 
COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH BEGINS (March 4, 2013)

March is Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Awareness Month, which kicked off in New York City today with a giant, inflatable colon - underscoring the fact that just talking about CRC and screening can sometimes be difficult. The PAFP has endless resources to make it easier - visit our CRC Screening Collaborative for more!
 
PAFP DISCUSSES SCOPE OF PRACTICE IN NEW REPORT (March 1, 2013)

While advocates nationwide are pursuing independent practice for certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs), the PAFP has concerns about dissolving the current collaborative arrangement between CRNPs and physicians. Read more in a new report, On Independence for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
 
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