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May 2013
News Archive

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY COINCIDES WITH SMOKING STUDY (May 31, 2013)

Today is World No Tobacco Day, and it coincides with a new study suggesting that stop-smoking therapies workMedPage Today reports both nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and bupropion were superior to placebo in helping smokers quit. For much more on smoking cessation, please visit www.pafp.com/smoke.
 
PAFP CME CRUISE TO BERMUDA HAS BEEN CANCELED (May 30, 2013)

You've likely learned about the Monday morning fire on the Grandeur of the Seas, the ship that was to host the PAFP's CME cruise. The cruise has now been canceled, as the ship will be out of service for repairs. All monies for the cruise and the CME will be refunded promptly. Click here for further details.
 
PAFP RELEASES PRESS KIT FOR MEDIA (May 29, 2013)

The PAFP is pleased to release its press kit for statewide media. The press kit is designed to introduce the PAFP and its various initiatives to media sources through press releases, news clippings, and in-house communications materials. Click here for the online version - we hope you learn something about us!
 
PAPER: MOST LACK AWARENESS OF INSURANCE EXCHANGES (May 28, 2013)

Health officials have their work cut our for them until Oct. 1, when health insurance exchanges become available: According to PennLive, nearly three-fourths of Americans are unaware of the exchanges. More than 75,000 people in central Pa. may be eligible to obtain government-subsidized coverage.
 
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CRC SCREENING DVD (May 24, 2013)

In February, the PAFP sent its members a DVD from the American Cancer Society on colorectal cancer (CRC) screening procedures. The purpose was to educate patients and alleviate their fears about CRC screening. If you used the video, we'd love to hear about its effectiveness! Click here for a short survey.
 
NATIONAL PHYSICIAN TRANSPARENCY PROGRAM ESTABLISHED (May 23, 2013)

Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) established the National Physician Transparency Program (Open Payments). Beginning in August 2013, applicable drug and device manufacturers must disclose certain transfers of value to physicians. Visit the PAFP's Practice Advocacy page for the details.
 
MITOCHON EHR TO SHUT DOWN SERVICE (May 22, 2013)

Free, web-based electronic health record (EHR) service Mitochon has announced that it will cease its physician service in the middle of June. Mitochon says it will continue to "focus on other lines of business" and will work hard to ensure a smooth transition and clinical data retrieval. Click here for more information.
 
EMPLOYERS GROW CONFIDENT OF CONTINUING COVERAGE (May 21, 2013)

Most employers are confident they'll be able to continue offering insurance coverage to employees under the health care law. According to Bloomberg Law, nearly 70 percent of employers with a health care plan said they "definitely will" retain coverage. See our Government Affairs page for more health care law news.
 
STUDY: ADHD MAY BE LINKED TO OBESITY LATER IN LIFE (May 20, 2013)

HealthDay reports a new, 30-year study, boys diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are twice as likely to become obese later in lifeClick here for the PAFP's ADHD CME library, and visit our Public Health page and past issues of Keystone Physician for more on obesity.
 
WELCOME, CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW PAFP LEADERS (May 17, 2013)

Congratulations and welcome, new PAFP leaders: William Sonnenberg, MD, 2013-14 President; V. Hema Kumar, South West Director; Chaney Stewman, MD, Resident Board Representative; Allison Walton, Student Board Representative; and Sabesan Karuppiah, MD, AAFP Fellow. We appreciate your service!
 
PAFP's 2013 ANNUAL MEETING BEGINS (May 16, 2013)

The 2013 Annual Meeting has kicked off in Bedford, Pa.! Today entails a SAM study group and a Legal and Government Affairs Commission (LGAC) meeting. Tomorrow, the PAFP will hold its business meeting, present awards and install 2013-14 president Dr. William Sonnenberg. Click here for the full agenda.
 
KEEP PLACING THOSE BIDS - AUCTION ENDS MAY 19! (May 15, 2013)

Time is slowly winding down to bid on fantastic items for a wonderful cause! The PAFP Online Auction ends at 8 p.m. on May 19, but until then, you can continue bidding on vacations, sports tickets, memorabilia and much more. Remember, all bids support the PAFP Foundation and the future of family medicine! 
 
'SPEAK OUT' ON SCOPE OF PRACTICE LEGISLATION (May 14, 2013)

co-sponsorship memo is being circulated in the Pa. Senate to end collaborative agreements between advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physicians. Now is a good time to weigh in with the AAFP's Speak Out tool, which helps you craft a message to legislators. Click here for more.
 
TOOL DETECTS PUBLIC CONCERNS OVER VACCINES (May 13, 2013)

Concerns over the safety of vaccinations cause many people to forgo them for themselves and their children. But Medscape reports a new application monitors public concern in real-time to help officials combat misinformation about vaccines. Visit the PAFP's Public Health page for more on vaccine safety.
 
SHOW MOM YOU CARE ABOUT HER HEALTH WITH E-CARD (May 10, 2013)

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S., yet it's the most preventable. This Mother's Day, give your mother, grandmother, and patients who are moms a gentle reminder to get screened for CRC with this special e-card, compliments of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Collaborative.
 
PAFP NAMES FAMILY PHYSICIAN, EXEMPLARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR (May 9, 2013)

Drum roll, please: The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has selected its 2013 award winners! Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds of Reading has been named 2013 Family Physician of the Year, and Dr. Gordon Zubrod is the 2013 Exemplary Teacher of the Year. Read their biographies here!
 
SPRING ISSUE OF 'KEYSTONE PHYSICIAN' RELEASED! (May 8, 2013)

The Spring 2013 issue of Keystone Physician is out, featuring dozens of pages of features, practice tips, member news and much more. In this issue, the PAFP's Data Diamond quality improvement technology is discussed; access to care is examined; and the outgoing president says goodbye. Click here to read!
 
FDA PROPOSES CANCER WARNINGS FOR TANNING BEDS (May 7, 2013)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that tanning beds come with labels citing the risk of skin cancer and warning people under the age of 18 that they shouldn't be using them. As we've previously reported, legislation has been introduced in Pa. to prohibit those younger than 18 from using tanning beds.
 
PAFP ONLINE AUCTION LAUNCHES TOMORROW! (May 6, 2013)

Support the continued vibrance of family medicine and primary care through the PAFP Foundation - while getting a great deal on a vacation, sports tickets, memorabilia, and much more - by taking part in the PAFP Online AuctionClick here to register as a bidder, then log on tomorrow to bid for a great cause!
 
REPORT: PHYSICIAN PAY DISPARITY LESSENING (May 3, 2013)

Primary care physicians are generally compensated less than their specialist counterparts, a fact which has been linked to primary care shortages. But, according to MedPage Today, first-year physician salaries rose in the last year, while income of first-year specialists shrank. Click here for more from the study.
 
IMPROVE OUTCOMES, HELP GET YOUR PATIENTS FIT (May 2, 2013)

The Pa. Dept of Health and National Jewish Health have partnered to offer a free 52-week weight management program to patients of PAFP physicians. PAFitLogix includes coaching, an interactive web program, progress tracking, guidance, and full reporting capabilities. Click here to learn more!
 
EXPERTS: TO STOP BULLYING, NIX THE TERM 'BULLY' (May 1, 2013)

"Sticks and stones may break my bones," begins the adage, but researchers say words really are harmful - including the term "bully." According to USA Today, experts claim the term masks serious victimization of children. Read this PAFP Tip Sheet to learn how doctors can help young targets of aggressive behavior.
 
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