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August 2013
News Archive

PAFP OFFERING FREE EHR ASSISTANCE (Aug. 30, 2013)

Implementing an electronic health records (EHR) system and attesting to meaningful use can be challenging, even frustrating. Fortunately, the PAFP is offering free assistance through its Team REACH, a subcontractor for PA REACH East. If you're interested, click here to meet the team, learn more, and sign up for help!
 
HELP PREVENT FALLS AMONG YOUR PATIENTS (Aug. 29, 2013)

The PAFP Foundation is hosting a webcast on Oct. 29 to teach physicians how to incorporate fall assessment and intervention into their practices. Join Practical Fall Risk Assessments & Interventions for Primary Care and learn to measure performance and review data to improve outcomes. Click here to register.
 
SCHOOLS GETTING HEALTHIER, ACCORDING TO REPORT (Aug. 28, 2013)

America's schools may be getting healthier. The Washington Post reports nationwide improvements in areas like nutrition and exercise, according to new research. Our next issue of Keystone Physician features medical students on the front lines of school health - while you wait, check out the HealthSLAM website for more.
 
TOBACCO SALES TO CHILDREN AT RECORD LOW (Aug. 27, 2013)

Good news on the anti-tobacco front: the sale of tobacco to minors is remaining at an all-time low. According to BusinessWeek, the rate of retail tobacco sales to underage users is at 9.1 percent, down from a whopping 40 percent in 1997. Visit the PAFP's Smoking Cessation Challenge to help your patients quit for good!
 
WHEN DOES OBAMACARE REALLY BEGIN? (Aug. 26, 2013)

On Oct. 1, under a key provision of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), consumers will be able to shop for insurance coverage at HealthCare.gov. But, as the Washington Post points out, Oct. 1 doesn't necessarily represent the "start of Obamacare." Click here to find out why Jan. 1, 2014 is a more important date.
 
JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF BIG AUTUMN EVENTS (Aug. 23, 2013)

Autumn is shaping up to be an exciting one for the PAFP's resident and student members. From networking dinners to career fairs and CME conferences, there are many opportunities for the future of family medicine to be seen and heard this fall! Students can click here and residents can click here for full details.
 
REGIONAL LECTURES COMING TO YOUR OFFICE OR HOME! (Aug. 22, 2013)

This year's Regional Lecture Series, the "Best Practices" Series, takes place each Wednesday between Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. And you won't have to leave your office or home! Lectures will be broadcast live from each of the state's six regions, open to all PAFP members and their staffs. Click here for more!
 
ESTIMATE INSURANCE COST WITH SUBSIDY CALCULATOR (Aug. 21, 2013)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is all about numbers, but the only one that matters to most people is how much they'll pay in the marketplace. The Kaiser Family Foundation has made it easy to determine insurance costs with its subsidy calculator. Just click here, input some data, and get an estimate!
 
HOW MANY NEW INSURANCE CUSTOMERS DO STATES EXPECT? (Aug. 20, 2013)

How many people will buy insurance through online marketplaces when they go live on Oct. 1? After some research, USA Today reports an estimate of 8.5 million - surpassing the government's estimate of 7 million patients. Read the details here, and visit the PAFP's advocacy pages for more on the health law.
 
SIMPLE TEST MAY PREDICT DEMENTIA RISK (Aug. 19, 2013)

According to healthfinder.gov, a website run by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), a simple new test may be able to determine a patient's risk of dementia. The system scores patients on criteria like age, education and health issues so doctors can treat high-risk patients early. Click here for more.
 
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LIVE STREAMING CME FROM ERIE (Aug. 16, 2013)

Step into the future with the PAFP! Registration is now open for the live streaming portion of the Erie CME Conference. Even if you can't join us in person, on Nov. 8 and 9, you can earn more than 12 hours' worth of CME on topics like pre-diabetes, vaccines rheumatoid arthritis - all in real time. Register here!

 
ACA ROUNDUP: THE LATEST ON THE HEALTH CARE LAW (Aug. 15, 2013)

Here are this morning's big angles on the Affordable Care Act (ACA): NPR discusses whether the fight over Obamacare is worth a government shutdownABC News reports that a cap on some costs has been delayed; and CNN takes a gander at a new Obamacare television ad. Visit our Government Affairs page for more. 
 
FALLS NOT INEVITABLE AMONG OLDER PATIENTS (Aug. 14, 2013)

Falls among older patients are not inevitable. Family physicians can incorporate risk assessments and interventions into routine practice; programs like A Matter of Balance focus on fear of falling and increased activity. Join the PAFP's Practical Fall Risk Assessment CME webcast Oct. 29 to learn more strategies!
 
UNDER ACA, COMPLEX CHOICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (Aug. 13, 2013)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) may present especially complex choices for people with disabilities, reports Kaiser Health News. While plans are required to cover 10 essential health benefits, insurers still have some flexibility with the services they'll offer. Stick with our Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy teams for more on the ACA.
 
SHOCK: FINANCIAL INCENTIVES BOOST HEALTH OUTCOMES (Aug. 12, 2013)

The flippant headline is only half the story: Time reports that financial incentives are being used by many groups to encourage better health. Employers and researchers alike have found the cash-for-health method more successful than others in areas like weight loss and smoking cessation. Learn more by visiting Time's website.
 
WHAT DRIVES PENNSYLVANIA'S RISING OBESITY RATE? (Aug. 9, 2013)

The disappointing news this week that Pennsylvania's childhood obesity rate is rising in the midst of improvement elsewhere in the nation has educators and health professionals wondering why. PennLive examines this question - and asks what can be done about it. Click here to read the article.
 
WHAT TO ASK AN EHR VENDOR (Aug. 8, 2013)

How can you be certain an electronic health record (EHR) system has everything you need to successfully reach meaningful use before purchasing one? PhysBizTech has assembled an excellent list of 25 questions for vetting EHR vendors. After you read that, visit PA REACH East for free assistance with your EHR system.
 
CHILDHOOD OBESITY RATES RISE IN PA., DROP ELSEWHERE (Aug. 7, 2013)

According to USA Today, childhood obesity rates are "falling in many states for the first time in decades." Eighteen states and the U.S. Virgin Islands report significant declines. However, Pennsylvania is one of just three states where childhood obesity rose between 2008 and 2011. Visit our Public Health page for more on pediatric obesity.
 
REPORT: OBAMACARE PREMIUMS TO SOAR IN SOME STATES (Aug. 6, 2013)

The health care law, also known as Obamacare, will ensure universal health care coverage - but that doesn't necessarily mean some people won't pay more under the new law. CNNMoney reports residents of some states will see higher premiums because of "essential benefits packages" insurers are required to offer. Read more here.
 
FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR PROFILED BY LOCAL PAPER (Aug. 5, 2013)

The PAFP's 2013 Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Elizabeth Edmunds, is still serving patients four decades after she became a family physician. The News Item in Shamokin spent some time with her to discuss her life, her career, and her passion for her patients. Click here to read the piece and learn more about Dr. Edmunds!
 
PAFP UNVEILS 2013 REGIONAL LECTURE SERIES (Aug. 2, 2013)

This year's Regional Lecture Series is "coming to you" like never before! The 2013 Regional Lecture Series: Best Practices runs every Wednesday from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6. This year, the lectures will take place online, in the most convenient, interactive format ever for a PAFP education offering. Click here for details - registration opens soon!
 
RECALL ALERT: 62M DIABETES TEST STRIPS MAY BE FAULTY (Aug. 1, 2013)

Nova Diabetes Care is recalling around 62 million diabetes test strips after learning that a chemical used in the manufacturing process may disrupt readings, leading to incorrect blood sugar level results. The Washington Post reports that the strips will be replaced at no charge. Find out if your products have been affected here.
 
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