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December 2013
News Archive

STUDY: HEALTHCARE.GOV IMPROVEMENTS NOT IMPRESSING PUBLIC (Dec. 20, 2013)

Earlier this week, we discussed a poll reflecting the public's disappointment in the health care law. Today, a new study suggests improvements to the glitchy HealthCare.gov website aren't easing the frustration. According to Kaiser Heath News, the public's low opinion of the law still isn't seeing much movement.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PAFP (Dec. 20, 2013)

The PAFP would like to wish Pennsylvania's family physicians and patients a joyous and merry holiday season! Be of good cheer and enjoy the time spent with friends and family. The PAFP's offices will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1, but we'll be back on Jan. 2 eager to replicate (and surpass) 2013's successes!
 
SOME HEALTH CARE LAW RULES RELAXED (Dec. 19, 2013)

The Obama administration is still tinkering with some of the rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), just days before the deadline for patients to select plans that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The Washington Post reports some with canceled health insurance may buy bare-bones plans - or avoid signing up for one.
 
DOT MEDICAL EXAM TRAINING COMING IN 2014 (Dec. 19, 2013)

On May 21, 2014, family physicians who wish to perform physical exams for interstate commercial vehicle drivers must be trained and certified in Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) standards. That's why the PAFP is offering affordable training medical examiner training on March 8. Click here for more! 
 
ACA HAS SKEPTICS AMONG INSURED, UNINSURED ALIKE (Dec. 18, 2013)

It's not just the uninsured who remain skeptical over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to a new poll by CBS News and the New York Times, both those with and without insurance disapprove of the law. Only 15 percent of Americans, and 33 percent of those without health coverage, believe that the ACA will help them.
 
PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME BILL ADVANCES (Dec. 18, 2013)

The House Health Committee has voted out House Bill 1655, which would create a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council. The PAFP urges further action on the measure. For more on the bill and the concept of a physician-led patient-centered medical home, click here to read the PAFP's press release.
 
HOUSE PANEL QUESTIONS ACA NAVIGATOR PROGRAM (Dec. 17, 2013)

A Republican-led House panel says the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Navigator program is responsible for misinformation and privacy risks, reports United Press International (UPI). The panel also questions the effectiveness of the program. Democrats are calling the panel's report partisan, obstructionist, and inaccurate.
 
STUDIES: PATIENTS DON'T PREFER THE WHITE COAT (Dec. 17, 2013)

Physicians might want to look into tossing their white coats into the "circular file," according to research.The Week reports that patients don't prefer the ubiquitous threads. In fact, some experts suggest the white coat leads to a sense of hierarchy, or even to aggression among certain sensitive patients. Click here for more.
 
HOW TO CHOOSE A HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY (Dec. 16, 2013)

Regardless of the issues plaguing the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the fact remains that many people who were previously unable to purchase health insurance are now able. The system is complex to navigate, so how can one choose the appropriate company and plan? ABC News has some tips, read them here.
 
IS U.S. MENTAL HEALTH CARE ADEQUATE? (Dec. 16, 2013)

As gun control arguments heat up in the wake of recent shootings, many are focusing on a different part of the problem: mental health. According to CNN, many legislative efforts are under way to improve mental health care services through measures like pilot programs to enhance access and funding to improve facilities.
 
WILL THERE BE A COVERAGE GAP ON JAN. 1? (Dec. 13, 2013)

Will there be a coverage gap on Jan. 1, 2014 if customers can't get through the Marketplace by Dec. 23? The Obama administrations is taking preemptive action to avoid such a thing, Politico reports. Some of these measures include extending a high risk pool and asking insurers to make plan transitions easier.
 
NOT TOO EARLY TO REGISTER FOR TEN STATE MEETING (Dec. 13, 2013)

The Ten State Meeting, an annual strategic conference for family physician leaders, is coming to Hershey in February. The theme of the 2014 event is "Empowering Family Physicians to Lead," and the conference include workshops and sessions to embolden physician innovators to take charge. Register by clicking here!
 
MAKE SURE YOU'RE ENROLLED FOR ACA COVERAGE (Dec. 12, 2013)

Signing up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act is different than having coverage. The first-month premium must be paid, among other necessary enrollment steps. Businessweek has compiled a list of need-to-know information so you don't show up at the doctor's office without coverage. Click here for more.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE PAFP FOUNDATION (Dec. 12, 2013)

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Foundation would like to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! As 2013 winds down, remember the PAFP Foundation in your yearly giving and consider making a tax-deductible donation. Click here to support the Foundation and its many programs.
 
7 MILLION ACA CUSTOMERS TARGET UNLIKELY (Dec. 11, 2013)

While Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius once said she'd consider 7 million Affordable Care Act customers in the first year a "success," it seems unlikely that goal will be met, according to Politico. The outlet reports around 365,000 people signed up for plans under the law in the first two months.
 
CORBETT, PAMED TALK HEALTH CARE AT CAPITOL (Dec. 11, 2013)

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) joined Gov. Corbett at the Capitol to discuss the state of medicine in Pennsylvania on Dec. 10. Access to care and physician shortages were among the topics discussed. PAFP leaders were present for the event. Click here for the full details from PennLive.
 
MANY UNINSURED AMERICANS UNAWARE OF ACA, SURVEY SAYS (Dec. 10, 2013)

Despite all of the press and public relations surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its roll-out, Al Jazeera America reports many uninsured Americans don't know about the health care law. According to a new survey, 31 percent of those without coverage have never heard about the health insurance exchanges.
 
E-CIGARETTE PROPONENTS, FOES CLASH (Dec. 10, 2013)

Are electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) a safer alternative to smoking, or just as bad as the real thing? ABC News takes a look at the fight, which has come to New York and Chicago where tighter regulations are proposed. Learn more about smoking cessation and e-cigarettes here in the PAFP's Valley Forge CME Wrap-Up.
 
PAPER: LOW PREMIUMS DON'T NECESSARILY EQUAL LOW COSTS (Dec. 9, 2013)

Some of the plans on the Affordable Care Act's Marketplace are affordable indeed. But the New York Times reports that doesn't mean that enrollees won't have to shell out serious cash. According to the paper, other expenses could be far pricier than what patients might see in a typical employer-sponsored plan.
 
STUDY: KNOWING MEDICAL PROCEDURE PRICES SAVES MONEY (Dec. 9, 2013)

The cost of medical procedures varies greatly between hospitals, and Kaiser Health News reports knowing this fact can help patients and insurers save big. The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) saved $2.8 million by recommending hospitals that met certain price thresholds. Read more here.
 
GOP CHANGES TACK ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MESSAGING (Dec. 6, 2013)

Just because the Marketplace website is working doesn't mean the political battle over the Affordable Care Act is over. Businessweek reports while Democrats and the Obama administration are relieved by the fixes to HealthCare.gov, Republicans have shifted their focus to the law's other shortcomings. Read more here.
 
GOV. CORBETT SEEKS APPROVAL FOR MEDICAID PLAN (Dec. 6, 2013)

The Corbett administration is set to unveil the details of its Medicaid plan today. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the plan seeks to use federal funds to help nearly 500,000 Pennsylvanians buy insurance. The PAFP is following this story closely and will provide updates and additional information as necessary.
 
SOME MAY THINK THEY'RE COVERED UNDER ACA BEFORE PAYING (Dec. 5, 2013)

Selecting a health care plan through the Marketplace doesn't mean it automatically goes into effect, and officials and insurers are concerned that some don't realize they need to take the final step of payment before they're covered. According to CNN, it's unclear how many of the 100,000 who selected plans have paid.
 
REPORT: SGR FIX UNLIKELY IN 2013 (Dec. 5, 2013)

Politico reports lawmakers are doubtful a permanent repeal of the SGR is in the cards for 2013, and have set their hopes of a "doc fix" on 2014. While votes on the matter are scheduled for next week in the House and the Senate, Congress will leave town for the year before legislators can take further action on the matter.
 
REPORT: 1 MILLION VISITED MARKETPLACE WEBSITE ON DEC. 2 (Dec. 4, 2013)

The Obama administration said 1 million people visited the HealthCare.gov website on Dec. 2, the first weekday after weeks of extensive repairs to the bug-plagued website. USA Today reports the revamped site fixes capacity issues and contains a "reset button" for those who became stuck when the site launched.
 
AAFP DEVELOPING 'FUTURE OF FAMILY MEDICINE 2.0' PROJECT (Dec. 4, 2013)

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is developing a follow-up initiative to its Future of Family Medicine project. The AAFP is examining issues related to scope of practice, compensation and technology. Click here to read the details, and email your thoughts and recommendations to FutureFM@aafp.org.
 
PA. DOCTORS WORRIED ABOUT BAD ACA DEBT (Dec. 3, 2013)

Pennsylvania physicians are worried patients with Marketplace plans will be unable to pay out-of-pocket expenses, according to the Erie Times-News. Because the plans only cover a certain percentage of costs until the deductible is met, doctors are concerned about accumulating their patients' debt. Read more here.
 
EVIDENCE SHOWS NO SUCH THING AS 'HEALTHY OBESITY' (Dec. 3, 2013)

Can a person be overweight and still healthy? New research suggests those who are "heavy and healthy" remain at risk for health issues down the road. Reuters reports researchers have found overweight people had more heart attacks and strokes over time than those with normal weight, contrary to shorter-term reports.
 
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS MARKETPLACE SITE FIXED (Dec. 2, 2013)

The Obama administration says it has met its goal of "fixing" the HealthCare.gov website, according to Time. The site can reportedly now handle more users at once. But CNN reports that some, including insurers, are concerned about the website's back end, and has published five things to look for on the updated site.
 
PAPER: MEDICAID EXPANSION MAY WORSEN 'DOC SHORTAGE' (Dec. 2, 2013)

Access to care issues could be aggravated by Medicaid expansion, according to the New York Times. Low reimbursement rates and bureaucracy make it difficult for some physicians to accept patients under the program. Read the PAFP's report, Access to Primary Care in Pennsylvania, for more about this issue.
 
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