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March 23, 2017  |  Issue 159    

Government Affairs and Practice Advocacy

PAFP state health policy symposium a big hit

In case you missed it, the PAFP kicked off last weekend’s CME conference in Harrisburg with a policy program that featured AAFP Board Chair Wanda Filer, MD; Department of Human Services Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance Programs Leesa Allen; Department of Health Deputy Secretary for Disease Prevention Loren Robinson, MD; and Ted Otto and Beth Persun of the state’s Mcare program. Hosted by David O’Gurek, MD, Jason Woloski, MD, PAFP Deputy EVP Brent Ennis also provided a legislative update on PAFP agenda items. A broad range of topics was discussed including insight into the hot issues of the day.




Thank you for an excellent CME conference weekend!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Harrisburg CME Conference and Penn State Health event. Look out for an event wrap-up coming in the next issue of Keystone Physician. Revised handouts available tomorrow. 

Congrats to winners of the cash award drawings: Mark Mamros, MD and Randall Rowand, MD!

Mark your calendars:

  • Procedures in Dermatology and Member Appreciation Day
    • Saturday, Aug. 5, Doubletree Monroeville
    • Saturday, Aug. 19, Sheraton Bucks County Hotel
  • Reading CME Conference
    • Nov. 17-19, Doubletree
  • Philadelphia CME Conference
    • March 1-4, 2018, Hilton Penn’s Landing
  • Nemacolin CME Conference
    • November 2-4, 2018, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Public Health

Stay up to date with the American Health Care Act

The American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has tremendous implications for physicians and patients alike. Click here for a nonpartisan guide to the act via PolitiFact, and stay tuned to PAFP Connect for daily updates on the new health care proposal as well as plenty other issues affecting public health and your day-to-day practice.


Residents & Students

After CME event, residents and students remain busy

Coming in April: Resident and Student Assembly meetings and elections
All PAFP resident and student members will receive email invitations to the webinar. Prospective volunteer leaders can learn more about your options here.
Student Assembly: Monday, April 10, 8 p.m. RSVP here.
Resident Assembly: Tuesday, April 18, 8 p.m. RSVP here.

AAFP National Conference scholarships: apply now!
Find details and links to online applications here.

Match 2017 success!
Congratulations to all on a successful Match to family medicine! Welcome to the family!

Research Day Winners
Congratulations to PAFP’s Research Day 2017 winners

'Speak Out' against nurse practitioner independence
The newly introduced Senate Bill 25 would eliminate the important patient safeguard of a required written collaborative agreement between a nurse practitioner (NP) and two physicians in Pennsylvania; a House version is also expected. Use the AAFP's Speak Out tool to tell your legislator to oppose this bill.

PAFP to use new member database; please notify of issues

Beginning March 31, 2017, the PAFP will be using a new member database to send direct emails to members. We anticipate a smooth transition, but we ask that you please notify us if you experience any issues by emailing Do not reply to this email as it may not reach us!



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