AAFP seeking member feedback on opioids Aug. 23, 2018
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is seeking member feedback for a survey on pain management and the opioid epidemic. Member input will help support the organization's advocacy communications. The survey includes questions about prescribing practices, legislation and public policy, and how the opioid epidemic has affected you. Click here for the survey.
Pa. has fourth-highest number of female docs in U.S. Aug. 22, 2018
Pennsylvania has more female physicians than most other states, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. With 17,015 female physicians, Becker's Hospital Review reports Pennsylvania comes in at number four on the list, behind California, New York, and Texas. Recent data also show there are now, for the first time, more women than men enrolled in med school.
Teen Immunization Week: Know the vax facts Aug. 21, 2018
In the midst of National Immunization Awareness Month, this week is Teen Immunization Week. Family physicians know vaccines are the best way to help protect teens against serious infectious diseases, which is why the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has assembled a resource library for doctors, including fact sheets, immunization maps, and more.
There's still time to enroll in PRIME! Aug. 15, 2018
While the deadline has passed to enroll in the ABFM PRIME Registry™ for automated, EHR-integrated 2018 reporting for MIPS and CPC+, board-certified members of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians are still able to enroll in PRIME! More information about the ABFM PRIME Registry is available at the PRIME Registry: Improving America's Health webpage.
Has the U.S. opioid crisis 'peaked'? Aug. 14, 2018
The opioid epidemic has devastated countless communities across the United States, but according to CNBC, some experts say it has reached its apex. Nevertheless, despite measures like prescription limits and monitoring databases - plus a general awareness about opioid use disorder (OUD), opioids remain a major health risk, particularly given the rise of synthetics.
Letter-writing campaign helped reduce opioid scripts Aug. 13, 2018
Reducing opioid prescriptions is one way to help curb the opioid epidemic in the U.S. According to Quartz, a recent experiment involving a letter-writing campaign to physicians who prescribed opioids to patients who later died of an overdose helped these doctors cut back on their prescriptions. Doctors who received the letters prescribed upwards of 13.2 percent fewer opioids.
Realize your full potential as a physician leader Aug. 10, 2018
The PAFP Leadership Institute is gearing up for its first-ever live event in concert with the Nemacolin CME Conference this November, with an array of live and online events in the following months. Develop communication skills, learn about business and technology, and become a source of knowledge and inspiration: register for one or all Leadership Institute events today!
Counting down to dermatology CME event Aug. 9, 2018
Plan to be in State College next month for the 2nd Annual Procedures and Clinical Dermatology CME event or the PAFP board meeting? Book your discounted hotel room at the Penn Stater by Monday, Aug. 13!. Registrations will be taken for the derm event until Friday, Aug. 24. You can click here to register now and save $10 with promo code 2DERM18. We'll see you there!
PAFP-PAC: Getting family medicine at the table in Harrisburg Aug. 8, 2018
The PAFP Political Action Committee, PAFP-PAC, ensures that family medicine has a seat at the table in our state's capital. The official political action committee of family medicine in Pennsylvania is made possible through individual donations which support candidates running for office. Create a stronger voice for family medicine in Harrisburg by donating today!
Which state has the best health care system? Pa. ranks 18th Aug. 7, 2018
According to a new analysis, WalletHub ranks Vermont's health system the best in the United States. Pennsylvania ranks 18th. Researchers' comparisons were based on three dimensions: cost of care, access to care, and outcomes; measures included costs of monthly premiums, hospital beds and physicians per capita, and percentage of residents retained.