Stay warm and safe during spring snowstorm March 21, 2018
It may officially be spring, but winter is roaring through Pennsylvania, with snow expected to blanket much of the state throughout the day - up to 18 inches in some areas. Be safe! The American Red Cross recommends to wear warm clothes, eat regularly, stay hydrated, bring all pets indoors, conserve fuel, and always check on senior or solo neighbors to make sure they're safe as well.
Patient cost of Pa. medical marijuana becomes clearer March 20, 2018
As medical marijuana products become more available throughout Pennsylvania, it's becoming more evident that the cost may be prohibitive to some patients. According to the Associated Press, some consumers claim they'd get a better price for the treatments in the unregulated market; experts say they expect the prices of the products to stabilize as more dispensaries open shop.
PAFP president treats opioid use disorder, restores hope March 19, 2018
Newly installed PAFP President David O'Gurek, MD has penned an op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer about the value of, and compassion in, providing medication-assisted therapy (MAT) to patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). O'Gurek notes that while the treatment has proven safe and effective, only a small percentage of physicians possess a waiver to deliver this care.
It's Match Day! March 16, 2018
Each year, soon-to-be graduating medical students count down to the third Friday in March, also known as “Match Day,” when they find out where they will perform their residency. For many, if not most students, this is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. Regardless of outcome, we wish all future physicians the best as they continue their education and training.
Urge the Pa. Senate to support DPC Featured News
Pa. House Bill 1739 and Senate Bill 926 would improve access to direct primary care (DPC) by recognizing, protecting, and defining these arrangements as outside the scope of state insurance regulations, allowing patients and physicians to contract for care. Click here to use the AAFP's Speak Out tool and take action!