Free online session on PA's Maternal Health Awareness Day Jan. 13, 2020
In recognition of Pennsylvania's Maternal Health Awareness Day on January 23, the Pennsylvania Section of the American College of Obstetricians is sponsoring a live online presentation on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 a.m. The link for the session titled “Using Innovative Approaches to Optimize Care and Outcomes in the 4th Trimester” is available here.
Flu deaths jump in Pa. as flu shot a 'mismatch' Jan. 16, 2020
While there was a slight dip in flu activity last week, flu-related deaths in Pennsylvania jumped by 11, bringing the total to 24 thus far. According to Lehigh Valley Live, the flu is still considered widespread across the state with influenza B/Victoria as the most detected strain. Meanwhile, Medscape reports the CDC says this season's vaccine is only a 58% match for B/Victoria.
Med students: apply for IRETA summer fellowship Jan. 15, 2020
The IRETA Scaife Medical Student Fellowship offers a three-week summer intensive fellowship program in substance use disorders and treatment beyond anything they may have encountered in medical school or clinical rotations. U.S. medical students are eligible to apply; 16 openings are available. Fellowship includes stipend and transportation allowance. Click here for details.
Pa. seeks to curb Medicaid fraud Jan. 14, 2020
A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers is seeking to expand protections to whistleblowers who step up to report Medicaid fraud, saying the state loses millions of dollars a year to the practice. According to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, the proposed package of legislation was motivated by a grand jury report that called for multiple fixes to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid law.
Tell your representative to oppose SB 25 Call To Action!
Senate Bill 25 seeks to remove the collaborative agreement requirements for CRNPs, contending the agreements are no longer necessary and restricting service to rural areas. The PAFP opposes this legislation in the name of patient safety. Tell your representative to oppose SB 25, and click here to learn more about SB 25 in a video from PAFP President Mary Stock Keister, MD.