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DAFP Quarterly Membership and Board Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Room 14, Ammon Center at Christiana Hospital
DAFP Sports Medicine Symposium
Thursday, March 10
5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Medical Society of Delaware
DAFP Scientific Assembly
Saturday, April 9
7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ammon Center at Christiana Hospital
The next Quarterly Membership and Board Meeting for the DAFP will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 27 - Room 14 in the Ammon Center located on the Christiana Hospital campus. This will be a combined meeting with the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Christiana Care.
Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. with the DFCM meeting starting at 6 p.m. DAFP will conduct their discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m. with adjournment at 7:30 p.m.
The agenda will include a discussion of the DAFP/NJAFP SIM practice transformation efforts with Sandi Selzer, MSHQ, VP of Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement, NJAFP.
Please RSVP to Erica Keagy at Erica@delfamdoc.org by Monday, Jan. 25 if you plan to attend.
By Ray Saputelli, Executive Director, DAFP
Family Physicians who see a high volume of Medicare patients need to brace themselves for a pay cut starting Jan. 1, 2016. A provision in the Affordable Care Act that provided Medicare payment bonuses to primary care physicians expired on Dec. 31. That means some Delaware family physicians will lose significant revenue with the extinction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Primary Care Incentive Payment Program, which aimed to narrow the gap in Medicare payments between primary care physicians and specialists.
AAFP Board Chair Bob Wergin, M.D. recently published the following article on the topic.
The News Journal
Nearly three times as many Delawareans died of a fentanyl-related drug overdose through this September as in all of 2014.
And officials say it is time to ramp up efforts to target drug traffickers to stem the problem.
Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller that is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin. It is typically used to treat severe chronic pain or help manage post-surgical pain.
Sussex County Post
Noting that Delaware had the sixth-highest incidence of Lyme disease in the U.S. in 2013, a bipartisan group of legislators, advocates and community members recently unveiled a series of proposals to prevent the spread of Lyme, raise awareness and improve treatment and coverage.
In response to Delaware having a high incidence of Lyme disease, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Sen. Ernie Lopez sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 10 last year, creating the Lyme Disease Prevention Task Force, which was designed to create a unified strategy to combat Lyme disease in Delaware.
The Washington Post
As patient-inflicted violence becomes more of a concern in healthcare settings, Virginia obstetrician Sarah Poggi, M.D., has paid more attention to training she receives in handling angry patients, she wrote in a commentary for the Washington Post.
While many of the developments that occurred in 2015 will continue to affect the U.S. healthcare system in 2016, there are four distinct areas we believe the physician community, policy makers, media and other healthcare influencers must closely monitor in the upcoming year.
Anyone who hasn't had a flu shot this season should make a point to get vaccinated now, U.S. health officials advise.
Flu activity usually peaks in January or February, and flu can strike as late as May, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As long as the virus is circulating, it's not too late to receive a flu shot and protect yourself and others against this seasonal misery.
Anytime Andy Pasternak, a family medicine physician in Reno, Nevada, needs a slice of humble pie, he turns to one source.
"Usually if I am feeling good about myself and want to keep myself hungry, I'll Google my reviews," Pasternak says.
Indeed, some of the reviews on Pasternak's Yelp page are downright mean: "Limited and narrow-minded way of thinking," "distracted from his job as a primary-care doctor," and he has an attitude that is "dismissive."
When it comes to healthcare job growth, there's good news and bad news for hospital leadership.
The good news is that while other sectors of the economy seem to languish with a slow 8.9 percent projected growth rate from 2012–2022, healthcare is booming by comparison with a projected 26.5 percent growth rate.
And the trend shows no sign of stopping.
Healthcare enters the new year fresh off a yearlong hiring rebound and signs of the most robust spending growth since the Great Recession.
Health systems anticipated that the demand surge from Americans newly insured under the Affordable Care Act would fade in 2016, and late 2015 data support that. HCA cautioned that the biggest gains from the ACA may have already occurred by April. Economists with the Altarum Institute say spending acceleration from the coverage expansion may have peaked last February.
Becker's Hospital Review
People often say communication is 7 percent verbal and 93 percent nonverbal. This nonverbal portion of communication may be to blame in disparate outcomes between white and black patients at the end of life, according to a small study from Pittsburgh-based UPMC published in The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
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