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2016 Teacher of the Year
Christiana Care Family Medicine Residency Program
George N. Spyropoulos, D.O.
2016 Teacher of the Year
Saint Francis Family Residency Program
Khine Swe Zin Min, M.D.
2016 Family Physician of the Year
Sarah Mullins, M.D.
2016 President's Award
Erin M. Kavanaugh, M.D.
Please join us at the Scientific Assembly and Awards Luncheon on April 9 to recognize this year's winners. For more information and to register, please visit www.regonline.com/DAFPSA2016.
DAFP Scientific Assembly
Saturday, April 9
7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ammon Center at Christiana Hospital
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Register today! Registration rates increase after Friday, April 1.
The American Academy of Family Physicians is recruiting 25 family medicine practices for the Adult Immunization Office Champions Project. The three-and-a-half-year project aims to provide effective tools and strategies for developing a culture that promotes adult immunizations. Apply by April 22 to take part in this initiative.
Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine and Delaware Public Health Association
The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine & Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to a special Global Health talk this month, on April 6: 5:30-7 p.m.
University of Delaware, Delaware Small Business Development Center
The Delaware Small Business Development Center, via support from a federal grant, is providing a free cybersecurity event focused on the medical/healthcare segment on April 8 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Medical Society of Delaware.
Individuals can register here.
Questions? Contact Daniel Eliot, University of Delaware, Delaware Small Business Development Center at email@example.com.
The Internal Revenue Service warns consumers to be on the lookout for an email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.
The fake emails may include the following message:
"Your reported income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance."
Recipients who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Several residents at a Delaware hospital have reported receiving such messages.
Becker's Hospital Review
Top U.S. health officials are ramping up calls to require physicians to use a pill-tracking database before issuing prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers, according to The Associated Press.
The effort is part of the Obama administration's strategy to gain control of the epidemic of abuse and death related to opioid prescription drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
The systems collect data on prescriptions for high-risk drugs to enable physicians and government officials to identify suspicious patterns and prevent physician "shopping," in which patients seek prescriptions from numerous providers to either fulfill their own addiction or to sell, according to the report.
Many Americans are woefully misinformed when it comes to understanding the risks of Zika virus, a new Harvard poll has found.
The mosquito-borne virus may spread into some parts of the southern U.S. during the upcoming mosquito season, public health officials predict.
But a lot of U.S. residents aren't armed with accurate information to allow them to properly prepare for Zika's arrival, said Gillian SteelFisher, deputy director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
No doctor wants to make a diagnostic error, since the outcome can be devastating for both the patient and the physician. But obtaining the correct diagnosis is difficult at best, according to an article in Medscape.
In fact, despite the involvement of groups such as the Institute of Medicine in studying the issue, experts have only a hazy view of how many misdiagnoses actually occur, or how many of them might be prevented, the article noted. In addition, data from a 2011 survey on diagnostic errors indicated physicians not only estimated the occurrence of misdiagnoses at a lower rate than studies have observed, they're also skeptical that misdiagnoses can actually be prevented.
By Catherine Iste
Jodi Lasher, a nurse, was terminated after she failed to notify anyone that she needed to take measures to address her approved Family and Medical Leave Act accommodation for her persistent migraines. In short, she fell asleep in an unused patient room and neglected her duties to monitor fetal heart rates in the labor and delivery department in which she worked. This case provides illustrates a number of HR and management challenges.
The results of a new poll indicating 99 percent of physicians are prescribing opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests doctors need more education and training, according to an announcement from the National Safety Council.
Why would anyone go to the trouble of making an appointment to see a doctor, then lie about their symptoms?
It turns out that's pretty common — for male patients seeing a male doctor.
That's what Rutgers University psychologist Diana Sanchez discovered in her research when she had 250 male college students talk to "doctors" about their health. (The pretend doctors were all pre-med students wearing white coats and looking all doctor-ly.)
Physician's Money Digest.
The market for buying and/or selling medical practices is extremely active right now. But that doesn't mean every deal is a good one, and formulas for successful sales or purchases are not "one size fits all." It's critical to avoid key mistakes when engaging in this process.
John Fanburg, managing director and chair of the health law practice at Brach Eichler, one of New Jersey's largest full service law firms, says there are five different approaches or options physicians can take when entering the medical practice marketplace.
Internists and other primary care physicians can have a significant impact on reducing the risk of hospital readmissions, according to David C. Judge, M.D., an internist and chief medical officer at Boston, Massachusetts-based Iora Health and a member of the Medical Economics editorial advisory board. He notes that the moment of a patient's transition from an inpatient facility to home "is a particularly difficult moment" for patients and their families. In order to reduce readmissions, there are several steps physicians can take during this moment, including the following.
In today's polarized society, Americans trust few sources for information on climate change. One trusted source is physicians.
In fact, according to a joint study conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, primary care physicians are the most trusted source for information on climate change issues related to health.
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