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Highlights and slides from the DAFP 2016 Scientific Assembly can be viewed at www.delfamdoc.org.
Thank you to our speakers, faculty, sponsor, supporters, and exhibitors!
Special thanks to Immediate Past President, William Funk, MD, FAAFP, and the entire 2015-2016 Board of Directors.
Congratulations to this year's award winners and fellows!
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.
Awele Maduka-Ezeh, M.D., MPH Medical Director, Division of Public Health Delaware
I am writing to provide you with updated information and links to materials on the Zika virus. Please share the information in the links with your patients, clients, co-workers, family members and community members or any Delawareans wanting additional information on Zika. Please also post the flyers anywhere that might serve pregnant or reproductive age women and their male partners.
A Delaware Health Alert Network bulletin has been issued to healthcare providers and a link is found on the following page. Healthcare providers are urged to review this health alert carefully as it provides detailed guidance regarding Zika (including prevention, reporting requirements, laboratory testing and diagnosis, patient counseling recommendations and mosquito control). All documents reflect the very latest CDC guidance.
Immunization Action Coalition, with sponsorship from Pfizer
This workshop will help you implement and improve the use of standing orders in your practice.
Practices will have access to follow-up support for Standing Order implementation from IAC for one year after the workshop.
It's recommended that clinicians, nurses and clinic managers in medical practices that serve adults attend.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Delaware
Monday-Friday, June 20-24
The Bay Center and Cove at the Hyatt Place
Dewey Beach, DE
Look for sessions on:
- Diabetes Management 2016
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Cancer, Screening, Prevention and Care
- Women's Health
- G.I. Update
- Psychopharmacology Update
For more information, please click here or email Lynn Fishlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practices that send email appointment reminders, upgrade their technology or contract with third party vendors should
beware. Absent proper protocols, such actions can expose providers to risk.
Indeed, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is now far more complex than it was before regulators cracked down, delivering bigger fines and aggressive enforcement.
More than half of graduating family medicine residents in the U.S. reported having more than $150,000 in student loan debt, and approximately a quarter said their education debt topped $250,000, according to a policy brief published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
"High educational debt has been shown to deter students from choosing primary care careers, but the levels of debt carried by those who do is less well known," Andrew Bazemore, M.D., MPH, of the Robert Graham Center, in Washington, D.C., and colleagues wrote.
Physicians do not usually burn themselves out. The majority of the time it is the work environment which burns out the physician. Certain conditions and circumstances in the workplace can set-up unsuspecting doctors for job related burnout. You can take an on fire, passionate, purpose driven physician and put them in the wrong work environment and you will burn them out. Physicians burn themselves out only about 10 percent of the time.
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 FMLA accommodation for her migraines. In short, she fell asleep in an unused patient room and neglected her duties. This case illustrates a number of HR and management challenges. We discussed the challenges of accommodating leaves in Part I and communication issues in Part II. We will explore more about openness and documentation in this article.
This year's flu season may not quite be over, but it's clearly winding down and will be recorded as a relatively mild one, U.S. health officials say.
That's a far cry from the 2014-2015 flu season, which was a particularly early and nasty one. Last year, flu was severe, especially for people aged 65 and older, officials said.
Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's influenza division, cited several factors that contributed to this year's relatively mild season.
It took 23 years for ICD-10 to come to the U.S. healthcare system, from its publication by the World Health Organization in 1992 to its mandatory implementation date last year, with multiple delays, a good amount of pushback from high-level doctor groups, and lots of stress for physicians crammed in between.
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
A U.S. survey of board-certified internists and specialists revealed "substantial deficits in knowledge" of what it means for a drug to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approved via the "breakthrough" pathway, according to a research letter published in JAMA.
Since 2012, FDA has designated certain drugs as "breakthrough” therapies (76 drugs have received the designation through April 2015) if preliminary clinical evidence – such as an improvement in a pharmacodynamic biomarker – suggests an advantage over existing treatments.
More than a third of U.S. adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While doctors are getting better about telling their patients that they're overweight, most physicians don't tell them how to lose weight, reports U.S. News & World Report.
Even when doctors want to help, there often just isn't enough time in a brief office visit to coach patients, according to the article. Fortunately, doctors will now be reimbursed by insurance companies for telling patients that they're obese or overweight, reports the newspaper.
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