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Advocates, congressmen urge NJ not to waste a $7.6 million health insurance grant
The Record
A federal grant that the Christie Administration has left unused could help as many as 95,000 uninsured residents enroll in health coverage, a liberal think tank said Wednesday. But without a proposal to use it, the state will forfeit the $7.6 million on Feb. 20.
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Call for 2014 New Jersey Family Physician of the Year
NJAFP
It is not too early to start thinking about nominating a colleague as the 2014 New Jersey Family Physician of the Year. The New Jersey Family Physician of the Year embodies the principles of excellence, combined with comprehensive and compassionate care, for which family physicians are known.

The full details on how to nominate a colleague for this award are available on the here.

Nominations are due in the NJAFP office by April 15. Contact Candida Taylor at candida@njafp.org for more information.

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Save the date! 8th annual American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV)
The American Conference fot the Treatment of HIV

May 8-10
Sheraton Downtown Hotel
Denver


ACTHIV is a state-of-the-science conference specifically targeted toward US frontline providers of care to persons at risk of, or with HIV infection. Physicians (both specialists and primary care/family medicine), physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical case managers, social workers, psychologists, mental health and substance abuse workers, treatment advocates, educators and other healthcare professionals involved in caring for those infected with HIV are encouraged to attend.

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Save the date!
2014 NJAFP Summer Celebration & Scientific Assembly
June 13-15 at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel

Pre-Conference One Day Symposium – June 12 on Advanced Topics in Healthcare Delivery 2014: Ensuring a Viable Practice Using Patient-Centered Approaches


INDUSTRY NEWS


Breast cancer law questioned; doctors not required to notify patients of specific risk factor
The Record
A new law in New Jersey helps women with a condition that puts them at higher risk of breast cancer get additional screenings — but it fails to require healthcare providers to inform women when they have the condition and might need those tests. Advocates claim the law is a step "in the right direction" but falls woefully short after it was watered down in the state Assembly.
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New HHS lab rule: Empowering patients or set-up for disaster?
MedCity News
The Obama administration recently announced new rules which allows patients to get lab results directly from the lab that ran the tests without consulting the ordering provider. This is part of an effort to empower patients as consumers and reduce errors. It has been postulated that this will give consumers of healthcare more control over their own health. But, does this really invest them or set them up for more problems?
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Just what the doctor ordered: Understanding restrictive covenants in medical practices
Physicians News Digest
Restrictive covenants have been, and are becoming even more, important in physician and dental practices. Like other businesses, healthcare providers are profit centers and have a significant interest in protecting their confidential information including patient lists, patient and referral relationships, and the practice's investment in the training and development of their professionals. In order to properly protect the business, practice groups entering into employment and/or partnership arrangements should have a clear understanding as to the purpose and scope of these provisions, as well as their enforceability.
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New Jersey continues to make progress on healthcare access
Asbury Park Press
Nearly 44,000 people gained health coverage through NJ FamilyCare in January, according to figures released by the Department of Human Services. About 300,000 uninsured New Jerseyans are estimated to be eligible. The state's latest enrollment numbers are a positive sign, said Ray Castro, senior policy analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Trenton.
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FDA reconsiders heart safety of NSAID pain medications
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The Food and Drug Administration is taking a second look at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other common aches and pains. The FDA is holding a two-day meeting to examine the latest research on anti-inflammatory medicines called NSAIDS, which serve as the backbone of U.S. pain treatment.
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Doctors unhappy with EHRs
BenefitsPro
The Obama administration's investment in the adoption of health information technology has been huge: The $27 billion incentive mandate requires most physicians to adopt electronic medical recordkeeping. Though it sounds like the investment should pay off, docs say it’s simply not worth it.
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