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Don't miss the early bird May 15 deadline — Register now for the NJAFP Scientific Assembly
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The 2015 Scientific Assembly is just a few weeks away. Register NOW before the May 15 Early Bird Deadline and take advantage of the amazing savings for the largest CME conference in New Jersey completely dedicated to Family Medicine. Bring your voice to the House of Delegates on Friday, June 12 and help advance the cause of family medicine in New Jersey. Network with friends and colleagues to learn and explore the exciting topics we've prepared for you to help you deliver the best quality care for your patients! For more information visit www.njafp.org/SCSA.

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Call for resolutions
NJAFP
Do you want to have a voice in shaping family medicine in New Jersey and possibly the nation? Take a stand and write a resolution for the NJAFP House of Delegates. Don't wait for someone else, you can be the one person to make change happen. To learn more about submitting a resolution, visit www.njafp.org/SCSA and click on the Call for Resolutions and Nominations tab on the left side of the screen or click here.
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Become an NJAFP leader: Call for nominations extended
NJAFP
Nominations are still being sought for the Board of Trustees for the 2014-2015 term year. NJAFP needs strong and visionary leaders and you are the key to the Academy’s success. Please consider running for a position or nominating a colleague. For more information, go to www.njafp.org/SCSA and click on the Call for Resolutions and Nominations tab on the left side of the screen or click here.
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Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development module now available
NJAFP
Effective with the start of the 2015-2016 school year, health care providers are required to complete the Student-Athlete Cardiac Assessment professional development (PD) module before performing any student-athlete’s physical examination. This is a one-time requirement and you will simply need to attest to the completion of the module in the space provided at the bottom of the Preparticipation Exam Form. To access the module click here.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Letter to the Editor: Physicians are patients' allies in managing pain medication
By Krishna Bhaskarabhatla, NJAFP President
Family physicians are on the front lines in the war on pain. We see how unmanaged chronic pain impacts quality of life and just how devastating drug abuse and diversion can be on our patients, their families and our communities. Our voices, however, are not being heard. I was disheartened to read that physicians "love" to prescribe pain medication and are "too lazy" to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Rather than being considered the enemy in this debate, physicians should be thought of as a patient's most trustworthy ally.
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Christie signs bills in fight against drug abuse
Asbury Park Press
Gov. Chris Christie has signed two bills designed to prevent abuse of prescription drugs and opioids, calling the measures "further action to keep our fight against drug abuse and addiction going strong." The bills — an expansion of Project Medicine Drop, which entails more than 100 drop locations for unused prescription drugs; and a mandate for the attorney general to coordinate statewide law enforcement efforts against opioid drug abuse — were signed into law by Christie Wednesday in a ceremony that took place in the parking lot of a rehabilitation center.
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Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing
The Associated Press via New Jersey Herald
The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs, led by the heartburn treatment Nexium, according to an unprecedented release of government data. That contrast sheds light on prescribing practices and how they might be used to save money, specialists say.
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Emergency rooms with the longest waiting times in New Jersey
NJ Spotlight
If patients have the opportunity to choose which hospital they will go to for emergency care, they will likely want to know the answer to this crucial question: How long will they have to wait? The answer can vary quite a bit at New Jersey hospitals, with average wait times ranging from 14 minutes at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston to as long as 92 minutes at Barnabas-owned Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark.
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New Jersey seeks to speed up ride, shorten waiting time for Medicaid transportation
NJ Spotlight
The state government is planning to improve transportation for Medicaid recipients, which a number of providers and advocates have identified as obstacles preventing some patients receiving the care they need. State officials plan to require that every van have a geographic tracker that will enable dispatchers to tell patients how far away their ride is when waiting for transport to a healthcare appointment.
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New Jersey Congress members care about children's health needs
NJ.com
Children's Specialized Hospital commends Congress for approving reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) would permanently replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, extend CHIP funding for two years and enact many additional provisions. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, who has expressed his readiness to sign it into law.
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Final numbers rolling in: More than 250K New Jerseyans have purchased Obamacare
NJBIZ
More than 250,000 New Jerseyans have purchased 2015 health plans under the Affordable Care Act, and as open enrollment closed April 30, the health insurers competing to sell Obamacare coverage have begun reporting on the number of members they've signed up around the state. Five health insurers are offering coverage on HealthCare.gov for individuals and families who use the federal website to obtain federal subsidies to defray the cost of coverage. The insurers are also selling individual and family plans directly to consumers on their own websites, by phone and through health insurance brokers.
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