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SUMMER IS A KEY TIME TO VACCINATE AND ATLANTIC HEALTH PARTNERS CAN HELP!

Many toddlers through college age patients have their physician visits during the summer to prepare for the start of a new school year.

Atlantic Health Partners is a strong resource for our members by offering most favorable vaccine prices, purchasing support and program management assistance.

Key benefits include:

  • Most favorable pricing for Sanofi, Merck, Pfizer (Trumenba®), Seqirus and Dynavax vaccines
  • Excellent and timely customer service including reimbursement support and advocacy
  • One stop shopping for most vaccines
  • No cost to join!

For information about the program please contact Jeff or Cindy at 800-741-2044 or info@atlantichealthpartners.com     

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FP Comprehensive 2019—get the latest family medicine guidelines

With FP Comprehensive 2019 you’ll learn when and where you want with easy-to-use content compiled from five years of FP Essentials™ monographs. Whether you are reviewing the fundamentals of family medicine or preparing for the ABFM exam, FP Comprehensive can help identify knowledge gaps. FP Comprehensive includes:

  • Wide-ranging, relevant topics
  • Helpful practice tests
  • Customizable exams
  • Questions listed by body system category

You can also purchase the additional CME credit option to access up 60 AAFP Prescribed credits.

Stay up to date on the latest practice guidelines in family medicine. Order FP Comprehensive 2019 today.

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Official Release of the HPV Vaccination Report

This report highlights HPV vaccination coverage estimates for your jurisdiction from the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Teen in addition to HPV vaccine distribution data for the first two quarters of 2018.

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Informational Video on Upcoming ABFM Changes

As was recently announced the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination. The Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment (FMCLA) will offer 25 questions answered quarterly online in lieu of the one-day exam. On December 10, AAFP Senior Vice President of Education Clif Knight, MD, FAAFP and ABFM Senior Vice President Elizabeth Baxley, MD hosted a live webinar to discuss the longitudinal assessment and answer AAFP member questions. The recorded webinar is available here

The AAFP has also published additional information on the pilot including a self-check and preparation tools.


Changes coming from the AAFP

Submitted by: Becky Wimmer, MDAFP, Executive Director

In January 2019, the ABFM will be launching a pilot program that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year high-stakes reaccreditation examination. 

It’s a beautiful, Saturday afternoon, and 30 of your peers have gathered in a single-window, hotel conference room to complete an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA). 

While some value this exercise, many feel that this process, as well as others required by the ABFM for board certification, is just another hoop to jump through for busy family physicians that adds little to no value when it pertains to meaningful, life-long learning, and improved patient care. The stress felt through the systematic testing of knowledge and professional mastery, in the name of maintenance of certification, is as burnout inducing to some as prior authorizations, electronic health record (EHR) documentation, and other administrative burdens. 

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ABFM Updates in October Phoenix Newsletter

The October edition of the ABFM’s Phoenix newsletter include a variety of important updates for ABFM diplomates. Click here to read the full version of the newsletter. Highlights are included below.

  • In his president’s message, James Puffer, MD explains the process ABFM undertook to move towards the new longitudinal assessment model. More information on the longitudinal assessment can be found here.
  • Outline of new alternatives to receive performance improvement credit for work you already do in practice
  • Article on differential item functioning review panel formed to detect bias in the certification exam
  • Update on ABFM strategic planning
  • Deadlines for upcoming ABFM certification & re-certification deadlines

For questions about the ABFM or their continuous certification process, please contact the ABFM directly via their website, or by calling 877-223-7437.

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American Board of Family Medicine Creates Examination Alternative Option for 2019

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce a pilot program to begin in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination.

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Health is Primary November Toolkit: Focus on Primary Care

The Health is Primary campaign will focus on Diabetes, highlighting the role of primary care in preventing and managing chronic conditions. Share the facts about the prevalence of chronic conditions in the United States and how primary care-integrated teams can provide better care, and better outcomes at lower costs.

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Join us and spread the word. #MakeHealthPrimary


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENT MEMBER, MAYA SIEGEL!

Congratulations to our Student Member, Maya Siegel, on receiving the 2018 Pisacano Scholarship, given to an outstanding medical student who has made a commitment to enter the specialty of Family Medicine.

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AAFP OFFERS CMS FIVE MAJOR CHANGES TO FEE SCHEDULE

On Sept. 5, the AAFP gave CMS the Academy’s official comments regarding the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. Our letter(92 page PDF) is comprehensive — 92 pages — but it is summarized in this paragraph on the second page…

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MEMBER IN THE NEWS: TOBIE SMITH, MD

Before starting her career in medicine, MDAFP member, Dr. Tobie Smith was a world-class swimmer who raced in long-distance and open-water freestyle events.

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FOUR WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS AND PREVENT BURNOUT AS AN EMPLOYED PHYSICIAN

Employed physicians face unique stresses in practice as they often lack autonomy and influence over business decisions. Here are four ways to protect your well-being.

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