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AAFP COD Election Results

The AzAFP would like to congratulate the following people for their newly elected positions:

Vice Speaker:
Alan Schwartzstein, MD- Wisconsin

Board of Director Members:
John Bender, MD, Colorado; Gary Leroy, MD, Ohio & Carl Olden, MD, Washington

President Elect:
Former Speaker, John Meigs, MD, Alabama

Commission chairs:
COCPD – Richard Lord, MD, North Carolina
Education – Deborah Edburg, MD – Illinois
Commission on Finance & Insurance – Russell Cole, MD, Kansas
CGA – Sarah Sams, MD, Ohio
CHPS – Patricia Czapp, MD, Maryland
CMMS – James Elzie, MD, Uniformed Services
CQP – Lee Mills, MD, Kansas

Check out what you missed at the AAFP COD & FMX:
http://www.aafp.org/news/2015-congress-fmx.html?cmpid=em_42051189_L1

The AzAFP also hosted it’s first ever FMX AzAFP Member Appreciation Reception. Thank you to all who attended! Please visit the AzAFP’s Facebook page in order to view photo’s from the Denver trip.
https://www.facebook.com/arizona.afp.3/posts/1129017110451191?notif_t=lik

 

 

Congratulations to Arizona Residents Serving on National Committees

Katy Kirk, MD, MPH selected as Resident Member of AFMRD Board of Directors
We would like to extend our official congratulations to her on her election during this year’s AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Elizabeth Daily, MD selected as Resident Member of STFM Board of Directors
We would also like to extend our official congratulations to her on her election during this year’s AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students.

Questions about Medicare or Medicaid? Contact our Region 9 Rep. Ashby.

Contact with our regional office (CMS San Francisco, Region 9):
Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Region IX
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
90 Seventh Street, Suite 5-300
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Ph) 415.744.3631
(Faz) 415.744.3517
ashby.wolfe1@cms.hhs.gov

Here is the link to the CMS blog: http://blog.cms.gov/2015/09/24/icd-10-one-week-out/

Non-AzAFP Sponsored CME Training

Register to attend the 27th Annual Arizona Geriatrics Society Fall Symposium – THE FUTURE OF GERIATRICS:  A Person Centered Paradigm – scheduled Friday-Saturday, October 30-31 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.  For more information or to register, visit our website (http://www.arizonageriatrics.org/2015-fall-symposium) or call the AzGS office at (602) 265-0211. The full brochure is attached.

AAFP Sponsored SAM Workshops

Childhood Illness SAM Working Group
Friday, December 4, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ (Save when you register by November 4)

Review congenital, chronic, and infectious illness and simplify the ABFM’s MC-FP Part II requirement. Held at the Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ..

Preventive Care SAM Working Group
Saturday, December 5, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ (Save when you register by November 4.)

Simplify the ABFM’s MC-FP Part II requirement with a one-day SAM Working Group on preventive care. Held at the Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ.

For more information or to register to attend either of these workshops visit www.aafp.org/cme/cme-topic/all/child-illness-sam.html

Maricopa County Provider Relations Update

Vaccinemakers Have Fingers Crossed for this Flu Season

“Last year, flu vaccines from various manufacturers had an effectiveness rate of just 23%, while in other recent years, the vaccine has had an efficacy rate of 47% to 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Read more about why vaccine manufacturers think this flu season will be better: Read More

Flu Vaccine is Here, and it’s Better Than Last Year’s

Last flu season was a rough one, mainly because the influenza A (H3) strain in the vaccine did not match the circulating A (H3) strain that was making most people sick. This season, CDC believes the strains in the vaccine will be a good match against the currently circulating strains and provide better protection. Read More

Are you ready for your prescribing report card?

Arizona law requires all medical practitioners, including MDs and DOs, who are licensed under Title 32 and who possess a DEA registration to also possess a current Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) registration issued by the Board. Earlier this year, we reported in AzMedicine on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Report Cards being expanded by the Arizona CSPMP. The PDMP Report Card offers all prescribers the opportunity to review your prescribing patterns in relation to the average data of other prescribers in your specialty type. The State Board of Pharmacy operates the CSPMP and as part of their work to meet new legislative requirements, they will be distributing the Prescriber Report Card to all registered prescribers later this year. They need your help now to update to email addresses for all registrants. Please register or log-in to verify that your email address is on file with CSPMP at https://www.azrxregistration.com/Login.aspx.