2015 Save the Date - Mass

The State of Patient Safety in Massachusetts

It has been 20 years since Betsy Lehman, a prominent Boston Globe health reporter and young mother, died as the result of a medical error. Her shocking and untimely death catalyzed a national movement to promote patient safety. Please join in as to mark this anniversary and the re-establishment of the Center that bears Betsy’s name by presenting new research on the state of patient safety in MA — what has changed over the past two decades, current challenges, and where we can go from here to ensure that health care in MA is as safe as it can possibly be.


National Conference Delegates Chosen

Delegates have been chosen for AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students to take place in Kansas City, MO August 7-9, 2014.


Immediate Past President, Joe Gravel, Jr, MD, elected to ABFM Board of Directors

Joseph W. Gravel, Jr, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for the Lawrence Family Health Center and the Residency Program Director for the Lawrence Family Medicine Residency.  Prior to this, Dr. Gravel served as Residency Program Director of the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency for 14 years and also as Medical Director of the Sharewood Project, a free clinic in Malden, Massachusetts. He is the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP).  Dr. Gravel will serve the ABFM on the Operations Committee and the Examination Committee.

Open Payments / Physician Sunshine Act

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires drug and device manufacturers to report transfers of value to physicians and teaching hospitals publicly. As a result, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations must disclose to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) any physician ownership or investment interests.


Massachusetts HPV Vaccination Initiative

HPV-associated disease

  • Approximately 79 million people in the US are infected with HPV, and approximately 14 million people in the US will become newly infected with HPV each year.
  • Each year, an estimated 26,000 cancers are attributable to HPV; about 17,000 in women and 9,000 in men.
  • Cervical cancer is the most common HPV-associated cancer among women, and oropharyngeal cancers are the most common among men.


CO*RE is offering Free Webinar!

Collaborative for REMS EducationExtended-Release/Long-Acting Opioids:

Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care
The MassAFP is promoting this event as a membership benefit. The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is the management organization for this webinar.


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