Call for speakers
The MassAFP is currently accepting proposals for speakers at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Each year, the conference provides educational and networking opportunities to family physicians in Massachusetts and the New England area through plenaries, general hot topic sessions and poster presentations, plus sessions to help members meet MA regulatory requirements.
Over the past few years there have been 30-50 sudden unexpected infant deaths per year in Massachusetts. Recent reviews of these deaths have determined that many, if not most, are related to unsafe sleep positions and unsafe sleep environments, such as bed-sharing.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced a confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 on September 23, 2014. The patient is a school aged child with a history of asthma who became ill in early September and has since been treated and released from an area hospital. Please see the attached DPH Fact Sheet about enterovirus D68, an updated Clinical Advisory dated 9/23/14, and the new CDC infographic about preventing the spread of enterovirus D68 suitable for printing and posting.
Other enteroviruses may also circulate at this time of year. EV-D68 and other more common enteroviruses are all capable of causing the full spectrum of clinical presentation that is typical of enterovirus infections, although the current outbreak of EV-D68 has been predominantly associated with respiratory disease and not nervous system infection.
The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians is currently accepting nominations for our Family Physician of the Year and our Family Medicine Educator of the Year.
If you know a family physician who serves as a role model to patients, colleagues, other health professionals, young physicians in training or medical students, please consider nominating them for the Family Physician or Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.
ICD-10 will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2014, for services provided on or after that date. Are YOU ready? The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding will require significant changes in your documentation, workflow, and technology. The AAFP has put together a topic collection featuring how-to articles from FPM’s ongoing series focused on ICD-10 coding. Find more information here to to ensure ICD-10 preparedness.