With the recent ACA repeal proposal advancing, we are reaching out to key states for their help in opposing the bill. In WV we are targeting Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Senator Joe Manchin. We ask that you encourage your members to call the Senators and request that they vote no on the ACA Repeal as soon as possible. Below is contact information for the Senators:
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Twitter Handle: Sen_JoeManchin DC office number: 202.224.3954 Charleston office number: 304.342.5855 Eastern Panhandle office number: 304.264.4626 Fairmont office number: 304.368.0567
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Twitter Handle: SenCapito DC office number: 202.224.6472 Beckley office number: 304.347.5372 Charleston office number: 304.347.5372 *not a typo they are same numbers Martinsburg office number: 304.262.9285 Morgantown office number: 304.292.2310
Following is a link to a SpeakOut that you may wish to forward to your members: http://grassroots.aaf
We’ll be working all week to provide you with more information and resources, but wanted to send you information as soon as possible.
The Marshall University Family Medicine Residency Program received a 2016-2017 Senior Immunization Award to implement a quality-improvement project to increase immunization rates in seniors.
The Marshall FMRP recently completed a QI project to increase immunization awards in seniors. Attached is their Case Study; a copy of their poster which was displayed at National Conference, as well as a picture of them accepting a framed certificate at the 2017 National Conference.
Charleston, WV – March 31, 2017 – Dilip Nair, MD a family physician from Huntington, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2017. The award was presented by Philip Galapon, MD the current WVAFP President and MU Alumni. The award was presented during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 65th Annual Scientific Assembly held on March 30th – April 1st at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.
The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care. Candidates are nominated for their service as role models, professionally and personally, in their communities, to other healthcare professionals, physicians in training and medical staff.
Dr. Nair earned his doctor of medicine degree at University of Connecticut and completed residency at Marshall University School of Medicine. He is a Professor at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University Family & Community Health, Huntington, WV.
Founded in 1948, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical students statewide. It is the largest medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care. The West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Philip Galapon – Installed as the 65th President of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians
Philip Galapon, MD, FAAFP was installed as WVAFP President on March 30th at the WVAFP Annual Scientific Assembly, Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV. The installation was performed by Dr. Robert Raspa, AAFP Board Member from Fleming Island, FL.
Philip Galapon graduated from Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine in 2008 with a specialty in Family Medicine.
He became Board Certified in Family Medicine in 2011. Dr. Galapon worked for Madison Medical Group from 2011-2016 before joining Lincoln Primary Care Center in 2016.
Dr. Galapon is a life- long Southern West Virginia resident who is passionate about Diabetic care and Adolescent medicine.
The information below is intended to give specific on the process of becoming a WVAFP Officer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gerry D. Stover, MS, EVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prerequisite to becoming a WVAFP Officer
All of the following conditions must be met for consideration:
• Holds active membership in the WVAFP-AAFP
• Holds a valid medical license without restrictions
• Participates for one full year on the WVAFP Legislative Committee
• Serves as Doc4Day during a legislative session
Call for membership in Legislative Committee
Once a year, active members will receive an email, fax or newsletter asking about their interest to serve on the WVAFP Legislative Committee. Active members who respond will be screened by the WVAFP EVP. This will ensure there are no issues with the WV Board of Medicine and that they are valid active (retired members may serve on the Legislative Committee but can not become Officers of the WVAFP) members. The active member will be asked to provide a copy of their CV. Then the Chairs of WVAFP Legislative Committee will review the background information on the member and make a recommendation to the Board to appoint them to the WVAFP Legislative Committee.
If the Chairs of the Legislative Committee do not know the individual or are unable to verify their prior background the Chairs may ask the member to appear and discuss their interest in serving on the WVAFP Legislative Committee.
The Chairs of the WVAFP Legislative Committee may submit names to the Board anytime during the year to be added to the roster of the WVAFP Legislative Committee.
Selection of Officers for Secretary
Unless an officer has resigned his/her position the WVAFP bylaws require that only the Secretary position be filled as the other officers with the exception of the Treasurer move up one position per year. The President will review the roster of the active members that have served as Doc4Day and select a member to contact and determine their interest in becoming an WVAFP Officer. The President may delegate this activity to any member of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will be composed of the President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary and the Executive Vice President (as a non voting member). Once a candidate for office has been selected a slate of officers will be prepared to submit to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting.
Inside this issue:
- The Medical Marijuana Debate
- Step Therapy Legislation
- Doc for a Day 2017
- Physician Champion
New AAFP Fresh Perspective Blog Post from Kimberly Becher-Ensuring Appropriate Care When Views of Physician, Patient Collide
Patients often forget that physicians are people with their own beliefs, and ethical dilemmas can arise when these beliefs conflict with a patient’s medical needs and wishes. In the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post, Kimberly Becher, M.D., considers how to preserve both the dignity of physicians as well as appropriate care for patients when that occurs.
Click HERE to read the full article.
The AAFP Foundation FMC USA grant helps free clinics care for the uninsured in areas of need by helping them purchase tangible items such as exam tables, EHR systems, and medical equipment. An FMC USA grant was awarded to the following West Virginia free clinic, Wheeling Health Right, Inc. They received a $5,000 FMC USA grant for stethoscopes, otoscopes, thermometers, and penlights. The physician champion for the clinic is Dr. James Comerci. The clinic’s primary contact is Executive Director Kathie Brown.