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    We'd love to hear from you! Just email your article to ldearing@azafp.org and we'll submit it to the editor for approval and most likely your article will be published in the AzAFP's quarterly magazine The Family Physician Focus. We'd love to hear about your individual job as a Family Physician and or feature you and your job in our magazine.

  • 2016 Legislative Update- July 19, 2016

    PETERS, CANNATA & MOODY PLC© All rights reserved. TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 Legislative Action Stalled as Election Looms Numerous study committees will convene later this year to evaluate a wide variety of policy topics, but for now, the Capitol is quiet as legislators focus on their re-election campaigns and other political goals. With many long-time legislators leaving office, the election will greatly impact Arizona’s future. Citizen Initiatives Qualify for November Election Arizonans can pursue changes to law through a citizens’ initiative process. If a ballot initiative is passed by voters, those changes to the law or the Arizona Constitution are largely out of bounds for legislative changes – the legislature can only amend the changes to “further the purpose” of them with a two-thirds majority vote. This year, there were 22 initiative applications filed on a wide variety of topics. Though the process to file an initiative is simple, it is extremely difficult to obtain signatures necessary to place an initiative on the ballot. To qualify their ideas for the ballot, citizens had to obtain 150,642 valid signatures to change state statutes, and 225,963 valid signatures for a change to the state Constitution. Only three initiative applicants provided enough signatures. Groups opposing the measures have legally challenged each of the three initiatives, and court action will determine whether the proposals appear before voters. If signatures are verified and no legal challenges are successful, Arizona voters will decide the outcome of these proposals in the election on November 8: Hospital Executive Compensation Act The proposal, supported by the Service Employees International Union, would limit the total annual compensation paid to executives, administrators, and managers of hospitals, hospital groups, and affiliated medical entities to the yearly compensation for the President of the United States ($450,000). It would also limit severance pay for these positions, and require additional disclosure of compensation details. Hospital and healthcare organizations and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce have announced their opposition to the measure. Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act The proposal, supported by the Marijuana Policy Project, would allow adults 21 and over to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes, and would create a 15% tax on retail marijuana sales – revenues from the tax would go to public health and education efforts. The proposal would add a system for regulating the marijuana businesses. Local governments could regulate and limit marijuana businesses. Business and law enforcement entities have consistently opposed the proposal. Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act The proposal, supported by Living United for Change in Arizona, would gradually increase the Arizona minimum wage – to $10 in 2017, and then in increments to a total of $12 by 2020. (The current minimum wage is $8.05.) Workers paid in tips would see an hourly increase of up to $9. The proposal would also provide designated amounts of paid sick time and family time, with some exceptions. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association oppose the measure.

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  • Life of a family medicine resident: St. John's

    She loves family medicine -- the conversation, the connection, the continuity. She looks forward to getting to know her patients and their families and hearing their stories. Watch the video to find out why the University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency is the right place for her.

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A Primary Care Approach to Curbing Dangerous Teen Trends

Teenagers, no matter how smart, sometimes do senseless things. There are countless viral challenges and trends online, ranging from silly to downright dangerous, that physicians and parents should be aware of.

Need a few examples?

Two Tennessee teens died in mid-January after drinking “dewshine,” a toxic mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew.

That same week, a 14-year-old boy in Washington shattered his eye socket and cheek bone and landed in the hospital with a brain aneurysm after suffering a fall during a “duct tape challenge.”

And car surfing resulted in the deaths of several young people in the past year.

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Medicine, Media and the Need for a Physician’s Perspective

“I don’t like taking medicine unless I really have to.”

That is the most common complaint I hear from my patient Sandra whenever I talk with her about why she should be taking a statin or why it’s important to get an annual flu vaccination. Unfortunately, she bristles at discussions about quality of life and mortality.

But a conversation I had with her at this time last year was different. Sandra was eager to learn more about an immunization and medication she thought she really needed. This patient, who had rejected recommended preventive care that could protect her from far more prevalent diseases, was worried about Ebola. 

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