By Darlene Petersen, MD and Maryann Martindale, UAFP Executive Director This year’s session was very different from previous years. With COVID still in full swing and very few people vaccinated, the legislature opted for a hybrid version of the session. Committees that were typically held in small rooms were moved to larger spaces, all committees…

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With the passage of HB 294, Utah’s statewide mask mandate will end April 10, 2021. While not fully supported by Governor Cox, he will likely sign it as the bill passed with a veto-proof majority. Masks will still be mandated for gatherings of 50 or more and County governments can still impose their own mandates. Other restrictions can be…

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Utah Academy of Family Physicians congratulates two members and leaders, Dr. Marc Babitz and Dr. Sarah Woolsey, for their public health leadership in Utah. Dr. Babitz will retire from the Utah Department of Health after a lengthy career of service to the community and family medicine profession. Dr. Babitz has had a prolific career in…

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In his weekly COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday, Governor Spencer Cox called on medical professionals to volunteer to assist with Utah’s ongoing vaccination effort. As of Friday, 489,716 doses had been administered, which leaves hundreds of thousands of doses left to administer over the next several months. If the state receives the amount of vaccinations…

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Children learn so much by hearing.  Early growth of the brain in the first few years of life cannot be made up later.  To develop the auditory part of the brain and spoken language, a child must hear his or her best all day long, every day. The Joint Commission on Infant Hearing and the…

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Updated as of 1/15/21 More details come out at the state level regularly about how the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be distributed over the next few months. NATIONAL NEWS AP News – Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments New York Times –Who gets priority? Patchwork U.S. vaccination policies create uncertainty. New York Times –…

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On December 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, along with the CMS fact sheet. The final MPFS confirmed changes for office-based Evaluation and Management (E/M) services will go into effect as planned, as well as implementing the previously finalized add-on code (formerly known…

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Scope of Work  The American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA HOD) is the main policymaking body of the AMA consisting of senior physicians, resident physicians, and students. The AMA HOD is a democratic congress that represents the views and interests of a diverse group of members who continually strive to work together to create…

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COVID-19 cases are surging in Utah at an unsustainable rate. By now, you probably know (or know of) several people in your personal circle who have fallen ill. Many of them have probably recovered or are recovering without serious complications. But, by now, you probably also know an individual who has died or is struggling…

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By Sarah Woolsey, MD, MPH, FAAFP Well, we made it through this landmark Congress of Delegates. Knitted together as a Utah Delegation on a busy text chain, logged on safely to a platform brother of Zoom that seemed to keep the business in order, and led by some really awesome Speakers of the Congress that…

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