Hepatitis C - Screening, Diagnosis, Management & Treatment
The January/February issue of Osteopathic Family Physician features an article on the hepatitis C virus (HCV), Hepatitis C – Screening, Diagnosis, Management & Treatment, that reviews transmission, most common genotypes, risks for disease progression, screening recommendations and pathway to treatment. The authors examine multiple new options for HCV treatment with improved efficacy and fewer side effects and discuss several studies showing reduced morbidity and mortality.

Patient Education Handout: Hepatitis C - What to Look For
The recent OFP patient education handout on Hepatitis C – What to Look For explains who is at risk for getting HCV, symptoms, possible complications, how HCV is transmitted and prevention measures. The 8th-grade reading level ensures comprehension by a broad patient audience. ACOFP encourages you to make copies and distribute to patients in your practice.

Major Milestones in COM Enrollment & Graduation
According to an article from, for the first time in history, osteopathic medical students make up more than 25 percent of the U.S. medical student population. In the 2018 OMP Report , the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) states that more than 6,500 DOs graduated from COMs and entered the workforce, bringing the total number of DOs in the U.S. to 114,425. If the upward trend continues, DOs are projected to represent more than 20% of all practicing physicians by 2030.

New ACOFP Podcast: Success Story of a Physician-Led ACO
The new podcast, A Primary Care Physician-Led ACO, discusses how physician-led ACOs have been shown to be more successful at improving outcomes and reducing costs than hospital-run ACOs. Looking at a case study with the Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance (RGVHA) ACO in South Texas, learn how 24 primary care physicians joined together to become one of the top Medicare Shared Savings ACOs in Texas.

Competition Deadlines Approaching
The January 31, 2019 deadline is approaching for the 2019 Jeffrey Grove, DO, FACOFP dist. Minority/LGBTQI+ Health Disparity & Wellness Poster Competition and the Sander A. Kushner, DO, FACOFP Memorial Osteopathic Family Medicine Resident Award

Book Your Room for ACOFP '19
Don't forget to book your hotel room at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for the 2019 ACOFP Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars! ACOFP discounted group rates are available through February 23. Register for the convention and you'll receive booking instructions with your confirmation email. We hope to see you in Chicago!

Quality Reporting Deadline for CY 2018
Reporting for 2018 is currently open with CMS and their certified registries. The reporting deadline is April 2, 2019. Do not delay, as many registries will be full by mid-March 2019. See the MIPSPRO website for information.



Hepatitis C – Screening, Diagnosis, Management & Treatment

Chronic Abdominal Pain: Tips for the Primary Care Provider

Skin & Soft Tissue Infections: It's More Than Just MRSA

Treat the Whole Not Just the Hole: Holistic Wound Care Approach

Myasthenia Gravis