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February 9, 2017
Senate workgroup studies rising health costs
A workgroup of the Texas Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from agency representatives about why the price for state health programs keeps climbing so fast and how they might stop it.
Maintain your membership
Don’t miss out on the great benefits membership provides. Log on to www.aafp.org/checkmydues to maintain your membership. You can even sign up for installment payments or pay the whole amount by credit card or check. If you have any questions, call AAFP at (800) 274-2237 or call TAFP membership and Workforce Development Manager Juleah Williams at (512) 329-8666 ext. 135.
Meet February’s Member of the Month
Few members have been as active and held as many leadership roles in TAFP as Erica Swegler, MD. Learn how advocacy has influenced her outlook on family medicine, why state-level influence through TAFPPAC is where it’s at, and how volunteering to serve as Physician of the Day kicked it all off.
Interested in a leadership position for TAFP? Here’s your chance
Have you been looking to expand your participation in TAFP? Do you have outstanding leadership skills and a unique perspective? Great, because now is the time to put your skills and perspective to use in a leadership position with TAFP.
Apply for a research grant
If you are involved in office-based research benefiting family medicine, apply for a TAFP Foundation research grant today. The maximum grant amount is $7,500 and the budget can include salary and benefits for the principal investigator. Applications for TAFP Foundation research grants are due Wednesday, March 1.
Apply for grant
Host a shot clinic with help from TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize
The Texas Medical Association is now accepting grant applications for up to $2,500 to support local vaccination events. Awarded funds may be used for shot clinics to vaccinate children, adolescents, and/or adults. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
Get ready to report PQRS
If you’re worried about the upcoming Physician Quality Reporting System deadline, make sure you tune in to AAFP’s on-demand webcast, PQRS: Are You Ready? You can also explore their PQRSwizard, an easy to use reporting system available to AAFP members at a discounted rate. Take advantage of these two wonderful tools and remember the PQRS reporting deadline is February 28, 2017.
We’re ramping up for C. Frank Webber
Registration is now open for TAFP’s 2016 C. Frank Webber Lectureship and Interim Session. Keep an eye out for the brochure coming to a mailbox near you. In it – and online – you’ll have access to the latest on the conference, all the perks, and our new hotel location, the Renaissance Austin Hotel.