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TAFP News Now Archive

January 9, 2018 – Meet your Member of the Month
What happened to Tar Wars?
Bring your voice and experiences to TAFP
Support your community and win
Provide feedback on the opioid crisis
Grab your shades and meet NPI in Orlando

December 13, 2017 – Prepare for changes to telemedicine benefits
Take Step 1 with some helpful tips from an MS3
TMF Health Quality Institute invites physicians to participate in Project ECHO
Learn more about maternity care with a TAFP scholarship
Earn CME with a course on maternal mortality
Attend the Anticoagulation Boot Camp
Take-in the sun this February with NPI

November 30, 2017 – Meet your Member of the Month
Get to know the 2018 Quality Payment Program
Refresh yourself during the Family Physician Health and Well-being Conference
Knock out a KSA this December in Houston
Join NPI this December

November 1, 2017 – Meet your November Member of the Month
Check your dues off your to-do list and support the AAFP Foundation
AAFP calls for opioid education and increased treatment access
Brush up on your clinical teaching skills
Treat yourself to a procedure course this December in Houston with NPI

October 19, 2017 – Meet your TAFP Board candidates
Award winners hold their annual PCP at the PCP
Help us update our TAFP Key Contacts database
Brush up on your clinical teaching skills
Fight back against cancer
Join NPI during ASPCS

October 4, 2017 – Meet your October Member of the Month
Asking the important question
Stop physician burnout in its tracks
Register for ASPCS before Oct. 17 and save
Take advantage of your TAFP membership by attending NPI Courses

September 21, 2017 – Erica Swegler, MD, wins election to AAFP Board of Directors
TAFP members shine at 2017 Congress of Delegates
Get your guide to restoring the American dream
AAFP offers resources to help you pick your pace in MIPS
Take the next step in your career journey
Head to the beach with TAFP for ASPCS 2017

September 6, 2017 – Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey
TMB eases process for PAs, APRNs to get prescription authority during Harvey recovery
Send us your Harvey stories, pictures
Meet your September Member of the Month
Present your research findings
Earn up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ at ASPCS

August 9, 2017 – Tell Congress to reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program
Ask your U.S. representative to sign on to the Primary Care Enhancement Act
Meet our August Member of the Month
Texas FMIG programs win big
Register for the 2017 Annual Session & Primary Care Summit

July 12, 2017 – Meet our July Member of the Month
Sign up for ABFM PRIME
Get to know QPP
Share your results at the Annual Session and Primary Care Summit Poster Competition
Work smart not hard with the TAFP Career Center

June 28, 2017 – Enroll in Medicaid before the Oct. 1 deadline
Finding balance and inspiration could be as simple as a stroll through the park
Get MACRA-ready with new AAFP resources
Check out these webinars from the Immunization Partnership
HHSC offers toolkit to physicians treating postpartum depression

June 14, 2017 – Meet your June Member of the Month
Lawmakers have a second chance to face the reality of maternal mortality
TAFP needs you for Physician of the Day
Check out the TAFP Career Center
Claim your TAFP member discount with NPI

May 25, 2017 – Meet Member of the Month, Sherri Onyiego, MD
The preceptorship program needs you
Join NPI this August in Austin

May 10, 2017 – Past president of TAFP elected president of TMA
Combating Zika through family planning
Early bird deadline EXTENDED for TexFamMed
Check out TAFP’s Career Center

April 27, 2017 – NP scope bills heard in House committee
Make your hotel reservation for TexFamMed now and save
Immunizing the most vulnerable among us
April is autism awareness month
Looking to improve adult immunization rates?
AAFP helps you Pick-Your-Pace
TMF invites physicians to participate in Project ECHO

April 12, 2017 – Meet our April Member of the Month
Family physicians come together at the C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Attend the 2017 Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit
Are you attending TexMed? TAFP is!
Register for TexFamMed

March 22, 2017 – Physician of the Year: The servant leader
Don’t let CMS revoke your Medicare billing privileges
Maximize the benefits of membership
AAFP to help FPs with population health
Looking for a change? Check out the TAFP Career Center.
Take advantage of your TAFP membership with NPI

March 8, 2017 – Meet our March Member of the Month
Local chapter hosts roundtable for medical students
AAFP hosts the Family Medicine Global Health Workshop
Help prevent unintended teen pregnancies
Are you improving health outcomes for your patients?
Join NPI for education, sand, and sun in Orlando

February 23, 2017 – Lege update from the TAFP President
Martin: Repairing ACA may be more likely than full repeal
Attend AAFP’s Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in D.C.
Take the uncertainty out of political advocacy
C. Frank Webber Lectureship: Don’t miss your chance to save

February 9, 2017 – Meet our February Member of the Month
Senate workgroup studies rising health costs
Maintain your membership
Leadership positions for TAFP
Apply for a research grant
Host a shot clinic with help from TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize
Get ready to report PQRS
Ramping up for C. Frank Webber

January 25, 2017 – Practice resources: MACRA, Opioids, and CPT codes
AAFP’s MACRA-related resources ease road to success in 2017
Identify those in need of Buprenorphine
Celebrate the awesome — nominate a colleague
Bring awareness to cervical health
Make CCM a part of your practice
CAFP offers coding and billing webinar

January 8, 2017 – New year, new month, new Member of the Month
Teamwork makes the dream work
Meaningful Use and PQRS deadlines approach
Making the switch: Value-based medicine through ACOs
There’s no place like a primary care medical home
Early birds seize the worm with NPI in San Antonio

December 14, 2016 – Meet our December Member of the Month
Increase your revenue by implementing Chronic Care Management Services
AthenaHealth offers physician burnout toolkit
Making a change in your career? Check out the TAFP Career Center

December 4, 2016 – Texas FPs had a great time at ASPCS
Sign up for FMLE 2017
Reduce the chance of stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and more in one shot
Be a preceptor and influence the future of family medicine

November 17, 2016 – Meet our November Member of the Month
Serve as Physician of the Day during the 85th Texas Legislature
TMA seeks nominations for its annual Anson Jones, MD, Awards
CAFP End-of-Life Conversations Project kicks off

October 29, 2016 – Physician compensation under the microscope
Represent TAFP at NCCL, ACLF in 2017
AAFP breaks down final MACRA Rule
Guess what happens next week? Annual Session and Primary Care Summit

October 15, 2016 – Drumroll please: 2016 Best States to Practice, and the winner is …
TAFP to hold Clinical Teaching Skills workshop at ASPCS 2016
Check your dues off your to-do list and support the AAFP Foundation
Satire, health care, and “The Big Heist”
PQRS: Are you ready?

October 1, 2016 – Meet our October Member of the Month
October 1 is Texas Influenza Awareness Day
Apply now for the 2017 Family Medicine Leadership Experience
Preceptors: Thank you!

September 17, 2016 – CMS: You can pick your pace in meeting MACRA requirements
Medicaid physician re-enrollment deadline nears
TMF: Important dates approaching for Meaningful Use and Quality and Resource Use Reports
TAFP Foundation: Meet the recipients of the Murphy Cullen Scholarship

September 1, 2016 – Meet our September Member of the Month: Lisa Nash, DO
Access reliable immunization resources year-round
Attend AAFP’s Zika webinar
Surgeon General calls for medical community to #TurnTheTide on opiates
TMF Quality Innovation Network hosts educational events

August 18, 2016 – Zika update: Texas Medicaid issues standing order for mosquito repellent prescriptions
Check out Zika outbreak resources from AAFP
Telemedicine industry reps and Texas doctors work on terms to improve state regulations
TAFP Foundation awards 3 medical student scholarships
AAFP’s mobile app: Access in the palm of your hand
There’s still time to apply for the 2016 poster competition

August 4, 2016 – Meet our August Member of the Month: Shaun Garff, DO
Zika update: Mosquito repellant now covered by Texas Medicaid
August is National Immunization Month
Sign up for the 2016 Student, Resident, and Community Physician Poster Competition
Support TAFPPAC this election season

June 15, 2016 – What should you know about Medicare’s new quality payment program?
Chronic Care Management Toolkit
Looking to expand your vaccination clinic? TMA’s Be Wise—Immunize can help
Download free diabetes patient education materials from TDC
Few days remain to cash in on July NPI CME conference discounts

June 1, 2016 – Physician re-enrollment deadline nears for Medicaid
Meet our June Member of the Month, Zaiba Jetpuri, DO
DSHS issues health advisory on Cyclospora
VA proposes to grant APRNs “full practice authority”
Get more from your practice with NPI’s procedure training

May 19, 2016 – New CMS rule means physicians must enroll in Medicare or officially opt-out to write Part D prescriptions
TAFP blog: First- and second-year med students, need a break from the preclinical summertime blues?
Visit the new TAFP Career Center
Health is Primary launches new website
Join your colleagues and friends at the 2016 Texas Family Medicine Symposium

April 30, 2016 – May Member of the Month: Christopher Trinh
HHSC seeks physicians for new state advisory committees
Help make primary care great again by attending the Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit
Take a brief survey and help researchers determine access to care for pregnant women with HIV in Texas
AAFP member census: a little information, a lot of influence
NPI brings ultrasound procedure course to San Antonio this June

March 17, 2016 – AAFP launches education campaign on Medicare payment reform
AAFP launches effort to educate members on new payment models
HHSC urges doctors to e-prescribe controlled substances
March Member of the Month: Farron Hunt, MD
Zika outreach materials from Texas DSHS
Space is limited at C. Frank Webber Lectureship, register today

March 3, 2016 – Practice transformation resources, new TAFP blog, and more
AAFP blog: HHS program offers free practice transformation support
TAFP blog: The castle and the moat
Save the date for this year’s Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit
Register for an April SAM at TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Feb. 17, 2016 – AAFP primer on new payment model, nominations due for TAFP awards, and more
From AAFP: A primer on the new payment model
Recognize yourself or a colleague with a TAFP award
Mark your calendars for drug disposal day, April 30
Apply for an immunization grant from TMA
Reserve your C. Frank Webber hotel room now for a discounted rate

Feb. 11, 2016 – Zika resources for Texas, C. Frank Webber registration, and more
Zika resource from Texas DSHS
TAFP Foundation research grants due March 1
February Member of the Month: Irvin Sulapas, MD
PQRSwizard helps AAFP members avoid 2% Medicare payment
New tool makes finding Medicaid patient records easy
Register online for C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Jan. 12, 2016 – End of Primary Care Incentive Program signifies need for new payment models
2016 marks end of Primary Care Incentive Program
January Member of the Month: Darnel Dabu, MD, MPH
Board review course with AAFP in San Antonio next month
Attend vacation CME-n-ski with Utah AFP

Dec. 9, 2015 – Apply for leadership program, Meet December’s Member of the Month, and more
Apply for TAFP leadership program by Dec. 15
Take California Academy brief survey on adolescent substance use
TAFP seeks applicants for 2016 awards, NCCL delegates and scholarships, ACLF scholarships
December Member of the Month: James Mobley, MD, MPH
Informational webinar on state of women’s health care in Texas, Dec. 17

Oct. 23, 2015 – Are you billing properly for NP, PA services? Audits may be on the rise
Doctors report insurers are auditing billing procedures for services provided by NPs, PAs
TAFP introduces physician leadership program
October Member of the Month: Janet Hurley, MD
Attend STFM’s Conference on Practice Improvement
NPI Workshops at Annual Session and Primary Care Summit

Sept. 24, 2015 – AAFP supports direct primary care legislation
AAFP sends support letter for federal direct primary care legislation
Van Winkle AAFP pres-elect vote next week
Reception for Texas attendees in Denver at AAFP’s FMX
Register for AAFP one-day direct primary care workshop in Irving
Bonus workshops at Annual Session and Primary Care Summit

Sept. 3, 2015 – Last minute tips for ICD-10 transition
Last minute ICD-10 preparations
New video on physician-led ACOs
September Member of the Month: Anthony Lyssy, DO
Submit abstract now for TAFP poster competition in November
Book hotel now for Annual Session and Primary Care Summit this November

July 23, 2015 – Free concussion webinars, Medicaid re-enrollment info, and more
AAFP concussion awareness webinars
Primary care docs see insurance payment increase
Reminder: Medicaid providers must re-enroll by March 2016
Save the date for TAFP’s biggest CME conference and annual business meeting

July 16, 2015 – Interested in direct primary care? Watch TAFP’s new video
Interested in direct primary care? Watch our new video
July Member of the Month: Ahmad Abazid, MD
TAFP blog: Texas family physicians and family planning
Save the date for TAFP’s biggest CME conference and annual business meeting

June 18, 2015 – Report: Health coverage of 1 million Texans depends on Supreme Court
Report from TACHC, TAFP says Supreme Court ruling could worsen growing consequences to Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid coverage
June Member of the Month: Tasaduq Mir, MD
HHSC looking for EHR Incentive Program reviewers

June 3, 2015 – TAFP CEO’s thoughts on legislature, Medicaid re-enrollment, & more
TAFP blog weighs in on end of legislative session
Medicaid providers must re-enroll by next spring
Registration closes June 5 for Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit
Register on site at Texas Family Medicine Symposium

May 28, 2015 – Few days left in the Texas Legislature
The clock is winding down on the Texas Legislature
Check out Van Winkle’s website for AAFP campaign
May Member of the Month: Natalia Gutierrez, MD
There is still time to register for Texas Family Medicine Symposium

May 12, 2015 – New video – “What is an ACO?”
TAFP launches “What is an ACO?” video
DSHS health advisory regarding mumps
Submit abstract now for TAFP poster competition in November
Join your colleagues in San Antonio at Texas Family Medicine Symposium

April 28, 2015 – Watch our new video, “Embracing Change”
TAFP launches awareness campaign to help members prepare for changing payment environment
April Member of the Month: Patrick Leung, MD
Special rates expire soon for Texas Family Medicine Symposium

April 15, 2015 – Congress acts to end the SGR
Congress passes SGR repeal
Register now for this year’s Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit
New MCHAT requirement for THSteps providers
HPV vaccine survey
Register for TAFP’s new CME conference this June

March 18, 2015 – AAFP urges you to Speak Out for SGR repeal
AAFP issues call to action on SGR repeal
Mentor medical students and strengthen the Texas physician workforce
Double your impact when you donate to the Student Interest Endowment in 2015
Free ICD-10 webinar April 9

Feb. 24, 2015 – TAFP Feb. Member of the Month, investing in Texas’ health, and more
February Member of the Month: Brittany Taute
Increase support for residency training and invest in Texas’ health
Applications for TMA’s Be Wise — Immunize shot clinic grants due March 1
There is still time to register for C. Frank Webber

Feb. 4, 2015 – HHS says 85% of Medicare payments to be value-based by 2018
85% of Medicare payments to be based on value by 2018
The Family Medicine Preceptorship Program is open for business
Represent Texas at AAFP spring conferences, scholarships available
Nominate yourself or a colleague for TAFP annual awards
Reserve your C. Frank Webber hotel room now for a discounted rate

Dec. 18, 2014 – Learn how to use Medicare’s new chronic care management code
Get up to speed on Medicare’s new chronic care management code
Just a few days left to make your 2014 charitable contributions
Sign up to serve as Physician of the Day at the Texas Capitol
Register online now for C. Frank Webber Lectureship and Interim Session

Nov. 20, 2014 – Meet TAFP’s Member of the Month, Nish Shah, MD
November Member of the Month: Nish Shah, MD
National Procedures Institute in San Antonio in Feb. 2015
Complete survey and improve genetic services for patients
TAFP’s all-new 2015 CME conference schedule
Make plans now to attend C. Frank Webber Lectureship in Austin, March 6

Nov. 12, 2014 – AAFP fights to avoid Medicaid cliff in primary care payments
AAFP needs your help to extend increased payment for Medicaid
Advocate for the specialty of family medicine with TAFP
Receive $15 gift card for completing Texas family planning survey
Save a stamp; pay your 2015 AAFP/TAFP dues online
Reserve your hotel today for 2015 C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Oct. 23, 2014 – Van Winkle to run for AAFP President-elect, member census, and more
Van Winkle announces campaign for AAFP president-elect
AAFP member census: a little information, a lot of influence
October Member of the Month: Terrance Hines, MD
Complete survey and improve genetic services for patients
EHRs: good, bad, or ugly?
Primary Care Summit – Dallas is only two weeks away

Oct. 2, 2014 – Hydrocodone combos move to Schedule II Oct. 6
Hydrocodone combinations become Schedule II drugs on Oct. 6
Free webinar Oct. 9 on financing integrated health care
Tell AAFP about your experience with narrowing networks
Receive $15 gift card for completing Texas family planning survey
ABFM review course in Austin, Feb. 12-15, 2015
Primary Care Summit – Houston is only two weeks away

Sept. 12, 2014 – Generic Vicodin to become Schedule II drug after Oct. 6
Hydrocodone combinations become Schedule II drugs on Oct. 6
September Member of the Month: Emily Briggs, M.D., M.P.H.
Complete survey to advance research on vaccination refusal
Special Texas Tribune Festival registration rate for TAFP members
Registration and hotel discounts for Houston and Dallas Primary Care Summits

Aug. 27, 2014 – New Medicaid pharmacy benefits and more news from TAFP
New contraceptive options available for Medicaid and TWHP patients
TAFP celebrates Hard Hats for Little Heads anniversary
New driving rules for people with medical conditions
Early bird registration discount for Primary Care Summits in Houston and Dallas

May 29, 2014 – TAFP members complete TMA Leadership College
TAFP members complete TMA Leadership College
Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award application available
Help recruit the family doctors of tomorrow by donating
TAFP Foundation research grant applications due June 2
Connect with friends and colleagues at Annual Session

April 16, 2014 – Meet TAFP’s Member of the Month
TAFP members represent Texas at AAFP national conference
Make your mark on family medicine
April Member of the Month: Bruce Russell, M.D.
Register now for May 10 DOT Certified Medical Examiner Course
ICD-10 delay does not mean to stop preparing
Register by April 24 for 2014 Texas Health Home Summit, May 8-9
Online registration open for Annual Session and Scientific Assembly

March 20, 2014 – Update on ACA Medicaid fee increase, ICD-10, and more
Attestation deadline for retroactive Medicaid payments around the corner
Report on C. Frank Webber Lectureship
CMS to conduct ICD-10 testing this July
Register now for 2014 Texas Health Home Summit, May 8-9
National Procedures Institute travels the country in 2014

Feb. 19, 2014 – Meet TAFP’s Physician of the Year
Meet TAFP’s Physician of the Year: Jasmine Sulaiman, M.D.
From the TAFP blog: CVS no longer carrying tobacco products
Take this short TAFP survey
There is still time to register for C. Frank Webber

Jan. 15, 2014 – Get answers to your prescriptive authority questions
Get answers to your questions about new prescriptive authority regulations
2014 preceptorship program opens enrollment
January Member of the Month: Dan Sepdham, M.D.
HPV and cervical cancer summit
Register online now for C. Frank Webber

Dec. 5, 2013 – Medicaid pay hike for primary care starts next month
Feds approve primary care pay hikes for Texas Medicaid
ACTION ALERT: Please take this quick 4-question survey
Five mistakes to avoid to keep auditors at bay
Physicians examining truck drivers must now be certified
TAFP sponsors free medical home event
Register for San Marcos SAM Workshop, Dec. 14

Nov. 21, 2013 – Congress considers proposal to repeal SGR
Congress works to repeal SGR as 24 percent Medicare rate cut looms
ACTION ALERT: Please take this quick 4-question survey
New law makes changes to prescriptive authority
Pay your AAFP/TAFP dues online for 2014
Sen. Nelson given TAFP Patient Advocacy Award
November Member of the Month: Domingo Caparas, Jr., M.D.
Register for December SAM Workshops
NPI heading to Texas in January

Oct. 3, 2013 – New information on enhanced Medicaid rates
Health insurance marketplace opens with technical difficulties
Prior Authorization Committees seeking members
Complete attestation now for ACA rate increase
Providers must obtain palivizumab vaccine for FFS patients through VDP
AAFP Getting Paid blog: resources regarding the Sunshine Act
Primary Care Summit – Houston is only two weeks away

Sept. 11, 2013 – HIPAA toolkit, ACA resources for small businesses, and more
HIPAA compliance date approaches
ACA update: Small businesses must inform employees of health coverage options by Oct. 1
Improving the health of your elderly patients
Steps for appealing EHR audit
Stage 2 Meaningful Use available soon
Register for December SAM workshops
Primary Care Summit – Houston hotel deadline Sept. 26

Sept. 5, 2013 – Check out our health plan marketplace toolkit
TAFP releases health insurance marketplace toolkit
CMS announces marketplace community Navigators
TAFP members selected for TMA Leadership College
New Tar Wars resources
Physician Quality Reporting System reminder
Book your hotel now for Primary Care Summits

Aug. 22, 2013 – Insurance marketplace—what you need to know
Health insurance marketplace opens this fall
August Member of the Month: Joshua Splinter, M.D.
TPHC 83rd Legislature report card
Register now for Primary Care Summit Houston and Dallas

Aug. 15, 2013 – Photos and a report from Annual Session
Family physicians gather at Annual Session
Tribune mental health symposium, Aug. 19
Attend Health Equity Summit, Aug. 29-30
CMS hosts presentation on basics of ICD-10
Primary Care Summit registration now open

July 24, 2013 – Want enhanced Medicaid fees? Complete Medicaid attestation.
Want to receive enhanced Medicaid fees under ACA? You must complete the Texas Medicaid attestation form
Download the TAFP Annual Session mobile app
July Member of the Month: Linda Siy, M.D.
HHSC accepting applications for new advisory committees
Attend Annual Session & Scientific Assembly in Fort Worth next week

June 19, 2013 – Find out how family medicine fared in the 83rd Texas Legislature
CAPITOL UPDATE: Lege strengthens physician workforce, improves women’s health care, and reduces administrative hassles for physicians
June Member of the Month: Ashok Tripathy, M.D.
E-prescribe by June 30 to avoid penalties
Enrollment opens for Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
Book your hotel room now for Annual Session & Scientific Assembly

May 30, 2013 – Loan repayment program returns!
Enrollment opens for Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
Volunteer for Physician of the Day in June
TAFP Foundation research grant applications due
Make your mark on family medicine and get involved in TAFP
Join your colleagues at 64th Annual Session in Fort Worth

May 9, 2013 – TAFP priorities progress in 83rd Legislature
CAPITOL UPDATE: Watch latest report on TAFP’s priorities in the 83rd Texas Legislature
Medicare enrollment deadline delayed
TAFP blog – Medicaid expansion: A tale of two states
Apply for TAFP Foundation research grant
TAFP members bid for TMA leadership roles
Important upcoming TAFP deadlines
Register for May 18 SAM in Corpus

April 24, 2013 – Senate votes to increase residency slots
CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate passes bill to increase residency slots
Member of the Month: Joey Koch, M.D.
AAFP News Now: AAFP responds quickly to draft proposal on SGR
Encourage patients to participate in prescription drug take-back day
Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Registration is open for Annual Session, July 31-Aug. 4 in Fort Worth

April 11, 2013 –AAFP calls on CMS to establish new E/M codes using TAFP member’s research
AAFP urges CMS to create E/M codes based on TAFP member’s research
HHSC seeks new advisory committee members
Resources for treating returning veterans
AAFP President: reform graduate medical education
Share international experiences in medicine at AAFP workshop
Spots still available for this weekend’s Dallas SAM Workshop on Asthma

April 3, 2013 – Bill to improve access to primary care approved by Senate committee
CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate committee approves bill to increase access to primary care
2 percent Medicare cut effective April 1: Novitas answers your questions
Texas Medicaid contractor begins accepting primary care attestation
Encourage patients to dispose of unused medications at National Take-Back Event
Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Attend this year’s AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference
Register online or on-site for April 13 SAM in Dallas

March 28, 2013 – May 1 Medicare deadline approaches
Upcoming Medicare deadline: Enroll by May 1
AAFP News Now: AAFP director touts benefits of team-based care during forum
Medicaid program partners with family physicians to improve patient health
Encourage patients to dispose of unused medications at National Take-Back Event
Calling all TAFP members: Make your mark on family medicine
Register today for one of three TAFP SAM workshops this spring

March 20, 2013 – Texas Medicaid attestation for ACA primary care rate increases is now available
Texas Medicaid contractor begins accepting primary care attestation
CAPITOL UPDATE: Watch TAFP’s Capitol Report
Member of the Month: Jane Sadler, M.D.
Family medicine makes a comeback in this year’s Match
Medicare EHR incentive program: Learn about payment adjustments and hardship exceptions
Just two weeks remain before the 2013 Texas Health/Medical Home Summit
Register today for one of three TAFP SAM workshops this spring

March 13, 2013 – Watch TAFP’s news video Capitol Report
CAPITOL UPDATE: Watch TAFP’s Capitol Report
AAFP News Now: What sequestration cuts mean for family physicians
Calling all TAFP members: Make your mark on family medicine
Nominate a champion for child immunization for CDC award
Support women’s preventive health care at March 20 advocacy day
TAFP presents SAM workshops in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus this spring

March 7, 2013 – TAFP Board of Directors supports Medicaid expansion for Texas
CAPITOL UPDATE: TAFP Board of Directors unanimously approves support for Medicaid expansion
Report on the 2013 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
Show your support for women’s health care at March 20 advocacy day
Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
AAFP News Now: FDA letter encourages prescribers of opioids to pursue training
Share your international experience at the 2013 AAFP Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, Oct. 10-12
Register today for a TAFP SAM Group Study Workshop this spring and make progress toward MC-FP

Feb. 28, 2013 – GME funding on the docket
CAPITOL UPDATE: Key House committee explores expansion of residency positions
AAFP News Now: AAFP releases second Choosing Wisely list of tests, procedures that physicians, patients should question
Join medical home experts for statewide summit in Austin April 4-5
Take family medicine’s message to the Hill with AAFP’s congressional conference
Register on-site for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Feb. 14, 2013 – Introducing the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition
CAPITOL UPDATE: New coalition advocates for women’s health care
Member of the Month: Rosanne Popp, M.D.
Feb. 28 is Medicare EHR attestation deadline
Register for Feb. 19 CMS call on PQRS and e-prescribing
AAFP Leader Voices: Docs seeking strong connection to patients could find it in rural practice
Be a family medicine advocate, register now for TAFP’s Legislative Action Day
Time is running out; register today for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Feb. 7, 2013 – Watch TAFP’s new advocacy video
CAPITOL UPDATE: New TAFP video urges lawmakers to improve
Texas primary care physician workforce
AAFP News Now: HHS rolls out HIPAA omnibus rule
Check out TAFP’s magazine for the latest family medicine news
TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads
Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s 2013 awards
Apply for funded spots to AAFP’s NCSC and ALF by tomorrow
Register today for a TAFP SAM Group Study workshop this spring and
make progress toward MC-FP

Jan. 31, 2013 – Senate committee takes up GME funding
CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate Finance considers higher education budget
Be a family medicine advocate, register now for TAFP’s Legislative Action Day
Overwhelmingly, stakeholders support family medicine residencies
2013 Texas Health/Medical Home Summit comes to Austin in April
Deadline approaching to apply for funded spots to AAFP’s NCSC and ALF
Make progress toward your ABFM certification at the C. Frank Webber SAMs

Jan. 24, 2013 – House, Senate lay out base budgets
CAPITOL UPDATE: House, Senate lay out base budgets
Member of the Month: Arie Marancenbaum, M.D.
TAFP Blog: Have you ever attended ALF or NCSC? Why not this year?
Apply for immunization clinic grant
Make plans to attend the 2013 C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Jan. 11, 2013 – 83rd Texas Legislature convenes
CAPITOL UPDATE: 83rd Texas Legislature convenes
Congress averts fiscal cliff, staves off Medicare physician pay cut
Represent Texas at AAFP spring conferences
Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s 2013 awards
Texas Medicaid EHR incentive program: 2012 participation deadline is March 16
Statewide conference focuses on expanding access to medical home
Register for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship in March

Dec. 18, 2012 – Dual-eligible payments partially restored
Legislative Budget Board partially reverses physician pay cut for dual-eligibles
HHSC delays Medicaid fee increase for now
Speak out now to protect family medicine
Member of the Month: Jerry Abraham, M.P.H.
Sign up today to be a Physician of the Day at the Texas Capitol
Help curb childhood obesity with AAFP’s Ready, Set, FIT!
Happy holidays from your Academy
Now open: Register for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship in March

Dec. 6, 2012 – Act now to help avert Medicare fee cut
Clock ticking on Congress to act on Medicare SGR, federal budget
Pay your AAFP/TAFP dues online for 2013
Flu season arrives early this year
View the latest posts on TAFP’s blog
Make a resolution to get more from your practice in 2013

Nov. 20, 2012 – Member of the Month, Sign up for Physician of the Day, and more
Member of the Month: Charles Caskey, M.D.
Sign up today to be a Physician of the Day at the Texas Capitol
Study: Patients are very satisfied with family physicians
AAFP News Now: 52,000 more primary care physicians needed by 2025
Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s 2013 awards
Learn a new procedure and get more from your practice

Nov. 9, 2012 – Election results, e-prescribing deadline extension, and more
Election results confirm strong position for family medicine in 83rd Texas Legislature
CMS extends e-prescribing hardship deadline
Austin family physician tells lawmakers to restore funding to physician education loan repayment program
AAFP News Now: Increasing primary care residency positions critical to alleviating physician shortages, says AAMC
AAFP News Now: AAFP kicks off social media campaign of Thanksgiving
Great American Smokeout presents opportunity for tobacco cessation education
Make plans to attend a TAFP SAM Group Study workshop and work on your MC-FP

Oct. 25, 2012 – Be an advocate for family medicine
TAFP members can make a difference this legislative session
Member of the Month: Jorge Duchicela, M.D.
TAFP past president Van Winkle elected to AAFP Board of Directors
Support the AAFP Foundation with the dues check-off campaign
GO! Diabetes completes its fourth year, celebrates highlights in Fieldbook 2012
Attend a TAFP SAM workshop and make progress toward your MC-FP

Oct. 9, 2012 – TAFPPAC endorsements, AAFP Speak Out alert, and more
Check out TAFPPAC’s list of endorsed candidates
AAFP News Now: AAFP launches grass-roots campaign to block pending Medicare cuts
Texas Medicaid Wellness Program offers care management resources to improve patient health
TAFP advocates for physician inclusion in vaccine listing
Connect with TAFP on social media to network, interact with peers and your Academy
Make plans to attend Primary Care Summit – Dallas today

Sept. 13, 2012 – Member of the Month, fight for preceptorships, and more
Member of the Month: Elizabeth Tran, M.D.
It’s time to fight for the Statewide Primary Care Preceptorship Program
New loan repayment program to draw physicians to central Texas
HRSA meeting on rural health services to be held in Austin, Sept. 26-28
2012-2013 Tar Wars guide now available
Apply for a grant for your Be Wise — Immunize event
Develop obesity prevention and reduction strategies at October summit
Register for Primary Care Summit today: Early Bird discount ends Sept. 27

Aug. 21, 2012 – CMS requires prior authorization for PMDs, new Member of the Month, and more
Member of the Month: Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, M.D., M.P.H.
Physicians must obtain prior authorization for power mobility devices starting Sept. 1
Were you inspired by a family medicine preceptorship as a medical student?
DPS launches online prescription drug monitoring program to curb abuse
AAFP News Now: Seven core principles could save costs, improve care, reform Medicare physician payment systems
DSHS: Encourage 18-year-old patients to consent to ImmTrac adult immunization registry
TAFP offers two SAM workshops at both Primary Care Summit symposia

July 31, 2012 – Annual Session report and pictures
Family physicians come together in the heart of Texas
Member of the Month: Troy Russell
Recognize your practice through new awards program
Observe National Immunization Awareness Month in August and alert patients to the lifetime need for immunizations
AAFP News Now: AAFP needs you to help veterans obtain benefits
Registration for 2012 Primary Care Summit is now open

June 28, 2012 – Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
Member of the Month: Christina Kelly, M.D.
Resources available on vaccine requirements for college students
AAFP News Now: Take advantage of latest Advance Payment ACO Model funding opportunity
AAFP presents the 2012 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop
Claim your spot at the NPI Hospitalist Procedures Workshop

May 31, 2012 – Get the scoop on Annual Session
Explore TAFP’s hometown during Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
TAFP members represent Texas at national advocacy conference
TexMed report: Foxhall re-elected to TMA Board of Trustees, family physicians honored for service
HHSC introduces electronic learning tools on EHR incentive program
Entering college students must get meningitis vaccine

May 10, 2012 – Report from ALF/NCSC, Member of the Month, and more
Report from AAFP’s NCSC, ALF: Family medicine is an unstoppable force
Member of the Month: Edwin R. Franks, M.D.
TAFP leader makes bid for TMA leadership role
Calling all TAFP members: Make your mark on family medicine
TAFP Foundation names three Kolb scholarship recipients
Get more from your practice by learning a new procedure
Learn about payment reform models with TAFP online videos

April 26, 2012 – Member of the Month, GME, ACOs, and more
Member of the Month: Ikemefuna Charles Okwuwa, M.D.
Report: Texas residency slots not keeping up with medical school graduates
CMS names first ACOs approved for Medicare Shared Savings Program
TAFP re-launches Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship
E-prescribing penalties, incentives begin June 30
New HBO documentary examines costs and consequences of obesity
Attention residents and students: Attend AAFP’s National Conference
Registration open for TAFP’s Annual Session and Scientific Assembly

April 12, 2012 – Member of the Month, ICD-10 delay, and more
Member of the Month: Dustin Pratt, M.D.
HHS proposes one-year delay of ICD-10 deadline
AAFP joins Choosing Wisely campaign to cut use of unnecessary medical interventions
Family medicine Match rate increases slightly
Health information exchanges take off in Texas
Save the date for TexMed, May 18-19 in Dallas
Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Now open: Register for TAFP’s Annual Session and Scientific Assembly

March 6, 2012 – View news and photos from the C. Frank Webber Lectureship
News from the 2012 C. Frank Webber Lectureship
CMS announces next stage for providers adopting electronic health records
TAFP Foundation votes to fund two family medicine research projects
Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
AAFP to host 2012 Family Medicine Congressional Conference May 14-15
Veterans’ rural health committee to hold meeting March 29-30
Thank you to all C. Frank Webber Lectureship attendees

Feb. 21, 2012 – Welcome to the all-new TAFP.org
Welcome to the all-new TAFP.org
AAFP News Now: AAFP denounces Congress for failing to repeal “crippling” SGR formula
AAFP News Now: HHS to delay ICD-10 implementation date
Member of the Month: John Redman, M.D., M.S.
Attest to meaningful use, file Medicare Part B claims before Feb. 29 deadlines
Reminder: Physicians must verify medical necessity before signing certification forms
ABFM announces changes to MC-FP entry and re-entry requirements
Online CME available from TAFP and AAFP

Jan. 24, 2012 – Member of the Month, SGR action, and more
Member of the Month: Lisa Doggett, M.D., M.P.H.
AAFP launches renewed push to block Medicare payment cut and repeal SGR
Richard Young, M.D., selected to be a CMS innovation advisor
HHSC eliminates Medicaid payments of Medicare Part B coinsurance, deductibles for dual-eligible patients
CMS accepts appeals for e-prescribing and PQRS
Sign up to hold a Brain Injury Awareness Month bike helmet giveaway this March
TAFP seeks applicants for 2012 awards, NCSC delegates and scholarships, and ALF scholarships
Make progress toward your ABFM certification at the C. Frank Webber SAM

QuickInfo

Jan. 5, 2012 – DSHS changes vaccine programs, plus call for TAFP award nominations and NCSC/ALF delegates

Dec. 13, 2011 – Congress likely to approve one-year SGR extension

Nov. 16, 2011 – Wal-Mart health care expansion, Member of the Month, and HHSC proposal

Nov. 1, 2011 – Austin family physician named to new HHSC post

Oct. 18, 2011 – E-prescribing, Members of the Month, and a new look for TFP

Oct. 5, 2011 – Summit recap: Physicians must lead reform

Sept. 13, 2011 – Watch AAFP Congress of Delegates live online

Aug. 23, 2011 – SGR, Medicare physician pay debate returns

Aug. 9, 2011 – Call for ideas to rescue primary care in Texas

July 26, 2011 – Connect with TAFP via Annual Session live stream video, social media

July 7, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Lege concludes; Watch TAFP’s video recap

June 22, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: IMG bill becomes law; Health reform bill in trouble

June 2, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Lege tackles Medicaid reform in special session

May 24, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Family medicine residency programs face massive cut

May 17, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Time is running out on Lege

May 3, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate stalls on budget

April 21, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Physicians testify against scope bills

April 12, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: View the latest Capitol Report webcast

April 4, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: House passes budget

March 24, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: House committee passes budget

March 17, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Legislative news, Member of the Month, C. Frank Webber report, and more

March 10, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: House hears workforce bill

March 3, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: NP bills filed, TAFP releases policy brief

Feb. 17, 2011 – CAPITOL UPDATE: Watch the first edition of Capitol Report video