January 5, 2012
Reduced funding, increased vaccine prices prompt DSHS program changes
Several factors have spurred changes to the DSHS Texas Vaccines for Children and Adult Safety Net programs. Among the new policies, each child with private insurance that covers vaccines will no longer be eligible for routine vaccinations at local public health clinics through TVFC, and ASN will provide vaccines only to uninsured adults, not underinsured adults.
AAFP News Now: Congress approves legislation temporarily blocking Medicare pay cut
In a last-minute effort before the holiday break, Congress came together to pass a bill to extend the Medicare physician payment rate for the next two months, blocking a 27.4 percent payment reduction that was scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. AAFP President Glen Stream lambasts the “last-minute, inadequate legislation,” saying that “Americans are tired of short-term, insufficient answers to long-standing problems.” Read more about the national Academy’s response in this Dec. 23 AAFP News Now article.
AAFP News Now: TAFP overcomes attempts to legislate independent practice for nurses
In this month’s state chapter feature, AAFP turns to Texas to highlight our Academy’s effort to educate lawmakers and the public on the importance of scope of practice laws in the face of a primary care physician shortage and the push from advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, for independent practice. Read more in the Dec. 28 AAFP News Now article.
Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFP’s 2012 awards
TAFP is now accepting nominations for our major annual awards: Physician of the Year, Physician Emeritus, Public Health Award, Exemplary Teaching Awards, and the Special Constituency Leadership Award. They will be presented at the 63rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Austin this July. Consider recognizing yourself or a colleague. Nomination materials are due Friday, Feb. 10.
Apply for delegate spots and scholarships for AAFP’s NCSC and ALF conferences
Conferences will be held May 3-5, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo.
TAFP is looking for the 2012 delegation to AAFP’s National Conference of Special Constituencies and Annual Leadership Forum, and applicants for TAFP scholarships to these conferences. Seven spots are available for NCSC: a representative for each special constituency and two scholarships. Two ALF scholarships are available to any up-and-coming leader, no experience required. Apply for all positions by Friday, Feb. 10.
2012 C. Frank Webber Lectureship offers great education for great price
Secure your hotel reservations today
Make plans to join TAFP for one of the year’s most anticipated CME conferences for primary care physicians, the 2012 C. Frank Webber Lectureship March 2 at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. The one-day conference offers attendees up to 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of engaging, high-quality continuing education for only $125 for TAFP members. Also, be sure to make your hotel reservation at our host hotel for a great conference experience. Go to the C. Frank Webber section of www.tafp.org to register and for hotel reservation information.