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HIPAA compliance date approaches
AMA releases toolkit to assist physicians in compliance

The American Medical Association recently released a toolkit to assist physicians with an upcoming HIPAA deadline. Covered entities that have signed new business agreements since the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule was published have until Sept. 23 to comply with the new regulations. AMA’s toolkit includes instructions for compliance, frequently asked questions, and templates for privacy notices and agreements. For more on the HIPAA deadline and the AMA toolkit, read this TAFP news story.

ACA update: Small businesses must inform employees of health coverage options by Oct. 1
Do you have fewer than 25 employees in your practice? If so, you must provide your workers notice of new health coverage options available under the Affordable Care Act by the end of the month or face possible fines of $100 per worker per day. Read more for details, web resources, and two model notices you can use.

Improving the health of your elderly patients
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that many seniors are still not vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia, conditions that can be fatal for the elderly. Keep in mind that Atlantic Health Partners offers TAFP members favorable pricing and terms for Merck and Sanofi vaccines. Their mission is to positively impact medical practice performance and public health outcomes by empowering physicians to more cost-effectively and efficiently provide immunizations to patients. Contact AHP at (800) 741-2044 or by e-mail at info@atlantichealthpartners.com to better determine how Atlantic can help your practice. You can also visit their website at www.atlantichealthpartners.com.

Steps for appealing EHR audit
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act requires states to audit payments to providers and hospitals participating in the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. If you are audited and wish to file an appeal, follow the steps outlined in this PDF. For more on the EHR program, visit www.texasehrincentives.com.

Stage 2 Meaningful Use available soon
Stage 2 of Meaningful Use will be available for eligible hospitals beginning Oct. 1, 2013 and for eligible professionals Jan. 1, 2014. The attestation portal will be available for hospitals in January 2014 and for professionals April 2014. Download this PDF for more on preparing for Stage 2.


Register for December SAM workshops
TAFP will hold two standalone Self-Assessment Module Group Study Workshops this December, both of which you can now register for online. The SAM Workshop on Hypertension is Dec. 7 in Dallas and the SAM Workshop on Coronary Artery Disease is Dec. 14 in San Marcos. To register for these and other upcoming TAFP events, go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/events.

Primary Care Summit – Houston hotel deadline Sept. 26
TAFP has negotiated a special group rate with the Westin Oaks in Houston for Primary Care Summit attendees. The rate, $155 for single and double rooms, is available until Thursday, Sept. 26, or until all rooms are reserved, whichever comes first. For more on booking your hotel visit www.tafp.org/professional-development/pcs-houston/hotel.