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Feds approve primary care pay hikes for Texas Medicaid
Payments begin January 2014, but physicians must complete form to be eligible

Good news! The Medicaid fee increases promised in the Affordable Care Act will start rolling in next month. If you complete the attestation form before April 1, 2014, you’ll receive retroactive payment for claims back to Jan. 1, 2013. Check out this story for more information and the link to the form.

ACTION ALERT: Please take this quick 4-question survey
With plans in the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace scheduled to begin providing coverage on Jan. 1, 2014, we’d like to know how many members have been approached by plans in the marketplace and how many of you have signed on to participate. We really appreciate your response. Take the survey!

Five mistakes to avoid to keep auditors at bay
Compliance audits have become more common in the last few years, increasing the amount of refunds and penalties physicians face. Read these top five documentation mistakes providers make to help you avoid audits. Find out what the five mistakes are in this Texas Family Physician practice management piece.

Physicians examining truck drivers must now be certified
A new rule requires physicians to be certified according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to examine interstate truck drivers. Doctors wishing to continue these exams must take a FMCSA course and complete the test by May 21, 2014. TAFP is helping to put on a course in Fort Worth next February. Read this TAFP news story for more on the rule and to register for the course.

TAFP sponsors free medical home event
TAFP is working with the National American College of Physicians Center for Quality to sponsor an education activity next month in San Antonio. The event focuses on the medical home and chronically ill and diabetic patients. Space is limited, so register now.


Register for San Marcos SAM Workshop, Dec. 14
Still need a SAM before the end of the year? Register now for the SAM Workshop on Coronary Artery Disease held in San Marcos on Dec. 14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The workshop will be moderated by Dale Moquist, M.D., at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference Center. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/events to see more about the SAM and register.