Archives / 2020 / September
  • TAFP report outlines five-point plan to transform health care in Texas

    Tags: Marshall Plan, prospective payment, 87th Texas Legislature

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Texas’ fragmented health care system has long been plagued by ever-rising costs, inconsistent access to care, poor health outcomes, and a shrinking primary care workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed those critical weaknesses and laid bare the undeniable socioeconomic inequity endemic to our health care system.

    In response to the ongoing pandemic, TAFP commissioned a report from FTI Consulting, an independent global business advisory firm, to study the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Texas’ health care system. The report, “The Primary Care Marshall Plan: A Five-Point Plan to Transform Health Care in Texas” lays out specific actions that policymakers should take to reimagine and transform how primary care is funded and delivered to improve the health and economic productivity of Texans, reduce overall health care spending, and prepare us for future public health emergencies.

  • Change is on the horizon

    Tags: sokunbi, race, racism, equity

    By Yetunde Sokunbi, MD

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

  • Review proposed TAFP Bylaws amendments

    Tags: proposed bylaws amendments

    At this year's virtual Annual Business Meeting and Member Assembly on October 24, 2020, members will have the chance to vote on two amendments to the TAFP Bylaws. The proposed amendments are in accordance with the TAFP Bylaws, Chapter XVII, Amendment of Bylaws. An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting at the annual business meeting shall constitute adoption. For a complete copy of the TAFP Bylaws, contact Kathy McCarthy at (512) 329-8666, ext. 114. The Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors recommend adoption of these amendments.

    Chapter XII. Board of Directors, Subchapter I. Policy and Procedure, Section 7

    Each member of the Board of Directors shall have one vote. Action taken by a mail or electronic ballot in which a majority of Board members indicate their agreement in writing or during a virtual meeting shall constitute a valid action of the Board if reported at the next regular meeting or via meeting minutes or ballot summary.

  • DSHS offers COVID-19 communications tools for businesses

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Recently, the Texas Department of State Health Services created COVID-19 communication tools to help you operate your business safely. Tools include videos, social media graphics and animations, plus printable posters. You also have access to minimum recommended health protocols for safe operation. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

    The materials promote health safety practices. You can display posters in high-traffic areas such as entrances, lobbies, restrooms, and break rooms. You can post social media content on your channels. You can also feature these messages in employee communication. And you can share these resources with others to use.