February 17, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: Budget hearings continue, senator files payment reform pilots
Plus, view this session’s first edition of CAPITOL REPORT webcast
House Appropriations subcommittees have begun hearing testimony on budget issues near and dear to family medicine, Senate Finance continues to churn through the budget, and two bills filed in the Senate would implement innovative payment reform pilots in Medicaid and the private insurance market. more...

TAFP releases multi-page policy brief on scope of practice
The first of its kind, your Academy has published a multi-page policy brief titled, “The Question of Independent Diagnosis and Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Texas: Is the Reward Worth the Risk?” As the name suggests, the white paper explores scope of practice in a scholarly manner, providing cited facts you can use when speaking with legislators and the public. Read more about the brief and download the whole document. more...

TAFP launches program to recognize outstanding family physicians
Presenting our inaugural Member of the Month: Chrisette Dharma, M.D.
Your Academy is proud to launch a new program that celebrates the best and brightest of family medicine, the Member of the Month program. Each month, TAFP will present a short biography and question-and-answer segment that gives voice to these outstanding family physicians. Read about our first member of the month, Chrisette Dharma, M.D., of Dallas, and consider nominating a colleague. more...

Texas’ family medicine preceptorship program needs you
Want to make a real difference in the future of family medicine? Sign up to host a pre-clinical medical student through the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program. Find out how. more...

New AAFP service helps physicians share electronic information securely
AAFP Physicians Direct is a new service that supports secure, electronic communication between physicians. Using Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability, it can help physicians more easily and securely share information such as referrals, patient summaries, discharge summaries, and lab results when providing their patients’ care. The cost to subscribe is $15 per physician per month. more...

TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads: Get children moving, give away free helmets
Help combat the rising childhood obesity rate by encouraging physical activity among your young patients. By volunteering for TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program, you can encourage wheeled activities while equipping the kids with bicycle helmets to keep them safe. Plus, TAFP members who sign up can get 100 helmets for free. more...

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Bridges to Excellence team up to improve quality
How do you increase the quality of patient care, enhance practice income, and, at the same time, reduce the cost of health care? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Bridges to Excellence propose Texas physicians can do these things through a new program that rewards them for superior care of patients with chronic conditions. Find out how you can participate in the program in an article in the latest issue of Texas Family Physician magazine written by TAFP member Eduardo Sanchez, M.D. Go to www.tafp.org/news/TFP.


C. Frank Webber likely to sell out, register today to secure your spot
Spots are going quickly for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship, Friday, March 11, at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, and the popular symposium is likely to sell out. Don’t miss your chance to earn 11.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™; register today. Go to the C. Frank Webber section of the TAFP website, www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw.