March 10, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: House committee hears testimony on IMG licensure bill
Lawmakers have been busy at the Capitol filing bills before the deadline tomorrow, March 11. More than 4,000 have been filed to date. In this Capitol Update, we bring you coverage on a bill to ease the licensure process for international medical graduates and two bills to ban smoking in public places in Texas, plus we report on TAFPís Legislative Action Day. more...

TAFP launches HIT Toolkit for Family Physicians
Learn how you can get $40,000 - $60,000 in HIT incentive payments
Your Academy has made available a library of tools and resources to help family physicians access health information technology incentive payments under the federal stimulus bill. From defining ďmeaningful useĒ and determining your EHR readiness, to utilizing Regional Extension Center services, the toolkit contains everything you need to implement, upgrade, or improve your electronic health record and earn up to $44,000 - $63,750 in payments through Medicare or Medicaid. The California AFP developed the resources with grant support from The Physicians Foundation, and TAFP staff tailored them to Texas. Check it out at

Stay up to date on C. Frank Webber with Twitter hashtag, #cfw2011
Do you tweet? TAFP members with a Twitter account are encouraged to use TAFPís conference-specific hashtag #cfw2011 when tweeting about the 2011 C. Frank Webber Lectureship. TAFP staff will be tweeting, too, so members not able to attend can follow all of the action by entering ďcfw2011Ē in the search box at the top of any Twitter webpage. Even if you donít have a Twitter account, you can still participate; visit TAFPís Twitter page at

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