March 24, 2011
CAPITOL UPDATE: House budget passes committee, retains stark cuts
The House Appropriations Committee approved the House’s version of the budget yesterday, and the new bill doesn’t stray far from the draft introduced at the beginning of the session. Cuts are deep and hit education and health and human services—the two largest spending areas of state money—particularly hard.
TAFP urges Legislature to support Texas family medicine residency programs
The latest TAFP issue brief asks the Texas Legislature to invest in family medicine residency programs, dubbed “the lifeblood of the state’s primary care physician workforce” by the authors. The 28 programs in Texas provide health care for the neediest populations in the state, and ensure Texas will have a strong foundation of primary care for the future.
More medical students match into family medicine residencies in 2011
Family medicine made gains in the 2011 match, with 2,576 medical students choosing to pursue family medicine residencies. Analysts say increased interest in primary care stems from increased awareness of the primary care physician shortage and implications of federal health care reform.
FPM: Five common coding mistakes that are costing you
Accurate coding for your services is essential to maintaining a healthy medical practice. Check out the latest issue of Family Practice Management for five common mistakes physicians make that could be costing your practice revenue. View the article on FPM’s website, www.aafp.org/fpm.
AAFP to host Family Medicine Congressional Conference May 9-10
Do you want to influence politics on a national level? At AAFP’s Family Medicine Congressional Conference in Washington, D.C., attendees from around the country will learn how to develop relationships with congressional leaders and staff, and take these new skills to the streets to educate them.
Wanna escape? Catch a flight and join NPI in an exciting location this year
Don’t miss the opportunity to take a break from your practice to enhance your practice! The National Procedures Institute has courses planned throughout the year designed to give primary care physicians the skills they need to incorporate procedures into their office. Learn and grow with NPI in Charleston; Nashville; San Francisco; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Tampa; or Phoenix. View the 2011 schedule of courses at www.npinstitute.com/calendar.asp and plan your vacation today.