April 4, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: House approves budget
The House approved its version of the 2012-2013 budget Sunday night, wrapping up nearly three days of floor debate on amendments and state priorities. Appropriations Chair Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, admits that the budget comes up short on essential functions of the state—including health services—but says that representatives worked with the money available. All eyes are now on the Senate. more...

Sign up for Physician of the Day in April and May
Seven spots remain this session
TAFP needs you to volunteer to serve as a Physician of the Day at the Capitol. Four dates are available in April and need to be filled immediately: April 8, 12, 15, and 29. Three dates are left in May: May 10, 16, and 30. more...

CMS releases ACO guidelines
Plus, check out new resources for family physicians
After months of waiting, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the draft regulations for the Medicare shared savings program, through which physicians organized into accountable care organizations can receive bonuses for meeting quality and cost goals. To help family physicians better understand and evaluate ACOs, AAFP, TAFP, and other state chapters collaborated to develop a set of resources on practice affiliation. more...

Calling all researchers: Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Show off your research at the 2011 TAFP Student, Resident, and Community Physician Poster Competition, to be held during Annual Session on July 29 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in downtown Dallas. The top resident will win a $300 cash prize and up to $1,500 in travel funding to attend a national research conference. The deadline to submit an application and abstract is May 13. more...


Save the date: Next year’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship is March 2, 2012
To avoid spring break and music festival crowds, the dates for the C. Frank Webber Lectureship in 2012 and 2013 have been moved up a week. Mark your calendars for March 2, 2012, and March 1, 2013, so you don’t miss the high-quality continuing medical education of this one-day conference. To view upcoming symposia dates, go to the Upcoming Events page of the TAFP website, www.tafp.org/professional-development/events.