May 24, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: Family medicine residency programs face massive cut in budget agreement
Plus, watch the latest edition of Capitol Report webcast
The budget conference committee has forged an agreement on state spending in 2012-2013 that cuts state funding for family medicine residency training by 73.6 percent. Also, read about the failure of three bills aimed at expanding nurse practitionersí scope of practice, and get an update on this sessionís public health efforts. more...

CMS announces new ACO model, considers advance payments to attract physicians
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced changes to the draft regulations for accountable care organizations. One provides a fast-track for developed ACOs to get to new payment models, and the other would provide funds upfront for physicians at the beginning of the process to form a collaborative care arrangement. more...

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EDUCATION UPDATE

Catch up with old friends and make new ones at Annual Session special events
Be sure to clear your social calendar for great special events at the 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Dallas July 27-31. The TAFP Foundation will host a special reception Friday evening to honor AAFP President Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., for his service to the specialty and to raise money for a new scholarship in his name. Saturday night is the casino-themed Presidentís Party where guests will enjoy a full buffet dinner, a DJ, and classic casino games, all from the 38th floor of the Sheraton Dallas hotel. Read about these events and more on the Annual Session page of TAFPís website.