June 2, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: 82nd Legislature adjourns, special session begins
Health care reform bills get second chance
Lawmakers knew by Monday evening that midnight wouldn’t spell the end of the 82nd Texas Legislature. They were back Tuesday for the first called special session to work on two major budget-related issues: school financing and Medicaid reform. The good news is that this gives key health care reform bills a second chance at passage. more...

Advisory committee for family medicine residencies grapples with cuts
Family medicine residency program directors from across the state gathered in Austin this week to make recommendations on how to divide state support for their programs after losing three quarters of their funding for 2012-2013. more...

Prepare now for HIPAA transaction standards change
New format starts in six months, testing day is June 15
If you haven’t already heard of it or think it is only an information technology issue, now is a good time to learn about the upcoming change to the HIPAA 5010 transaction standards. If you wait until the end of 2011, you risk not being paid or having to pay a clearinghouse to convert your transactions by the compliance date on Jan. 1, 2012. more...

Save on back-to-school vaccines with purchasing program Atlantic Health Partners
Save on your vaccine purchases and get a valuable advocate in your corner by joining TAFP partner Atlantic Health Partners. Atlantic is a vaccine purchasing program that negotiates directly with manufacturers to get the most favorable prices and purchasing terms for your office vaccines. more...


Annual Session is approved for 24 AAFP Prescribed Credits
Join us July 27-31, 2011, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, for the 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly and earn 24 AAFP Prescribed Credits to help you fulfill your membership requirements and participate in high quality continuing medical education. All of our education programs are tailored to family physicians guided by a committee of family physicians to ensure relevance to family medicine. For more information and to register, go to the Annual Session section of www.tafp.org.