June 22, 2011

CAPITOL UPDATE: IMG licensure bill signed into law
The bill to allow international medical graduates to receive a medical license after two years of residency instead of three has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. The law will bolster the primary care workforce and make the state a more viable practice site for qualified, Texas-trained physicians. Plus, read about the fate of the omnibus health care reform bill. more...

From AAFP News Now: Academy strongly urges changes in RUC structure, process
After much deliberation, AAFP Board Chair Lori Heim, M.D., of Vass, N.C., sent a strongly-worded letter to Barbara Levy, M.D., chair of the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, or RUC, calling on the committee to make changes in the RUCís structure, process, and procedures. AAFP says this is one step toward ensuring that the health care services provided by family physicians are appropriately valued. Go to www.aafp.org/news to read the full story.

Member of the Month: Christine Criscuolo Higgins, M.D.
Academic physicianís love of fitness inspires community involvement
Meet our June Member of the Month, Christine Criscuolo Higgins, M.D., clinical faculty at the Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio. Her approach to medicine combines her family medicine training, passion for the underserved, and love of fitness. more...

Donít have time for an MBA? Get business training from AAFP
AAFP has released a new toolkit, the ďAAFP Family Physician Mini MBA Resource Guide,Ē to help physicians learn about the business side of managing a medical practice. Its three sections address employed physicians, basic management skills, and advanced managements skills. more...


Register before June 30 to save $100 on your Annual Session registration
Register today for TAFPís 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel July 27-31 to get the best deal on great CME and social events. The Early Bird deadline for Annual Session registration is Thursday, June 30. Go to the Annual Session section of www.tafp.org to register today.