August 9, 2011
Help wanted: Send us your ideas for the Primary Care Rescue Act
The legislative interim, full of promise and opportunity, is the time to lay the groundwork for our next major initiative: the Primary Care Rescue Act. We need your ideas to make it great. Check out the most recent post on the TAFP blog, www.tafp.org/blog, to read about the plan and to give us your ideas.
Report from TAFP’s 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly
Plus, view a series of photos from the conference
At TAFP’s 2011 Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Dallas, TAFP members earned high-quality CME, shaped Academy policy through two dozen business meetings, made industry connections through the Exhibit Hall, and enjoyed special events. The Academy also bolstered its use of social media to draw in those unable to attend and to make the attendee experience even better. Read a full report in the Annual Session recap.
Did you see TAFP’s live stream? View the archived video
With the support of the Texas Medical Liability Trust, TAFP went live online Saturday, July 30, bringing members a live stream of the Annual Session lecture “Know Before You Sign! What to Look for in a Physician Employment Contract, Including Employment by Non-Profit Health Corporations” with speaker Doug Kennedy, J.D. This was all part of the larger social media effort that the Academy hopes to expand for future conferences. View the archived video on Ustream.
Texas Medicaid announces changes to obstetrical delivery procedure codes, elective deliveries
Starting Oct. 1, physicians billing Texas Medicaid for obstetrical deliveries must include a modifier with these procedure codes. The program will deny claims for any induction or cesarean delivery before 39 weeks gestation if not medically necessary and properly documented. The goal is to reduce morbidity for the babies and their mothers from birth trauma and consequences of failed inductions.
Sign up for TAFP’s SAM series and make progress toward ABFM MC-FP
Your Academy will offer six more ABFM Self-Assessment Modules in 2011. Join TAFP in Lubbock on Oct. 1 for the SAM on asthma; in Houston or Dallas Oct. 21-22 and Nov. 11-12, respectively, for the SAMs on preventive care and heart failure; and in San Antonio on Dec. 10 for the SAM on diabetes. Attending one of TAFP’s SAM programs helps you make progress toward one component of the American Board of Family Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification process. For more information and to register, go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/maintenance-of-certification.
Take the lead in payment reform, attend TAFP’s Oct. 1 summit
As health insurance premiums continue to spiral upward and patients are forced to take on a larger share of their health care costs, policymakers and stakeholders must find real solutions for the current unsustainable payment and delivery system that goes beyond slashing physician payment or denying patient care. Physicians are in a unique position to take the lead and craft thoughtful payment reform proposals that move away from the old system. Join the Academy on Oct. 1 at the Omni Austin at Southpark in Austin, Texas, for the Payment Reform Summit “Lead or Be Led: How to Thrive in the Evolving Health Care Delivery System.” Attendees can earn up to 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. For more information and to register, go to www.tafp.org/advocacy.