September 13, 2011

Watch AAFP Congress of Delegates sessions, opening ceremony online
See AAFP’s policy-making body at work in the Congress of Delegates daily general sessions, available live online through UStream. The sessions will be broadcast through tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 14. Can’t watch live? All videos will be archived and available to watch at your convenience, including Sunday’s Town Hall meeting. more...

Member of the Month: Aaron Segal, M.D.
“Family practice” holds extra meaning for Plano physician
Meet September’s Member of the Month, Aaron Segal, M.D., of Plano. In practice with his wife and father, he reflects on his experience working with family, gives thoughts on the broken reimbursement model, and tells how one ride in a college campus ambulance sealed his destiny to become a physician. more...

AAFP, specialty organizations develop strategy to avoid Medicare payment cut
Ramping up the effort to advocate against damaging cuts to Medicare and graduate medical education, AAFP met with representatives from seven medical societies and seven professional organizations last Wednesday to work on a unified strategy for approaching the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as its members formulate a plan to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending. more...

TAFP recognized for excellence in scope of practice advocacy
TAFP has again won AAFP’s Leadership in State Government Advocacy award, this year for our effort to preserve physicians’ scope of practice against attacks from advanced practice registered nurses in the 82nd Legislature. Read more about the comprehensive education package and collaborative effort of TAFP members and staff. more...

AAFP News Now: Bundled payment initiative may provide opportunities for family medicine
Program focuses on reducing expensive hospitalizations
A new broad-based initiative from CMS will pay a predetermined amount to physicians and hospitals for managing patient care inside and outside of hospitals, and could give participating family physicians an opportunity to enhance patient care—as well as their incomes—by successfully reducing and preventing patient hospitalizations. As reported in an Aug. 31 AAFP News Now article, the initiative could lead to better quality of care and big savings for the Medicare program. Read it here.


Reserve your Primary Care Summit hotel room before group rate deadline
Get the best deal on your lodging for the 2011 Primary Care Summit in Houston and Dallas; make your hotel reservations today. The group rate for the Westin Oaks in Houston is available until Sept. 21, and the rate for the Westin Galleria in Dallas is available until Oct. 14. Go to the conference pages for more details and to reserve your room online.

TAFP to hold six more SAM workshops in 2011
Date for Lubbock program now Dec. 10
The ABFM SAM Group Study Workshop on Asthma in Lubbock has been moved to Dec. 10. Including the Lubbock program, there are just six more opportunities to attend a SAM workshop in 2011 and make progress toward your American Board of Family Medicine’s Maintenance of Certification. Join TAFP in Houston or Dallas Oct. 21-22 and Nov. 11-12, respectively, for the SAMs on preventive care and heart failure; in Lubbock on Dec. 10 for the SAM on asthma; and in San Antonio on Dec. 10 for the SAM on depression. For more information and to register, go to