October 5, 2011

Physician leaders share strategies at Payment Reform Summit
With engaging speakers and good conversation, TAFP’s Payment Reform Summit on Saturday presented a look into the future of health care and how stakeholders can pay for it. The recurring theme was replacing volume with value, and the importance of family physicians in reform. Read a synopsis of the event. more...

AAFP News Now: HHS launches new initiative to strengthen primary care
CMS and its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, or CMMI, have launched a blended payment initiative that will support primary care practices that deliver coordinated and seamless care based on the tenets of the patient-centered medical home. Participating practices will receive fee-for-service payments plus a per-patient, per-month care coordination fee ranging from $8 to $40. Read more in the Sept. 28 AAFP News Now story.

Blog special: With Texas health care in the spotlight, opportunities abound
Check out a special preview from the Texas Family Docs blog. For this post, TAFP takes a look at the increasing attention to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s health care record in Texas as he pursues the Republican nomination for president. more...

American Medical News: Hardship waivers offer last chance to avoid Medicare e-prescribing penalty
Physicians who do not e-prescribe in 2012 face a penalty of 1 percent of Medicare payments. However, physicians have until Nov. 1, 2011, to report a hardship exemption, giving the Medicare agency their reason why they should not have their pay reduced in 2012. Read the comprehensive coverage in American Medical News for more.

HHSC seeks family physicians for three health care oversight groups
Family physicians interested in neonatal intensive care unit use, the development of coordinated health care delivery models, or overused services in Medicaid may consider applying for one of three groups created during the 82nd Legislature. Applications are due by Oct. 12, 2011. more...

Celebrate National Primary Care Week Oct. 10-14
Use AAFP resources at your medical school event
During National Primary Care Week, Oct. 10-14, medical schools are encouraged to organize events that focus on primary care, and FMIGs are encouraged to collaborate with chapters of the American Medical Student Association and other campus groups to represent and share family medicine. This year’s theme is “Innovations in Primary Care” and AAFP has several resources to help organize events at your medical school. Go to the Virtual FMIG section of AAFP’s website to access an AAFP video and handout on the patient-centered medical home, a customizable PCMH PowerPoint, and more.


TAFP presents new, free online CME offerings
In our continual effort to provide high-quality CME, Texas Academy of Family Physicians Continuing Professional Development is proud to bring you free, online CME video activities through which you can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Each interactive CME package includes a video timed with a PowerPoint presentation. View the three open activities now and check back soon for more to be added this fall. more...

Register for SAM workshop in Lubbock or San Antonio on Dec. 10
Date for Lubbock program now Dec. 10
TAFP is going on the road to bring a SAM workshop to two Texas cities on Dec. 10. Join us in Lubbock for the SAM on asthma and in San Antonio for the SAM on depression. These programs help diplomates satisfy one requirement of their 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.