Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has judged that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional. A five-member majority decided that since the law requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a financial penalty to the Internal Revenue Service, the controversial “individual mandate” is valid under Congress’ power to tax. The court also ruled that while the federal expansion of Medicaid described in the law is constitutional, the federal government could not withhold a state’s Medicaid funding if it refused to implement the expanded coverage.
Member of the Month: Christina Kelly, M.D.
New Physician finds renewal for specialty through AAFP involvement
Meet June’s Member of the Month, Christina Kelly, M.D., an Army wife who has worked in a variety of practice settings ó from employed to part-time residency program faculty to her current position as civilian faculty at the Family Medicine Residency at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. She has been involved in the Academy on the state and national level since medical school, feeling re-energized for family medicine with each conference.
Resources available on vaccine requirements for college students
Before your adolescent patients head to college, they must be vaccinated against bacterial meningococcal disease. Educate yourself, your staff, this patient population, and parents with new MCV4 educational materials available through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
AAFP News Now: Take advantage of latest Advance Payment ACO Model funding opportunity
Physicians looking to participate in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program by organizing their own accountable care organization have another opportunity to apply for startup funds available through the Advance Payment ACO Model. This model was created to encourage rural and physician-based ACOs to apply. The only approved Advance Payment Model in Texas so far is RGV ACO Health Providers in Donna, Texas, whose spokesperson called the funds crucial to develop the required infrastructure. But don’t delay; letters of intent are due tomorrow, Friday, June 29. Read more in AAFP News Now.
AAFP presents the 2012 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop
Sept. 6-8, Minneapolis Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
AAFP’s Family Medicine Global Health Workshop offers physicians an opportunity to learn the latest in global family medicine development, develop lasting approaches to sustainability issues, network with leading international developers, and network with global health experts and peers with similar interests. Registration is now open; for more information and to register, visit www.aafp.org/intl/workshop.
Claim your spot at the NPI Hospitalist Procedures Workshop
Spots are still available at the popular two-day procedures workshop presented by the National Procedures Institute held in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Austin, Texas. The normally sold-out workshop, offered this year on Wednesday, July 11, and Thursday, July 12, will teach you more about various hospitalist procedures. Go to the NPI workshop page of the Annual Session section of TAFP’s website, www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa/npi, for more information.