Member of the Month: Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, M.D., M.P.H.
Lone Star Circle of Care executive strives to help the underserved

Meet August’s Member of the Month, Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee. A Chicago native, she moved to Texas in March 2011 to take the reins at Lone Star Circle of Care, a federally qualified health center with 26 locations across four counties in Central Texas. She’s passionate about access to care and patient-centered medicine. more...

Physicians must obtain prior authorization for power mobility devices starting Sept. 1
Beginning Sept. 1, Texas physicians must receive prior authorization for scooters and power wheelchairs for patients with fee-for-service Medicare. The three-year Power Mobility Devices demonstration affects seven states with high incidence of fraud and errors. CMS hopes the demonstration will reduce improper payments for power mobility devices and ensure patients receive quality products from accredited providers. more...

Were you inspired by a family medicine preceptorship as a medical student?
We want to hear your story. Since the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program lost state funding, TAFP has stepped in to fill the gap, but in preparing for the next Legislature, we want to celebrate the success and importance of this program, which introduces medical students to the joy and satisfaction of family medicine. If you have a story to tell, from the perspective of either the medical student or the preceptor, please contact Jonathan Nelson at jnelson@tafp.org or (512) 329-8666 ext. 26. For more information about the program, read “A small investment for a large return: TSPP.” more...

DPS launches online prescription drug monitoring program to curb abuse
The Texas Department of Public Safety has launched a new secure online prescription monitoring program to assist Texas health care and law enforcement professionals in quickly identifying potential prescription drug abuse. Called PAT, the program provides instant access to controlled substance prescription dispensing history to authorized medical personnel, licensing board investigators, and law enforcement professionals. more...

AAFP News Now: Seven core principles could save costs, improve care, reform Medicare physician payment systems
AAFP has submitted several proposals to Congress on ways to cut costs and improve the overall quality of health care by making primary care the foundation of the nation’s health care system. The seven core principles center on payment reform and include fixing the SGR and providing a positive payment update for primary care physicians, instituting a risk-adjusted care management payment, making the two-year Medicaid/Medicare payment parity for primary care physicians permanent, and more. Read more in this Aug. 13 AAFP News Now story.

DSHS: Encourage 18-year-old patients to consent to ImmTrac adult immunization registry
The Texas Department of State Health Services is asking family physicians to reach out to patients in their late teens to ensure their immunization records from the original childhood registry follow them into adulthood. ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry, has become a lifetime registry open to all Texans, but if 18-year-old clients donít sign an adult consent form, their childhood records are purged when they turn 19. more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

TAFP offers two SAM workshops at both Primary Care Summit symposia
Customize your Primary Care Summit experience by choosing to attend all Primary Care Summit general session lectures or the general session lectures and one Self-Assessment Module workshop on either Friday or Saturday, all included in the price of your registration fee. Two SAM group study workshops will be offered during Primary Care Summit, on the topics of cerebrovascular disease and coronary artery disease. Registrants can also choose to attend one or two SAM workshops a la carte, without registering for the full Primary Care Summit symposium. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development for more information and to register.