Check out TAFPPAC’s list of endorsed candidates
Plus, early voting starts Oct. 22 in Texas

This election cycle, Texas voters will elect every member of the Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives. TAFPPAC, TAFP’s political advocacy arm, has published our list of endorsed candidates. Find it on TAFPPAC’s website, www.tafppac.org. Early voting in Texas starts on Monday, Oct. 22, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Find more general information on the election at www.votetexas.gov.

AAFP News Now: AAFP launches grass-roots campaign to block pending Medicare cuts
Academy urges members to speak out on 30 percent reductions

AAFP has launched a targeted grass-roots campaign to prevent the enactment of two back-to-back Medicare physician payment cuts that would result in a nearly 30 percent reduction in the Medicare physician payment rate. The Academy sent Speak Out alerts to members encouraging them to contact their senators and representatives to voice opposition to the SGR cut and the Budget Control Act’s sequestration provision, both of which will go through in January. Read more in this Oct. 3 AAFP News Now story.

Texas Medicaid Wellness Program offers care management resources
to improve patient health

The Texas Medicaid Wellness Program partners with local family physicians to help certain high-cost, high-risk fee-for-service Medicaid patients better manage their health. Launched March 1, 2011, the program promotes patient self-management skills and targets those patients with chronic conditions who would benefit from additional support. Find out how you can partner with the Texas Medicaid Wellness Program. more...

TAFP advocates for physician inclusion in vaccine listing
Register your practice as a flu vaccine provider with HHS

TAFP and other physician organizations in Texas voiced concern for a tool the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides to the public to locate influenza vaccine. Now, once physicians register their practices with the Flu Vaccine Finder application, they will be included in the listing along with freestanding and grocery store pharmacies. more...

Connect with TAFP on social media to network, interact with peers
and your Academy

Physicians are increasingly turning to social media to network with colleagues, find best practices, and market their practices to patients. TAFP has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to bring you the best of these tools, resources, and commentary to keep your practice on the cutting edge. Find links to TAFP’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages at www.tafp.org/about/social-media, and connect with your Academy.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Make plans to attend Primary Care Summit – Dallas today
There’s still time to register for Primary Care Summit – Dallas/Fort Worth where you can earn up to 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and AAFP Prescribed Credits with just one day out of the office. Primary Care Summit will be held in Dallas Nov. 2-4 at the Westin Galleria.  The deadline for the reduced hotel rate expires this Friday, Oct. 12. For more information and to register, go to the Primary Care Summit page of TAFP’s website, www.tafp.org/professional-development/pcs-dallas-fort-worth.