Election results confirm strong position for family medicine in
83rd Texas Legislature

Physician-friendly candidates win elections in state legislative races, setting the stage for TAFP’s advocacy efforts to strengthen the state’s primary care infrastructure in the next legislative session. more...

CMS extends e-prescribing hardship deadline
CMS has granted physicians an extra three months to claim hardship exemptions to the electronic prescribing requirements. Those providers needing to claim the exemption to avoid a 1.5 percent penalty in 2013 on all Medicare allowable charges will have until Jan. 31, 2013 to do so. more...

Austin family physician tells lawmakers to restore funding to
physician education loan repayment program

David Wright, M.D., provided testimony on behalf of TAFP before a House select committee at the state capitol, advocating for restoration of funding to the physician education loan repayment program. more...

AAFP News Now: Increasing primary care residency positions critical to
alleviating physician shortages, says AAMC

The Association of American Medical Colleges is calling for the enactment of four core recommendations to increase the number of U.S. physicians and alleviate a growing physician shortage. They include a recommendation to increase the number of primary care residency positions, which AAFP says is the first recommendation of its kind specific to primary care. Read more in this Oct. 30 AAFP News Now story.

AAFP News Now: AAFP kicks off social media campaign of Thanksgiving
AAFP is asking members passionate about family medicine to participate in a social media outreach campaign throughout the month of November that is designed to promote family medicine, family physicians, and their practices to their patients and the general public on social media channels. The campaign, which is called “Thankful for the specialty of family medicine!” was developed in response to a resolution from the 2012 National Conference of Special Constituencies that called on AAFP to develop a toolkit to help members market and promote family medicine via social media. Read more in this Nov. 2 AAFP News Now story.

Great American Smokeout presents opportunity for tobacco cessation education
Thursday, Nov. 15 marks this year’s Great American Smokeout, a day of awareness and action sponsored by the American Cancer Society that challenges people to stop using tobacco and educates them on the tools they can use to quit. AAFP provides many tools and resources to family physicians to help them discuss tobacco cessation with their patients and get paid appropriately for this counseling. more...


Register today for a TAFP SAM Group Study workshop and work on your MC-FP
TAFP is hosting two more Self-Assessment Module workshops before the end of 2012. Both will be presented on Dec. 8 and will give you credit for one component of your ABFM Maintenance of Certification process. The Fort Worth workshop is on Hypertension, while the San Antonio workshop is on Caring for the Vulnerable Elderly. Visit TAFP’s events page for more information and to register.