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Clock ticking on Congress to act on Medicare SGR, federal budget
AAFP urges members to tell lawmakers to spare family medicine

Thereís still time to contact your congressional representatives to tell them to fix the broken Medicare payment formula and spare vital family medicine programs from across-the-board cuts. In an action alert issued this week, AAFP urges family physicians to make your voice heard in Washington, D.C., to stop the SGR cut from going into effect, maintain the Medicaid primary care bonus payment, and stop cuts to key health professions programs that support family medicine research, education, and training. more...

Pay your AAFP/TAFP dues online for 2013
Log on to www.aafp.org/checkmydues to maintain your membership. You can sign up for installment payments or pay the whole amount by credit card or check. If you have any questions, call AAFP at (800) 274-2237 or call TAFP membership coordinator Juleah Williams at (512) 329-8666 ext 35.

Flu season arrives early this year
The CDC says there has been a significant increase in the number of flu cases over the last two weeks, meaning that this year’s flu season is starting earlier than usual. Vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur made a surplus supply of its flu vaccine available to physicians who administer it to uninsured patients who cannot afford it, and a TAFP partnership gives you access to low-cost flu vaccine. more...

View the latest posts on TAFP’s blog
TAFP staff and members bring a family medicine perspective to the latest health care topics through our blog, conveniently hosted within our website. Here are a few of our recent posts. Be sure to check in frequently for more. We want to hear from you; for information on contributing, e-mail tafp@tafp.org.

Make a resolution to get more from your practice in 2013
Learn a new procedure with NPI in San Antonio

Join the National Procedures Institute in San Antonio this January and get a jump-start on your CME and procedural training. As co-owner and managing partner of NPI, TAFP is proud to bring procedural training to our home state of Texas! If you register by Dec. 24, you will save $100. Choose a one- or two-day course or get the most for your registration fee with a four-day value package. Topics include: dermatologic procedures, orthopedics for the office, allergy testing and immunotherapy, hospitalist procedures, stress testing, and suturing and wound repair. To register, go to the NPI website, www.NPInstitute.com.