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CAPITOL UPDATE: 83rd Texas Legislature convenes
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, state senators and representatives took their oaths of office, beginning work in the 83rd Texas Legislature. Topping TAFPís legislative priorities are a series of initiatives to increase the stateís primary care physician workforce. more...

Congress averts fiscal cliff, staves off Medicare physician pay cut
Once again waiting until the last minute, Congress passed a bill on New Yearís Day that averts the fiscal cliff, delays sequestration provisions for two months, and staves off the 26.5 percent cut in Medicare physician pay for another year. Federal lawmakers left the Medicaid primary care payment bonus intact, but paid for the SGR patch largely through cuts to hospitals. AAFP praises the action but warns that they must now find a permanent solution to Medicare physician payment. more...

Represent Texas at AAFP spring conferences
Funded delegate spots and scholarships available for NCSC and ALF
TAFP is looking for members to represent our state on the national stage. AAFP will hold two invigorating conferencesóthe National Conference of Special Constituencies and Annual Leadership Forumósimultaneously April 25-27, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The conferences present the opportunity for physicians to hone your leadership and communications skills and develop policy for the Academy. No experience is needed and new faces are welcome. Read more about available funding and how to apply. more...

Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFPís 2013 awards
Itís that time of year again: Nominate yourself or a colleague for one of TAFPís annual awards: Physician of the Year, Physician Emeritus, Public Health Award, the Exemplary Teaching awards, and the Special Constituency Leadership Award. They will be presented at the 64th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Fort Worth this summer. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 8. Read more about each award and access the nomination forms and requirements. more...

Texas Medicaid EHR incentive program: 2012 participation deadline is March 16
To receive a payment for 2012, physicians participating in the Medicaid EHR incentive program must complete their attestation by March 16, 2013. Enrollments for 2012 will not be accepted after this date. more...

Statewide conference focuses on expanding access to medical home
April 4-5 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol | Austin, Texas
Join physicians and health care organizations from around the state as they come together for the Texas Health Home Summit, the first-ever statewide conference focused specifically on expanding access to health/medical homes for individuals and families in Texas. Hosted by the Texas Medical Home Initiative and the Texas Health Institute, the summit will offer stakeholders the opportunity to learn about this care model and best practices, and to interact with program experts at various stages of implementation. It will be held April 4-5, 2013, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, and features TAFP members Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A.; Janet Hurley, M.D.; and Eduardo Sanchez, M.D. For more information and to register, go to www.texashealthhomesummit.org.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Register for TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship in March
Register today for the C. Frank Webber Lectureship on March 1, 2013, at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. Attendees will earn up to 10.25 credits of continuing education at the one-day conference. Come a day early or stay a day late and make progress toward your Maintenance of Certification with TAFP’s SAM workshop on Mental Health in the Community or SAM workshop on Heart Failure. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw for more information and to register.