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CAPITOL UPDATE: New TAFP video urges lawmakers to improve
Texas primary care physician workforce

TAFP released a new video health policy brief this week that urges lawmakers to address the stateís overburdened primary care infrastructure by restoring support for primary care residency training, providing incentives to medical schools to produce more primary care physicians, and recommitting to the promise of physician education loan repayment. Watch the video, and share it with your colleagues and elected officials. more...

AAFP News Now: HHS rolls out HIPAA omnibus rule
Final rule strengthens privacy, security for consumer health data
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was strengthened recently when HHS announced that its Office for Civil Rights had released a final rule that will implement a number of privacy and security changes. The final omnibus rule was published in the Jan. 25 Federal Register and is effective on March 26. Physicians and other covered entities must be in compliance with the final rule by Sept. 23. Read more in this Feb. 4 AAFP News Now story.

Check out TAFPís magazine for the latest family medicine news
The latest edition of Texas Family Physician features a profile of top doc Justin Bartos III, M.D., a conference report that shows the increasing support for primary care among medical students, a review of the work your Academy did on your behalf in 2012, and more. Go to www.tafp.org/news/tfp to view Texas Family Physician.

TMAís Hard Hats for Little Heads
March, April, May: Three key months for giveaways
TAFP members can give away up to 100 bicycle helmets in your community at no cost to you through TMAís Hard Hats for Little Heads program. Three great times to host a helmet giveaway are fast approaching: Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, Texas Child Safety Month in April, and Bike Month in May. Find out how you can get involved and help protect youth in your community. more...

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

Apply for funded spots to AAFPís NCSC and ALF by tomorrow
TAFP is looking for members to represent our state on the national stage. AAFP will hold two leadership conferencesóthe National Conference of Special Constituencies and Annual Leadership Forumósimultaneously April 25-27, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. These 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. But act quickly; you must apply for funding by tomorrow, Feb. 8. more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

Register today for a TAFP SAM Group Study workshop this spring and
make progress toward MC-FP

TAFP will host three Self-Assessment Module workshops this spring in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Each will help you fulfill one component of your ABFM Maintenance of Certification process in a group learning session held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and moderated by highly regarded TAFP speakers. Join us for the SAM on Preventive Care in Houston on April 6, the SAM on Asthma in Dallas on April 13, or the SAM on Depression in Corpus Christi on May 18. Visit TAFPís events page Ė www.tafp.org/professional-development/events Ė for more information and to register.