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CAPITOL UPDATE: New coalition advocates for women’s health care
The Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition held a press conference yesterday at the Capitol announcing their creation and intentions of providing accessible care to women all across the state. more...

Member of the Month: Rosanne Popp, M.D.
Physician serves the needy through religious life, family medicine
Meet February’s Member of the Month, Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. Dr. Popp thinks of her work serving the needy as “powerful,” and urges current medical students to remember the real reason for their interest in medicine when choosing a specialty. She describes her current clinic as a place that provides “access, opportunity, and advocacy with a strong dose of compassion.” more...

Feb. 28 is Medicare EHR attestation deadline
Physicians participating in the Medicare electronic health record incentive program have until Feb. 28 to complete their meaningful use attestation. Physicians should attest as soon as possible to avoid any potential glitches that could delay—or worse—prevent payment. Physicians participating in the Medicaid EHR incentive program have until March 16 to attest. more...

Register for Feb. 19 CMS call on PQRS and e-prescribing
Learn how you can avoid a 2014 e-prescribing and 2015 PQRS payment decrease by participating in a national provider call on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 12:30 - 2 p.m. CST. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Provider Communications Group will host the call on the Physician Quality Reporting System and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. Registration is required and a link to the slide presentation will be e-mailed to all registrants on the day of the call and posted to the Fee-For-Service National Provider Calls webpage. Register through this link here, or go to the FFS National Provider Calls webpage here.

AAFP Leader Voices: Docs seeking strong connection to patients
could find it in rural practice

After 27 years in rural practice, AAFP Board Director and TAFP leader Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D., of Castroville has many stories to tell that range from bizarre to heartwarming—each illustrating the broad scope and deep dedication required of a small-town doc. In this blog post on the AAFP Leader Voices Blog, he tells a few of these stories and says that while rural medicine keeps him on his toes, there’s no place he would rather be. Read his post here.

Be a family medicine advocate, register now for
TAFP’s Legislative Action Day

Hone your advocacy skills at TAFP’s Legislative Action Day on Feb. 28. If you are coming to Austin for Interim Session or the C. Frank Webber Lectureship, plan to arrive a day early for advocacy training and to advance the agenda of family medicine. The 83rd Texas Legislature is underway and family physicians must stand together to advocate for policies that support and protect your practice and your patients. Beginning midday, TAFP’s lobby team will provide you with resources and talking points on the current issues, then you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills into practice as you meet with your legislators that afternoon. For more information and to register, go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw/lege-action-day.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Time is running out; register today for
TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship

Secure your spot at TAFP’s C. Frank Webber Lectureship on March 1, 2013, before this popular conference sells out. Attendees can earn up to 10.25 credits of continuing education at the one-day conference held at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark. Come a day early or stay a day late for one of our related events, Legislative Action Day or the SAM workshops. Go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/cfw for more information and to register.