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Upcoming Medicare deadline: Enroll by May 1
Physicians who refer or order services for Medicare patients must enroll in Medicare by May 1, or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will deny claims for your services. more...

AAFP News Now: AAFP director touts benefits of team-based care during forum
AAFP Director Wanda Filer, M.D., participated last week in a scope-of-practice panel hosted by Washington-based news organization Politico Pro. See Filer and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ president debate collaborative care in the video replay. more...

Medicaid program partners with family physicians to improve patient health
Family physicians can enroll some chronically ill Medicaid patients in a care management program. The Texas Medicaid Wellness Program promotes patient self-management skills and targets those patients with chronic conditions who would benefit from additional support. more...

Encourage patients to dispose of unused medications at National Take-Back Event
The abuse and misuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. To reduce the risk of diversion, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration encourages the public to safely dispose of unused or expired household prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications at the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Help in the cause by alerting your patients of this opportunity. For more information and links to other resources such as downloadable flyers and posters, go to www.DEA.gov.

Calling all TAFP members: Make your mark on family medicine
We want your talent and knowledge on a committee or commission
Itís that time of year again, when TAFP asks all members to consider signing up to serve on a TAFP committee or commission, or to indicate your interest in a section, a future officer position, or board position. Weíre only as strong as our members and we need family physicians from across the state to contribute your experience and opinions to keep our Academy at the forefront of the specialty. Find out more and fill out the new online Make Your Mark form today. more...


Register today for one of three TAFP SAM workshops this spring
TAFP is hosting three Self-Assessment Module Workshops this spring in Houston, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Make progress toward your ABFM Maintenance of Certification by joining TAFP for any of the three workshops - the April 6 SAM on Preventive Care in Houston, the April 13 SAM on Asthma in Dallas, or the May 18 SAM on Depression in Corpus Christi. For more information and to register, visit the events page of the TAFP website at www.tafp.org/professional-development/events.