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CAPITOL UPDATE: Senate passes bill to increase residency slots
The Senate passed S.B. 143 last week, which would increase the number of residency positions to improve health care access for Texans. Plus, two TAFP members testified before House committees. more...

Member of the Month: Joey Koch, M.D.
New physician returns to hometown to practice
Meet April’s Member of the Month, Joey Koch, M.D. Hearing stories about his physician grandfather and watching the local family physicians at work sparked an interest in family medicine for him at a young age. Koch returned to his native Lufkin after getting his education in College Station, San Antonio, and Waco. He and his psychiatrist wife Rebekah began their own private practice at the Tall Pines Family Clinic. more...

AAFP News Now: AAFP responds quickly to draft proposal on SGR
AAFP recently responded to a House draft proposal by sending a letter to the House committees that wrote the draft, which would eliminate the sustainable growth rate formula and fundamentally change the Medicare payment system. The Academy disagreed with the proposal because it would rely too heavily on performance measures. Read this April 17 AAFP News Now article for more.

Encourage patients to participate in prescription drug take-back day
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding this year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. Ė 2 p.m., allowing the public to properly dispose of unused or expired household or over-the-counter medications. The DEA also provides promotional materials for you to advertise the event in your community. more...

Enter TAFP’s annual research poster competition
Display your research at the 2013 TAFP Student, Resident, and Community Physician Poster Competition, to be held during Annual Session on Aug. 2 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The deadline to submit an application and abstract is May 15. more...

EDUCATION UPDATE

Registration is open for Annual Session, July 31-Aug. 4 in Fort Worth
You can now register online for TAFPís largest symposium, the 64th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly. Make plans to join your family medicine colleagues at the Omni Hotel and Fort Worth Convention Center July 31-Aug. 4 for high-quality CME and workshops, business meetings, social events, and more. Go to the Annual Session page of tafp.org, www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa, for more and to register.