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CAPITOL UPDATE: Lege strengthens physician workforce, improves women’s health care, and reduces administrative hassles for physicians
From women’s health to support for residency training, family medicine fared well in the 83rd Texas Legislature. Here is a brief rundown.

June Member of the Month: Ashok Tripathy, M.D.
Physician enjoys creating lasting relationships with patients
Tripathy, a practicing family physician for the last 23 years, drew inspiration when choosing a specialty from his well-respected physician father. Read more about Dr. Tripathy here.

E-prescribe by June 30 and avoid penalties
Report on at least 10 unique Medicare encounters by June 30, 2013, to avoid a 2 percent penalty on all 2014 Medicare Part B claims. Read this TAFP news story for more.

Enrollment opens for Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
The Physician Education Loan Repayment Program enrollment is open again and accepting applications through Aug. 31, 2013. Physicians agreeing to practice for four years in a primary care Health Professional Shortage Area can receive up to $160,000 in loan repayment. Read this TAFP news story for more on the application process.


Book your hotel room now for Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
The deadline for the TAFP group rate at the Omni Fort Worth is fast approaching. You will be able to get the TAFP special rate until July 8, 2013, or until all rooms are reserved, whichever comes first. For more about the Omni and to book a room, visit www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa/hotel. If you have not yet registered for TAFP’s 64th Annual Session & Scientific Assembly, do so now at www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa/register.