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TAFP releases health insurance marketplace toolkit
With the health insurance marketplace scheduled to open for enrollment Oct. 1, use these tools to guide your patients through the process and with questions before purchasing a plan. See the toolkit now.

CMS announces marketplace community Navigators
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a list of organizations receiving Navigator grants to assist individuals in their communities with the insurance marketplace enrollment process. See the list of Texas organizations receiving grants here.

TAFP members selected for TMA Leadership College
Four TAFP members were chosen to participate in the Texas Medical Association’s 2014 Leadership College. Read this TAFP news story to find out who.

New Tar Wars resources
The kickoff to a new school year is a great time to present the Tar Wars program to a school in your community. AAFP has a new guide this year to help you teach local children about the dangers of tobacco. See more about Tar Wars here and get the new guide here.

Physician Quality Reporting System reminder
Physicians who do not participate this year in the Physician Quality Reporting System will encounter a 1.5 percent penalty from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2015. The American Board of Family Medicine has a free registry for diplomates. Click here for more information on the PQRS and ABFM’s free registry.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Book your hotel now for Primary Care Summits
Take advantage of the TAFP discounted hotel group rates for both Primary Care Summits. The rate for Primary Care Summit – Houston, Oct. 18-20 at the Westin Oaks Hotel, is $155 for single and double rooms. The rate for Primary Care Summit – Dallas, Nov. 8-10 at the Westin Galleria Hotel, is $169 for single and double rooms. These rates are only good for a limited time, so book your room now! Be sure to mention that you are with the Texas Academy of Family Physicians to receive the rate.