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Health insurance marketplace opens with technical difficulties
The new federally-facilitated online health insurance marketplace opened for business on Tuesday, Oct. 1, but many Texans trying to shop for health plans couldn’t access the website because it was overrun with traffic. Patients still have several weeks to enroll to obtain coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2014. Check out TAFP’s tools and resources to help you answer your patients’ questions about the marketplace in our Practice Resources department on www.tafp.org.

Prior Authorization Committees seeking members
The Texas Department of Insurance is recruiting members for two significant Prior Authorization Committees created by the 83rd Texas Legislature. Find the application in this TAFP news story.

Complete attestation now for ACA rate increase
You still have time to complete the attestation form to receive increased rates retroactive to Jan. 1, 2013. The Health and Human Services Commission hopes to implement the rate increase as soon as possible, which will most likely be next spring. Complete the form found in this TAFP news story before the first payment is issued to be eligible for payments.

Providers must obtain palivizumab vaccine for FFS patients through VDP
Physicians getting the palivizumab vaccine for fee-for-service Medicaid patients must now do so through the Texas Vendor Drug Program. Read this TAFP news story for more on VDP and the new ordering process.

AAFP Getting Paid blog: resources regarding the Sunshine Act
With the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in full swing, manufacturers and group purchasing organizations are documenting payments and gifts worth $10 or more being given to physicians. Use these resources to learn more about the law and ensure that you are being portrayed accurately.


Primary Care Summit – Houston is only two weeks away
You still have time to register for TAFP’s Primary Care Summit – Houston, taking place Oct. 18-20 at the Westin Oaks hotel. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ including an ethics hour, with only one day out of the office. Two SAM Group Study Workshops are also being offered – the SAM Workshop on Childhood Illnesses on Friday, Oct. 18 and the SAM Workshop on Hospital Medicine on Saturday, Oct. 19. Don’t wait; register today!