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TAFP members represent Texas at AAFP national conference
A group of TAFP members met in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for family medicine at the AAFP Family Medicine Congressional Conference. Read more about the conference in this TAFP news story.

Make your mark on family medicine
It’s that time of year again, when TAFP asks all members to consider signing up to serve on a committee or commission, or to indicate your interest in a section, a future officer position, or representing your local chapter at the Member Assembly. We’re 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. Complete the Make Your Mark form here.

April Member of the Month: Bruce Russell, M.D.
Coastal Bend physician encourages patients to explore nature

April’s TAFP Member of the Month, Dr. Bruce Russell, works closely with a local program called Nature Rocks that encourages kids and their families to spend more time in nature. To read more about Dr. Russell and the program, go to his Member of the Month profile.

Register now for May 10 DOT Certified Medical Examiner Course
TAFP is co-sponsoring a course May 10 in Austin for physicians wishing to examine and issue medical certificates to interstate truck drivers. Physicians who currently examine drivers or would like to begin must take a certification course and pass the exam by May 21, 2014. For more on the course and to register, read this TAFP news story.

ICD-10 delay does not mean to stop preparing
While The Protecting Access to Medicare Act recently signed into law delayed ICD-10 implementation until at least Oct. 2015, physicians are being encouraged to continue their preparation for the new coding system. AAFP’s Family Practice Management has a list of helpful articles and resources related to ICD-10, which can be found here. Additionally, the National Procedures Institute has a new ICD-10 course this year being held in Las Vegas in May, Chicago in August, and Orlando in September. Go to www.npinstitute.com/product-p/icd10.htm for more information and to register.

Register by April 24 for Texas Health Home Summit, May 8-9
The Texas Medical Home Initiative and the Texas Health Institute present the second annual Texas Health/Medical Home Summit in Austin, May 8-9, 2014. Summit attendees will learn about medical home models and best practices, and will focus on how to expand access to medical homes for families across Texas. Get more information and register before the April 24 deadline on the summit’s website.

EDUCATION UPDATE

Online registration open for Annual Session and Scientific Assembly
Online registration is now open for TAFP's 65th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly. This year's conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, July 24-27. Join fellow providers at TAFP’s largest symposium for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, ABFM SAM Workshops, TAFP business meetings, and an assortment of social events. For more information and to register, go to www.tafp.org/professional-development/assa.