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AAFP sends support letter for federal direct primary care legislation
AAFP recently sent a letter of support to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in regards to the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2015. The bill would remove numerous impediments in broadening the practice model and make it easier for patients to choose DPC as an option for medical care. Read more about the letter and the bill in this AAFP news story.

Van Winkle AAFP pres-elect vote next week
TAFP member and AAFP Board member Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, is running for AAFP president-elect. The vote will take place next week during AAFP’s Congress of Delegates. Follow along on social media with AAFP’s hashtag, #AAFPCOD, and Van Winkle’s hashtag, #LloydForAAFP. Check out his campaign website and watch the homepage video to learn more about his candidacy.

Reception for Texas attendees in Denver at AAFP’s FMX
All Texas docs in Denver next week for AAFP’s Family Medicine Experience are invited to a Texas reception Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Palace Hotel located at 321 17th Street. Stop by to visit with your colleagues, TAFP leaders, and TAFP staff and enjoy appetizers and a drink.

Register for AAFP one-day direct primary care workshop in Irving
AAFP is hosting a one-day workshop in Irving, Oct. 24, on direct primary care. The workshop will focus on practicing physicians interested in learning about the new model’s benefits and challenges. Registration fee includes a one-year subscription to AAFP’s DPC toolkit. Register by Sept. 30 and save $100.


EDUCATION UPDATE

Bonus workshops at Annual Session and Primary Care Summit
No registration fees required for preceptorship and leadership workshops
The Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program, administered by TAFP, pairs medical students with seasoned practitioners across Texas. TAFP’s ASPCS will include a Preceptor Skills Workshop, Nov. 14, 8 - 11 a.m. The workshop is open to those interested in precepting students and docs already participating in the program. You do not need to register for ASPCS to attend. Those interested can contact Juleah Williams at jwilliams@tafp.org or (512) 329-8666 ext. 135.

TAFP is also offering a leadership track on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. for attendees who want to further develop their leadership skills, get more involved in organized medicine, or just take a break from the clinical CME. The track is good for CME credit and includes perspectives on leadership from past and current leaders, a recognized leader in social media to broaden your understanding of new technology, and an introduction to customer service in medicine to improve your practice. All ASPCS attendees are welcome to attend.

See more information about Annual Session and Primary Care Summit at
www.tafp.org/professional-development/aspcs.