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Physician re-enrollment deadline nears for Medicaid
A provision in the Affordable Care Act requires state Medicaid agencies to validate the enrollment of all providers in state Medicaid programs, which means doctors must re-enroll with the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership to avoid disruption in claims payment. The deadline is September 24, 2016 but HHSC recommends all physicians re-enroll by June 17 to ensure all applications are processed by the federal deadline. Additionally, physicians who meet the June deadline are assured payments after the official September 24 deadline even if the application contains errors.
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Meet our June Member of the Month, Zaiba Jetpuri, DO
Dallas-Fort Worth native Zaiba Jetpuri, DO, is our June Member of the Month! Learn about what brought her to family medicine, what drives her, and how she inspires the next generation of family physicians at TAFP.org
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DSHS issues health advisory on Cyclospora
The Texas Department of State Health Services encourages physicians to test patients with diarrheal illness lasting more than a few days for Cyclospora. For the past four summers, there has been an uptick in cyclosporiasis cases and as another summer looms, food safety concerns are once again top of mind. DSHS wants to remind everyone to remain vigilant and remember to report any cases of cyclosporiasis to the agency immediately.
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VA proposes to grant APRNs “full practice authority”
On May 25, 2016 the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs proposed extending “full practice authority” to four groups of advanced practice registered nurses when providing services in the VA system: certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse-midwives. This proposal would allow APRNs to practice without the clinical supervision of physicians and would assist the VA in addressing future staffing shortages. The VA will accept public comment on this proposal through July 25, 2016. AAFP will be providing comments and we encourage you to do so as well. To learn more about the proposed regulation and to comment, click the button below.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Get more from your practice with NPI’s procedure training
NPI is coming to Texas this summer with exciting CME procedural training courses! From July 21-24, NPI offers nine courses in Austin including Aesthetic Procedures, Hospitalist Procedures, Anti-Aging Medicine, and more.
Whether you’re looking to keep it weird in Austin this July, consider the cosmos in Houston this September, or try your luck in Las Vegas this December, NPI has something for you. Register early to receive $100 off of your course registration fee. Book two courses in one location and SAVE $200. For details visit NPInstitute.com.
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