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  • Title: TAFP - Home
    Descriptive info: .. home.. news publications.. membership.. advocacy.. professional development.. practice resources.. blog.. Search.. About TAFP.. |.. TAFP social media.. Contact.. JOIN TAFP.. Home.. Aug 14 2011 10:08 PM.. Let s be bold for family medicine.. TAFP Parliamentarian Janet Hurley, M.. D.. , on the need for family physicians to have fire in the belly in order to lead health care through this pivotal time of change.. Mary Nguyen, M.. Castroville.. TAFP s 65th Annual Session.. San Antonio | July 23-27.. Primary Care Summit Houston.. Oct.. 17-19, 2014.. Primary Care Summit Dallas.. Nov.. 7-9, 2014.. 5 mistakes you should avoid to dodge auditors.. TAFP s practice management expert Bradley Reiner has plenty of tips to help you avoid a compliance audit.. Explore family  ...   of events.. TAFP partnerships.. NEWS PUBLICATIONS.. Texas Family Physician.. TAFP News Now.. Products Services.. Multimedia.. Press releases.. Advertise with TAFP.. PRACTICE ENHANCEMENT.. Payment and system reform.. Technology.. Managed care.. Billing coding.. Practice transformation.. Patient-centered medical home.. Power mobility device prescribing.. FP Jobs Online.. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.. C.. Frank Webber Lectureship.. Annual Session Scientific Assembly.. Primary Care Summit - Houston.. Primary Care Summit - DFW.. Online CME.. Maintenance of Certification.. Other CME opportunities.. MEMBERSHIP.. Join TAFP.. Maintain your membership.. Benefits of membership.. AAFP membership directory.. Get involved.. TAFP local chapters.. Member of the Month.. Students.. Residents.. Committee materials (members only).. GIVING BACK.. TAFP Foundation.. Tar Wars.. Hard Hats for Little Heads.. ADVOCACY.. TAFPPAC.. AAFP advocacy.. COPYRIGHT 2012, TEXAS ACADEMY OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS.. Sign In..

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  • Title: TAFP - News
    Descriptive info: News.. Tags:.. news.. ,.. texas family physician.. tafp news now.. product.. service.. Aug 30 2011 11:14 AM.. Measuring up.. With payment reform on the horizon, continuous quality improvement in the family doctor s office is more than just checking boxes.. TFP talks with a group of Austin doctors and a Kansas physician that are rising stars in value-based medicine.. Read more in the Texas Family Physician Spring 2014 issue.. is TAFP s quarterly magazine, covering legislative and regulatory topics, practice tips, and member news..  ...   resources for the family physicians of Texas will be delivered to your inbox via TAFP News Now.. View the latest issue.. Check out AAFP News Now for national news.. Interact with your Academy.. Connect with TAFP through TAFP social media: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.. Learn about the issues from the family physician s perspective: TAFP blog.. View TAFP videos.. More about TAFP news and publications.. Read the latest issue of Products and Services.. Read press releases distributed by TAFP.. Contact TAFP s communications staff..

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  • Title: TAFP - Membership
    Descriptive info: Membership.. Oct 13 2011 2:10 PM.. Your membership matters.. TAFP governance: Get involved in your Academy.. TAFP is governed by a system of committees, commissions, sections, and task forces made up of TAFP members.. These policy-making groups report to the Board of Directors and meet twice a year at Interim Session in the spring and Annual Session in the summer.. Members present at the 2013 Annual Session voted to install a new governance model for TAFP.. View an explanation of the changes including frequently asked questions.. View the new bylaws.. TAFP committee and commission members serve as the infrastructure of the Academy  ...   Join a committee or commission.. Students and residents.. Medical students and family medicine residents are the future of the specialty.. Find resources just for you.. Medical students.. Family medicine residents.. Connect with AAFP.. As a TAFP member, you belong to all levels of the organization and can benefit from the resources and support available through your national Academy.. Track your CME.. Online membership directory.. TAFP annual awards.. Each year, patients and physicians nominate extraordinary family physicians and others working on behalf of family medicine, and these people are honored with a TAFP award.. Celebrate the 2013 awardees.. Recognize yourself or a colleague..

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  • Title: TAFP - Advocacy
    Descriptive info: Advocacy.. Advocating for family medicine in Texas.. 83rd Texas Legislature.. 82nd Texas Legislature.. 81st Texas Legislature.. The state of health care in Texas.. Condition critical: The case for rescuing primary care in Texas.. In the fall of 2012 issue of Texas Family Physician, TAFP described the possible threats to the state s economy and citizens if the 83rd Texas Legislature did not tend to the primary care workforce shortage throughout the state.. The Primary Solution: Mending Texas Fractured Health Care System.. Leading up to the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, TAFP and its partners in the Primary Care Coalition researched the health care crisis facing Texas and developed recommendations to lay the foundation for an efficient health care delivery system.. Fractured: The State of Health Care in Texas.. In preparation for the 80th Texas Legislature, TAFP worked with the Primary Care Coalition to create a report detailing Texas broken health care delivery system.. Physician workforce, medical education, GME.. The right kind of doctors for Texas: Revisiting barriers to building the primary care workforce, 20 years later.. This fall 2012 Texas Family Physician article recalls twenty years ago, when TAFP called for changes in medical education to ensure Texas would have the primary care physician workforce needed to care for a rapidly growing population.. Now, the state is  ...   Residency Programs Are Critical in Training Texas Physician Workforce.. Primary Care Coalition Issue Brief: Preceptorship Programs and the Physician Workforce.. Invest in preceptorships, invest in primary care.. In this fall 2010 article from Texas Family Physician, TAFP discussed the upcoming 82nd Texas Legislature and the scrutiny its budget would face.. One program the Texas Statewide Preceptorship Program is increasing student specialty choice in primary care.. Texas preceptorship program needs you.. Want to make a real difference in the future of family medicine? This fall 2010 Texas Family Physician piece tells you how to host a pre-clinical medical student through the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.. Scope of practice.. The Question of Independent Diagnosis and Prescriptive Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Texas: Is the Reward Worth the Risk?.. Primary Care Coalition Issue Brief: Collaboration Between Physicians and Nurses Works.. Compare the Education Requirements of Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.. Primary Care Physicians Are the Most Likely Health Care Professionals to Practice in Rural and Underserved Areas.. Collaboration Between Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Contains Health Care Costs.. Forces amass for looming scope fight.. In the fall 2010 issue of Texas Family Physician, TAFP discussed nurse practitioners call for independent, autonomous prescriptive authority and the ability to diagnose patients without physician collaboration.. Family physicians say collaboration works..

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  • Title: TAFP - Professional Development
    Descriptive info: Professional Development.. Sep 8 2011 3:32 PM.. Professional development.. July 23-27, 2014.. San Antonio.. PC Summit Houston.. 17-19,a 2014.. PC Summit Dallas.. March 6-7, 2015.. Austin.. Annual Session and Scientific Assembly.. TAFP s 65th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly will be in San Antonio, Texas, July 24-27.. Each year, hundreds of primary care physicians from across the region gather to learn, network and explore the latest in techniques, products and services.. It s like a big family reunion, and we d love to see you there.. See more about TAFP s Annual Session.. Maintain your certification.. Your Academy produces several SAM Group Study Workshops throughout the year to help you get credit for the Self-Assessment Module of your American Board of Family Medicine Maintenance of Certification.. At the workshops, diplomates discuss and complete the 60-question Knowledge  ...   Want more? Look for SAMs in upcoming events.. AAFP offers a variety of CME opportunities online that allow you to study when and wherever is most convenient for you.. See AAFP s online CME offerings.. In addition to providing high-quality primary care CME through TAFP symposia, your Academy has also developed partnerships with a variety of organizations in support of their education.. See other CME opportunities.. About TAFP education.. At TAFP, we design our continuing medical education to facilitate change in the knowledge, competency, and performance of family physicians, primary care physicians, and other primary care providers.. Learn more about TAFP education.. Sponsorship and marketing opportunities.. Connect with the family physicians of Texas by taking advantage of marketing opportunities at events hosted by TAFP throughout the year or by helping to support TAFP s continuing medical education..

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  • Title: TAFP - Practice Resources
    Descriptive info: Practice Resources.. practice management.. reiner.. public health.. payment.. practice transformation.. health information technology.. Oct 13 2011 2:09 PM.. Practice resources.. Managing a busy practice is no simple task, whether you have one physician or a large group practice.. TAFP is here to help.. We ve assembled a set of resources to provide you with information you might need on a variety of topics to help you make your practice a success.. TAFP partners with Bradley Reiner to provide family physician members with practice management assistance.. See more about Reiner.. Practice operations.. Managing a practice s day to day tasks is a full time job.. Take advantage of these operations resources including information on billing and coding, payment, managed care, contracts, and much more.. See all  ...   resources page.. Let TAFP help ease your practice s transition to a patient-centered medical home or an accountable care organization, or with other practice redesign ideas.. See all practice transformation resources.. Learn more about becoming a PCMH.. Visit the ACO resources page.. Health care reform is constantly in the news these days, meaning things are fluid and ever-changing.. Learn about clinical integration, see videos from TAFP s Payment Reform Summit, and more.. Visit the payment and system reform resources page.. Public health.. Patients often turn first to their primary care providers on a number of topics immunizations, tobacco cessation, weight issues, and much more.. Here you ll find resources on these and many other public health topics.. See all of TAFP s public health resources..

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  • Title: TAFP - TAFP Blog
    Descriptive info: TAFP Blog.. Oct 17 2011 9:23 AM.. Slow medicine: Taking time to practice the art of family medicine.. hawkins.. president s letter.. Jun 2 2014 8:16 AM.. 0 Comments.. By Clare Hawkins, M.. , M.. Sc.. TAFP President, 2013-2014.. Do you ever think that your day is going slowly? Do the mundane features of patient care make you feel slow? Or perhaps, by contrast, you feel it is going too fast, like that proverbial hamster on the treadmill.. My treadmill involves dealing with difficult patients, paperwork requests, and the idiosyncrasies of the electronic health record.. In spite of the speed, however, I don t always feel efficient.. Even when I feel I can complete a patient encounter quickly, this does not feel like a triumph.. The speed comes at the expense of a lack of connection with the patient, or less fulfilment with medicine than I had expected.. more.. Let’s be bold for family medicine.. hurley.. perspective.. Jun 2 2014 8:15 AM.. By Janet Hurley, M.. It s time for boldness in family medicine.. As I turned to hug Jim Martin, M.. , at the last TAFP C.. Frank Webber Lectureship, I was touched by his heartfelt concern.. He and other dedicated leaders before me have endeavored to set the stage for family medicine to have its time in the spotlight.. Yet many family physicians do not seem willing to demonstrate the leadership skills or fire in the belly during this pivotal time of health care change.. In the past, family physicians were seen as feeder mechanisms for the procedural and hospital cash machine.. We were disrespected in the academic centers and our value was minimized by payers and the Relative Value Scale Update Committee.. Specialists desired our referrals for lucrative procedures that are reimbursed under an inflated fee-for-service price.. The hospitals have been hiring family physicians to ensure referral sources to their admission beds, imaging centers, and operating rooms.. But the day of reckoning is coming for that payment methodology.. Reminders for C.. Frank Webber Interim Session.. c.. frank webber lectureship.. conference.. symposium.. interim session.. cme.. Feb 27 2014 3:29 PM.. The.. 2014 C.. is upon us and we are looking forward to seeing you there! Below you will find important information to make sure everything during the event goes smoothly for you.. Registration hours.. Thursday, Feb.. 27 | 9:00 a.. m.. 7 p.. Friday, Feb.. 28 | 6 a.. Saturday, March 1 | 6:30 a.. 4:30 p.. Frank Webber Lectureship registration on Thursday and Friday will be located on the main floor in the hotel lobby outside the Omni Ballroom.. The CME breakfast lecture begins at 7 a.. on Friday.. CVS kicks butts!.. kadir.. tobacco.. tar wars.. Feb 18 2014 2:05 PM.. By Lamia Kadir, M.. Private practice, Austin.. For a split second, I just couldn t believe it when I heard it.. CVS Caremark, one of the largest pharmacies in America, stopped selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores.. The move took effect October 2013.. The first chain of national pharmacies to take tobacco products off the shelves, their bold public health decision has been touted by the AAFP, AMA, American Cancer Society, and even President Barack Obama.. Making the grade.. report.. quality.. Feb 18 2014 1:54 PM.. As I reviewed my children s report cards recently, I found myself proud of their achievements.. I also began reflecting on whether these grades were an accurate reflection of their past performance or current abilities.. I know they worked very hard and deserved credit, and that being graded was a great deal of stress for them.. Ultimately I found myself being thankful that I was no longer in the educational system where I was frequently under pressure to perform and be graded by teachers and professors.. Then I stopped myself and considered the last report I received from a health plan which outlined my performance as  ...   filling her prescriptions.. She asked Dr.. Smith to help her with her foot pain and knee pain.. She was told by another doctor at an ER that she had visited for a non-urgent problem a few months prior that her blood potassium level was low.. She expected Dr.. Smith to address her heartburn, recent weight gain, bad teeth, and an additional but distinctly different abdominal pain.. She wanted a test for her kidney function, for which Dr.. Smith had to spend a couple of minutes trying to figure out why she was concerned about her kidneys in the first place and the results of blood tests at other facilities such as her recent ER visit.. Dr.. Smith also spent several minutes explaining the need and importance of osteoporosis screening, which she ultimately declined.. As kids head back to school, it’s time to immunize.. immunization.. vaccination.. vaccine.. school.. Aug 19 2013 8:00 AM.. Brushy Creek Family Physicians.. As summer vacation draws to an end, lunches, school buses, and homework will soon replace swimsuits, road trips, and television.. For those family physicians who see pediatric patients, sports physicals and well child checks are aplenty.. It is our responsibility to remind our patients and their parents of the importance of routine immunizations.. As we all know, prevention of disease is essential for both patient health and control of medical costs.. The national vaccine immunization program is one of the most successful examples of effective preventive care in the U.. S.. Want some powerful examples? How about the marked decrease in cases of invasive haemophilus influenzae type b infection since the introduction of HIB conjugate vaccines in December 1987? The number of cases in children younger than five years of age declined by more than 99 percent by 2000.. Here s another: In 1979, the global eradication of smallpox was announced, one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, made possible by the advent of the smallpox vaccine.. What is a good doctor?.. fiesinger.. family physician.. Aug 19 2013 7:59 AM.. By Troy Fiesinger, M.. TAFP President, 2012-2013.. Although I missed the blockbuster 2011 Brad Pitt movie.. Moneyball.. , I recently read the book by Michael Lewis.. Oakland A s general manager Billy Beane, a promising high school prospect out of California, was drafted by the New York Mets the same year as Darryl Strawberry and Lenny Dykstra.. Despite looking like a top prospect to the scouts, Beane s major league career ended early while Strawberry and Dykstra won the 1986 World Series with the Mets.. As the general manager of the Athletics, Beane struggled to define more accurately what makes a baseball player good.. This got me thinking: How do I know I m a good doctor?.. I can point to the diplomas on my wall and tell you I went to good schools, but the U.. News and World Report rankings are little more than opinion surveys with minimal hard data to back up their lists.. I can show you a copy of my Texas medical license, but that just means I haven t broken any laws nor received any complaints to the Texas Medical Board.. You could look at my American Board of Family Medicine diploma, know that I have passed a national exam and do annual online education modules, and consequently assume I know something.. You do not know, however, if I am better than the doctors across the street.. Older.. Recent Posts.. Archives.. 2014.. June (2).. February (4).. 2013.. (18).. December (2).. August (4).. July (1).. April (4).. March (1).. February (1).. January (5).. 2012.. (42).. November (3).. October (6).. September (2).. August (1).. July (6).. June (3).. May (2).. April (5).. March (4).. January (4).. 2011.. (49).. October (7).. August (3).. June (4).. 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  • Title: TAFP - About TAFP
    Descriptive info: aafp.. Oct 13 2011 2:16 PM.. Vision statement.. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is dedicated to the promotion of a health care environment that values the vital role of family physicians in providing quality, comprehensive care to all Texans.. Mission statement.. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians unites the family physicians of Texas through advocacy, education and member services, and empowers them to provide a medical home for patients of all ages.. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is the state s largest medical specialty organization, with more than 7,800 member physicians, residents and medical students throughout 32 local chapters.. TAFP serves the family medicine community and provides a unified voice for family medicine as it continues to be one of the most patient-oriented public health groups in Texas.. American Academy of Family Physicians.. , TAFP s parent organization, maintains a membership of more than 100,000 members in 50 states, Washington D.. C.. , Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam.. Today the Texas Academy of Family Physicians maintains its headquarters in Austin, Texas.. Go to our.. Contact Us webpage.. for the TAFP mailing address and other Academy contact information.. TAFP is.. governed by a board of directors.. The board establishes and reviews Academy policy and plans during the TAFP Interim Session, TAFP Annual Session, and at other times throughout the year.. Members also serve on TAFP committees, commissions, task forces, and sections where they study, analyze, and make informed policy recommendations to the board.. Major purposes of the Academy include:.. Advocating for family physicians to lawmakers, organized medicine, and the public;.. Providing high-quality  ...   hours of approved continuing education every three years to retain membership.. This requirement may be met through continuing education programs, publication or presentation of original scientific papers, medical school or postgraduate teaching, residency training, etc.. The requirement, unique at its time of origin, has through the years become a standard for an increasing number of other medical groups.. TAFP offers four CME symposia throughout the year: Annual Scientific Assembly, C.. Frank Webber Lectureship, Primary Care Summit Houston, and Primary Care Summit Dallas/Fort Worth.. TAFP communicates to its members through its up-to-date website that contains information about CME activities, legislative issues, current medical news, and other helpful resources.. The Academy publishes a quarterly magazine, Texas Family Physician, and several other smaller publications throughout the year including the TAFP News Now e-newsletter and the Products Services for Family Physicians e-newsletter.. Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.. , organized in 1960, supports educational and scientific initiatives of family medicine to improve the health of all Texans.. Through the generous contributions of members, corporations and friends, the Foundation is able to raise and distribute funds for medical student scholarships to future family physicians, for research, for family medicine student interest group activities at medical schools in Texas, and for family medicine resident activities.. TAFP was founded on March 16, 1948, as the Texas Academy of General Practitioners, making it the fifth chartered state chapter of the AAGP.. J.. B.. Copeland, M.. , served as the first TAGP president.. Once the American Academy of General Practitioners changed its name to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Texas soon followed suit..

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  • Title: TAFP - Social Media
    Descriptive info: Social Media.. facebook.. twitter.. linkedin.. youtube.. social media.. Oct 13 2011 2:19 PM.. Additional tools.. Issuu, a digital publishing platform, houses electronic versions of TAFP s quarterly magazine, Texas Family Physician.. TAFP s Vimeo channel contains TAFP-produced webcasts, videos, and recorded webinars including TAFP Capitol Report, the I Am A Family Doctor video, the New Physician webinar, and others.. Many of these videos are embedded throughout tafp.. org, and Vimeo allows us to collect them all in one place.. Ustream is our TAFP s newest social media outlet.. Launched at Annual Session in July 2011, TAFP broadcasted the TMLT lecture Know When to Sign.. In addition to the  ...   to communicate TAFP news, videos, pictures, and events, and receive feedback from the family physicians of Texas.. Launched in March 2009, TAFP s Twitter presence aids the Academy in communicating TAFP news, interacting with other TAFP/AAFP members, and following the latest health care news from other sources.. TAFP is an active contributor to the.. #FMRevolution.. discussion, a movement started by members of the California Academy to bolster the specialty of family medicine.. TAFP joined LinkedIn in May 2011 and maintains a.. company page.. for the general public and a.. members-only group page.. LinkedIn facilitates networking among members and the maintenance of professional contacts for staff and related industry professionals..

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  • Title: TAFP - Contact Us
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. staff.. e-mail.. phone.. fax.. mail.. contact.. Oct 13 2011 2:25 PM.. Contact us.. Don't hesitate to contact us with your thoughts, questions, and concerns.. E-mail.. tafp@tafp.. org.. Phone (512) 329-8666.. Fax (512) 329-8237.. Mail Texas Academy of Family Physicians.. 12012 Technology Blvd.. , Ste.. 200.. Austin, TX 78727.. Staff.. Tom Banning.. Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President..  ...   Blue.. Director of NPI Operations.. lblue@tafp.. 15.. Mary Guerrero.. Education Coordinator.. mguerrero@tafp.. 36.. Jessica Miley.. Director of CME and Compliance.. jmiley@tafp.. 34.. Robert Montoya.. Director of Accounting.. rmontoya@tafp.. 18.. Jonathan Nelson.. Director of Communications.. jnelson@tafp.. 26.. Heather Osborne.. NPI Education Coordinator.. hosborne@tafp.. 13.. Samantha White.. Communications Specialist.. swhite@tafp.. 16.. Juleah Williams.. Student, Resident, New Physician, and Membership Coordinator.. jwilliams@tafp.. 35..

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  • Title: TAFP - Annual Session & Scientific Assembly
    Descriptive info: HOME.. REGISTRATION.. HOTEL.. CME SCHEDULE.. SPECIAL EVENTS.. NPI WORKSHOP.. TAFP COMMITTEES.. EXHIBIT.. tafp.. annual session and scientific assembly.. education.. board of directors.. continuing professional development.. Dec 16 2011 8:47 AM.. Annual Session and Scientific Assembly 2014.. Maximum of 20.. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.. Grand Hyatt San Antonio | 600 East Market Street | San Antonio, Texas 78205.. Celebrate the specialty of family medicine.. This year hundreds of primary care physicians from across the region will gather to learn, network, and explore the latest in techniques, products, and services at TAFP s 65th Annual Session and Scientific Assembly.. Earn up to 20.. 75.. and AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the general session CME held Friday, July 25 through Sunday, July 27.. It s like a big family reunion, and we want you to be there..  ...   Annual Session and Scientific Assembly.. Aside from the excellent lectures, workshops, and important TAFP business meetings, you will have several chances to catch up with colleagues and make new friends at various special events, including Saturday s President s Party, the Member Assembly Luncheon, and more.. ABFM SAM Workshops.. NPI Workshop on Joint Exam and Injections with Introduction to Ultrasound Guidance.. TAFP business meetings at Annual Session.. Special events for TAFP members.. TAFP Foundation events.. Advertise and exhibit at Annual Session.. Looking to get your company or organization s name in front of family physicians in Texas? Annual Session and Scientific Assembly offers a multitude of opportunities to market your name to TAFP members and other health care providers from across the state.. See all exhibit, advertising, and marketing opportunities at Annual Session and Scientific Assembly..

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