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The Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians exists to support and advocate for Tennessee family physicians as leaders and providers of quality, comprehensive, patient-centered medical care.

TNAFP 67th Annual Scientific Assembly
October 27 - 30, 2015
Park Vista Hotel
Gatlinburg, TN

2014 TNAFP Annual Meeting Speaker Handouts:

2014 Tennessee Men's Health Report Card   

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Elijah McCourry of Telford - 1st Place Winner in the Tennessee Tars Wars State Poster Contest

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Tennessee Tar Wars Winners listed below:

1st PlaceElijah McCourry, Telford– West View Elementary School
2nd PlaceOlivia Brumbach, Red Boiling Springs – Lafayette Elementary School
3rd PlaceAbigail Bowlds, Lafayette– Lafayette Elementary School
4th PlaceMolly Brawner, Lafayette – Lafayette Elementary School
5th PlaceKaylee Armstrong, Woodbury – Woodland Elementary School

Honorable Mentions -
Tate Crouse, Henderson – Chester County Middle School
Aidan Flynn, Lafayette – Lafayette Elementary School
Tyler Plunk, Finger – Bethel Springs Elementary School
Rachel Reed, Tullahoma – Robert E. Lee Elementary School
Kaylee Staton, Gray –Boones Creek Elementary School



What You Need to Know About the Anthem Data Breach


IMPORTANT: From the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiner's Administrative Office
Reminder Regarding Changes to Continuing Education Requirements

Pursuant to Public Chapter 430 which became effective July 1, 2014, all prescribers who hold a current federal DEA license and who prescribe controlled substances are required to complete a minimum of two (2) hours of CME related to controlled substances prescribing included in the required 40 hours every two years for licensure/re-licensure. The education MUST include instruction in the Department of Health's "Clinical Guidelines for Outpatient Management of Chronic Non-Malignant Pain".

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TennIIS Highlights - January 21, 2015


Message from TN Immunization Team


Important Information - Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse; Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

FAQ Regarding Public Chapter 820 (PC 820) and Other Requirements Related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in Tennessee


AAFP Letter of July 24, 2014 to UnitedHealthcare on Network Optimization


Public Input Requested for Updating State Health Plan


BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Annual Education Workshops...

All Blue Workshops Schedule

All Blue Registration Form


Information Available to Health Care Providers and Patients About New State Laws Related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome


Reid Blackwelder, M.D., Kingsport, receives Resolution honoring his exceptional work as President of the AAFP from the Tennessee Legislature on March 24.

LtoR: Senator Joey Hensley, M.D.; Lt. Governor Ron Ramsy; Doctor Blackwelder; his wife, Alex.

Resolution to honor Doctor Blackwelder


Congratulations to our 2014 Tennessee Tar Wars Poster Contest Winners!

1st Place – Abby Kemp, Lafayette
2nd Place – Tia Elizabeth Rush, Lafayette
3rd Place – Kaylee Armstrong, Woodbury
4th Place – Allie Cliburn, Westmoreland
5th Place – Chloe Killen, Loretto

Honorable Mentions-

Olivia Brumbach, Red Boiling Springs
Bryson Davenport, Lafayette

Chandler Lane Hinson, Henderson

Ja’Leyah Malone, Gallatin

Halle Rowland, Tullahoma




AAFP Chapter Spotlight February 2014:  Tennessee AFP Taps Into Student, Resident Energy; Explores Social Media



Deadline of March 31, 2014 to submit 2013 TennCare EHR Provider Incentive attestations. 1/2014
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Governor's Healthcare Payment Reform Initiative

Tennessee’s Health Care Innovation Plan outlines the state’s strategies for health care payment and delivery system reform and explains how our work will ultimately improve population health, quality of care, and the cost-effectiveness of care for all Tennesseans. The Innovation plan will be the basis for Tennessee’s submission of a testing grant application for federal implementation funding in 2014.


CMS Proposes New Timeline for the Implementation of Meaningful Use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs



IMPORTANT - Effective July 2014: Change in CME Requirement for Prescribing for Tennessee Medical Licensure

Please see public chapter 430 (The Addison Sharp Act) which contains the following language:

(a) On or after July 1, 2014, all prescribers who hold a current federal drug enforcement administration (DEA) license and who prescribe controlled substances shall be required to complete a minimum of two (2) hours of continuing education related to controlled substance prescribing biennially to count toward the licensees' mandatory continuing education.

Public Chapter 430:


Affordable Care Act

Health Insurance Marketplaces Open in October
Be prepared to help your patients navigate the new system and get the health care they need.
Marketplace Key Dates
October 1, 2013  - Open enrollment begins
January 1, 2014 - Health insurance coverage begins
March 31, 2014 - Open enrollment end

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects primary care physicians and their patients through initiatives designed to expand the primary care workforce and make primary care services more accessible to the U.S. patient population. A significant piece of the ACA is about to take effect: The Health Insurance Marketplace, a one-stop shop for consumers to research, compare, and purchase comprehensive health insurance plans, opens for enrollment on October 1, 2013. However, research shows that most consumers – your patients among them – don't know much about it. As states begin to promote the Marketplaces, your patients may have questions for you.

As a family physician, you have the opportunity to help your patients understand and navigate the changing health care landscape. During patient visits, be prepared to discuss the insurance options available through the Marketplaces and encourage patients to make coverage decisions that are appropriate for their health care needs. To facilitate and supplement your conversations, the AAFP has developed the following FamilyDoctor.org patient education handouts:




The American Board of Family Medicine has recently been made aware that many family physicians are not aware of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).   Physicians who do not participate THIS YEAR will see a 1.5% penalty from CMS in 2015. By the time they are penalized, it will be two years too late to do anything about it. The ABFM has had a free registry for the last four years; however, fewer than 1000 family physicians participate. Please let your members know that this is available to them.  The AAFP also offers a PQRS registry with a fee of $219.00.

Diplomates are able to participate at no cost in the PQRS registry online from their ABFM physician portfolio. The ABFM Physician Quality Reporting System Diabetes registry is available, as well as a link to the PQRS: MOC incentive bonus. The deadline for data entry in the online activity is January 10, 2014. 
More information is available on the ABFM website:

To access the PQRS Diabetes registry, Diplomates may login to his/her Physician Portfolio under Spotlight Programs. For more assistance or questions about how to start taking advantage of the Physician Quality Reporting opportunity, Diplomates may contact the ABFM Support Center at 877-223-7437 or at help@theabfm.org.



Effective October 1, 2013 - State Changes CoverKids Program to TennCareSelect Network






The application to register for the Fall 2013 MC-FP exam is now available online.  Diplomates may visit the ABFM website and login to their physician portfolio to register: https://www.theabfm.org/

The deadline to submit an online application with no late fee is August 27, 2013.  The final deadline to submit an online application ($200 non-refundable late fee) is September 17, 2013.  Residents who are in good standing and expected to complete training by December 31, 2013 are eligible to take the November 2013 examination.

Diplomates may contact the ABFM support center for assistance in logging into their Physician Portfolio or with questions about the application: help@theabfm.org or 877-223-7437. 

American Board of Family Medicine
1648 McGrathiana Pkwy, Suite 550
Lexington, KY  40511



The Bureau of TennCare has selected Magellan Health Services as the new Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) for the state Medicaid program.  


The transition from Catamaran (formerly SXC), TennCare’s current PBM, to Magellan will take effect June 1, 2013.    


Please see the following link to read the full News Release https://news.tn.gov/node/10144.


Or visit the TennCare website at http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/ to read “What’s New with TennCare.”




Attention TennCare Providers:  Consent for Sterilization Form - New Form Expiration 10/31/2015





CMS notifies physicians of electronic prescribing penalties




MC-FP Exam Application Now Open




Federal Vaccine Policy Change:  Effects on Services at Local Health Department Clinics Beginning October 1, 2012
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Updated Guidelines for Follow-up on Blood Levels in Children
click here...                                                                                                                                                       10/2012