October 17, 2018
CAFP Influential on Big Issues at AAFP Meeting in New Orleans
CAFP had a great week at the AAFP Congress of Delegates (COD). Our Delegates Jeff Luther and Carol Havens and Alternate Delegates Jay Lee and Lee Ralph were joined by CAFP President Lisa Ward, CAFP’s new CEO Lisa Folberg, and Deputy EVP Shelly Rodrigues for the four-day meeting in New Orleans. A handful of CAFP resolutions, including one requesting AAFP to support the removal of an FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) on mifepristone and two asking the AAFP to take a neutral position on medical aid-in-dying (MAID) and support a change in terminology at the American Medical Association and Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) from physician-assisted suicide to MAID, passed the COD. California was well-represented at the meeting, with CAFP members Drs. Shani Muhammed, Robert Eidus, Glen Stream, Anne Montgomery, Jeannine Rodems, Parker Duncan, Tenessa MacKenzie, Stephanie Long, Moira Rashid, Lourdes Adame, Sway Wu, Anjana Sharma, Brent Sugimoto, Sarah McNeil, Catherine Sonquist Forest, Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, Erika Roshanravan, Julia Wang, and Anna Askari in attendance. Thanks to everyone who participated in this important policy-making event.
Family Medicine Well-Represented at the CMA House of Delegates
Last weekend was the California Medical Association’s (CMA) House of Delegates meeting, where CMA developed health care policy on major issues affecting the state. CAFP sent a stellar delegation including Drs. Ashby Wolfe, Felix Nuñez, and Kimberley Buss. The delegation, and dozens of other family physicians in attendance, ensured that family medicine’s priorities were included in the major issues of health service utilization, administrative burden, competition in the marketplace and pharmaceutical costs, including securing an amendment to ensure the integrity of the medical home model of care by removing specific subspecialty modifiers in CMA policy. Thanks to all of the family physicians who stood up for primary care and their patients!
Chapters in Action
The room was absolutely buzzing when a group of residents and newly graduated members of CAFP’s Los Angeles Chapter gathered at the Farmer’s Market Marmalade Café for a recent Welcome Brunch. New Academy members met and mingled one-on-one with the many chapter executive board members in attendance, gaining valuable networking opportunities and seasoned insights into how to reap the greatest benefit from their CAFP membership. Their top 10 reasons to become a member are:
Is your local chapter looking for support to organize a meeting or event to get your members more connected, educated, and empowered? Let us know and we can help.
Save the Date! CAFP’s 2019 FM Forum
Our 2019 Family Medicine Clinical Forum returns to Monterey on March 29-31 with an exciting, jam-packed CME agenda, Fund Run, reception, service project, and much more. We're excited to announce our keynote speaker: Michelle Segar, PhD, MPH, a renowned behavioral sustainability scientist who will present From Health Care to Self-Care™: Empowering Our Patients and Ourselves to Sustainable Behavior Change, Health, and Well-being! Registration for the Forum will open soon.
Fall Issue of CFP Is Full of Important Updates
Catch up on the latest health care news affecting family medicine – read our magazine, California Family Physician. The Fall issue includes an interview with CAFP’s new CEO Lisa Folberg, how immigration policy can affect your patients and practice, and the potential outcomes of the upcoming November election that will have the most influence on health care.
FP-PAC Donor of the Month and Raffle
The election is less than one month away and Family Physicians Political Action Committee (FP-PAC) is seeking your support for our last-minute push to help family physician-friendly candidates with their election races this November. As a big incentive to help us reach our goal before the end of the year, anyone who contributes to FP-PAC at the Gold Level ($250) or above before Election Day will be entered in a raffle to win a Special Edition FP-PAC iPad or Apple Watch! Support FP-PAC today and you could be the next winner!
Speaking of winners, FP-PAC makes it a priority to acknowledge and thank individuals who go above and beyond when advocating for family medicine. Each FP-PAC Donor of the Month has shown continued support for our efforts by making contributions and participating at local FP-PAC events. Find out more about how October’s outstanding FP-PAC Donor of the Month has helped in our efforts and why she believes FP-PAC is so vital to family medicine.
Renewing Your AAFP-CAFP Membership Is EASY
In fact, it's as easy as clicking one button! 2019 membership dues statements have been sent and you can renew your membership in three ways:
When family physicians work together, great things are accomplished! In the past 12 months, CAFP and our members have helped improve physician payment under Medi-Cal, protected patient access to care, and championed several initiatives to improve community health. Our 10,000+ members have a strong voice in Sacramento, and your voice is vital. None of our work would be possible without your support. Take pride in your Academy, renew your membership today, and join us in fighting for the health of family physicians, your patients, and your communities.
Membership renewal began September 20. Need assistance? Contact the AAFP Member Resource Center at 800-274-2237 or CAFP at 415-345-8667.
Make Your Voice Heard – VOTE!
Campaigns are entering the final stretch and in many California counties early voting has opened for the Tuesday, November 6 election. Early voting information can be found by visiting the Secretary of State’s website. In addition, vote-by-mail ballots are hitting mailboxes. If you’d like to vote by mail, request a vote-by-mail ballot before October 30, 2018. Envelopes must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Your polling place is based on your residence, which you can check online. Votes at your polling place can be cast only on Election Day from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please review all of the statewide ballot measures. After review by the CAFP Legislative Affairs Committee and CAFP Board, CAFP opted to not take a position on any of the measures.
DOT Addresses Longstanding FP Inequality
Thanks to persistent AAFP advocacy, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is changing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule that requires commercial motor vehicle drivers with stable, well-controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus to be examined by a board-certified or board-eligible endocrinologist. Since 2015, >AAFP has sent three letters strongly urging the FMCSA to allow those drivers to be examined by their primary care physician instead. AAFP argued that family physicians are more than capable of managing and treating patients with diabetes and not all applicants have access to an endocrinologist. The new FMCSA final rule, effective November 19, 2018, does not limit the treating clinician to a specific discipline.