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november 7, 2017



CAFP Board Tackles Massive Agenda

The CAFP Board of Directors met on Saturday, November 4 and took action on an immense number of weighty issues. The Board voted to maintain co-sponsorship of AB 315 and SB 641, legislation calling for transparency in pharmacy benefits management and privacy in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, respectively. The Board approved another recommendation from the Legislative Affairs Committee to pursue the possibility of sponsoring legislation on transparency in health plan primary care spending, with a goal of increasing the primary care spend to 12 percent. The Board received an extensive report related to single payer health plans and adopted an amended version of ER-01-17, which called for studying single payer in California.


Additionally, the Board adopted a proposed budget for 2018, approved submission to the All Member Advocacy Meeting of a resolution to increase financial support of FP-PAC and another potential increase to support additional Academy staff, adopted a resolution on federal recognition of Medically Underserved Designation for the intellectually and developmentally disabled population, accepted a proposal setting the course for CAFP’s 2018 Strategic Planning Retreat, approved a proposed plan and timeline to search for a new executive vice president for CAFP in 2018 in anticipation of Ms. Hogeland’s announced intention to retire on September 30, 2018, approved CAFP’s 2016 IRS Form 990, approved investment in AAFP’s Pooled Investment Fund, approved a donation of $10,000 to CAFP Foundation’s fire relief fund for Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yuba and Orange counties and approved a recommendation in response to Res. A-06-17 on collection of pertinent data from California residency programs to assist medical students making application choices. Finally, the Board approved moving forward with Higher Logic to provide online communities for the CAFP membership.



Nominations Announced for 2018 CAFP Offices

The CAFP Nominating Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Lee Ralph, has proposed the following slate of candidates for 2018 CAFP offices:

  • President-elect 2018-19 – Walter Mills, MD
  • Speaker 2018-19 – David Bazzo, MD
  • Vice Speaker 2018-19 – Shannon Connolly, MD
  • AAFP Delegate 2018-19 – Carol Havens, MD
  • AAFP Alternate Delegate 2018-2019 – Lee Ralph, MD
  • New Physician Director, CAFP Board 2018-2021 – Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, MD
  • Nominating Committee members for 2018-19 from the All Member Advocacy Meeting Delegates – Asma Jafri, MD and Monique George, MD
  • Secretary/Treasurer 2018-2019 (one-year term) – Lauren Simon, MD
  • Editor 2018-2021 – Brent Sugimoto, MD


Congratulations to all. Nominations for these offices may also be made from the floor of the All Member Advocacy Meeting at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on March 10-11, 2018.



The Response and Generosity of the Family Medicine Family Is Awe-Inspiring

CAFP and the CAFP Foundation remain in close communication with family medicine leaders in the Santa Rosa, Napa and Sonoma areas. While homes and businesses have been lost, clinics damaged and closed and the Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program building destroyed, the community is rising from the ashes!


People have asked if they can help … and the answer is YES. We are happy to collect any/all monetary contributions and will forward them to the correct places once those places have been identified. All contributions are 100 percent tax-deductible and the CAFP Foundation will not keep a single penny. CAFP President-Elect and Sonoma County resident, Lisa Ward, MD, FAAFP, will work with us to coordinate the relief efforts. Individuals have already contributed $19,000 and both the CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees and CAFP Board of Directors each have approved $10,000 contributions.  


If you are willing and able, please send contributions to the CAFP Foundation or other organizations of your choice (Red Cross, churches, community non-profits, etc.). We will keep everyone posted as we learn more. Thank you so much for your generosity!



Family Medicine Clinical Forum Registration Is Open and #YouOtterJoinUs

Bring your team members and family, join 300 of your colleagues and attend CAFP’s largest meeting of the year, the Family Medicine Clinical Forum, April 13-15, 2018 in Monterey! Don’t miss out on up to 29 CME units (13 for the main program), two keynote presentations, four optional workshops, an exhibit hall, “Table Talks,” an all-attendee welcome reception and much more!


Register by December 1, 2017 and save $100. Pre- and post-conference workshops are available, including a comprehensive pain management workshop and brand new palliative care KSA.


The Forum will be held at the beautiful Monterey Marriott located in downtown Monterey, steps from the ocean. A discounted room rate of only $209/night is available to conference attendees. Visit our website for more information and register today!




November 2017 Member of the Month Marshall Kubota, MD

November Member of the Month is Marshall Kubota, MD. Dr. Kubota, like more than 200 physicians in the Santa Rosa area, lost his home in the recent fires. CAFP sends thoughts for a quick recovery to him and the entire community.


Dr. Kubota is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Sutter Health Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program. An engaged member of CAFP and the North Bay Chapter, Dr. Kubota participated as a faculty member at the 2016 Family Medicine Clinical Forum and has been a contributor to the FP-PAC since 2003. “It may sound like an old saw and hard to believe, but it is more important than at any point in my career that the voice of family physicians be heard in the halls of government to protect the health and welfare of the people, all the people, who make up and are the fabric of our society.”



Your November Membership To-Do List

Have you participated in the CAFP Member Demographic Survey yet? It will take only a couple of minutes of your time and your feedback is invaluable. Complete the survey by December 29.


Have you renewed your membership for 2018? Renewing online is fast and easy. You can also call (800) 274-2237 to renew over the phone. The installment plan is available either way you choose to renew.


Is 2017 your CME re-election end year? Be sure to report your CME before the end of the year! Here are some CME tips for you:

  • You can earn up to 20 credits (live) per year by teaching or precepting.
  • AAFP journals have enduring credit options; check the quiz cards and send them to AAFP.
  • CAFP meetings (All Member Advocacy Meeting, Clinical Forum and Family Medicine Summit) all have CME credits attached; if you attended one, we can provide a certificate.
  • Many online activities are available to you, free of charge, and most can be completed easily before the December 31 deadline. For example, you can earn one credit with CAFP’s ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes course. Medscape and AAFP also are great options.



It Is Time to Submit Your Nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards!

No, we don't mean your favorite movies, but we've seen some terrific ones this year. We mean nominations for the 2018 CAFP and CAFP Foundation Awards. The Academy and Foundation honor family medicine residents and active members each year for their work to advance the profession – from philanthropy to research, education to advocacy. Read more about the Awards and download a nomination form. All nomination packets are due January 15, 2018. Questions? Contact Shelly Rodrigues, Then stay tuned for "The envelope, please" as our award winners are announced at the 2018 Family Medicine Clinical Forum in Monterey, April 13-15, 2018.



Register Now for the All Member Advocacy Meeting

December 18. March 10-12, 2018. Mark these two dates on your calendar now. December 18 is the due date for two things: resolutions submitted to the CAFP Board of Directors on which testimony may be presented at the All Member Advocacy Meeting in 2018 and the deadline for receipt of delegate/alternate delegate names from chapters. March 10-12 are the dates for the meeting at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, including Family Medicine Lobby Day on Monday, March 12. Attendance records were set at the 2017 meeting for a good reason – it was a GREAT event. Don’t miss out – register now. If you wish to attend as a delegate, get in touch with your county chapter president (contact info and resolution form available on CAFP’s website:


Make your hotel reservation at The Citizen Hotel now for $169/night plus tax – Book your group rate for California Academy of Family Physicians or call and identify yourself as being with the CAFP meeting – (916) 447-2700.




CME Course on Adolescent Substance Use and Medication Misuse

CAFP and the Coalition of Health Care Providers on Adolescent Substance Use have launched a new, free continuing medical education course aimed at helping clinicians identify, discuss and address substance use and prescription medication misuse by adolescent patients. The course is presented in two parts, features videos with clinician insights and offers up to 1 AAFP Prescribed CME credit. It covers topics ranging from discussing confidentiality to opioid prescribing and the importance of early intervention.




Open Enrollment Now Available for 2018 Covered California Coverage

The open enrollment period for health coverage in 2018 is happening now and will end on January 31, 2018. Current members can renew or change their health plans until January 31. Visit Covered California’s website for more information.