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November 7, 2018



FM Champions Win Re-Election; Other Races Too Close to Call

While Election Day was less than 24 hours ago, some results may not be known for weeks. What we do know is that Senator Richard Pan, MD and Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, MD each have won their races, ensuring two primary care champions will continue their vital work in the State Legislature.


Nationally, Democrats took back the majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans extended their majority in the US Senate. While this likely means an end to legislative efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration may continue to take administrative action to undermine the law.


California ballot initiatives dealing with health care issues saw mixed results. Propositions 2 (increasing funds for mental health), 4 (bonds to support children’s hospitals) and 11 (removing the requirement that private ambulance companies have at least one other ambulance active when another is on break) all passed. Proposition 8 (limiting dialysis clinic profits) failed to pass, however.


Votes are still being counted in many close races. CAFP will update its members as more is known.



CAFP Foundation Wins AAFP Foundation 2018 Excellence Award

The CAFP Foundation and CAFP were presented with the AAFP Foundation's Program Excellence Award last month in New Orleans. Our End-of-Life Conversations project was selected as the best program in 2018, with a nod to the program podcasts, tools and resources, and educational activities, including the maintenance of certification practice improvement module. AAFP Foundation President P. Brent Smith, MD, MD, MSc presented the award to CAFP-F Executive Director/CAFP Deputy EVP Shelly Rodrigues who thanked the Foundation for recognizing the importance of programs to support family physicians as they engage in these essential conversations with their patients, their own families and colleagues. CAFP President Lisa Ward attended the event as well. For more on the End-of-Life Conversations project, visit our website.



CAFP Continues to Set the Bar for State Advocacy

For the fourth time in five years, CAFP won the AAFP Leadership in State Government Advocacy Award. Thank you to the CAFP Government Relations team and all of the CAFP members whose grassroots efforts helped advance our goal of requiring health plans to report on the amount they spend on primary care. The Advocacy Award recognizes outstanding chapter contributions to further family medicine through legislative accomplishments and initiatives or the support of public policy efforts. Chair of the CAFP Legislative Affairs Committee Carla Kakutani, MD and CAFP Director of Government Relations Adam Francis accepted the award on behalf of CAFP at the 2018 AAFP State Legislative Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



Congratulations to CAFP Members Conferred as AAFP Fellows in 2018

The Degree of Fellow recognizes AAFP members who distinguish themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, through their service to family medicine, advancement of health care for the American people, and professional development through medical education and research. Fellows of the AAFP are recognized as champions of family medicine. They are physicians who make family medicine the premier specialty in service to their community and profession. From a personal perspective, being a Fellow signifies not only tenure but one's additional work in their community within organized medicine, teaching, and a greater commitment to continuing professional development and/or research.


If you would like to have your Fellow designation conferred at the March 2019 CAFP Family Medicine Clinical Forum, please contact Morgan Cleveland.


Katerina C. Anaidades, MD
Chris Aou, MD
Molly Mary Helen Baker, MD
Edwin Tolete Bangi, MD, MPH
JuanCarola Buller, MD
Khozema Hatim Campwala, MD, PMH
Florence B. Cappleman, MD
Kevin J. Chamas, MD
Carolyn Chu, MD
James C. Cotter, MD
Jeannette B. Currie, MD
Silvio A. Del Castillo, DO
Kimberly Duir, MD
Lindsey Faucette, DO
Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD, MPH
Gopika Gangupantual, MD
Timothy Horita, MD
Gemma Kim, MD
Tae Kyu Kim, MD
Greg M. Kimura, MD
Wai-Hang Jackie Lam, MD
Sarah Elle McNeil, MD
Farrukh Husain Merchant, MD
Ndukwe Odeluga, MD, MPM
Pamela D. Parker, MD
Kevin J. Rossi, MD
Sunny Dawn Smith, MD
Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH
Seema Tayal, MD
Glen A. Villanueva, DO
Lisa Marie Ward, MD, MPH
Finley Zachariash, MD



Nominations Are Now Open for 2019 CAFP and CAFP-F Awards

This is your chance to nominate a family physician who demonstrates outstanding work in education, research, or philanthropy. Our awards recognize a family physician who exemplifies the best qualities in family medicine and a family medicine resident who ensures a bright future for the specialty. Nominations are due January 15, 2019. Questions? Contact Shelly Rodrigues.



Susan Hogeland Health Policy Fellowship Launched

Applications are now open for the Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship, which will be awarded annually to one medical student and one family medicine resident physician who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine and interest in learning about and advocating for family medicine-driven health policy. The applications are due December 1, 2018, with awards announced January 4, 2019. The Fellowship’s goal is to increase the number and quality of family medicine physicians trained in health care policy at the state and federal level. Because pursuing a medical degree and graduating from a residency program are both intense and time-consuming, the Fellowship provides an annual stipend to support participation in activities over the course of a year. The Fellowship is open to any third- or fourth-year medical student or any second- or third-year family medicine resident CAFP member. More information and a list of fellowship activities can be found on the Fellowship’s webpage.



November Member of the Month: Kurt Nicewander, MD, FAAFP

Congratulations to our November Member of the Month, Kurt Nicewander, MD, FAAFP. Dr. Nicewander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at one of the first US certified three-year family medicine residency programs at Akron City Hospital. A CAFP Life Member with the Ventura Chapter, Dr. Nicewander is also a charter member of the ABFM and has been in practice for 46 years! “As a graduate of one of the first residencies in FM, in 1970, I never dreamed that by 2018, family medicine would not have reached the acceptance and support it deserves in our country. The most important resource I find CAFP offers me is helping to change the attitude, finally, that we are a specialty here to stay!”



Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship Launched

The Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship provides a year-long clinical education program for primary care providers wishing to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry. The Fellowship provides scholarships to support emergency and primary care physicians accepted into the program. For more information about the TNT PCP Fellowship, view the program’s flyer. The deadline for applications is December 3, 2018.



CDPH Webinar on Parkinson's Disease Registry

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will host a free webinar on Friday, November 16 at 12pm to provide an overview of the Parkinson’s Disease Registry and help those mandated to report understand how to submit data. We encourage all members to register for the webinar.


On July 1, 2018, CDPH launched the California Parkinson’s Disease Registry. Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who diagnose or treat Parkinson’s disease patients are required to register with DPH and report cases of Parkinson’s disease. If you are a provider and need assistance submitting Parkinson's disease case information to the registry, please contact CDPH at or (916) 731-2500. The first deadline to submit cases encountered during July 1 to September 30, 2018 will be March 29, 2019. Details on how and when to report can be found in DPH’s Implementation Guide.