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May 15, 2018



Do You Share the Same Struggles as Your Colleagues?

Are you interested in what your colleagues are experiencing in their own practices? Do you wonder if you share the same struggles? If you have ever wished to connect with fellow family physicians throughout California, now you have the opportunity. SPARK is an online community exclusive to CAFP members where you can share experiences, ask questions and network with family physicians in California. Find out what your colleagues are discussing and sign in to SPARK today. Need assistance? Email



Share Your Story of Family Medicine

California Academy of Family Physicians is delighted to celebrate 70 years and 10,000 members in 2018. As part of our celebration, we are collecting stories from our many wonderful, diverse members and would love if you’d share your story of family medicine with us. Simply send your story to Stories can be in the form of written narratives, audio or video recordings, photographs, illustrations, poems – however you wish to convey your journey. Join your fellow members in this celebration to appreciate each of CAFP’s 10,000 members.



Health Net Pay Cut Delayed Until July 1

CAFP and other medical organizations, including the California Medical Association, succeeded in their effort to postpone implementation of Health Net’s recently announced plan to reduce evaluation and management (E/M) code fees with modifier 25 by 50 percent. Health Net has agreed to delay until July 1 so they can review the potential effects of the proposed policy and continue dialogue with clinicians about their concerns.


CAFP sought advice from members of its Medical Practice Affairs Committee about the potential impact of the code reduction, let Health Net know of our strong opposition and demanded the policy be reversed. One estimate suggests that family physicians represent 16.5 percent of all E/M claims with modifier 25.



CURES Mandatory Use

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) was certified for statewide use by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 2, 2018. Therefore, the mandate to consult CURES prior to prescribing, ordering, administering or furnishing a Schedule II–IV controlled substance becomes effective October 2, 2018. This webpage has everything you need to know to prepare for October. CURES also has created this helpful flyer.



Live Course on Women’s Health in San Diego

Register for the AAFP’s Women’s Health live course in San Diego (La Jolla), CA, July 11-14.


Get the most current information on prevalent disease processes and topics that occur in women in a three-and-a-half-day live course.


At the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Demonstrate comprehensive insight into recent women’s health initiatives
  • Formulate evaluation and treatment plans related to various health issues throughout a woman’s life cycle
  • Construct an individual wellness plan
  • Discuss the unique aspects of medical care for women
  • Identify and assist victims of physical, emotional and sexual violence and abuse
  • Differentiate specific issues, disease processes and treatments based on ethnicity, gender, genetics and social determinants of health


Earn up to 25.5 AAFP Prescribed credits—19.5 credits for attending the course and up to 6 for participating in optional workshops. AAFP members: $895/nonmembers: $1,195


Fulfill Your Live CME Requirements in ONE Course
Earn up to 25.5 AAFP Prescribed live credit hours. To fulfill this requirement, attend the course and sign up for optional workshops (additional fees apply). Choose from:


  • Evaluation and Biopsy of Skin Lesions (Earn 3 AAFP Prescribed credits)
  • IUDs and other Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) (Earn 3 AAFP Prescribed credits)

    Save when you register by June 13. Register now or call (800) 274-2237.