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March 6, 2018



AMAM Best-Attended Ever

CAFP’s fifth annual All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) set a record for attendance – 170 of the now most legislatively-activated family physicians, family medicine residents and students in the state. The meeting room at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento was nearly bursting at the seams as attendees heard from the Academy’s legislative team, Carla Kakutani, MD, Adam Francis and Jodi Hicks, about our top legislative priorities for 2018, especially AB 2895 – Arambula and Bonta, our transparency in primary care spending bill and the focus of Monday’s Lobby Day efforts. Representatives of three county chapters shared how they incorporated advancing advocacy into their activities and meetings. Outgoing President Michelle Quiogue, MD and incoming President Lisa Ward, MD, MScPH, MS each spoke movingly to the attendees and the gavel was passed to Dr. Ward (who officially takes office at the April Clinical Forum in Monterey).


Senator Richard Pan, MD and Kate Catherall, Co-Founder and Partner, The Arena, discussed what it takes to run for elected office – it boiled down to guts. A surprising and heartening number of hands shot into the air when Ms. Catherall asked attendees if any were considering a run for public office! They now are better prepared. Staff from Assemblymembers’ offices and Assembly and Senate committees reprised a panel from last year on how to maximize your visit with your legislator.


President-elect Ward, Chief Medical Officer for the Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, and Tara Scott, MD, Director, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, hit it out of the park with their keynote address on “How Family Medicine and Patient Care Rose from the Ashes of the Sonoma County Conflagration.” They received a prolonged standing ovation.


New Family Physicians Political Action Committee (FP-PAC) Chair Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH thanked outgoing long-time Chair Carla Kakutani, MD for her service and then he received the Hero of Family Medicine Award from President Quiogue.


Finally, the delegates to the AMAM approved an amended resolution to increase CAFP state dues by $24 to benefit the FP-PAC. The CAFP Board members heard testimony on eight regular resolutions and one emergency resolution and will begin considering action on those items at its meeting on April 12-13 in Monterey.



But Wait…There’s More (on AMAM)

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones was the lunchtime speaker on Sunday at the AMAM. He discussed the Aetna lawsuit and millions in savings for consumers on insurance realized by his department. AAFP’s Danielle Jones, MPH, Manager, AAFP Center for Diversity and Health Equity, gave a dynamic presentation on Sunday afternoon on Achieving Health Equity and Diversity to a crowd of more than 80 and CAFP Director of Government Relations Adam Francis and Legislative Advocate Jodi Hicks reprised How to Meet with Your Legislator.


The AMAM unanimously elected the Academy’s slate of new leaders for 2018-2019:
President-elect – Walter Mills, MD
Speaker – David Bazzo, MD
Vice Speaker – Shannon Connolly, MD


AAFP Delegate 2018-19 – Carol S. Havens, MD
AAFP Alternate Delegate 2018-19 – Lee P. Ralph, MD


New Physician Director 2018-2021 – Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald, MD


Nominating Committee Members 2018-19 – Monique George, MD and Asma Jafri, MD


Elected by the Board of Directors only were 2018-19 Secretary-Treasurer Lauren Simon, MD and Editor Brent Sugimoto, MD, MPH.



Resolutions and Actions Will Be Posted on CAFP Website

CAFP will begin posting resolutions submitted to the Board of Directors between All Member Advocacy Meetings on the Academy’s website, along with a document listing action on each item as it is taken. Members will have the opportunity to submit comments on those resolutions and those comments will be provided to the Board.



Need to De-Stress During the Forum?

Hey, 2018 Forum registrants: A new wellness activity is now on the Forum schedule! Rise and run for a good cause. Join us for a 5K run/walk on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail as we raise funds for student and resident educational programs.





Don't Miss Out! Only 3 Weeks and 3 Days – but Who's Counting?

We are! We're counting on you to be at CAFP's largest meeting of the year, the Family Medicine Clinical Forum, April 13-15 at the Marriott in beautiful Monterey. Three days of excellent, cutting-edge clinical education, the opportunity to visit with 300 of your colleagues in a supportive environment, a 70th birthday celebration for CAFP and so much more – did we mention the otters, too? Earn up to 31 AAFP Prescribed CME credits! Register today and save $50 on registration.


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UCSF Releases Universal Access Report

After the California State Assembly shelved SB 562, legislation to establish a single-payer insurance plan, due to inadequate details, the Legislature held a series of informational hearings and contracted with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to “identify the best and quickest path to universal coverage for California.” The UCSF report proposed that the Legislature:


  • Improve coverage by:
    • Expanding Medi-Cal coverage and California premium tax credit assistance to income-eligible undocumented individuals
  • Improve affordability by:
    • Limiting out-of-network hospital payment
  • Improve access by:
    • Increasing Medi-Cal payment rates
    • Exploring a Medicaid Public Option on the Covered California exchange
    • Requiring each fully-insured product in the large group market to be either a bronze, silver, gold or platinum plan as defined by Covered California
  • Increase transparency by:
    • Requiring hospitals and larger medical groups to publish average prices for health care services 
    • Establishing an all-payer claims database


CAFP expects that legislation may be introduced to address each of these recommendations. The CAFP Legislative Affairs Committee will review each bill relative to CAFP’s Health Care System Policy – five core principles to which any health care reform proposal should adhere:


  • Universal: providing insurance coverage to every person.
  • Comprehensive: providing insurance that includes all essential and needed health services.
  • Timely: providing sufficient workforce and access to the appropriate health care clinician within reasonable time and distance standards.
  • High Quality: delivering health services according to medically- and culturally-determined standards of practice.
  • Sustainable: accounting for overall system financing, as well as the financial sustainability of family medicine practices.



Have You Joined the Conversation on SPARK?

In late February, your Academy launched SPARK, an exclusive online platform for members to connect, share and engage. Hundreds of members are engaging in conversations on topics such as free and low-cost weight loss strategies for patients, using virtual patient visits to keep at-risk patients engaged in their care, ways to address sexual harassment in medicine and much more. We’ve started with an all-member community and an advocacy-focused community that any member can join.


If you’re not on SPARK, you’re missing out! To join the conversation, go to and click SIGN IN in the upper right corner. Then click “Can’t Access Your Account” and enter your email address. Our system will immediately send you an email with a link to log in, create your password and join the conversation. Contact Shannon Goecke ( if you need help.



Reminder: Renew Your Membership and Your Commitment to Family Medicine

The Ides of March are no big deal – it’s the end of April that unrenewed members need to worry about! If you haven’t renewed your CAFP and AAFP membership for 2018, please take a moment to do so now. Academy staff and leadership will be reaching out to unrenewed members in the coming weeks. Members with unpaid dues and/or insufficient CME will be dropped from membership at the first of May. Don’t risk it – renew today!




APG Annual Conference Is Around the Corner

CAFP is pleased to be a partner in America’s Physician Groups (APG) Annual Conference and work with APG to co-sponsor CME credit for five of the sessions. You’ll hear from renowned speakers, including CAFP Member and APG Chief Medical Officer Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, about the current political and economic environment. Register now for your ticket to America's premier health care conference, a three-day event taking place in San Diego, April 19-21, 2018.



ABFM Special Offer: Enroll in PRIME Registry™ Free for First Three Years

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) invites board-certified family physicians to enroll in PRIME Registry™ free for the first three years. PRIME Registry is a practice and population data tool developed by the ABFM that safely extracts patient data from your electronic health record (EHR) and turns it into actionable measures, presented in a personalized dashboard. PRIME simplifies quality reporting for payment programs such as MIPS and CPC+ and allows you to better evaluate aspects of your practice, patient groups and individual patients. Also coming this summer: PRIME will add social determinant and community resource data, showing clusters of disease, poor outcomes, and community resources for patients and clinics via the new Population Health Assessment Engine
(PHATE ™).


By enrolling in PRIME now, you will secure free MIPS reporting through PRIME in 2019, and be able to take advantage of all the features PRIME has to offer. Enroll at Questions? Email or call 877-223-7437.