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April 17, 2020
Searching for PPE for Family Physicians and Finding Inspiration in Grassroots Organizing

post by Conrad Amenta, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives On Tuesday, March 17, CAFP held a webinar for members to share their experiences on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. As I listened to our family physicians describe what they were encountering, I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “They’re being sent into a gunfight […]

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April 16, 2020
Telehealth Visit “Best Practices”

by Dr. Lance Fuchs, MD and Dr. Seth Camhi, MD Whether you are a seasoned veteran at providing virtual care or a novice, you are likely doing more telephone visits now than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We thought it would be worthwhile to review some telephone visit “best practices” to optimize the […]

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April 15, 2020
CAFP Welcomes New District VIII Director

Congratulations to Shani Muhammad, MD, who will step in to the role of District VIII Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors after the May 2020 Board meeting. Shani has been elected to the position which will be vacated when current Director, Dr. Jeremy Fish, completes his term. Dr. Muhammad will represent the Alameda-Contra Costa, San […]

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April 15, 2020
AAFP: Congress Must Take 'Bold Steps' to Steady Primary Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed "significant cracks in our country's primary care system" that Congress must address with targeted funding, the AAFP said in an April 13 letter. Legislation should address hazard pay for primary care physicians, including residents; advance payments that continue through March 2021; expanded primary care insurance coverage; and insurance market stabilization. […]

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April 8, 2020
Secure Your Zoom Meetings

Many of you are using Zoom for remote work or to stay connected with friends and family. After being “Zoom Bombed” CAFP has learned valuable lessons on how to help keep Zoom meetings safe and on track. Although we cannot ever be 100% safe from hackers, you can minimize hijackings (zoom bombings) as well as […]

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April 7, 2020
Noridian Offers Webinars on Telehealth

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is offering a series of free webinars to give official instructions on conducting and billing for telehealth and virtual services for Medicare patients. The webinar will repeat often over the coming weeks. Click here to view a schedule of webinars and register.

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April 6, 2020
Executive Order Changes Licensing, Scope Rules

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a wide-ranging executive order this week, giving the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) the authority to temporarily loosen restrictions on staff-to-patient ratios at medical facilities and scope of practice rules for nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA). The Director of DCA, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, said the state would give hospitals […]

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April 6, 2020
New COVID-19 Initiative Seeks to Expand Workforce

The Governor announced a new website this week, https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/, to encourage clinicians not currently in the workforce to help the State address an anticipated COVID-19 surge. Those who register will be paid and given malpractice insurance coverage. Locations will vary, but the State will try to match your geographical preferences. The state is specifically looking […]

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April 5, 2020
Rescheduled Community Conversations, April 9th at 6:00pm

Topic: Dos and Don'ts of Telehealth Five CAFP members representing diverse practices in California. We are all craving time to connect … with friends, family, colleagues and others. To help close this gap among family physicians, we are launching the CAFP Community Conversation, a virtual time to connect with colleagues. Join us via Facebook Live, […]

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