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Family physicians learn about important health policy topics and legislation to influence the laws that affect patients and practice. CAFP stays up to date concerning issues related to health care reform, public and private payment, public health, HIT, legal issues, medical practice affairs, insurance and the practice of medicine.

CA State Loan Repayment Application Opens July 15

The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) increases the number of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists, and mental/behavioral health providers practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The application for this program opens July 15, 2020 and closes September 15, 2020. Providers must […]

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Relief Funding Available for Medi-Cal Providers

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced additional funding opportunities available to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers and safety net hospitals. Until this announcement, almost none of the tens of billions of dollars in relief aid has […]

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New Funding for Safety-Net Practices to Implement Virtual Care

CHCF is launching the Connected Care Accelerator in partnership with the Center for Care Innovations to help safety-net practices implement virtual care. Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply. Review the application, direct all application questions to program managers, Kathleen Figoni or Jenny Wright, at CCI, and spread the […]

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Addressing Racism: Resources, Advocacy and Education for Family Docs

The police killing of George Floyd has shown a light on the racism and bias African-American and other communities of color face every day, including in the very institutions sworn to protect and care for them. CAFP recognizes that bias and racism hurt people of color in health care as well, and in order to […]

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AAFP Resources Assist Members with E/M Changes

Significant changes are coming to office evaluation and management coding (and payment) intended to reduce administrative burden and increase physicians' time with patients. AAFP is rolling out resources to help members prepare before changes take effect January 1, 2021. The new tools include a checklist for small, solo, and independent practices; a checklist to help […]

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Provider Relief Fund Deadline in June 3

So far, the federal government has set aside $100 billion to help the nation’s hospitals and health professionals. The first $50 billion of the Provider Relief Fund is allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19, based on eligible providers' net patient revenue. The remaining $50 billion is allocated to providers […]

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AAFP's Week of Action Begins June 1st

Keep up the (virtual) fight for family medicine in Washington, D.C., with the AAFP! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've replaced our annual Family Medicine Advocacy Summit with our first-ever remote "Week of Action," beginning Monday, June 1, to advocate for family medicine in Congress. How family medicine responds to the COVID-19 pandemic will shape […]

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Care for Californians Initiative Gaining Momentum

After collaboration with CAFP and the California Medical Association, the Pacific Business Group on Health released a proposal called the Care for Californians Initiative, which would require health plans to immediately distribute emergency payments to primary care physicians with fee-for-service contracts, and require the State to convene payers, patient and providers to develop a new, value-based […]

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Senate Saves Song-Brown; Urge Asm to do the Same

This week, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee voted to replace the Governor’s proposed “trigger cuts” with “trigger solutions.” This means that if the federal government does not step in to provide funding to states struggling with budget deficits, instead of cutting important programs, the state would take steps to raise revenue to protect […]

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CAFP Message from the President (May 29, 2020)

Dr. David Bazzo, MD, CAFP President, provides a message on the recent Legislative Action by CAFP and calls members to contact their legislators.

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