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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.

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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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes: Financial Concerns

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP Read the introduction Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic.  Read more about Handling Decreases in Patient Volume. Acute declines in revenue have meant practices, both in independent primary care and in employed models, have been seeking different sources of revenue. Many have applied for the various […]

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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes: Handling Decreases in Patient Volume

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP Read the introduction Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic.  Read more about Financial Concerns. In addition to PPE and testing difficulties, family physicians are seeing declines in patient volumes and record patient cancellations that are completely unprecedented. Practices are seeing declines in patient volume ranging from […]

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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP We are about nine weeks into this COVID-19 pandemic. In my role as regional medical director in Aledade, overseeing two ACOs in California comprised of 30 independent primary care practices in total, I have been struck by the myriad of complexities and change that has occurred in such a short […]

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