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“Under the Dome” – COVID-19 Quarantined Capitol

By CAFP Lobbyist Bryce Docherty Mid-March amid the COVID-19 scare, the Legislature abruptly adjourned under duress for the first time in over 150 years. Prior to heading back to their districts to shelter-in-place, the Legislature swiftly passed an appropriation giving Governor Gavin Newsom a $1.1 billion blank check for myriad COVID-19 crisis relief efforts. Subsequently […]

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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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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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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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Resources for Financially Struggling Practices

Several State and Federal resources are available to help small and medium sized practices (less than 500 employees) cope with the negative financial effect of the COVID pandemic. Paycheck Protection Program Under the Paycheck Protection Program: • Awardees can receive up to $10 million on a first-come-first-served basis. • Loan payments will be deferred for […]

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COVID-19 Telehealth Update

Commercial Insurance On March 18th, the Department of Managed Health Care issued an All Plan Letter requiring HMOs to immediately begin reimbursing for telehealth services, including telephonic visits, at the same rate as those provided in-person. While the Department of Insurance has not yet required the same of PPO commercial insurance, Blue Shield and United […]

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State Budget Likely to See Significant Overhaul

Budget experts are predicting a potentially severe drop in anticipated State revenues for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year and beyond. Governor Newsom’s record-breaking $220 billion January State Budget proposal included several initiatives aimed at addressing homelessness, health care costs, and climate change. The impending recession brought on by COVID-19 likely means most if not all […]

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Join the Fight for Family Medicine During COVID-19

CAFP and AAFP are advocating on your behalf in California and nationally. CAFP wrote to the Governor, urging his Administration to take concrete steps to improve access to primary care, align payment, and increase the supply of personal protection equipment. The AAFP has joined forces with medical associations and groups to urge the federal government […]

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COVID-19 Info Resources for Family Physicians

As you adapt to confront COVID-19 in your practice and clinics, state and federal officials are attempting to adapt and waive various regulations and rules in light of the emergency. These changes include expanding access to care by easing HIPAA requirements (e.g., physicians can use any video platform to talk with their patients), eliminating Medicaid […]

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AAFP Fights for FPs During COVID-19 Pandemic

While you battle on the frontlines to fight back the COVID-19 pandemic, CAFP and AAFP are fighting to ensure you have the capabilities and resources you need in your communities. Below are just a few ways we have been working with legislators and others to advocate on your behalf.  March 2 – AAFP Letter to HHS Secretary […]

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