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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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Show and Tell: If You Only Read One Journal Article …

Post by Kim Duir, MD Make it a POEMs one! The AAFP American Family Physician journal does us a great service with their annual article that summarizes the 20 best POEMs of the previous year*.  POEMs, which stands for Patient Oriented Evidence That Matters, is the result of scanning all major journals for research that: […]

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Resources for Solo And Small Practice Family Physicians

Resources for Solo And Small Practice Family Physicians Solo and small practice is a calling for many family physicians. We know many of you who have answered that call may be feeling the collateral effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Please know that AAFP and CAFP are here to help as best we can. Please find […]

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CA Launches California Health Corps

Find details here: https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/. From the California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, we’re opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our […]

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Changes to CME Requirements and Member Dues

Find details from AAFP here: https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus/membership-requirements-and-dues-relief.html. As you focus on serving your patients, and AAFP has canceled all live, in-person CME events through May 31, we want to make sure you have one less thing to worry about. Thus, we are making the following changes related to CME requirements and dues, effective immediately: AAFP members whose […]

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Updated COVID-19 Guidance on DHCS Website – March 27, 2020

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has published additional and/or updated guidance for providers, beneficiaries and the public related to COVID-19: Fee-For-Service Prior Authorization – Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities Fee-For-Service Pharmacy – Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities CMS Approves First Wave of CA 1135 Waivers for COVID-19 Provision of Care in Alternative Settings, Hospital Capacity, […]

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Learning to Enjoy Uncertainty

post by Dr. Jeremy Fish, MD Uncertainty. The unknown. The mysterious. It is impossible to contemplate these without experiencing some level of fear. Neuroscience has taught us humans will choose a bad situation over an uncertain one. People trapped in abusive relationships know this all too well. Abusive people and bullies use the fear of […]

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