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Disaster Crash Cart Provides Info on IsoCare

The Disaster Crash Cart site shares information on IsoCare. IsoCare was started by an amazing group of volunteers to help our community fight the COVID-19 virus. Our mission is to decrease the spread of COVID-19 by supporting people who have the virus (or are awaiting test results) and have been asked to self-isolate at home. We […]

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Governor Provides Flexibility to Medi-Cal Providers

Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order this week affecting Medi-Cal and the California Children’s Services program. The executive order will allow fair hearings to continue for California Children’s Services on grievances and appeals to take place by phone or video conference. Additionally, the order will ensure flexibility to continue providing mental health care services and […]

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Community Conversation: Sunday, April 26th, 7:30pm

Adia Scrubb, MD, MPP, PGY3 at John Muir Family Medicine Residency Program, is one of the inaugural Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellows. She'll be presenting her fellowship project report on Sunday, April 26, 7:30 pm as part of the CAFP Community Conversation. Adia has been working on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) screening with a […]

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Family Physician Practices in California Strained Due to Coronavirus

Survey highlights pressure on front-line physicians San Francisco – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is urging lawmakers to consider the impact the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is having on primary care physician practices across the state. “A recently released national study says that almost 80 percent of primary care clinicians are experiencing ‘severe’ or ‘close to […]

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CAFP Foundation Offers Scholarships to AAFP National Conference

CAFP-Foundation provides 12 scholarships in the amount of $750 each to support student and resident attendance to the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City, July 30 -- August 1, 2020. Applications are due Monday, May 4. Eligibility: Consideration is given to first-time attendees with a primary enrollment in California Schools of Medicine and Family Medicine Residency […]

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CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of 04/20/2020

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS and other subject matter experts. Call details […]

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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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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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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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