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Anti-MICRA Initiative Delayed for Two Years

The proponents of the initiative to weaken the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) have announced they will move their ballot initiative to the November 2022 ballot, rather than have a vote on it this year. It’s unfortunate that California’s frontline health care professionals had to even concern themselves with an initiative put forth by […]

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Governor Opening Up Non-Covid Care

Governor Newsom this week announced guidance for resumption of non-Covid medical services. In the guidance he outlined factors for consideration before resuming service including; availability of testing, availability of personal protective equipment, facility and office standards, care prioritization and scheduling that allow for social distancing, and workforce availability. The guidance emphasized that considerations for practices […]

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Major Pay Increase in Medicare Audio-only Visits

On April 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule making additional policy changes in response to COVID-19. Among several changes, and reflecting AAFP advocacy, CMS is increasing reimbursement for the telephonic E/M visits (CPT codes 99441-99443) to the same rate as regular, in-office E/M visits (99212-99214). This would […]

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Webinar: Reopening a Medical Practice During COVID-19

Governor Newsom recently released guidelines for reopening some physician practices for non-Covid care. Read more: Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care To learn more about best practices for physicians who are looking to reopen non-Covid services, join the California Medical Association (CMA) for a webinar on Thursday, April 30 at 12:15pm. CAFP member Dr. […]

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Show and Tell: April 2020

Two pieces caught our eyes this month. CCPD members Dr. Tom Bent and Dr. Kim Duir are happy to share them with you. Have you seen a video, read an article, watched a TED, heard a lecture that might be of interest to your colleagues? If so, please share your “Show and Tell” with us […]

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The Power of Art is Reflected in the Work of Family Physicians

Originally published in California Family Physician Magazine (Spring 2020) By Moazzum Bajwa, MD Every month, I take our resident physicians to local high schools as part of a pipeline program in health education and advocacy. We teach the students how to advocate effectively for healthy change in their communities. These teenagers find their voice in […]

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NEJM: Mild or Moderate COVID-19

Post by Kim Duir, MD What we know about COVID-19 seems to be changing every day, and few of us have time to read every day. Fortunately, the NEJM has put out excellent summary of what we know so far about how to care for your majority of COVID-19 patients who will have mild to […]

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AAFP: ACTION REQUIRED to receive additional provider relief funds

Family practice owners, Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its plans for distributing the remainder of the provider relief funds authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. At the time, they indicated an additional $20 billion was being allocated to Medicare providers – both independent providers […]

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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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