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Urgent: Apply immediately for federal loans and grants through the Small Business Administration

While you have been focused on the health of your patients, CAFP would like to ensure you are also taking care of your practice’s fiscal health. Below is a description of three Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs available to eligible businesses with 500 employees or less. We strongly recommend that you reach out to […]

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Disaster Loan Assistance from US Small Business Administration

Disaster Loan Assistance - Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION STREAMLINED PROCESS REQUIREMENTS SBA is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus […]

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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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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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Join the CAFP Community Conversations on Sunday, April 5th

We are all craving time to connect … with friends, family, colleagues and others. To help close this gap among family physicians, we are launching the CAFP Community Conversation, a virtual time to connect with colleagues. This zoom-inar time is yours: Learn what CAFP is up to, ask questions, get answers, talk about your experiences, […]

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Use this #WeAreCaliforniaFamilyMedicine Facebook Frame

Users all over Facebook are updating their profile pictures to support the #FlattenTheCurve movement. To that end, CAFP has created our own Facebook Frame that we’d love for you to use during this crisis. To use our frame, click on this link, set the duration for the frame to display, and click “use as profile picture”. […]

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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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SAMHSA Releases Telehealth Guidance for Buprenorphone and Methadone

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released guidance clarifying rules around prescribing buprenorphine and methadone in opioid treatment programs and office-based opioid treatment settings. This new guidance permits DATA 2000 waivered prescribers to evaluate patients by telehealth (including telephone consultation) prior to the first prescription. Please see the SAMHSA website for additional […]

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Resource: Disaster Crash Cart - Best Practices for Medical Care in Evacuation Centers

A new website is available, Disaster Crash Cart, funded by the CAFP North Bay Chapter, is "intended to provide quick, easily accessible solutions to common problems for people who find themselves providing basic health care in an disaster shelter. Of course every disaster is different. In some situations there might be no need for health […]

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Tell Your COVID Story with The Nocturnists

The Nocturnists storytelling group is collecting stories about the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual experience of being on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. From their site: "Our organization's mission is to provide a safe psychological space for healthcare workers to express themselves in their full-fledged humanity. During these challenging times, we continue to […]

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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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Podcast: COVID-19: Commonsense Conversations on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, has created a global pandemic. This show aims to educate the public via interviews with leaders in healthcare, public health and policy. You’ll hear from former Kaiser CEO, host of the Fixing Healthcare podcast, and author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care and […]

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CAFP Conversation on COVID-19

CAFP members joined together for a discussion about COVID-19 and how family physicians in California are addressing the pandemic. Access the recorded webinar here. Several resources were made available during the call and are available below. CAFP survey - COVID-19 Preparedness Survey AAFP Letter - Message from the AAFP president: Speak out to share your COVID-19 […]

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Tweet your gratitude in honor of National Doctors' Day

Monday, March 30th is National Doctors’ Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help patients stay well and treat those who are sick. The holiday first started in 1933, and since then it’s been honored every year on March 30. Today, we take the time to recognize and thank all doctors everywhere for […]

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A Letter From CAFP Board President and CEO

Every day it seems we are getting new information about COVID-19. There are many things we don’t know, including the extent of California Covid-19 rate of infection and duration of this pandemic. What we do know is that family physicians will be in the middle of it. You can depend on your CAFP and AAFP […]

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Reflections on Residency During Headwinds of Pandemics

Post by Jeremy Fish, MD, Program Director, John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Residency training remains one of the most transformative experiences of the modern era. We begin life as ordinary human beings, become witnesses to medicine and health care as medical students — and then enter into several years of intensive training that turns […]

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AMAM Cancelled!

After a week of deliberation and collecting as much information as we were able, we made the difficult decision this evening to cancel AMAM. We had hoped and explored many options, but eventually concluded that out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of our members and their patients, cancelling was the […]

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Upcoming Events in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The California Academy of Family Physician's 2020 All Member Advocacy Meeting has been cancelled. For more information on the AMAM cancellation, you can read this post. The 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum is still scheduled to take place. 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum - May 15-17th Postponed CAFP Upcoming Events: MAT Workshops - April 3 […]

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2020 Resident Poster Contest Winners Announced

California family medicine residents are engaged in many scholarly activities, including research and case-studies. CAFP Foundation is pleased to support this work by hosting the Resident Poster Contest, now in its 8th year. The process begins at the end of each year where residents submit abstracts, which are blindly scored. Twenty abstracts are chosen and […]

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Kern Chapter Invites Members to Reproductive Health Care event - March 28

The Kern CAFP Chapter presents: Reproductive Health Care: Conversations for Family Physicians and Their Patients Saturday, March 28, Lunch at Noon, CME 12:30-1:30 pm Hungry Hunter Restaurant 3580 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield CA 93308 CAFP members free | Non-members $40 (pay at the door) RSVP: https://bit.ly/37E4NOp Presented by Shannon Connolly, MD Director, Primary Care Services at […]

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2020 Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Regional Workshops

Join physicians, residents, and community leaders to share best practices in treating opioid use disorders and implementing Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT). Members from the local community will share their experiences running treatment centers, providing substance use disorders services, and addressing behavioral health needs. Local residency programs currently implementing improvement initiatives in MAT and SUD will […]

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CAFP's Member Survey is Your Opportunity to Shape the Future of the Academy

Throughout 2020, the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) will be asking members to complete an online survey about your needs, values, beliefs and priorities. The responses of family physicians to this survey will influence everything the Academy does in the years to come, from determining our advocacy priorities, to investing in new clinical support […]

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Study: Many Young Women May Receive Unnecessary Pelvic Exams

According to an investigation published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, almost three-quarters of Pap tests performed on teen girls and young women may be unnecessary. These extraneous tests may be exposing these young women to preventable harms while generating considerable cost.  The research, published last month, took a look at the prevalence of use of […]

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Show and Tell: What do you do to sneak nutritional counseling into a busy patient care setting? 

Post by Christopher Flores, MD, Co-Chair, CAFP Committee on Continuing Professional Development Play Video: Presentation by Helen Delichatsios, MD, epidemiologist and clinician at Harvard, does a lot of research and education on nutrition. I love this video because she gives practical pointers on how to improve and include nutrition counseling into quick clinical encounters. The […]

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First Step in Measuring Primary Care Spending

For more than a year, CAFP has been an active participant in monthly Healthcare Payment Data Review Committee meetings, seeking to shape the recommendations it will present to the Legislature on how to implement a statewide All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The APCD, when fully implemented, has the potential to be an essential tool to advance our […]

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CAFP President to Go to Washington to Fight for THCs

Next week, CAFP President Walt Mills, MD will head to Washington D.C. to urge Congress to take immediate action to fund the Teaching Health Center (THC) Graduate Medical Education program. The THC program is a vital tool in growing the primary care pipeline by funding primary care residency programs in community clinics in underserved areas. In […]

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Novel Coronavirus: Tips For Educating Your Patients and Preparing Your Practice Teams

With more cases of Coronavirus being confirmed every day, you’ll likely be approach by patients who are concerned about their own health and the health of their families. As this situation evolves, it’s important for family physicians to stay up to date on the latest screening protocols and to know exactly what to do when […]

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Become a Loan Repayment Application Scorer

Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) is seeking volunteers to review applications for the CalHealthCares 2020 loan repayment application cycle. By reviewing and scoring applications for the upcoming cycle, you are helping to increase access to care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and to support early-career family physicians. Applications will be scored from March 2, 2020 to […]

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California Public Health Care Round-Up

Significant updates to numerous state-run health care programs are taking place. Here are some recent changes that may affect your patients and practice. Aged, Blind, and Disabled Eligibility Expansion On December 20, 2019, DHCS received federal approval of a CAFP-supported State Plan Amendment (SPA 19-0050) to extend Medi-Cal coverage to Aged, Blind, and Disabled individuals earning […]

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Governor Appoints New DHCS Director

On January 31, Governor Newsom announced the appointment of Bradley Gilbert, MD as the new Director for the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Dr. Gilbert graduated from UC San Diego School of Medicine in 1983 and is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. He previously worked at the Inland Empire Health Plan […]

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Call for CAFP Members in the Arts!

Calling all artists within the CAFP community! We want to hear from you. An upcoming issue of our California Family Physician magazine will focus on the creative side of family physicians. Whether you are formally trained as a visual or performing artist, or you simply enjoy art to combat burnout, we want to tell your […]

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CAFP Comments on Misguided CURES Regulations

CAFP recently submitted follow-up comments on updated regulations proposed by the California Department of Justice regarding use of California's prescription drug monitoring database, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). While the updated regulations would increase data access for health team members and slightly restrict third-party access to CURES information, CAFP remains concerned that the Department’s proposal […]

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CAFP Fights Rule That Could Devastate Medi-Cal

CAFP strongly cautioned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week against pursuing its proposed rule on “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability.” The proposal goes far beyond fiscal accountability and transparency, and instead would severely restrict the methods by which states can pay providers and fund Medicaid costs. The significantly flawed proposal would devastate Medi-Cal patient access […]

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Dr. Jorge Galdamez Elected to District 2 Director Position

Congratulations to Jorge Galdamez, MD, the new District II Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors. Jorge was elected at the December meeting of CAFP’s Orange County Chapter and assumes his duties immediately as their Board representative. Excited to serve and lead, Dr. Galdamez comes with leadership experience both at the clinic level as well as […]

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Detrimental "Public Charge" Rule Moving Forward

In a recent 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court voted to lift a nationwide injunction against a Trump Administration rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to receive green cards or visas. Under the so-called “public charge” policy, some immigrants who lawfully access public benefits could face adverse consequences when applying to change their […]

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2020 Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship Announcement

The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation announced the Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellows for 2020. Amy Komure, MD, MPH (Long Beach Memorial RMRP), Anna Askari, MD, MSBS (Eisenhower, FMRP), and Hannah Dragomanovich (Tuoro University) will spend the next year working with CAFP leaders and staff to address advocacy, public health and policy issues. […]

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Vaping—Effects on Patient Health and Its Alarming Rise Among Teens

Vaping devices come in many forms and have various names, like e-cigarettes, e-cigs, vapes, or vape pens. The most popular brand that teens use is made to look like a USB memory stick, but these devices can also look like traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or even commonplace items like pens. These battery-operated devices produce […]

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Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, Named Director of Robert Graham Center

The American Academy of Family Physicians announced that Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, has joined the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care as director. In this position, he will direct and participate in the Center’s family medicine-focused research portfolio, which focuses on health care demographics, the physician workforce, the impact […]

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Phone Scam Alert: Scam Artists Posing as US DEA and MBC

From the Medical Board of California: The Medical Board of California (Board) has learned that scam artists posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and Board staff/investigators are contacting physicians by telephone stating they are under investigation and demanding money. The extortion scam calls reported to the Board share many of the following characteristics: […]

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Governor's Budget Seeks a "Healthier CA for All"

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2020-21 Budget today, citing a strong economy to propose increased spending over several priority areas including health care, housing and the environment. As part of his budget announcement, the Governor has rebranded the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal initiative (CalAIM) as the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative, a consolidation of California’s […]

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Top 10 exercises and places to do them in Long Beach

Wondering how you are going to stay in shape while at the Forum? We've got your back! Here are a some great places to get your exercise in, have a little fun, and connect with nature while you are at it.   1. Running, walking, or biking along the separate bike vs running/walking trail along […]

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Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Long Beach

Bringing your family along to the Forum? There is plenty to do with the kids while staying in Long Beach. We have compiled the Top Ten Things to Do With Kids 1. Bond with the sea creatures at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. […]

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Med School Loan Repayment Applications Now Open

The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program repays up to $105,000 in educational loans in exchange for three years of full-time practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA) in California. Recently licensed physicians are eligible for the award up to two times. The application cycle is now open […]

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Register for the AMAM and Reserve Your Hotel Room

CAFP's All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) is your chance to make change in health care policy - Be sure to REGISTER for the AMAM TODAY! The AMAM will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento (special rates available!), Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2020 followed by Family Medicine Lobby Day on Monday, March 16, during which you’ll have an opportunity to […]

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New CAFP-Supported Vaccine Law Begins in 2020

Despite last minute changes to the bill that weakened some enforcement provisions, CAFP applauded the Governor for signing SB 276, a bill to improve and prevent fraud in physician-issued vaccine exemptions. The first effects of that law will be felt in 2020, as physicians who issue five or more exemptions will have their records reviewed […]

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State Initiates CAFP-Supported Changes to Medi-Cal

Through budget, regulatory and legislative advocacy, CAFP has pushed the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to expand health coverage, increase provider payment, and pilot new programs to better address the health needs of the vulnerable Medi-Cal patient population. As part of these efforts, CAFP-supported young adult Medi-Cal expansion allows full-scope coverage for tens of thousands […]

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CAFP Makes Case for Primary Care Pay Measurement

On November 21, CAFP staff urged the Healthcare Payments Review Committee, charged with guiding the creation of the State's new All-Payer Claims Database (APCD), to use the APCD to track the proportion of health plan spending dedicated to primary care. CAFP helped secure $60 million in the 2018 State Budget to create the APCD, which will […]

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CAFP Fights Misguided CURES Regulations

CAFP recently submitted comments on regulations proposed by the California Department of Justice regarding use of California's prescription drug monitoring database, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). CAFP is concerned that the Department’s proposed regulations will contribute to financial and administrative burden for family physicians, and allow third parties an inappropriate degree of access […]

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Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program Application Opens Next Week

The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program encourages recently licensed physicians and surgeons to practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and Primary Care Shortage Areas (PCSA) in California. The program repays up to $105,000 in educational loans in exchange for full-time service for a minimum of three years, and applicants can be […]

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Top 10 Coffee Shops to Visit in Long Beach

Whether you are stopping by for a quick pick-me-up on the way to the 2020 FM Clinical Forum or you are enjoying the evening out with friends, we've put together a list of the Top 10 places to grab a cup of joe while you are in Long Beach. We know coffee is important. If […]

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CAFP Board Welcomes a New Director: Maisara Rahman!

Congratulations to Maisara Rahman, MD, the new District V Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors. Maisara was elected to the position vacated when former Director, Dr. Lauren Simon, became Vice Speaker on the CAFP Board. Dr. Rahman assumes her duties immediately as the representative for the Inyo-Mono-Alpine, Kern, Riverside-San Bernardino and Tulare County Chapters.  An […]

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CAFP Board Adopts Principles for the Protection and Care of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients

Blog post by Conrad Amenta, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives At its November 2019 meeting of the Board of Directors, CAFP leadership voted unanimously to adopt Principles for the Protection and Care of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Patients.  These principles were developed by the CAFP’s Committee on the Health of the Public in response to […]

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November Member of the Month - Ann-Gelle Carter, MD

CAFP proudly recognizes Ann-Gelle Carter, MD as the November 2019 Member of the Month. Dr. Carter is originally from Illinois and graduated medical school at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Carter is currently a resident at Kaweah Delta in Visalia, CA. According to the Kaweah Delta website, when asked "Why Kaweah Delta?", […]

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Honoring the Passing of a Gentle Giant

Originally appeared in California Family Physician Magazine (Fall 2019), authored by Marshall Kubota, MD This past August, family medicine and the CAFP lost a friend.  Dr. John Dervin passed away peacefully at his home in Sebastopol surrounded by family and close friends. I think John could be said to have been one of the young […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum

Meet and Reunite with the Family Medicine Family! So many will be there ready to hear about your latest “why I get up in the morning” stories and see the recent family photos! Where else will be you have an opportunity to hear and personally meet Dr. Paul Grundy, a global leader and ambassador of […]

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Susan Hogeland Fellows Reflect on Year

(Photo: L to R - CAFP Past President Michelle Quiogue with Susan Hogeland Fellows Adia Scrubb and Jessica Farmer as they visited the US Capitol in May 2019.)                                                          […]

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AMAM Scholarships Available for Medical Students and FM Residents

Interested in learning more about CAFP's advocacy efforts? Check out the 2020 All Member Advocacy Meeting held March 14-15 in Sacramento, followed by Family Medicine Lobby Day on March 16. The CAFP-Foundation is awarding fifteen $500 stipends to medical students and family medicine residents to attend the meeting. The application is now open!

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Plan Now for All-Member Advocacy Meeting Deadlines

It's time to start planning for the 2020 All-Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) and Lobby Day, March 14-16, 2020, at the Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel. The deadline to submit names of chapter delegates and alternates (as well as resolutions) is Friday, January 10, 2020. The CAFP Board of Directors has been busy working on resolutions submitted in 2019. […]

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FMAS Student and Resident Scholarships Available

AAFP will award scholarships to two students and two residents to attend the 2020 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) in Washington, DC on May 18-19, 2020. These scholarships provide an opportunity for students and residents interested in health care policy to learn more about the political issues that affect family medicine and receive training in effective advocacy. […]

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CAFP Priority Bills Signed by Governor

The Governor recently signed CAFP’s sponsored bill, AB 1622 (Carrillo), which fixes outdated laws that prevented family physicians from receiving recognition for the true value and diversity of care they can provide. Below is the full list of other CAFP-supported bills signed into law. Read more here about the bills signed by Governor Newsom.

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Judge Temporarily Halts New Public Charge Rules

Today, the South District Court of New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to stop the administration’s Public Charge rule from taking effect on October 15. The Trump administration released a final “public charge” rule two months ago, which sought to limit applicants for admission to the US, immigrants seeking to adjust their status to that of lawful permanent […]

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Join AAFP in San Diego, CA | Neurology and Behavioral Health live course

Family physicians are often among the first to recognize common neurological and behavioral health issues patients are facing. It’s important to be informed about these issues and prepared to provide initial screenings, manage conditions, and refer to specialists as necessary. Attend the AAFP’s Neurology and Behavioral Health for the Family Physician live course in La […]

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October 2019 Member of the Month: Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

CAFP proudly recognizes Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS as the October 2019 Member of the Month. Dr. Nass is a nationally recognized leader in the LGBT health equity movement, an expert on transgender care and practices, and a member of the Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter. On top of all the work that Dr. Nass has […]

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2020 Applications Open for Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship. Download information here. Key Dates, Application Process: Applications open: September 15, 2019 Applications close: December 1, 2019 Awards announced: January 4, 2020 Applications for this scholarship consist of the following items: 1. Cover sheet 2. One-page essay 3. Applicant’s current curriculum […]

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Governor Signs Three CAFP-Supported Bills

Governor Newsom recently signed three CAFP-supported bills: AB 714 – This new law clarifies when offering naloxone is required of prescribers. It was authored in response to concerns raised by CAFP and others in the physician community regarding provisions contained in AB 2760, signed by Governor Brown in 2018, which requires prescribers to offer a […]

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CAFP Continues to Set the Bar for State Advocacy

For the fifth time in six years, CAFP has won the AAFP Leadership in State Government Advocacy Award. Thank you to the CAFP Government Relations team and all the CAFP members whose grassroots efforts helped advance our goal of to improve public health through increased childhood vaccination rates (SB 276), and bringing primary care and […]

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Easier Way to Comply with Public Health Reporting

The California Reportable Disease Information Exchange - Electronic Case Reporting (CalREDIE eCR) module allows health care providers and organizations to comply more easily with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirement for the reporting of certain diseases and conditions per the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 17 Section 2500. CDPH recently published this handy guide to walk […]

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Public Charge Rules Released

To try to mitigate the fears caused by the new Public Charge federal policies, the California Health and Human Services Agency recently released a public charge guide. In addition, on Monday, September 23 at 2pm, a one-hour webinar training will be held specifically for education and outreach providers to discuss what public charge is, who is affected by […]

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CalMedForce Grant Application for Primary Care Residency Programs Opens

The CalMedForce graduate medical education (GME) program’s application opened September 27; the application deadline is October 28, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PST). This is the second funding application cycle for CalMedForce, which will award approximately $40 million to primary care and emergency medicine residency programs in California. Please note a few changes for the second application cycle: All applications […]

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Stand Up and Be Counted!

by Lisa Folberg, MPP, California Academy of Family Physicians CEO The US Constitution requires that every 10 years, the Census Bureau count every resident in the nation.  A complete and accurate census is vital to California.  Census data helps determine the allocation of billions of dollars in federal funds for building schools, roads, businesses and […]

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Proposition 56 Supplemental Payment Program Reminder

Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) is reaching out to inform Medi-Cal Managed Care providers that they may be eligible for additional reimbursement as a result of funds directed to the Department of Health Care Services by The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax (Proposition 56). Anthem has produced a Provider Bulletin reminding capitated providers to submit all of their […]

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September 2019 Member of the Month: Erika Roshanravan

CAFP proudly recognizes Erika Roshanravan as the September 2019 Member of the Month. Dr. Roshanravan, along with Dr. Warren Brandle and others, has led the merger of the Sacramento-El Dorado and Yolo Chapters to become the Sacramento Valley Chapter. She is a current member of the Ready to Lead fellowship and an active participant in […]

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Reflecting Back and Looking Forward

by Robert Assibey, PGY-3, San Joaquin General Hospital July 1st is a momentous day at every teaching hospital around the country. It marks the day that newly graduated students are officially called "doctor". I remember walking through the halls of San Joaquin General Hospital with so many emotions: feelings of excitement, feelings of joy, feelings […]

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CAFP opposes Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration rule

Sacramento, CA – The 10,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) opposes a federal rule that would make it more likely that lawfully present immigrants could be denied green cards or U.S. visas – or even be deported – because they sought needed health care services. “This is much more than an issue related to […]

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STIs: Family Physicians Tackling STIs in California

We are not winning the battle to decrease cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in California or nationally. In fact, nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year, and in 2016 more than 2 million cases of three nationally-reported STIs (chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) were reported. This is the highest number on record, and unfortunately, […]

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Healthy Harbors for All Californians

Issues being raised by immigration actions, such as the separation of families, ICE activities, changes to the Public Charge policies for Medicaid, and CHIP, at the Federal level will have repercussions for all Californians, including physicians, their practice teams, and their patients. While the depth of problems that may be created remains unclear today, increasing […]

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AAFP: Specialty's Breadth Drew Resident Leader to Family Medicine

July 29, 2019 08:39 am David Mitchell – Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., volunteered at a free clinic during her freshman year at Ohio State University in Columbus. When the clinic's medical director noticed that she was becoming a regular, that physician invited the student to shadow her. Askari couldn't help but notice that this particular physician seemed capable […]

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Three Pathways Toward Achieving Value-Based Payment

Authored by Conrad Amenta, Director, Health Policy for California Academy of Family Physicians Payment reform is an integral component of CAFP’s strategic plan. At the core of our payment reform activities is a desire to see family physicians paid in a way that reflects the value that they produce for patients and health care systems. […]

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CCPD Meets, 2020 Clinical Forum on Agenda

Your Committee on Continuing Professional Development met on Saturday, July 20, at the Long Beach Hilton. A priority for the meeting was planning for the 2020 Family Medicine Clinical Forum, May 15-17, at the Hilton. We have two great keynotes already in place: Paul Grundy, MD and TR Reid – both visionaries in the health […]

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$300k Loan Repayment Program Benefits 48 FPs

Nearly 250 physicians received loan repayment awards of up to $300,000 this week as part of the CalHealthCares Program. The program will disburse $330 million over five years using Proposition 56 funds. CAFP contributed to the design and administration of the program, lending our expertise in primary care workforce policy to the program's Advisory Council, […]

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Catching STIs Is a Good Thing

by Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP Editor of California Family Physician Magazine The warning signs were always there. As I clicked through my patient’s chart, I saw them, lots of them: gonorrhea at age 12, chlamydia multiple times through adolescence, gonorrhea again and again, sometimes alongside chlamydia. I reviewed notes documenting admonitions given to […]

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San Diego AFP Annual Symposium and White Coat Ceremony Held June 28-30

The San Diego Academy of Family Physicians held their annual symposium June 28-30, with a special white coat ceremony for the four San Diego FM Residency programs. Thank you to the residency programs for all of your work. Congratulations to the residents from: Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego […]

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CAFP-Supported Vaccine Bill Advances

Armed with ample facts about the science of vaccines and the importance of herd immunity, SB 276 (Pan) passed out of the Assembly Health Committee on a 9 to 6 vote. Thank you to all the CAFP Key Contacts who reached out to their legislators this week to provide accurate information on immunizations. Special thanks […]

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California Society of Addiction Medicine to Hold Conference Sept. 4-7 in Anaheim

The CSAM Addiction Medicine Review Course and Exam Preparation Track is one of the most sought-after conferences in the country for those who are looking to build their clinical expertise, and for those who are preparing to take the Addiction Medicine Board Exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). The Conference Brochure provides detailed information about speakers […]

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2019 Student + FM Resident Summit Registration Now Open!

Register today for the Summit and Residency Fair Join us for our annual Student + FM Resident Summit on September 7 in Los Angeles! CAFP’s Student + FM Resident Summit provides a forum for medical students and residents to network, engage with their Academy, and develop as the new generation of family medicine leaders. The […]

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Local Chapter Update: Sacramento-El Dorado and Yolo Chapters Annual Meeting

The Sacramento-El Dorado and Yolo Chapters celebrated their members with annual awards on June 17th in Sacramento. The chapters welcomed Dr. Olivia Kasirye from the Sacramento County Health Department. For members of the Sacramento-El Dorado and Yolo Chapters, if you are interested in taking a leadership role in the soon-to-be-merged chapter, please contact us at […]

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Clarification Regarding Medical Board Licensee Alert

On June 6, the Medical Board of California (MBC) sent an email to all licensed physicians and surgeons regarding required CME for pain management and the treatment of terminally ill patients that caused confusion. While all physicians and surgeons continue to be required to take a 12-hour CME course on pain management and the treatment […]

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Members: Update or Complete your Member Census

We'd Love to Learn More About You and Your Practice AAFP and CAFP are asking you to make sure your Academy member census is correct and complete. Go online and update or complete your member census today. In addition, please complete the short member demographic survey. Knowing more about our members' work (i.e., clinical practice, […]

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CA Budget Decisions Depend on Your Advocacy

This month is critical as the Senate and Assembly will be finalizing their combined budget they send to the Governor. In an early major CAFP win, both chambers approved of $33 million in annual ongoing funding for the Song-Brown Primary Care Physician Training Program, which funds primary care residency programs whose graduates train and continue […]

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A Family Physician for All Seasons

An Interview with Your New President, Walt Mills, MD, MBA Why family medicine for you? I discovered family medicine in 1975 as a first-year medical student at UC San Diego.  I recall my excitement that there was actually an allopathic specialty that was “holistic,” one that appreciated the importance of caring for the whole person, […]

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Family Physicians Storm Washington D.C.

On May 21, nearly 300 family physicians, including a record setting number of CAFP members, advanced on the US Capitol to meet with their Representatives and Senators and urge their support for important legislation. The 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) focused on five core issues: Congressional Primary Care Caucus GME Legislation in the 116th […]

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Advocacy: The Catalyst for Stanislaus Chapter

The Stanislaus Chapter of CAFP met last week for the first time in years to reinvigorate its members and hear directly from CAFP President Walt Mills, MD. Dr. Mills informed attendees about CAFP’s recent successes and important programming which members can utilize to improve their everyday practice lives. After the meeting, four attendees stepped up […]

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Zachary Nicholas

April Member of the Month: Zachary Nicholas

Zac Nicholas currently is a third-year medical student at the California Northstate University College of Medicine. Mr. Nicholas is an active member of his local Sacramento-El Dorado Chapter, a Legislative Key Contact, and FP-PAC donor, and also serves as Student Co-Director on the CAFP Board of Directors. When asked about good qualities a family physician […]

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Resolutions Action Update

Two steps have been taken to ensure members are aware of resolutions submitted to the Board of Directors between All Member Advocacy Meetings (AMAM) or after the deadline for submission of resolutions to the AMAM. CAFP wants to ensure members have an opportunity to comment on those resolutions and be informed about any resulting Board […]

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Andrea Banuelos Mota

Member of the Month: Andrea Banuelos Mota

Andrea Banuelos Mota currently is a third-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. Ms. Mota is an active member of her local Los Angeles Chapter, a Legislative Key Contact, and also serves as Student Co-Director on the CAFP Board of Directors. Her favorite CAFP experience so far has […]

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California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Names Inaugural Susan Hogeland, CAE Fellows

New program will train family physicians and medical students in health policy leadership SAN FRANCISCO – The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) has announced the two inaugural fellows for its new Susan Hogeland, CAE Health Policy Fellowship. The fellowship will support promising medical students and family medicine residents committed to advocacy. The foundation’s goal […]

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Member of the Month: Panna Lossy, MD

Panna Lossy, MD is a graduate of UC San Francisco School of Medicine and completed her residency at Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program where she continues to teach and practice. Dr. Lossy is President of CAFP’s North Bay Chapter, a Legislative Key Contact, and has supported the FP-PAC for the last decade. “Working with […]

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New Project ECHO Launched for California Physicians

The California Health Care Foundation and the Center for Care Innovations have partnered with the Weitzman Institute to develop a new program to help health care providers throughout California treat opioid-addicted patients. Providers will participate in real-time case discussions with primary care practitioners actively treating substance abuse and addiction .For details, please read the Weitzman ECHO […]

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) and “pill mill” laws have been used to target risky opioid prescribing practices. A new CDC Injury Center study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence evaluates the effect of these policy changes on high-volume prescribing behaviors among providers in Florida. In the year following PDMP and policy implementation, decreases were […]

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Managing Chronic pain

Chronic pain not caused by cancer is among the most prevalent and debilitating medical conditions, but also among the most controversial and complex to manage. The urgency of patients’ needs, the demonstrated effectiveness of opioid analgesics for the management of acute pain and the limited therapeutic alternatives for chronic pain have combined to produce an […]

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Member of the Month: Grace Yu, MD

Grace Yu, MD is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Stanford-O’Connor Residency Program where she continues to practice and teach. An active member with the Santa Clara Chapter, Dr. Yu also is a Legislative Key Contact, supports both the CAFP Foundation and Family Physicians PAC, and represents […]

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AAFP Gives Members New Tools to Combat Opioid Abuse

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has developed resources to help combat the opioid abuse epidemic, including a chronic pain management toolkit and a continuing medical education (CME) webcast on chronic opioid therapy. “Family physicians are dedicated to being a part of the solution to help slow this national crisis, and the AAFP is dedicated to providing our […]

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