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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) holds weekly “Office Hour Calls”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) holds weekly “Office Hour Calls” on Tuesdays at 2pm to provide hospitals, health systems, and providers an opportunity to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary COVID-19 response actions such as: • Increasing Hospital Capacity – CMS Hospitals Without Walls; • Rapidly Expanding Healthcare Workforce; • […]

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CAFP Foundation Answers the Chief Residents’ Call for Tribe Building

Another COVID-19 casualty was the AAFP’s annual Chief Residents workshop – a meeting that brings together newly-selected chief residents from around the country for a workshop to prepare them for their new roles.  In May, Shelly Rodrigues got a call from Eisenhower’s FMRP program director Scott Nass, wondering if the CAFP-F would be willing to […]

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Family Physicians thank Lawmakers and Governor for Protecting Primary Care Infrastructure in State Budget: Urge Lawmakers to Push Health Plans to Support Primary Care Practices

San Francisco – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and our 11,000 members applaud lawmakers and the Governor for reaching a compromise State Budget that preserves vital primary care infrastructure programs.  CAFP recognizes the devastating effects COVID-19 has wrought on state revenues and remains committed to working with lawmakers and the American Academy of […]

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Show and Tell / June 2020 By Liz McCraven, M.D.

The latest events of this horrible year have not surprisingly turned my mind to systemic racism and public health. Addressing racism and implicit bias in health care is a perfect topic for this month. These are among the social determinants of health thought to account for up to 55 percent of health outcomes. I was […]

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Introduction to a Solemn Moment of Solidarity

By: Patrice Tully, PGY3, Academic Chief Resident, Emanate Health Family Medicine Residency June 11, 2020 at Noon The events of this year have shown us the interconnectedness of humanity, both nationally and globally. Approaching the COVID pandemic, we became unified by fears for health and mortality, and the subsequent economic impact on the well-being families […]

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Contact the Legislature to Save Primary Care!

Click Here to Contact the Legislature!   The Ask: Save Primary Care Practices by Supporting the Care for Californians Initiative   YOUR MESSAGE: The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our society to the core, sending millions of Californians reeling, and leaving no sector of the economy unaffected. Recent studies indicate nearly 80 percent of primary care […]

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Unmasked: A look at the recent departures of public health leaders

Blog post by Catherine S. Forest, MD, MPH, FAAFP In mid-June, an article in CalMatters, carried in many national media sources, reported that 27 of the nation’s public health leaders have resigned or been fired since the onset of COVID-19 – and 26 of those 27 are women.  Most of these leaders left because of […]

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Get Trained and Get Paid. Medi-Cal Providers Must Attest by July 1 to Continue Receiving ACE Screening Payments

In January 2020, California’s Medi-Cal program began paying eligible providers for conducting Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screenings for Medi-Cal patients. Starting July 1, 2020, Medi-Cal providers must have self-attested to taking the certified training available at training.ACEsAware.org to continue receiving payment for screening patients for ACEs.  Have you taken the “Becoming ACEs Aware in California” […]

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Promoting Health Through Vaccine Uptake during the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all facets of the healthcare system, including providers and their patients. Some providers chose to close offices completely, while others rescheduled well visits to future dates. As a result, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) reports that practices cite a 60% decrease in patient volume since the start of the […]

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Provider Webinars for Hepatitis B Vaccine with Dynavax

Atlantic Health Partners, a valued partner, and the nation’s leading vaccine purchasing program, has helped many of our members lower their immunization costs. Atlantic works with all manufacturers including Merck, Sanofi, GSK, Pfizer, Dynavax, Seqirus and AstraZeneca. We encourage your practice to contact Atlantic to see how they can strengthen your immunization efforts. Dynavax, which […]

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The Future of Family Medicine in the Post COVID-19 World

The third and final webinar from the Joint Chapter Webinar Series with 14 AAFP Chapters and Aledade is scheduled for next Thursday, June 25 and will address, “The Future of Family Medicine in the Post COVID-19 World” with speakers Shawn Martin and Dr. Farzad Mostashari. In effort to help shape this session and maximize its […]

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Online Content to Replace In-Person Family Medicine Summit and Residency Fair

After careful consideration, the CAFP Foundation Board of Trustees recently decided to cancel the in-person Summit in Los Angeles, CA scheduled for August 29, 2020. COVID-19 continues to significantly affect California’s medical schools and family medicine residency programs. It is neither safe nor practical to proceed with an in-person conference this year. This was a […]

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2020 Resolutions Submitted to the CAFP Board of Directors

Resolutions Update CAFP's Board of Directors recently met and discussed this year's bumper crop of resolutions (over 20!!) which were submitted to the All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM). A chart reflecting the actions taken by the Board on all resolutions has been posted here. As a reminder, the chart of actions taken is updated after […]

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CA State Loan Repayment Application Opens July 15

The California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) increases the number of primary care physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, pharmacists, and mental/behavioral health providers practicing in federally designated California Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The application for this program opens July 15, 2020 and closes September 15, 2020. Providers must […]

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Sacramento Valley Chapter Statement on Racism

Blog post by Erika Roshanravan, MD, CAFP Sacramento Valley Chapter President Dear family physician colleagues, The last few months have shaken us all to our cores. We are facing two pandemics, both of them fittingly described as “I cannot breathe”. The new pandemic is Covid-19. The other is systemic racism, a pandemic that has been […]

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Relief Funding Available for Medi-Cal Providers

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced additional funding opportunities available to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) providers and safety net hospitals. Until this announcement, almost none of the tens of billions of dollars in relief aid has […]

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Support of Public Health Officials

Statement from CAFP & David Bazzo, MD, CAFP President California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is alarmed by recent events that have targeted local health officers and officials. Most recently, Orange County Public Health Officer Nichole Quick, MD was forced to resign in the wake of backlash and threats after she ordered mandatory facemasks in […]

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CME Webinar Series: Driving Short- and Long-Term Practice Financial Success

Thursday, June 11, at 8 p.m. EDT | 7 p.m. CDT | 6 p.m. MDT | 5 p.m. PDT Register here. Speakers: Randy Walker, MD, and Angie Walker (office manager), Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice & Allergy Clinic, De Queen, AR Marc Price, DO – family physician, Mechanicville, NY Moderator: Tom Banning, Chief Executive Officer […]

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What Healthcare Providers Need to Know about “Isolation” and “Quarantine”

Blog post by Panna Lossy, MD Many people, including doctors, don’t understand the public health terms “Isolation” and “Quarantine. ” Like many words, they have a very specific meaning to professionals in one area (in this case public health) but a different meaning to the general public.  It is important that all providers understand the […]

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New Funding for Safety-Net Practices to Implement Virtual Care

CHCF is launching the Connected Care Accelerator in partnership with the Center for Care Innovations to help safety-net practices implement virtual care. Community health centers and independent physician practices that predominantly serve low-income communities are eligible to apply. Review the application, direct all application questions to program managers, Kathleen Figoni or Jenny Wright, at CCI, and spread the […]

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Addressing Racism: Resources, Advocacy and Education for Family Docs

The police killing of George Floyd has shown a light on the racism and bias African-American and other communities of color face every day, including in the very institutions sworn to protect and care for them. CAFP recognizes that bias and racism hurt people of color in health care as well, and in order to […]

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Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Effects of COVID-19

Watch the Webinar: “Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Effects of COVID-19” ACEs Aware hosted a webinar on May 27th – “Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Effects of COVID-19.” You can watch the webinar at ACEsAware.org. With physician perspectives from pediatrics, women's health, and emergency medicine, […]

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Ending Racism is Primary to Care

Statement from David Bazzo, MD, CAFP President Family physicians are on the frontlines of health care at the community level. We are committed to caring for individual people and are trained to see, hear, and feel the needs of the community through our patients. The horrifying murder of George Floyd in Minnesota is the latest […]

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AAFP Resources Assist Members with E/M Changes

Significant changes are coming to office evaluation and management coding (and payment) intended to reduce administrative burden and increase physicians' time with patients. AAFP is rolling out resources to help members prepare before changes take effect January 1, 2021. The new tools include a checklist for small, solo, and independent practices; a checklist to help […]

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Provider Relief Fund Deadline in June 3

So far, the federal government has set aside $100 billion to help the nation’s hospitals and health professionals. The first $50 billion of the Provider Relief Fund is allocated for general distribution to Medicare facilities and providers impacted by COVID-19, based on eligible providers' net patient revenue. The remaining $50 billion is allocated to providers […]

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CAFP Welcomes New District VI Director

Congratulations to Robin Linscheid Janzen, MD, who has been elected to the role of District VI Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors. Robin assumes the position which was vacated when the previous Director, Dr. Raul Ayala, was installed as CAFP’s new Vice-Speaker.  Dr. Janzen will represent the Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, […]

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AAFP's Week of Action Begins June 1st

Keep up the (virtual) fight for family medicine in Washington, D.C., with the AAFP! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've replaced our annual Family Medicine Advocacy Summit with our first-ever remote "Week of Action," beginning Monday, June 1, to advocate for family medicine in Congress. How family medicine responds to the COVID-19 pandemic will shape […]

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Care for Californians Initiative Gaining Momentum

After collaboration with CAFP and the California Medical Association, the Pacific Business Group on Health released a proposal called the Care for Californians Initiative, which would require health plans to immediately distribute emergency payments to primary care physicians with fee-for-service contracts, and require the State to convene payers, patient and providers to develop a new, value-based […]

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Senate Saves Song-Brown; Urge Asm to do the Same

This week, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee voted to replace the Governor’s proposed “trigger cuts” with “trigger solutions.” This means that if the federal government does not step in to provide funding to states struggling with budget deficits, instead of cutting important programs, the state would take steps to raise revenue to protect […]

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CAFP Message from the President (May 29, 2020)

Dr. David Bazzo, MD, CAFP President, provides a message on the recent Legislative Action by CAFP and calls members to contact their legislators.

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CAFP Hiring for Vice President for Health Policy and Advocacy

Position Title: Vice President (VP) for Health Policy and Advocacy May 2020 Reporting to: CEO Status: Exempt Location: Sacramento Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and skills. The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) seeks a dynamic, self-directed and experienced senior-level professional to help develop and oversee policy and advocacy for the CAFP. This includes legislative and regulatory […]

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Show and Tell: The Art of Change - May 2020

I just got around to reading an article called “The Art of Social Change” sent to me by a friend earlier this Spring. My friend recommended the article to spur thinking about how we can motivate our patients and the public around change. The author of the article, Kwame Anthony Appiah, writes about the importance […]

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Silver Linings of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Grace Chen Yu, MD In 10 weeks, COVID has changed our world. Just as the post-911 world found us complying with airport shoe removal, liquid limits to 3oz or less, and drop-offs at the curb, our current pandemic has brought words like social distancing, PPE, and shelter in place into our everyday vocabularies. When […]

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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes: Financial Concerns

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP Read the introduction Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic.  Read more about Handling Decreases in Patient Volume. Acute declines in revenue have meant practices, both in independent primary care and in employed models, have been seeking different sources of revenue. Many have applied for the various […]

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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes: Handling Decreases in Patient Volume

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP Read the introduction Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic.  Read more about Financial Concerns. In addition to PPE and testing difficulties, family physicians are seeing declines in patient volumes and record patient cancellations that are completely unprecedented. Practices are seeing declines in patient volume ranging from […]

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Independent Primary Care in COVIDTimes – Navigating change through a pandemic

Post by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP We are about nine weeks into this COVID-19 pandemic. In my role as regional medical director in Aledade, overseeing two ACOs in California comprised of 30 independent primary care practices in total, I have been struck by the myriad of complexities and change that has occurred in such a short […]

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As health costs balloon, primary care spending stays relatively flat

Although U.S. spending on health care nearly doubled between 2002 -2016, new research finds that spending on primary care stayed relatively stable during that period. The national health expenditure ballooned from $810 billion in 2002 to more than $1.6 trillion in 2016. Inpatient visits, prescriptions, and specialty care were the biggest drivers behind the increase […]

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View the Virtual Induction of 2020-2021 CAFP Officers

Watch CAFP's outgoing President Dr. Walter Mills and incoming President Dr. David Bazzo, along with special guest AAFP President Dr. Gary LeRoy as we conduct the virtual induction of the 2020-2021 officers. (Recorded on Saturday, May 16th)

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Governor’s May Budget Revision Proposes Potential Cuts to Primary Care

Absent federal aid, the Governor’s May revision proposes huge cuts to the Song-Brown primary care training program San Francisco – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and our 11,000 members urge lawmakers to reject cuts to primary care at the time we need it most. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant flaws in our […]

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Three-Part Practice Management CME Webinar Series

Practical solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s family physicians Fourteen chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have joined forces to develop a three-part webinar series to recognize that in the midst of chaos, family physicians have a unique opportunity to harness and forge their own financially successful practice management path. The primary goal […]

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Primary Care & Telehealth Strategies for Addressing the Secondary Health Effects of COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Noon – 1 p.m. Register for the webinar This webinar will focus on building understanding and identifying primary care and telehealth strategies and tools to address the secondary health effects of the COVID-19 emergency. Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and […]

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Park SFO Offers Free Parking for Doctors, Nurses, First Responders

To Our Valued Nurses, Doctors and First Responders, Park SFO is providing Two Weeks FREE Airport Parking and One Year FREE Park SFO Club Membership to nurses, doctors, first responders, and other health care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area Region. For thirty (30) day FREE stay […]

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CAFP Hosts Virtual Induction of 2020-2021 Officers

Join CAFP's outgoing President Dr. Walter Mills and incoming President Dr. David Bazzo, along with special guest AAFP President Dr. Gary LeRoy on Saturday, May 16th at 8:00am for the induction of the 2020-2021 officers. Join on www.facebook.com/familydocs!

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Save the Date for AAFP's Week of Action – June 1 – 5

Taking the place of the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS), which was cancelled due to COVID-19, June 1 - June 5 will be AAFP's Week of Action. "Stabilize. Strengthen. Sustain." will be our message to Congress. Starting June 1, AAFP will ask members to set up meetings with their members of Congress, submit video messages, […]

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COVID-19 and Preparing for Secondary Health Effects

Health care providers responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency, both those directly treating patients with the coronavirus and those working to ensure continuity of care for other health conditions, understand that the health impacts of this public health emergency go beyond COVID-19 cases. Many patients are experiencing disruptions in their access to medications and […]

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COVID-19 Clinician Resources from ACCME

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education offers a resource site for COVID-19 related CME activities. This page includes a searchable database of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. ACCME has encouraged accredited providers to circulate this […]

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AAFP: A checklist for reopening your practice for “non-essential” face-to-face visits

Eighty percent of primary care clinicians say they continue to limit well and chronic care visits at their practices for COVID-19-related reasons, according to a survey(www.pcpcc.org) conducted April 24-27 by the Primary Care Collaborative and The Larry A. Green Center. Many practices have shifted these “non-essential” visits to telehealth or telephone visits until they can safely resume […]

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Watch the Webinar: “Building Trauma-Informed Connections via Telehealth During COVID-19”

ACEs Aware hosted a webinar on April 29th – “Building Trauma-Informed Connections via Telehealth During COVID-19.” You can watch the webinar at ACEsAware.org. Pediatrician Dr. Dayna Long and family medicine physician Dr. Erika Roshanravan share the benefits of providing trauma-informed care via telehealth and practices that primary care and behavioral health providers can use to […]

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Announcement From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

In response to efforts by organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will be increasing payments for audio-only telephone visits between Medicare beneficiaries and their physicians to match payments for similar office and outpatient visits. This would increase payments for these services from a range of about $14-$41 to […]

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CAFP Pushes for Immediate Primary Care Payment

CAFP is calling on the Legislature and Governor to take immediate and long-term steps to bolster primary care practices and reform how we pay for primary care. In a letter to state leaders, CAFP detailed the financial threat faced by primary care practices throughout California and the need for private payers to emulate Medicare by […]

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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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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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CAFP Welcomes New District VIII Director

Congratulations to Shani Muhammad, MD, who will step in to the role of District VIII Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors after the May 2020 Board meeting. Shani has been elected to the position which will be vacated when current Director, Dr. Jeremy Fish, completes his term. Dr. Muhammad will represent the Alameda-Contra Costa, San […]

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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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Secure Your Zoom Meetings

Many of you are using Zoom for remote work or to stay connected with friends and family. After being “Zoom Bombed” CAFP has learned valuable lessons on how to help keep Zoom meetings safe and on track. Although we cannot ever be 100% safe from hackers, you can minimize hijackings (zoom bombings) as well as […]

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Noridian Offers Webinars on Telehealth

Noridian Healthcare Solutions, on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is offering a series of free webinars to give official instructions on conducting and billing for telehealth and virtual services for Medicare patients. The webinar will repeat often over the coming weeks. Click here to view a schedule of webinars and register.

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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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Rescheduled Community Conversations, April 9th at 6:00pm

Topic: Dos and Don'ts of Telehealth Five CAFP members representing diverse practices in California. 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. Join us via Facebook Live, […]

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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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CAFP's Los Angeles Chapter Re-elects District IV Director

Congratulations to Art Ohannessian, MD, who was elected for a second term and will continue in his role as District IV Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors, beginning after the May 2020 Board meeting. Art is a full-time faculty member and Associate Program Director for the UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program. In addition to his […]

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CAFP Welcomes New District X Director

Congratulations to Ava Asher, MD, who will step in to the role of District X Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors after the May 2020 Board meeting. Ava has been elected to the position which will be vacated when current Director, Dr. Nate Hitzeman, completes his term. Dr. Asher will represent the Butte-Glenn-Tehama, Lassen-Plumas-Modoc, Sacramento Valley, and Shasta-Trinity […]

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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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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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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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