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Media and Social Media Ambassadors for AAFP

CAFP is again well-represented as three members continue to serve as AAFP Media and Social Media Ambassadors. Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP is representing Los Angeles.  Alex McDonald, MD, CAQSM is representing San Bernadino, and Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP is representing Orange County.

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California Family Physicians Optimistic on State Reopening

San Francisco – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is optimistic as new COVID-19 guidelines take effect. As of June 15, 2021, Governor Newsom has terminated the executive Stay Home Order. The new guidelines include phasing out the vast majority of COVID restrictions put in place in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 […]

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CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has launched the CHCF Health Equity Fellowship Program. The mission of this two-year fellowship is to identify, develop, and support emerging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leaders who have the capacity to become local and regional catalysts for health equity across California. For the pilot cohort, CHCF is […]

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Special Webinar June 28th!

Join us on June 28th, from 12-1pm, for "The Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap: A Guide for Strengthening Community Relationships" This webinar will highlight the final release of the ACEs Aware Trauma-Informed Network of Care Roadmap. The Network of Care Roadmap provides practical steps that health care providers, clinics, community-based organizations, and social service agencies can […]

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CAFP-Foundation Announces Winners of the 2021 Resident Poster Competition

The California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Resident Poster Competition.  Case Report Winner: Vincent Pan, DO; Mai-Linh Tran, MD. (2021, May 23) Just Normal Infant Irritability? Eighth annual CAFP Resident Poster Competition.  Research Project Winner: Joshua Wendt, MD; Alexander Sin, MD, MS; Lauren Simon, […]

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Congratulations to the 2021 Graduates!

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Join the CAFP Student-Resident Council

We are now accepting Council applications for the 2021-22 academic year. The Council is the official student-resident voice of the Academy. By bringing students and residents together, the council promotes the exchange of ideas, builds leadership skills, pursues transformational advocacy and enriches California’s primary care workforce with a strong family medicine pipeline. CAFP represents more than […]

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Scholarships Available for AAFP's National Conference

AAFP's National Conference is one of the premier events for students and FM residents. Every day in family medicine means embarking on a new endeavor of health care and patient wellness. We’ll provide you with everything you need for a successful journey. At this year’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students from […]

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Mapping Patient Journeys in Drug Addiction Treatment

The NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse has launched the “Mapping Patient Journeys in Drug Addiction Treatment” Challenge (submissions due September 22, 2021). NIDA challenges applicants to create a ‘journey map’ to show the good and bad experiences people with substance use disorder have when navigating the healthcare system to get treatment; an experience that’s […]

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Pass Equality Act, AAFP and Others Tell Senate

CAFP joined AAFP and scores of national and state medical and health care organizations in urging the Senate to improve health equity by passing legislation containing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans. “LGBTQ people need the explicit, permanent protections under our nation’s existing civil rights laws that the Equality Act would provide with regard to […]

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New Process for Issuing Medical Exemptions for Childcare and School Immunizations in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launches a new process for pediatric medical exemptions. Physicians will now need to use the California Immunization Registry – Medical Exemption website (CAIR-ME) to request, issue, manage, and track medical exemptions from required immunizations for children in child care/preschool and school (grades K-12). Medical exemptions for children can only be […]

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CAFP Welcomes New District VII Director

Congratulations to Grace Yu, MD, who recently began her second term as District VII Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors. Dr. Yu represents the Santa Clara, Santa Cruz-Monterey and San Mateo county chapters. Dr. Yu has been an active AAFP and CAFP member for the past 15 years, and since 2016 has served as the […]

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DHCS Alert (5.27.21): Closure of 29 Lags Pain Clinics

Alert: High numbers of patients on controlled medications may need help connecting to new pain management and/or MAT providers, due to the closure of 29 Lags Medical Centers, which operate high-volume pain management clinics in California. Request: DHCS encourages MAT providers to consider the use of buprenorphine for pain indications for patients who are opioid-dependent […]

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The Science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress

Join us on June 2, from 12-1 p.m. for the first in a series of webinars:  The Science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Toxic Stress, presented by California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. This webinar will: Cover the science of how ACEs and toxic stress can impact our biology. Explain how ACE screening […]

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Show & Tell: It’s Time to Challenge Race-Based Medicine (May 2021)

By Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS, AAHIVS, CAFP’s 2021 Educator of the Year As you may be aware, a national movement to challenge structural racism in medicine is gaining momentum.  At my home institution, SF General Hospital, race-based eGFR reporting was eliminated in 2019. In 2020, following a successful petition effort, we were able to […]

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Our State of CAre is ACEs Aware

This month, we launched a statewide health care provider engagement campaign to expand the reach and impact of the ACEs Aware initiative. The campaign is designed to help clinical health care teams understand the importance of screening for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and invites them to join the ACEs Aware movement by getting trained and […]

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CAFP Welcomes New Roster of Officers to Board of Directors

The 2021 Officers were installed at the 2021 All Member Advocacy meeting. President Shannon Connolly, MD, FAAFP Los Angeles, CA (Read more about Dr. Connolly) Immediate Past President David Bazzo, MD, FAAFP San Diego, CA President-Elect Lauren Simon, MD Redlands, CA Secretary/Treasurer Anthony "Fatch" Chong, MD San Diego, CA Speaker Raul Ayala, MD, MHCM Fresno, […]

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An Interview with Dr. Sion Roy

1. What inspired you to become a physician? I went into medical school because I was interested in the science of medicine, but more than that I knew that a career as a physician would be a gift; as I would have the privilege of serving others and spend my career helping people and families […]

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Webinar: Providers of Adolescent Services: What to Expect After Enrolling in the CA COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Providers of Adolescent Services: What to Expect After Enrolling in the CA COVID-19 Vaccination Program Webinar Tuesday, May 25th 5:00 - 6:00 PM Pacific Time Click here to register   Join the California Department of Public Health and California Medical Association for an informational session covering clinical guidance for COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents and provider requirements for participating […]

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AAFP will co-host a briefing on the NASEM Report - May 26th

Join AAFP on Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT for a briefing co-hosted with seven other primary care organizations on the NASEM Report on implementing high quality primary care. The program is a two panel event that includes national experts as well as a reaction panel. The event will be live streamed on the […]

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2021 Champion of Family Medicine - Senator Melissa Hurtado

Senator Hurtado was awarded the 2021 Champion of Family Medicine award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) Senator Hurtado is the youngest woman ever elected to the California State Senate. Her Senate district runs from Fresno to south of Bakersfield — some of the richest and most fertile farmland in the […]

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2021 Hero of Family Medicine - Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH

Dr. Abraham was awarded the 2021 Hero of Family Medicine award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) Honestly, this year was an extremely tough competition because SO MANY OF YOU were out there on the frontlines, putting your lives at risk for your patients during very dark and difficult times. Do […]

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2021 Resident of the Year - Emmeline Ha, MD

Dr. Ha was awarded the 2021 Resident of the Year award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) Dr. Emmeline Ha is a third-year resident at Stanford University, and the 2021 Family Medicine Resident of the Year. Dr. Ha is an enthusiastic leader in both her residency program and in the Academy. […]

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2021 Barbara Harris Award for Excellence in Education - Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS, AAHIVS

Dr. Hahn was awarded the 2021 Barbara Harris Award for Excellence in Education award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) The 2021 Barbara Harris Award for Excellence in Education is presented to Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS, AAHIVS. Dr. Hahn is an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the […]

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2021 Family Physician of the Year Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Lee was awarded the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (May 15, 2021) The California Academy of Family Physicians presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians, and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community. […]

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Shannon Connolly, MD of Orange County Takes Office as President, California Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Connolly brings a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as she leads the medical specialty society in 2021-22 San Francisco – Shannon Connolly, MD, a family physician who practices in Orange County, this month begins a one-year term as president of the more than 10,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). In this role, […]

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California Family Physicians Applaud Governor Newsom for Visionary Budget Proposal

CAFP President Dr. Bazzo says proposed health care investments will be transformative. San Francisco – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and its more than 10,000 members commend Governor Gavin Newsom on the impactful, forward-thinking approach of his proposed May revision to his 2021-22 Budget Proposal. The proposal will help California rebound from the […]

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California Family Physicians Applaud Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine to Adolescents

CAFP president Dr. Bazzo urges use of primary care physicians to lead the effort to overcome vaccine hesitancy.   San Francisco – Yesterday, California authorized the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12-15. The move came after a group of experts from California and other Western states independently reviewed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s and […]

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Reimagining Our Work

CAFP Foundation 2020 Annual Report View it here! One thing that became evident during the COVID-19 pandemic is the vital importance of solving problems together. The collaborative relationships we’ve built over the years prepared us to continue serving our members by reimagining our work. While many things around the nation came to a halt, the CAFP […]

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2021 CAFP and CAFP Foundation Award Honorees

Join CAFP at the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting as we celebrate the 2021 CAFP and CAFP Foundation Award Winners. The 2021 Family Physician of the Year is Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP. The 2021 Award for Educational Excellence in Honor of Barbara Harris awarded to Monica Hahn, MD, MPH, MS, AAHIVS. The 2021 […]

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8th Annual Resident Poster Contest Presentation (May 23, 2021)

The CAFP Foundation is pleased to support the 8th Annual Resident Poster Contest virtually on Sunday, May 23, 2021. The purpose of the poster competition is to promote scholarly activity by family medicine residents and to provide a unique opportunity for residents to share their research with a network of family doctors. Watch the presentation here!  

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Providers of Pediatric Services: How to Enroll in the California COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Join the California Department of Public Health for an informational session on the enrollment process and requirements for pediatric providers that are interested in participating in the state's COVID-19 vaccination program. This FREE webinar is intended for California providers of pediatric services. Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5pm - 6pm Pacific Time Register Today Space is limited, so register today! If you're unable to attend, […]

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COVID-19 Vaccination Abbreviations: What Do They Mean?

California Immunization Registry (CAIR) –Existing system for vaccine reporting. In order to get access to COVID-19 vaccine, providers must register in CAIR and sign the COVID-19 Provider Agreement. In order to enroll vaccinators need to meet certain reporting requirements. Learn more here https://cairweb.org/covid/   myCAvax – Portal for reporting, ordering, and tracking COVID-19 inventory. Providers […]

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For Dr. Jyothi Patri, her patients are her family

Dr. Patri talks about the relationship with her patients, how she balances her career and family life, and her plans for the Fresno-Kings-Madera Chapter.     When Dr. Jyothi Patri, a Family Physician in Central Valley, CA, won the Top Physicians Under 40 Award in 2019, she was 36 years old. It was a moment […]

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Message from Family Doctors

Thank you to the physicians from the Indian Health Center Santa Clara Valley - Family Medicine Center (O'Connor) & Stanford Family Medicine Residency for participating! Filmed and edited by Emmeline Ha, MD.

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“I live what I preach.” - Alex McDonald, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP

A former pro triathlete, Dr. McDonald promotes preventative medicine, prescribing exercise, good sleep, and nutrition to his patients, while working in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.   Alex McDonald, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP was known for being fast as a pro triathlete early in his medical career. Now as a family physician, exercise is […]

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Reviving a Chapter: How Dr. Diana Mokaya helped bring doctors to work together

For years Santa Clara chapter was inactive. Now it’s helping fight the ever-growing community disparities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The bylaws were so old that the only copy available was something written on a typewriter, probably from the sixties. The California Academy of Family Physicians chapter of Santa Clara had been inactive for […]

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Catch-up Pediatric Patients Now on Needed Vaccines

Many children have missed their recommended vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a substantial immunization gap persists. Children need catch-up vaccination now to ensure they are protected as they return to in-person schooling and summer programs. Bring in your pediatric patients NOW before school starts in the fall. Based on analysis of data from the […]

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Dr. Monique George aims for engagement on the Los Angeles chapter

President of the largest CAFP chapter and the county hit the hardest by the pandemic, Dr. George hopes for change as vaccination rises.   With over two thousand members, the California Academy of Family Physicians chapter of Los Angeles is the largest of the organization. The new chapter president, Monique George, MD, is excited about […]

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We're Storytellers - Duy Nguyen, DO

Dr. Duy Nguyen, the new president of Orange County’s chapter, is on a mission to make a difference in people’s lives.   Like most physicians, Duy Nguyen, DO, is passionate about his profession. But unlike many who knew as a child that they wanted to become a doctor, he found his passion when he was […]

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Show and Tell: Caring for Patients: Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach (April 2021)

Show and Tell by Adia Scrubb, MD, MPP Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed care (TIC) are on our minds these days. It’s in the news, it’s shaping healthcare policy, and it’s even more relevant during this devastating global pandemic while our patients suffer such dramatic impacts to their lives. What’s more, the usual social […]

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"Racism and Discrimination as Risk Factors for Toxic Stress" - ACEs Aware Webinar

In Case You Missed It: "Racism and Discrimination as Risk Factors for Toxic Stress" April 28 Webinar Now Available WATCH NOW at ACEsAware.org Presenters discuss: Some of the main social and environmental factors that lead to health disparities, as well as the impacts of racism and discrimination on public health across communities. The role of […]

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Scholarships Available for AAFP's National Conference for Residents and Students (NCRS)

AAFP's National Conference is one of the premier events for students and FM residents. If you're interested in attending, then let CAFP cover your registration fees! Scholarships are available to CA medical students and family medicine residents. Scholarship Application About: CAFP-Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to support student and resident attendance to the AAFP National […]

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Outside of Residency and Work: Perspectives from the Student and Resident Council

​"The nervous excitement with starting each new rotation ​is slowly worn by seemingly endless new ​teams, new rules, and new attendings. ​However, there's also ​a bit of ​sadness when rotations end - because bonds quickly form during these intense training periods; and despite having the best intentions to stay in touch, our busy schedules simply […]

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CAFP and CAFP Foundation Announce 2021 Residency Program Collaborative Grantees

CAFP and CAFP-F are pleased to announce this year’s residency programs that will participate in our Collaborative to improve education, outreach, and treatment for patients with substance use disorder disease, including stimulant and opioid use disorder. We are very excited to get started with our first full grantee meeting on May 1, 2021. 2021 Grantees: […]

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Examining Our COVID-19 Response: An Update from the Frontlines, Editorial – Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ

Originally posted on the Los Angeles County Chapter of the CAFP's site here. Across this country, the pandemic has exposed deep seated divides within our communities. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Black and Latinx populations who contract this disease, are dying at twice the rate of other populations. […]

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Primary Care First Deadline Extended

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the deadline to apply to the Primary Care First Cohort 2 to May 21, 2021. CMS is also announcing an additional Office Hour event on Wednesday, May 5 at 11:00 am for potential practice applicants to ask questions ahead of the deadline. Staff will be available to answer your […]

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Cal-HOP Funding Opportunity Expiring Soon

Federal and state funding via the California Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program (Cal-HOP) to help practices onboard to their regional Health Information Exchange/Organization (HIE/HIO) expires in September 2021. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is committed to providing up to $50 million in total funds to HIOs to support data exchange connections from an HIO to eligible […]

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CAFP Welcomes New District 8 Director

Congratulations to Brent Sugimoto, MD, who will step in to the role of District VIII Director on CAFP’s Board of Directors after the April 2021 Board meeting. Dr. Sugimoto has been elected to the position which is being vacated because current Director, Dr. Shani Muhammad, has relocated to another region. Dr. Sugimoto will represent the […]

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Two California Family Physicians Selected for AAFP Women’s Leadership Program

The Academy congratulates CAFP members Drs. Patricia Chico and Micaela Godzich for being selected for the AAFP’s Women’s Wellness Through Equity and Leadership Alliance (WEL). WEL is a collaborative program aimed at developing and creating more equitable workplace experiences for women physicians through leadership development. Learn more about these wonderful CAFP leaders and the program here.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

We know that many of you are anxious to better understand the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process and to get started (or continue) providing vaccine to your patients. CAFP has been working with the California Medical Association (CMA) and California Pharmacists Association to ensure that the process includes community health centers, pharmacies and physician practices. We […]

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#ThisIsOurShot COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations Chart

#ThisIsOurShot has provided a chart for physicians and their staff to use when talking to patients about COVID-19 vaccines. You can view and download the chart here: COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations Chart. #ThisIsOurShot (TIOS) is a grassroots, volunteer effort with a mission to "elevate the voices of health heroes to build vaccine-trust for a COVID-free world." You […]

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Telehealth Funds Available to Rural, Underserved Area Physicians

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the relaunch of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program on March 30, 2021. There is a 30-day deadline to apply. First established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), this program pays providers for actual telehealth-related expenses incurred as a result of the pandemic. The FCC announced that it will prioritize applicants from areas with […]

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Show and Tell: Fearless Flying through Nutrition Counseling (March 2021)

Show and Tell by Fari Valji, MD A patient, let’s say “John,” I saw in Behavioral Health Clinic for non-specific food aversion and anxiety and whose labs and imaging were fine walked into my exam room the next day. He was symptomatically improved but hadn’t eaten solid food in a week. Not knowing where to […]

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COVID-19 County Tier Map for Education-Based Athletics

Download the COVID-19 County Tier Map for Education-Based Athletics provided by the California Interscholastic Federation, updated March 23, 2021.

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2021 CAFP Proposed Bylaws Update - Summary of Changes

Pursuant to the CAFP bylaws, officer terms are tied to the Clinical Forum. To avoid uncertainty in years in which there is not a Clinical Forum, the CAFP Governance Committee and Board recommend an adjustment to the bylaws. Specifically, that the CAFP bylaws be adjusted such that officer terms are not tied to an annual […]

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ACEs Aware Hiring Science/Clinical Advisors

ACEs Aware is seeking two candidates to serve as Science/Clinical Advisors to the ACEs Aware initiative. The advisors will provide and facilitate scientific and clinical expertise, input, and review of initiative activities and work products. This full-time role involves working closely with California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, and requires robust knowledge on ACEs […]

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Message from David E.J. Bazzo, MD, FAAFP, CAFP President

Dr. Bazzo delivers a message to all members on where we are during the COVID-19 pandemic and his optimism on where we are going together as CAFP.

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Primary Care First Application Information and Webinars for Cohort 2

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Request for Applications (RFA) for Cohort 2 of the Primary Care First (PCF) Model. Primary care practices in eligible regions are encouraged to apply. Practices that participate in PCF will have flexibility in terms of care delivery and the opportunity to increase practice revenue through performance-based […]

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Vaccine Update from CAFP

Last week, CAFP sent a letter to Blue Shield of California, in their capacity as the third party administrator (TPA) for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. We have been urging Blue Shield to allocate vaccines to community-based primary care clinics and physician practices to ensure the equitable administration of vaccines, including to hard-to-reach populations like the unsheltered, […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands Statewide Beginning March 15, 2021

From the Medical Board of California Beginning March 15, 2021, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at high risk from COVID-19 as the direct result of certain conditions and settings, as specified in the California Department of Public Health’s Provider Bulletin: Individuals with one or […]

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CAFP Celebrates Local Chapter Leaders

CAFP is proud to announce the current list of local chapter leaders, and we are grateful for their work. These leaders guide local chapter work and represent CAFP in the many communities across California. Are you interested in getting more involved with your local chapter? Connect with your local chapter and see what events are […]

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Ohio AFP Webinar: Challenging Race-Based Medicine in Practice

Ohio AFP is offering a discounted registration price to an upcoming webinar on Race-Based Medicine, April 22, 2021, 4-5:30pm PST. This webinar will be moderated by Roma Amin, MD, and will help learners understand the origins of race-based medicine, the implications of conflating race with genetic ancestry, identify the racist underpinnings of many commonly practiced […]

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Vaccines for People with Underlying Conditions or Disabilities Will Not Require Doctor's Note

On March 15, people with certain underlying conditions or disabilities will be eligible for vaccines in California. Read the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) fact sheet, which includes clarification that people will not be required by CDPH to provide a doctor's note. More information here.

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All Member Advocacy Meeting extended to include a day for advocacy - May 15 and 16

As you can imagine, the 2021 All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) will be a bit different than in previous years. CAFP is excited to announce that the AMAM will now take place over two days May 15-16 to include a day devoted to advocacy.  AMAM will still be virtual with day one, Saturday, May 15, focused on […]

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Webinar: All Hands on Deck: How to Become a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Presenting: All Hands on Deck: How to Become a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator Join CDPH to learn how authorized providers can volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine in your community. Thursday, March18th, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM REGISTER HERE  In this webinar you’ll learn about: The public health significance of volunteer vaccinators The current California landscape for COVID-19 vaccines […]

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CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE). This latest guidance comes as more than three million doses of vaccines have been administered within […]

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Health Heroes Launch #ThisIsOurShot Campaign to Promote COVID Vaccines, Fight Misinformation

Advocates across the country look to inspire their own communities to get vaccinated  CONTACT: Emmie Johnson | 916-473-2800 | contact@thisisourshot.info SACRAMENTO, CA - Tens of thousands of health care providers have united with other frontline workers and more than two dozen state and national organizations to launch #ThisIsOurShot, a campaign to build trust in COVID […]

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CAFP Asks Blue Shield to Consider Community-Based Practices in State Vaccine Plan

CAFP asks Blue Shield to consider community-based physician practices in state vaccine distribution plan.  CAFP recently sent a letter to Blue Shield of California regarding the equitable and streamlined distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Family physicians have championed community vaccination for decades, because family physicians know how to reach hard-to-reach populations, including the unsheltered, undocumented immigrants, […]

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San Diego AFP Awards Scholarships to Two Medical Students

Joebert Lopez Rosal 2021 Williams Scholarship Winner, San Diego Academy of Family Physicians  Joebert Rosal attended the University of Pennsylvania from 2014 to 2018 for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in Health Care Management. During his studies in Philadelphia he volunteered at Puentes de Salud, a Spanish speaking community clinic, as […]

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Words Matter: Help Destigmatize the Disease of Addiction

Family Physicians can help destigmatize the disease of addiction by carefully choosing the words they use. This handy chart of words to use in place of some common stigmitizing words will help. Put together by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the handout offers background information and tips for providers to keep in mind […]

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Virtual Interviews Through the Eyes of a 4th Year Medical Student

Blog post by Tamer Tamer, MD “Non-traditional” has been the ongoing theme for the past year. Many believe breaking tradition is the loss of culture and history, while others have taken the opportunity to be creative and lead the direction in a new path. There have been countless changes over the past several months, including: […]

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Unplugged

Blog post by Nadine Grace-Abraham, MD and Peter Abraham, MD MAS "Unprecedented times." "New normal." "Flatten the curve." "Together while apart." Approximately one year after the declaration that a novel virus had hit American shores, the possibility of returning to a life before facemasks, social distancing, unending teleconferences, and constant fear of infection seems to be […]

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Stuck Between Two Pandemics

Blog post by Karen D. Antwiler, MD I am a family medicine resident invested in improving patients’ mental health, particularly treating substance use disorder and other forms of addiction. I train in the Coachella Valley, where several areas in the high desert have recorded some of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the […]

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Show and Tell: How to Talk to Your Young Athletes about Playing Sports During These COVID Times (February 2021)

Show and Tell by Susan Glockner, MD Since August, when the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy executive order began, COVID-19 restrictions have been based on the colored tier system accounting for caseloads and transmission risks by region. Now that the Regional Stay-at-Home order has been lifted, we can consider how the schools can reopen and […]

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ACEs FIT Workshops Continue to Empower

Do you have patients in your practice with intractable health problems who don’t seem to improve? Highly complex patients with multiple and debilitating challenges? It’s possible to shed new light on these patients with a better understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). A consensus of scientific research demonstrates that cumulative adversity, […]

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COVID is challenging many, including your Patients with Obesity

Creating Opportunities for Productive Clinician-Patient Interactions During a Pandemic CAFP is offering three accredited activities that focus on creating opportunities for productive clinician-patient interactions during this pandemic. Take advantage of the practical advice, tools and resources to help your patients with obesity – including the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned with a Standardize Patient […]

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AAFP Offers Opportunities to Test AI-based Digital Tools

To help ease the administrative burden family physicians regularly see in practice, the AAFP Innovation Lab is offering two free pilot programs using tools based on artificial intelligence (AI). Suki,(suki.ai) an AI-powered digital assistant, allows physicians to minimize documentation/charting time; Navina collects and presents key data to minimize the amount of time spent on chart review. […]

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AAFP Webinar: Wellness and Well-being for Medical Students – Feb. 16

February 11, 2021 Medical school was hard enough before a pandemic, and medical careers--although rewarding in so many ways--also present challenges to personal well-being at every stage. The AAFP is bringing together national experts on wellness and well-being to focus on the unique needs of medical students. In this webinar, students will learn about overcoming […]

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CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program Deadline is this Friday!

The 2021 application cycle for the CalHealthCares loan repayment program closes this Friday. Interested individuals must apply by 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2021, to be considered for an award. The program—which aims to increase access to care for California’s 13 million Medi-Cal patients—awards loan repayment grants of up to $300,000 in loan repayments to encourage and […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: What Partners Need to Know Now about Medicare Fraud

Originally received February 5th via CMS Regional Office. As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS […]

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In Case You Missed It: ACEs Aware January Webinar: Network of Care

The ACEs Aware January webinar on Trauma-Informed Network of Care is now available to watch at ACEsAware.org. Presenters discussed: Definitions and guidance on key elements of a trauma-informed network of care to respond to ACEs and toxic stress. Strategies for establishing a robust and effective system for responding to ACE screenings and mitigating the toxic […]

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CAFP Hiring for Manager, Member Engagement

The CAFP seeks a Member Engagement Manager who will work with the CAFP team to produce effective strategies to support member experience, retention, and recruitment. Primary areas of responsibility are marketing/communications and membership management. The Member Engagement Manager will work to improve the member experience, expand grassroots efforts, and maximize member communications. The Member Engagement […]

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KFF Vaccine Monitor: Where People are Getting Information About COVID-19 Vaccinations

Those Most Hesitant About Vaccination are More Likely to Turn to Social Media for Information Additional Data Available Through Online Vaccine Monitor Dashboard As vaccination efforts ramp up across the country, the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor examines where the public is getting its relevant information. Large shares of the public report that they are getting […]

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FM Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care Workshops Begin

Forty-four Orange County physicians gathered in Zoom for CAFP's inaugural Family Medicine Initiative for Trauma-Informed Care (FIT) workshop.  The ninety-minute event featured a short presentation by FIT faculty, Anna Askari, Adia Scrubb, Brent Sugimoto, and Erika Roshnaravan, followed by small group discussions around the issues of ACEs screening and its potential impact on patient care and […]

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Governor Announces New COVID Vaccine Distribution Changes

Governor Gavin Newsom announced several COVID-19 vaccine delivery system changes last week. While overall vaccine supply into California will continue to be dictated by the Federal government, California will implement three changes regardless of quantity of vaccine available: Beginning mid-February, the state will implement a statewide standard under which health care workers, individuals 65 years […]

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Show and Tell: Profound Words in a Pandemic (January 2021)

Show and Tell by Erika Roshanravan, MD, FAAFP When Jerri contacted me to see if I could present something in this Show & Tell, she said I should write about something that “moved me in this moment”. I laughed out loudly. I mean, it is January 20th, 2021 after all! It is a day history […]

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Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Help Bolster State’s Vaccination Efforts

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 to help maximize the number of healthcare professionals and providers administering vaccines.  The executive order confirms existing law which protects certain health care professionals and providers from legal liability when they render services at the request of state or local officials during a state of […]

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HealthLandscape Offers The "Community of Immunity" Vaccination Deficit Explorer

The Vaccination Deficit is the estimated number of COVID-19 vaccinations that may not be administered in each U.S. county based on previous annual influenza vaccination rates. A 70% vaccination rate is the minimum necessary to achieve "herd immunity." Find the HealthLandscape's Vaccination Deficit Explorer here. See more information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccines on […]

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Newsom Announces Improvements to CA's Vaccination Plan

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a series of improvements to the state’s vaccination plan.  These new steps will make it easier for people to know when they are eligible for vaccination and how to make an appointment, accelerate the administration of vaccines on hand, and improve the state’s ability to track vaccination data. See the […]

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Show and Tell: Thriving in These Times (January 2021)

Show and Tell by Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP, Regional Medical Director, Aledade This has been a historic week, from seeing the first ever woman Vice President of Black and South Asian descent being sworn into office, hearing the youngest poet laureate speak of justice and bravery, to the devastating news of over 400,000 deaths from […]

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Increasing Disseminated Gonococcal Infections in California

Originally received from CDPH, Jan 15, 2021: In recent months, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has received increasing reports of disseminated gonococcal infections (DGI), an uncommon but severe complication of untreated gonorrhea. CDPH is working with local health departments to investigate these cases of DGI, where some of the patients have reported experiencing homelessness and/or using illicit drugs, particularly methamphetamine. It is possible the increase in DGI cases reflects a decrease of STD screening, testing and treatment as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 […]

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Vaccine Information from DHCS

Originally received via email from the Department of Health Care Services, Jan 14, 2021. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking federal approval to help support delivery of the vaccine to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The vaccine will be provided at no cost to all Californians. The purpose of this Q&A is to provide […]

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Healing in the midst of emotional strife; latest COVID-19 vaccine information

Originally sent to AAFP members, January 8, 2021 The AAFP is here to support you as you serve your patients and community Dear colleagues, I write to you today with a heavy heart. This week, our nation experienced an unimaginable insurrection against our government. As I watched in disbelief, my mind turned to all of […]

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Governor’s Proposed Budget Maintains Health Spending

Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2021-22 State Budget proposal today, marking the beginning of a five-month long budget negotiation with the State Legislature. Despite dire predictions last year of a significant budget shortfall, California’s fiscal outlook looks strong for 2021-22 with a multibillion-dollar surplus. Many health programs will be maintained or augmented, including $33 million in ongoing […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine: CAFP Sends Letter to County Leaders and Public Health Officers

January 5, 2021 Dear County Leaders and Public Health Officers: The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) and our nearly 11,000 family physicians and medical students deeply appreciate the actions you have taken so far to distribute vaccines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. CAFP recognizes the significant challenges and effort required to disseminate and administer […]

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CAFP Hiring for Manager, Professional Development

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) seeks a motivated, adaptable, team-oriented professional to work with the Vice President of Education to develop, implement and evaluate educational and leadership programs. This position requires someone who is creative and can also track and manage details. Strong writing skills are essential. A full description with position requirements […]

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COVID Relief Funds and Extenders Help California

Before the end of the federal legislative session, Congress passed and the President signed a package of bills that provide states and individuals with COVID-19 support and funds, renew several important health care programs, and make key health care policy changes. In a major win for primary care, the bills extend funding for Community Health […]

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Loan Repayment Applications Open Soon

The application cycle for CalHealthCares opens on January 18, 2021. CalHealthCares is a relatively new loan repayment program for new physicians who maintain a patient caseload of 30 percent or more Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Awardees can receive up to $300,000 in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Awardees must have graduated from a physician residency program […]

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Making It Plain, What Black America Needs to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

Join a national virtual town hall, “Making It Plain, What Black America Needs to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines”, this Thursday, January 7th at 4:00PM (PST)/7:00PM (EST). The town hall is hosted by Black Coalition Against COVID-19 and will convene the nation’s top COVID-19 experts to answer questions and concerns about COVID-19 and vaccines. To view the […]

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Important Reminder to Physicians Who Prescribe Controlled Substances

As a reminder, there are two critical changes to prescribing laws that took effect on January 1, 2021. First, pads used to write and fill prescriptions for controlled substances are required to have a 12-character serial number, a corresponding barcode, and other security features. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to […]

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CAFP Launches Obesity Initiative

To help improve care for patients with obesity, CAFP has just launched an initiative: Improving Care for Patients with Obesity: Creating Opportunities for Productive Clinician-Patient Interactions During a Pandemic that includes three accredited activities for family physicians and one activity for patients. Two case-based activities: Helping Your Patients Seeking Obesity Treatment: Coping with Negative Thoughts and Effective Communication Strategies that […]

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Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider: Information for SF Outpatient Providers

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is working closely with all City departments to: implement strategies to prevent infection, especially in the most vulnerable populations and in healthcare and other essential workers; enact community mitigation efforts to slow transmission; expand COVID-19 testing; and increase hospital capacity to care for the sick. SFDPH recently provided […]

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PBS Newshour: Invisible Scars - America's Childhood Trauma Crisis

Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans and has far-reaching impacts, well into adulthood.  Those who experience trauma in childhood, resulting in toxic stress, often suffer from persistent and debilitating healthcare challenges as adults and can see dramatically lower life expectancies. The PBS Newshour recently presented a multi-part series called “Invisible Scars:  America’s Childhood Trauma Crisis”.  […]

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Update on AAFP's Actions Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

Originally sent from R. Shawn Martin, EVP,CEO AAFP Earlier today the AAFP sent two letters in our efforts to elevate and prioritize access to vaccines for our members. The first letter was sent to HHS Secretary Alex Azar drawing his attention to the fact that community-based family physicians are facing difficulties securing access to the vaccine for […]

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Apply for the 8th Annual Resident Poster Contest

The CAFP Foundation is pleased to support the 8th Annual Resident Poster Contest virtually in May 2021. The purpose of the poster competition is to promote scholarly activity by family medicine residents and to provide a unique opportunity for residents to share their research with a state-wide network of family physicians. Application Process: The online application must be submitted […]

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CAFP Launches Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care

CAFP is proud to announce a new Peer-to-Peer Learning Initiative, Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care (FIT). Funded by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services, this initiative is designed to raise our awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). With our longitudinal patient relationships, family physicians have a […]

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CAFP Updated Resolutions for December 2020

CAFP has updated the chart reflecting the actions taken by the Board on all resolutions which has been posted here. As a reminder, the chart of actions taken is updated after each quarterly meeting of the Board and posted to the website and shared with members via the Academy in Action newsletter. While the majority of […]

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AAFP - COVID-19: Updated COVID-19 vaccine information and Town Hall replay

Originally sent as a letter to AAFP members from Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, AAFP President The AAFP is here to support you as you serve your patients and community Dear colleagues, It has been nearly 11 months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. It is hard to believe that we […]

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Help Sonoma County Families Who are Isolating Due to COVID-19

Please help Sonoma County families who are isolating due to COVID-19 and in urgent need of groceries this holiday season.  Right now Sonoma is seeing the worst surge in virus cases this year, and many of the local food resources are taking a break now. Donate through IsoCare and give a Sonoma County family who has […]

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Thank You for Attending the 2020 Family Medicine Virtual Clinical Forum, Session II

Last Saturday CAFPers gathered together for the second installment of the FM Clinical Forum.  The day started with a bang as Jeff Luther, MD presented the keynote The Latest on COVID-10 Vaccines: Answering Family Physicians' Questions. Dr. Luther is CAFP’s representative on the CA Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. He encouraged everyone to engage in ongoing conversation […]

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The AAFP Supports Family Medicine Physicians Keep Abreast of COVID-19 News

The AAFP is committed to ensuring you have the latest information related to COVID-19 that is most relevant and applicable to family physicians. They will keep you updated with the vaccine development and distribution process, as well as telehealth, practice management, and much more. With news on the COVID-19 pandemic changing seemingly every day, it […]

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Governor Newsom Announces Statewide Expansion of CA Notify, a Smart Phone Tool Designed to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Governor Gavin Newsom announced that starting Thursday, December 10, Californians can opt in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. According to CA Notify, this new digital tool is completely private, anonymous and secure, and does not collect location data from any […]

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CAFP Signs Amicus Brief to Protect SB 793

CAFP has supported the passage of SB 793, and has also signed onto an amicus brief opposing tobacco company efforts to prevent enforcement of SB 793. Recently, a coalition representing the tobacco industry submitted 1 million signatures to the California Secretary of State seeking to qualify a referendum for the November 2022 ballot aimed at […]

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CAFP Seeking Input on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution for State Advisory Group

CAFP Physician Leader, Dr. Jeff Luther, has been named to the Governor's recently established, California COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee. The Committee will help guide state efforts to ensure equitable COVID vaccine allocation, distribution and administration. We are seeking member input on how best to address these important issues. Please log into CAFP's member platform, Spark […]

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Important Reminder to Physicians Who Prescribe Controlled Substances

There are two critical changes to prescribing laws taking effect on January 1, 2021. First, pads used to write and fill prescriptions for controlled substances are required to have a 12-character serial number, a corresponding barcode, and other security features. Prescribers who do not possess these prescription pads are encouraged to place an order as soon as possible from […]

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Reflections on AAFP Congress of Delegates 2020

Post by Jeffrey Luther, MD, FAAFP In the best of times, the AAFP Congress of Delegates (CoD) has a comforting element of predictability.  The schedules, the events, the spectacle and even many of the topics addressed fall into a pattern that makes it easy to anticipate the next meeting. But what part of 2020 could […]

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The AAFP Has Partnered Once Again With Project N95

To help members who are having trouble acquiring PPE, the AAFP is collaborating again with Project N95 to purchase N95 respirators (certified by the CDC and NIOSH), Level 1 and 2 AAMI isolation gowns, disposable face shields, and examination gloves in bulk. These products are being sold to members at a bulk pricing rate. The […]

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Show and Tell / November 2020

Physicians Have an Ethical Obligation to Combat Medical Disinformation By Laura Murphy, DO, Member, CCPD, Family medicine and sports medicine, UCSD It was at the end of the visit when I asked my patient if she wanted to get the flu vaccine. “No, not this year,” she replied. “They put a drug in it” she […]

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Newly Formed Committee to Implement NP Expanded Practice Authority

AB 890, allowing new categories of nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice with expanded authority under certain conditions was signed into law without the significant amendments for which CAFP had fought. While CAFP was not successful in significantly amending the bill, the bill is now law and the regulatory implementation process has begun.  One of the first steps in […]

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CAFP Still Needs YOUR Input on COVID-19

As part of CAFP's ongoing advocacy efforts around COVID-19, we have been collecting ongoing information about how the pandemic has affected your practice's financial viability. This data is crucial to our ability to advocate on your behalf. Please fill out this VERY brief survey if you have not already done so - it doesn't matter […]

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“Under the Dome” – COVID-19 Quarantined Capitol … “We’re all mad here.”

By CAFP Lobbyist Bryce Docherty In the iconic story Alice in Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat says, “We’re all mad here,” to Alice in one of the most concise descriptions of the strange world down the rabbit hole. Unlike the world Alice left behind, "mad" is not necessarily a bad thing. It suggests embracing a side […]

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Raul Ayala, MD Selected as California Community Star for 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom has recognized Raul Ayala, MD, as the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health's selection as California Community Star for 2020. Dr. Ayala serves as the Ambulatory Medical Director at Adventist Health Central Valley Network. He has transformed the health care landscape in the Central Valley through the clinical integration of […]

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Have you reported your 2019 CME?

As a result of COVID-19, members with a December 2019 reporting date were given an extra COVID-year to report their CME credits. According to our records, you still need to report CME for the compliance period ending December 31, 2019. While you have received an extension to report your CME, the CME must have been earned by December […]

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2020 Virtual Family Medicine Clinical Forum Recap

It’s a wrap! We are thrilled with the wonderful feedback from learners at this weekend’s first session of the 2020 Virtual Family Medicine Clinical Forum. Over 95.5 percent of attendees responding to the survey indicated they were satisfied or very satisfied with their sessions. On day one, we celebrated the accomplishments of our new AAFP […]

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CAFP Foundation Hiring for Executive Director

Position Title:  Executive Director, California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Classification:  Exempt, Full-time  Reports to:  CEO, California Academy of Family Physicians  Position Summary:  The CAFP seeks an experienced, motivated and creative Executive Director (ED) who is  dedicated to sustaining and guiding the future work of the CAFP-Foundation. This position  provides strategic support and leadership to […]

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Palliative Care Knowledge Self-Assessment

Palliative care is the holistic approach to provide relief to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases and their families throughout the disease. This is mainly through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, comprehensive assessment, and management of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual problems. With the rise of the elderly population in the […]

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Natividad Family Medicine Residents Bring COVID-19 Prevention to the Fields

It was a typical April overcast morning in Moss Landing when Erika Romero, MD, asked the packing crew's foreman for a megaphone. In Spanish, the second-year resident in the Natividad Family Medicine Residency program discussed the coronavirus pandemic with a small agricultural worker cohort. The residency program, affiliated with UCSF, is the only one on […]

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Come Have Some Fun at the 2020 Family Medicine Virtual Clinical Forum!

Come Have Some Fun at the 2020 Family Medicine Virtual Clinical Forum! This year’s meeting opens on Friday, November 13 at 5:30 pm with a celebration of CAFP members who will be conferred and receive their AAFP Fellowship distinction and an all-member reception hosted by CAFP President (and expert mixologist) David Bazzo. You won’t want […]

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Residents Establish Rainbow Clinic for LGBTQ+ Patients

When CAFP members Kathleen Kearns, MD, director of Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto (VFMRM),  Anika Godhwani, DO, Associate Program Director, and resident Andrea Silva, MD, shared mutual concerns about the LGBTQ+ community's healthcare disparities, together they wanted to address the issues. They soon garnered support from other residents and clinic leadership. They all agreed that they […]

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See How We Put Your Dues to Work!

Have you heard about all the incredible programs your generously donated dues go towards? A portion of your local chapter dues supports the incredible work of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) and helps to bring dynamic programs to life. CAFP-F initiatives provide mentorship and education which target lifelong learners, from high school […]

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Thinking Outside the Box

Local Chapter Story featuring Ann-Gelle Carter, MD Ann-Gelle Carter, MD, completed her medical school training in Chicago and was very active in the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Student National Medical Association. When Dr. Carter relocated to California for her residency training, she longed to be professionally and […]

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The Revival of Ventura Chapter

Helen Petroff, MD, attended her first CAFP All Members Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) in March 2019. Dr. Petroff was always interested in advocacy and Medicare for All, and after attending the AMAM, the meeting inspired her to become more engaged. When Dr. Petroff realized that none of her fellow family physicians from Ventura County were in […]

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Guide to ERAS Virtual Interviews 2020-2021

Special Highlights from the CAFP Student-Resident Council Disclaimer: The following is a combination of information from Dr. Ted O’Connell’s session on virtual interviewing tips (linked below) and from various residents and med school advisors.  Formatting of interviews: Variable length: ~ 15 - 60 min. Some take 3 hours, if a program tour is included.  1-on-1 […]

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Show and Tell / October 2020

Patient, Doctor, and Justice 2,655 Miles Away By Valji Farida, MD, Resident member, Long Beach Memorial FMRP Say what you will about 2020. It certainly hasn’t lacked for news. It has given time a whole new meaning. As we continue to be in the midst of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic – watching our health care systems […]

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CFP Magazine: Shelly Rodrigues, CAE, FACEHP, FAAMSE, Prepares to Retire

In December, CAFP will say goodbye to long-time staff member Shelly Rodrigues. Over the years, Shelly has served the CAFP in several roles, including as current Deputy Executive Vice President. Shelly has had an important place in the lives and hearts of many of our physician members and every staff person. We are grateful for […]

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New Academy President Says No to Status Quo

New AAFP President Ada Stewart, MD, told virtual FMX attendees that it was time for Family Medicine to take “its rightful place as the foundation of a high-quality health care system.” In her address as the newly installed AAFP president on Oct. 13, Ada Stewart, M.D., offered a lesson on a topic that FMX attendees […]

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Residents Share Tips About What They Wished They’d Learned Sooner

Let’s be real - applying to residency is a ball of nerves. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We asked family medicine residents what they wished they knew or considered when they were in the process of applying to programs. Here’s what they said:  Access the resources available to you. Karen Antwiler, PGY2 […]

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CFP Magazine: Family Medicine is Like Yeast

by Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP, originally appearing in the California Family Physician Magazine, Fall 2020   On March 3, 1991, four White officers of the Los Angeles Police Department beat an unarmed Rodney King, a Black man, 56 times until he had among his injuries, a fractured cheekbone, 11 broken bones at the […]

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Participate in your region's ACEs Aware Peer-to-Peer Learning Sessions

We are proud to announce CAFP's new Peer-to-Peer Learning Initiative, Family Medicine Initiative on Trauma-Informed Care (FIT).  Funded by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services ACEsAware Program, this initiative is designed to raise awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). With our longitudinal patient relationships, family physicians have […]

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Promoting Reproductive Justice for Incarcerated and Detained Individuals at the COD

At the recent annual American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates (COD), physician delegate members from across the country approved a resolution submitted by the California chapter calling for the AAFP to advocate for national policy that improves reproductive healthcare for incarcerated and detained individuals. While the AAFP already has policy that supports […]

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CAFP President's Message for October

CAFP President David Bazzo, MD shares an October message on the importance of voting, the release of the Fall magazine, and being sure you are registered for the 2020 Family Medicine Virtual Clinical Forum.

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AAFP Offers Physician Leadership Program to Tackle Wellness

Want to learn how to lead change to provide stability, improve your care team’s morale, and boost physician well-being in your workplace? Leading Physician Well-being (LPW) is a tuition-free certificate program from the AAFP and United Health Foundation that’s designed to help you spearhead change in your practice or organization. Starting in 2021, the LPW […]

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The California Department of Insurance’s COVID-19 Testing and Coverage FAQ # 1

The California Department of Insurance (CDI) recently published frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 testing and coverage specifying that health insurers must waive cost-sharing, including deductibles, coinsurance, and copays, for COVID-19 testing and related diagnostic items and services.  In addition, coverage of COVID-19 testing and related diagnostic items and services must be provided without imposing […]

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California's ACEs Aware Initiative Trains Nearly 14,000 Health Care Providers in Trauma-Informed Care

Nearly 14,000 health care providers have completed the ACEs Aware initiative’s core training program, a key finding included in a data report released today by the Office of the California Surgeon General (CA-OSG) and Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). “Becoming ACEs Aware in California” trains health care providers to screen patients for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and […]

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Are You a Practicing Female Family Physician?

Have you experienced feelings of burnout in the past five years? CAFP, Illinois AFP, American Board of Family Medicine and Robert Graham Center are conducting a study on burnout in family physicians to better understand burnout in the female family physician workforce. We aim to identify interventions, supports, or policy/structural changes that would be most […]

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San Diego AFP Partners on COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree

The San Diego Chapter of AFP has collaborated with the County of San Diego, First Five San Diego, and the San Diego County Office of Education to develop flow charts and decision trees to help school administrators assess symptoms, determine next steps, and report student or staff lab-confirmed (or diagnosed) COVID-19 positive cases. Download the […]

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AAFP Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Informational Page

Information on a potential COVID-19 vaccine is a changing landscape. The AAFP is closely monitoring the development, approval and distribution of any COVID-19 vaccine. As new information is available, AAFP's page will be updated to help members effectively prepare practices, counsel patients and administer the vaccine. What We Know Now To date, no COVID-19 vaccine […]

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50% Off One CME Livestream Course with Active Membership Renewal Paid in Full by December 31!

Pay your AAFP active membership dues in full by December 31, 2020 and receive 50% off one AAFP CME Livestream course of your choice – restrictions do apply. Don't miss out on important benefits of Academy membership ... things like California Family Physician Magazine, Family Medicine Clinical Forum, and SPARK, and CAFP's member community. Your Academy works every […]

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Independent Nurse Practitioner Bill Becomes Law

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 890 (Wood), which creates a pathway for nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice without physician supervision. Despite an outstanding effort by CAFP’s Government Relations team and family physicians throughout the state, the Legislature passed the bill in the final minutes of session. This bill will now go through the […]

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Voting is Good for Your Health!

DOWNLOAD THE VOTE 2020 POSTERS! The CAFP is urging members and their patients to VOTE for the health of our country!  We are making it easy to help your patients learn more with downloadable information and e-resources. Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are […]

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FMRP Open House 2020

Starting October 7th, several programs will be hosting Open Houses for those interested in getting to know the programs, their directors and residents. Open Houses are designed to provide you with an opportunity to find out more about a program, the community and meet faculty and mentors. Open Houses can prepare family medicine learners with […]

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CAFP Adopts Positions on November Ballot Measures

The November 2020 election will include 12 ballot initiatives on which Californians can vote. The CAFP Board recently adopted a Support position on two of the initiatives, Proposition 16 and 25, but chose to not adopt any position on the remaining ten. CAFP recognizes that most issues that reach the ballot may have some effect […]

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OSHPD Awards $35 Million in Grants to Expand Access to Primary Care

Funding Will Support Existing and New Primary Care Residency Programs  The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) announced the release of $35 million in grants to 86 primary care residency programs to help expand health care access to Californians most in need. On September 23 the California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission, which recommends funding awards […]

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The Department of Managed Health Care’s Emergency Regulations on COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

The Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) promulgated emergency regulations that went into effect on July 17, 2020, seeking to clarify when California health care service plans must cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing.  These regulations are of concern in that instead of broadening access and creating patient protections like the federal law has done, DMHC’s emergency […]

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The SDAFP 2020 Family Register Now for San Diego Academy of Family Physician's 63rd Annual Symposium 'Family Medicine Update 2020' on October 2-4!

San Diego Academy of Family Physicians [SDAFP] will be hosting their 63rd Annual Symposium ‘Family Medicine Update 2020’ on October 2–4, 2020. At the conclusion, participants should be able to: -Determine patients at risk for a particular medical condition in order to control or prevent further complications -Detect and provide treatment for a variety of disease states typically […]

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Medi-Cal Rx Prescriber and Pharmacy Provider Registration and Training Outreach

DHCS continues to make significant progress towards a successful transition of pharmacy services on January 1, 2021 to Medi-Cal Rx. Medi-Cal Rx transitioning pharmacy services from Medi-Cal managed care to fee-for-service will, among other things: ·         Standardize the Medi-Cal pharmacy benefit statewide, under one delivery system. ·         Improve access to pharmacy services with a pharmacy network that includes the […]

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New AAFP Resources Prepare Members for E/M Coding Changes

Evaluation and management (E/M) codes are at the core of most family physician practices. Family physicians and other qualified health professionals can maximize payment and reduce the stress associated with audits by understanding how to properly document and code for E/M services. CMS has revised the E/M documentation and coding guidelines, with changes beginning January 1, 2021. These fundamental changes (www.ama-assn.org) are intended to reduce administrative burden and increase the amount of time physicians […]

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CAFP Asks AAFP to Consider Reproductive Health Services for People who are Detained

Medicine has a troubling history around reproductive health issues, including coercion and deception that has led to abuse of women and particularly women of color.  Recent headlines have shown a light on this issue, but it is not new for our nation, or for California. Even before recent headlines, CAFP members recognized the importance of reproductive health access […]

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Governor Signs Bill Allowing NP Independent Practice

This week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 890 (Wood), which creates a pathway for nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice without physician supervision. Despite an outstanding effort by CAFP’s Government Relations team and family physicians throughout the state, the Legislature passed the bill in the final minutes of session. CAFP remains concerned that the new law […]

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Show and Tell / September 2020

Navigating the Parent-Physician Journey in a Pandemic  By Tipu Khan, MD, FAAFP, FASAM We discuss work-life balance all the time, but the conversation often ends as a cursory discussion about finding that sweet spot. For years, I have been trying to find balance in my life and it has been hard. Other than those in shift […]

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RITA HAMAD, MD, PHD SELECTED AS 2020 NAM PUFFER/ABFM FELLOW

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected Rita Hamad, MD, PhD as the 2020 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Fellow. Dr. Hamad serves as associate professor and as Director of Social Policies for the Health Equity Research (SPHERE) program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Philip […]

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The Notorious RBG

By Shannon Connolly, MD, FAAFPCAFP President-Elect I had the tremendous honor of meeting Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an undergraduate. My college was presenting her with an honorary degree at commencement, and by some stroke of pure dumb luck, I was selected as one of a handful of students to attend a reception with her the […]

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Immigrant Health and Changes to the Public-Charge Rule: Family Physicians’ Response

By: Cynthia Haq, Isaure Hostetter, Laura Zavala and José Mayorga The Annals of Family Medicine September 2020, 18 Dr. Cynthia Haq, clinical professor and chair, Family Medicine at UCI School of Medicine and CAFP member, has published a paper in the Annals of Family Medicine this month to help physicians understand the updated public charge rule, how it impacts patients and how to navigate it. To read more, please […]

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Request for Innovative Ideas: COVID-19 Specimen Collection & Transport

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH,) along with the California Department of Technology and the California Department of General Services, issued a Request for Innovative Ideas or RFI2 that looks to capitalize on California’s innovation economy to help us identify new solutions or services for COVID-19 specimen collection and transport. The RFI2 is a competitive procurement approach […]

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Obituary Dr. Ransom (Buck) Turner

Dr. Ransom Buck Turner passed away August 15, 2020 at the age of ninety four.  Dr. Turner graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1953 and practiced as a Family Physician in Santa Rosa, California for over forty years. He was actively involved in the inception of Family Physician as a medical specialty.  He took on […]

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Office of Statewide Health Planning Department (OSHPD) Loan Repayment, Scholarship, or Grant Program Eligibility

Loan Repayment Programs of OSHPD and the Health Professions Education Foundation Loan repayment programs through both the Health Professions Education Foundation and the Healthcare Workforce Development Division offer financial support to health professionals who agree to provide direct patient care in medically underserved areas. Eligibility guidelines and criteria vary by program. Healthcare Workforce Development Division […]

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Seven CAFP-Supported Bills Await Governor's Action

Seven CAFP-supported bills have reached the Governor’s desk. If you want to support any of these bills, please help push them over the finish line by asking the Governor to sign: • AB 732 (Bonta) – requires jails and prisons to offer inmates who are possibly pregnant or capable of becoming pregnant a pregnancy test, or medical treatment […]

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Register for AAFP's State Legislative Conference

As a result of COVID-19, this year’s AAFP State Legislative Conference will be held in four virtual sessions spread out over four months. Learn about issues influencing health care and connect with health policy experts, family physicians, chapter leaders, and AAFP staff. Please click on the title of each session to register for the events, […]

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Bill to Allow Nurse Practitioner’s to Practice Medicine Independently Heads to Governor

The Legislature passed AB 890 (Wood), allowing Nurse Practitioners to practice medicine without physician supervision. The bill now goes to the Governor to decide by the end of the month whether or not he will sign or veto. Your CAFP advocacy team has done a wonderful job and our members have responded by calling legislators, […]

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Blue Shield Announces Five Percent Pay Bump

In an August 2020 notice to providers, Blue Shield announced it would be temporarily increasing payment rates for certain E/M codes to help reduce the negative impacts of COVID-19. The increased pay rates are equal to a flat five percent fee schedule increase for providers on the Blue Shield standard fee schedule, effective for services […]

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Covered California Opens New Paths to Coverage for Wildfire Victims and Those Who Lose Their Job or Income During the Pandemic and Recession

In an effort to help Californians who have been impacted by the wildfires burning across the state, and to build on the help provided to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing recession, Covered California announced the establishment of new paths to coverage during the current special-enrollment period. Consumers who are victims of […]

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San Diego Family Physician Leads California Organizations

David Bazzo, MD of San Diego Named Interim Chair, UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, and as President, California Academy of Family Physicians David Bazzo, MD, a family physician who practices in San Diego, recently began his tenure as president of the 11,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). Bazzo has […]

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Jasmeet Bains joins the Ca. Women Lead Board

CAFP's very own Jasmeet Kaur Bains, M.D. has been named to CA Women Lead Board of Directors. Dr. Bains additionally serves as the Medical Director of Bakersfield Recovery Services overseeing substance abuse, addiction, and mental health rehabilitation for her community including pregnant women, which helps address the increasing maternal, and neonatal mortality rate in her community. […]

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Congratulations to 2020 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Recipients

CAFP is proud to announce 6 resident members have been selected to receive the 2020 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. The recipients include: Anna Askari, M.D. Adam Bortner, M.D. Emmeline Ha, M.D. Heather Lee, M.D. Michelle Lough, M.D. Andrea Silva, M.D. The honor is awarded to residents whose performance during residency training […]

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Limited-time member PPE purchase opportunity starts today

Register by Aug. 31 to purchase until Sept. 3 CAFP is pleased to announce that through a collaboration with the AAFP and Project N95, a nonprofit organization working to get critical equipment to frontline workers, our members have a special opportunity to purchase the following PPE at bulk pricing* and in small quantities: N95 respirators, […]

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Exciting Opportunities for FM Clinical Forum Available Soon

As you know our FM Clinical Forum was postponed from May to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we all long to gather in person, it is clear that our conference this year will need to be 100% virtual. So while we twirl (we like this better than pivot) to this new reality, we […]

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Show and Tell / August 2020

Being Present: The Power of Empathy Karen Muchowski, MD, FAAFP As Family Physicians, we have a daily battle to keep up with massive amounts of information on all of the illnesses that affect our patients. And now there is COVID.... So I thought it would be good to remind ourselves that just being present is […]

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TAKE ACTION - Help Stop NP Independent Practice Bill

A bill to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) the right to practice medicine independently, AB 890 (Wood), will be heard on the Senate Floor early next week. This might be the LAST chance to stop the bill before it goes to the Governor for his signature. CAFP has adopted an Oppose position, as the author and sponsors have refused to […]

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Voting is Good for Your Health

The importance of voting is crucial for marginalized communities. With voter suppression being commonplace in racial and ethnic minority populations, the need for individuals to overcome these barriers in order to cultivate representative government and inclusive public policy is key to addressing disparities in health equity. During CAFP's Health Equity Month, we are sharing and […]

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CMS COVID-19 Office Hours and Lessons Learned

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. The next Office Hours will take place Tuesday, August 25th at 2:00 pm – Toll-Free Attendee Dial-In: 833-614-0820; […]

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Andrea Banuelos Mota

CAFP Member Named as a 2020 Piscano Scholar

The California Academy of Family Physicians would like to congratulate Andrea Banuelos-Mota, a fourth-year medical student at USC-Keck, for being selected by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation as a 2020 Pisacano Scholar. These competitive scholarships are awarded to only six medical students in the U.S. who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine. In addition, […]

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A Call to Action: NP Scope Bill AB 90 will be Advancing

A bill to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) the right to practice medicine independently, AB 890 (Wood), will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. CAFP has an Oppose Unless Amended position on the bill, based on policy created by CAFP’s Scope of Practice advisory group. CAFP’s policy articulates 11 principles that must be […]

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AAFP Leadership Positions Open to Students and Residents

Learn more about organized family medicine, enhance your leadership skills, and represent resident and student interests. Find details about leadership positions and application materials online at www.aafp.org/membership/welcome-center/involve/lead/students-residents.html. The following positions are open: Residents and students to represent family medicine at the American Medical Association (AMA). Applications are due August 11thfor the following positions: Resident and student to serve on the Annals of […]

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Upcoming Opportunity Gives Members Access to PPE

Collaboration with AAFP and Project N95 Runs Aug. 24-Sept. 2 A new collaboration between the CAFP , AAFP and Project N95 will help family physicians secure personal protective equipment -- even in hard-to-find small quantities -- during a limited-time opportunity beginning later this month. Start planning now for the opportunity, which will be open from […]

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CAFP Updated Resolutions Dashboard for August 2020

CAFP has updated the chart reflecting the actions taken by the Board on all resolutions which has been posted here. As a reminder, the chart of actions taken is updated after each quarterly meeting of the Board and posted to the website and shared with members via the Academy in Action newsletter. Note: AAFP Congress of […]

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Applying to Residency: The Fundamentals of Virtual Interviewing

Online interviews and virtual visits are an adjustment for medical students and residency programs alike. While the application process looks different this year -- no shaking hands with program directors and faculty, no dinners with residents or exploring new cities and towns -- applicants can still make a good impression and gain a sense of […]

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CAFP Message from the President (August 2020)

In this month's President's Message, Dr. Dave Bazzo speaks to members about the upcoming Member Survey, the Summer issue of the California Family Physicians, and Health Equity Month. Dr. Bazzo also speaks out to defend Public Health Officers and emphasizes the importance of science. He urges Family Medicine Physicians, as leaders in medicine, and in […]

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California Family Physician Magazine: Summer 2020 Issue

California Family Physician is your Academy's quarterly magazine. The theme-based publication carries socioeconomic articles, legislative and practice management updates, clinical information, and more. Every issue includes a President's Message, Editorial, and CEO Message. The magazine keeps members abreast of California health care issues, member stories, and other Academy activities. In this Summer issue of the California […]

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Congratulations to 2020 Program of Excellence Award Winners

CAFP would like to congratulate all the California winners of the 2020 Program of Excellence Award. The AAFP established the National Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network in 1995 to aid communication and the exchange of best practices between FMIG students and faculty leaders across the country. The Program of Excellence Award acknowledges the exemplary […]

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AAFP Collaborates With Project N95 to Reserve PPE for AAFP and Chapter Members

The AAFP is working on a collaboration with Project N95, a not-for-profit organization, to reserve quality-certified personal protective equipment for AAFP and chapter members. As many small and independent practices continue to struggle to purchase PPE in smaller quantities, this collaboration allows AAFP to enable them to buy in amounts that are helpful to their practices. From August 24 through September 2, AAFP will be facilitating […]

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COVID-19’s Harvest of Danger

During Health Equity Month, CAFP is raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. We will be sharing articles, leading discussions, and offering opportunities for our members to engage in how to achieve health equity. CAFP would like to share this article from California Healthcare Foundation's Xenia Shih Bion […]

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Danielle Jones, MPH Recommends Resources and Tools When Addressing Issues of Bias and Racism

In order to help facilitate conversations in your organization, Danielle Jones, MPH recommends resources from workshops she has presented at Cluster.  It is her hope that you can use these same tools to move your organizations and institutions into addressing issues of bias and racism as you become champions for equality. AAFP Implicit Bias Training […]

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VoteHealth 2020 Voter Registration Toolkit Workshop

VoteHealth2020 is a non-partisan coalition of health professionals collaborating to increase the number of our peers and patients registered to vote by November 3, 2020. Clinic-led voter registration as an avenue of community engagement is a concept we are very passionate about pursuing and fostering in our careers as healthcare and public health leaders. This year […]

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CAFP Member Survey Begins This Week

Your California Academy of Family Physicians is seeking members’ opinions. We are working with Competitive Edge Research to conduct a random sample survey of members across the state in every type of practice. The survey results will provide CAFP with important information that will help inform programs and activities. All survey answers are strictly confidential. Your […]

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The Nocturnists: Black Voices in Healthcare

The Nocturnists have introduced a powerful new project: Black Voices in Healthcare. Listen to the Stories You can listen to the podcast on your preferred platform. Access The Nocturnists on Apple Podcasts or search for The Nocturnists.  Add Your Voice This project is open to people who identify as Black healthcare workers. This may include doctors, […]

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New Payment for Counseling During COVID-19 Test

On July 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients about the importance of self-isolation, contact tracing and testing, and wearing a mask after they are tested for COVID-19 and prior […]

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Applying to Residency: The Fundamentals of Virtual Interviewing

Webinar: Tuesday, August 4 from 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm. If you missed National Conference, or are experiencing screen fatigue but still have questions about virtually interviewing, then this webinar is for you! Title: Applying to Residency: Fundamentals of Virtual Interviewing   Description: Online interviews and virtual visits are an adjustment for medical students and residency […]

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Annenberg Center For Health Sciences at Eisenhower - Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds: Severe Uncontrolled Asthma and Monoclonal Antibodies Thursday, September 24 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT) No Fee Presenter: Jonathan Corren, MD Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics Divisions of Clinical Immunology and Allergy David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Los Angeles, California For More Information, click here.  

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50 is the New 60: Making the Shingles Vaccine a Priority for Patients

Each year, it’s estimated that millions of Americans are affected by shingles, and one in three Americans will have shingles in their lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2006 the first shingles vaccine, Zostavax, was approved for use and was more recently replaced by Shingrix as the CDC-recommended vaccine for adults […]

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2020-2021 Student and Resident Council Announced

CAFP proudly welcomes the 2020-2021 Student and Resident Council. The CAFP Student and Resident Council is the official student-resident voice of the Academy. By bringing students and residents together, the council promotes the exchange of ideas, builds leadership skills, pursues transformational advocacy and enriches CA’s primary care workforce with a strong family medicine pipeline. Through […]

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AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship

Application Deadline Extended to Oct. 1 The AAFP, in conjunction with the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, is seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship, which is now in its third year. In light of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP's Center for Diversity and Health Equity has extended the application deadline […]

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Show and Tell / July 2020

By Carol Havens, M.D. Your CCPD (Committee on Continuing Professional Development) met recently and among other things, discussed resolutions submitted by members and forwarded to our committee by the Board of Directors. One of those resolutions called on the CAFP to “end the practice of using race as a proxy for biology or genetics in […]

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Jeremy Fish, MD, is the CAFP’s 2020 Family Physician of the Year

Jeremy Fish, MD, is the CAFP’s 2020 Family Physician of the Year.  Jeremy embodies all that the award recognizes:  a family physician who presents the finest characteristics of family medicine and is directly and effectively involved in public service and activities that enhance the quality of life for patients and communities in California.  As program […]

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Lulua Bahrainwala, MD awarded the 2020 CAFP Foundation Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award

The 2020 CAFP Foundation Family Medicine Resident of the Year award goes to Lulua Bahrainwala, MD, PGY3, Emanate Family Medicine Residency Program.  Lulua is an inspiring leader in both her residency program and in the Academy. Over the last two years, she has been instrumental in the initiatives of CAFP’s Resident Council, a statewide group […]

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Christopher Flores, MD, awarded the CAFP Foundation’s 2020 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence

Christopher Flores, MD, has been awarded the CAFP Foundation’s 2020 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence.  This award recognizes … Chris has been a leader in CME for many years and a is champion of researching and providing the best education based on effective adult learning principles and practices. He is a creative thinker and […]

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Erika Roshanravan, MD, selected as the 2020 Hero of Family Medicine

Erika Roshanravan, MD, has been selected as the 2020 Hero of Family Medicine.  This award goes to a CAFP member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advocate for patients, colleagues and the family medicine specialty, and Erika has done all this and more.  Erika moved from Washington State in August […]

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Promote your FM Residency Program FREE with CAFP’s Virtual FMRP Expo

In lieu of the Residency Fair, CAFP is creating a Virtual Residency Program Expo that will serve as an online exhibit hall and directory for showcasing and promoting programs. Participation in the Virtual Residency Program Expo is FREE for all California Family Medicine Residency Programs. Along with the exhibit hall, the CAFP Residency Directory provides […]

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Celebrate the 2020 Award Winners - July 26th!

Join Drs. David Bazzo and Marianne McKennett on July 26th as they recognize the 2020 Award recipients. Erika Roshanravan, MD, has been selected as the 2020 Hero of Family Medicine Christopher Flores, MD, has been awarded the CAFP Foundation’s 2020 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence Lulua Bahrainwala, MD, PGY3, has been awarded the 2020 CAFP […]

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HRSA Announces Seven New THC Programs

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced this week that seven new teaching health centers (THCs) have been created – two of which will be in California. The THCGME program funds primary care residency training in community settings, with family medicine represented as a dominant specialty. Of the two in California, one is LifeLong […]

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Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Virtual Course

The Fundamentals of Obesity Treatment Course is now virtual! This is a 2-day interactive virtual course offering introductory education about the evidence-based approaches for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating obesity in a clinical setting. The content is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinicians-in-training, and other healthcare providers who treat patients with the disease of obesity. On the […]

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Please Don't Forget to Renew Your CRN Dues by Friday, July 31

California has more than 60 family medicine residency programs. In 2014, many came together and formally organized as the CRN to better share resources and to promote collaboration, collegiality, and joint advocacy. Since its formation, the CRN has been instrumental in advocating for the allocation of funds from the Song-Brown Physician Training Program. This year, […]

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Updated Deadline: July 27, 2020 2020 - Mentored MAT Learning Experience Scholarships

The Medical Education and Research Foundation for the Treatment of Addiction (MERF) will be providing Mentored Learning Experiences (MLEs) for physicians and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers at the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 2020 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Conference, MERF Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion Scholarships (MERF MATES) application are being […]

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CMA partners with State of California and Altais to provide free Personal Protective Equipment to Physician Practices

Physicians can reserve their PPE by going to cmadocs.org/PPE no later than July 21. The “drive through” pick up events will be hosted on various dates by county between July 27 and August 12. In an effort to ensure California physicians can continue to provide care to patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, the State of California […]

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Don't Wait Vaccinate Campaign

Immunization rates in California have dropped precipitously during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising alarm bells for the health and safety of our children, patients and families. This California campaign is designed to remind parents and adults: #DontWaitVaccinate. Delayed routine vaccinations put families and communities at risk for infection with vaccine preventable diseases.  It’s essential to ensure our infants and toddlers […]

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Coming Soon: New AAFP Website and Mobile App

Please Confirm Your Account Login Email Address by Aug. 13 The AAFP is about to make it easier for all 136,700 members to access the best family medicine resources for their needs from anywhere with the unveiling of a new website and mobile app on Aug. 17. The launch of the new aafp.org and AAFP […]

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DHCS Has Two Funding Opportunities for Eligible Organizations to Develop, Enhance, and/or Expand Their Facility’s Telehealth Infrastructure

As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, behavioral health providers have requested support to develop, enhance, and/or expand their telehealth infrastructure. Without intervention, the disruption presented by COVID-19 will pose risks to treatment for individuals with substance use disorder and mental health disorders. Funding opportunity Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is utilizing […]

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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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COVID-19 Stress Management with ACEs Aware

All of us are experiencing some level of anxiety during this time of uncertainty.  Buffering you and your patients from this anxiety may help prevent a toxic stress response.  Resources for COVID-19 stress management: https://www.acesaware.org/heal/covid19/.  For the latest information on COVID-19 in California, visist:  COVID19.ca.gov, check with your local department of public health or go […]

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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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Medi-Cal Payment for ACEs Screening

A key part of the work of Surgeon General Burke-Harris is the ACEs Aware initiative. Beginning January 1, 2020, DHCS will provide a $29/patient payment to Medi-Cal providers for screening their patients for ACEs. Eligible Medi-Cal providers who screen Medi-Cal patients for ACEs can receive payment as of January 1, 2020. Beginning on July 1, […]

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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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