June 19, 2018
CAFP Joins AAFP In Opposing Forced Separation of Children from Adults at U.S. Borders
CAFP strongly supports the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) “Statement Regarding the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Policy to Separate Children from Adult Caregivers.”
“Separating children from their parents or caregivers can harm the health of both children and adults,” said CAFP President Lisa Ward, MD, MScPH, MS. “As physicians who care for families and patients of all ages, we know that forced separation can cause immediate and long-term harm to physical and emotional health. Research underscores these facts. The unnecessary practice of family separation must be stopped immediately.”
AAFP issued its statement on June 16, 2018.
Parkinson's Registry Requirements Begin July 1
Starting July 1, 2018, health care providers diagnosing or providing treatment to Parkinson’s disease patients will be required to report each case of Parkinson’s disease to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH has developed a Parkinson’s Disease Registry Implementation Guide that details how health care clinicians can comply with the reporting mandate, an FAQ webpage for the registry and an FAQ on how the registry will receive updates on the registry. CDPH believes California's large and diverse population makes it ideal for providing important information about how Parkinson's disease occurs among different population groups and whether the patterns of disease change over time. CAFP is concerned about the value of collecting this data and the short timeline for its members to prepare to report. CAFP strongly encourages members to prepare to report by July 1 as we seek opportunities to delay the reporting requirement and reduce the reporting burden.
CAFP Communications Survey: We Want to Hear from You!
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Register Today for the 2018 FM Summit
CAFP's Family Medicine Summit (FMS) provides an unprecedented opportunity for California medical students, residents, program directors and thought leaders in family medicine to convene for a day of learning, leading, reflecting and connecting. Come to the Summit to network, develop leadership skills and advocacy acumen and explore programs at the Residency Fair. Check out the schedule and register today! Early bird rates end July 10. We look forward to seeing you on September 8 in Los Angeles for our 10th FMS!
Weigh in on California’s Future Healthcare Workforce!
The California Future Healthcare Workforce Commission is seeking input on a broad range of potential strategies it has generated in three priority focus areas: primary care and prevention, behavioral health and aging. CAFP is represented on both the Technical Advisory Committee and Subcommittee on Primary and Preventive Care and worked to shape recommendations on increasing the numbers and funding for primary care residency training program slots, identifying the primary care spend by insurance companies and expanding the diversity and cultural proficiency of the health care workforce, among other strategies.
A draft set of strategies will be reviewed by the Commission at the end of June and refined in subsequent months. Input is being sought from key stakeholders on priority workforce needs and some of the draft strategies that may be considered to make sure the Commission’s work is on track. Please take the survey to share your feedback by tomorrow.
Medical Groups Urge DOJ to Defend Key ACA Provisions
CAFP applauds and supports the AAFP and five other medical organizations that have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider a decision not to defend important parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, in a court challenge brought by 20 states that argues the law is unconstitutional. The letter called on the government to seek "policy solutions that increase access to affordable health care that provides all individuals, regardless of their gender, race and health status, reasonable protections against discrimination in coverage and pricing."
Important Updates: CURES Database
Beginning October 2, 2018, all DEA-registered physicians must adhere to requirements to register with and check the CURES database. CAFP has communicated with the Medical Board of California (MBC) to clarify a number of issues related to meeting CURES reporting requirements. CAFP has posted their answers to members’ questions on our website.
Please share with CAFP your experiences with CURES – write to Director of Health Policy Conrad Amenta at email@example.com. We’ll share your feedback with the MBC and California Department of Justice (DOJ) to work to improve family physicians’ experiences with CURES.
Good-bye to Finance Manager Brian Devine, Hello to Jonathan Rudolph
CAFP Finance Manager for the past three years Brian Devine will leave the Academy after accepting a new position elsewhere. Jonathan Rudoph will join CAFP on June 20, to begin a training and transition period. CAFP extends thanks and best wishes to Brian in his new endeavor and welcomes Jonathan.
Supplemental Medi-Cal Payments Available Now
Voters approved Proposition 56 in 2016, which increased taxes on tobacco products with the goal of reducing smoking rates and generating more than $1 billion to increase Medi-Cal provider payment rates. Physicians will receive a majority of these funds via Medi-Cal Managed Care plans and the rest through fee-for-service payments under certain CPT codes. Physicians are not required to perform additional administrative tasks to receive these supplemental payments.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) began fee-for-service payments in January 2018 and issued retroactive payments (dating to July 1, 2017) in March 2018. Payment for Medi-Cal Managed Care services was delayed while the State sought Federal approval for disbursement, but DHCS has since instructed managed care plans to distribute funds beginning May 2018. Physicians should receive Prop 56 supplemental payments within 90 calendar days of the date plans receive the funds from DHCS. This would set the latest possible timeframe to receive payments in managed care as late August. Managed care plans also are required to have a formal process for resolving physician payment issues and to provide a point-of-contact for inquiries related to payment.
If you encounter any issues with receiving supplemental payments for which you're eligible, or have questions about Prop 56 supplemental payments, please contact CAFP Director of Health Policy Conrad Amenta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAFP Is Close to Selecting New EVP
The CAFP Search Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Michelle Quiogue and assisted by search firm Tuft & Associates, will meet this weekend in San Francisco for final candidate interviews for the position of Executive Vice President (EVP) to succeed current EVP Susan Hogeland, CAE, who will retire on September 30. The Search Committee has met by conference call and in person repeatedly since February to undertake the search intensive process. It is anticipated that soon after the interviews on June 23, one of the candidates will be selected for presentation to the Board of Directors for its approval.