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april 18, 2017


Board Tackles Multiple Issues at April 7 Meeting

After a lengthy report by Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC) Chair Carla Kakutani, MD, lobbyist Jodi Hicks and Director of Government Relations Adam Francis, the Board approved positions on 40 bills pending before the State Legislature, including plans to co-sponsor AB 315 regarding pharmacy benefits management transparency and SB 641 regarding the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) privacy and a close watch on another CURES bill, AB 40, CURES database: health information technology system.  CAFP is working hard to reduce the administrative hassle family physicians experience in every day practice.


The Board learned of CAFP’s efforts to facilitate application by a number of health plans in the Inland Empire to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s CPC+ program and received a report on the Academy’s actions to oppose health care reform/repeal efforts undertaken by the Trump Administration and Speaker Paul Ryan that, for now, have failed to gain traction.


Eight resolutions submitted to the Board at the All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) were reviewed and actions were taken on each.  A summary of those actions will be posted on the CAFP website, and information will be communicated to the AMAM attendees in the near future, and will be included in an action report in the Participants’ Handbook for the 2018 AMAM, scheduled for March 10-12, 2018 at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento.


Finally, the Board voted to investigate a possible sale of CAFP’s 1528 Pacific commercial condominium and to create a new “Membership Engagement Committee” by combining the Communications and Medical Student and Resident Affairs Committees.


CAFP Board Says Farewell to Outgoing Members, Welcomes New Members

CAFP’s Board of Directors will experience more turnover than usual because of members terming out and moving up – following its April 7 meeting. Then-President Lee Ralph extended thanks to District 1 Director David Bazzo, who moves up to Vice Speaker and will be replaced by Anthony “Fatch” Chong (Dr. Chong also serves as CAFP Foundation President for the next year); District 2 Director Will Woo, who will be replaced by William “Kurt” Armstrong; District 4 Director Daniel Castro, who will be replaced by Arthur Ohannessian; District 8 Director Taejoon Ahn, who will be replaced by Jeremy Fish; and District 10 Director Patricia Moore-Pickett, who will be replaced by Nate Hitzeman.  Rural Director Walt Mills moves up to Speaker and will be replaced by Steve Harrison.  Immediate Past-President Jay W. Lee moves off the Board but will serve as an Alternate Delegate to AAFP.


New officers sworn in by AAFP Board Chair and Immediate Past-President Wanda Filer, MD, MBA were:

Michelle Quiogue, President; Lisa Ward, President-elect; Lee Ralph, Immediate Past-President; Walt Mills, Speaker; David Bazzo, Vice Speaker; and Shannon Connolly, Secretary-Treasurer.  Congratulations to all.


In addition to special guest Dr. Filer, the Board also was honored to have the President-elect of the Illinois Academy, Asim Jaffer, and the President of the Michigan Academy, Robert Jackson, as its guests.  


CAFP, CAFP Foundation Honored Three Academy Members at the Clinical Forum

The CAFP Foundation (CAFP-F) presented the 2017 Resident of the Year Award to Laura Doan, MD, a third-year resident at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles.  Dr. Doan has been engaged in leadership on both the student and resident councils, serves on the CAFP Board of Directors and is a regular attendee at the All Member Advocacy Meeting.  Lance Fuchs, MD, Director of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego program, was named the 2017 winner of CAFP-F's Barbara Harris Award for Education Excellence in recognition of his dedication to medical students, residents and continuing medical education.  Finally, CAFP's 2017 Family Physician of the Year is Carol S. Havens, MD.  A past CAFP President and member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Havens’ many contributions include providing expert testimony for CAFP in California legislative hearings; representing family medicine in media interviews; and providing state-of-the-art education for thousands of physicians nationwide.  Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.



2017 Family Medicine Clinical Forum a Huge Success


300 family physician attendees gathered in San Francisco for CAFP's largest meeting of the year, the Family Medicine Clinical Forum. Learners raved about the inspiring keynote speakers, the excellent up-to-date clinical information presented by expert faculty and the opportunity to engage with family medicine leaders interested in improving patient care. 


Some comments from learners at the Forum:


"I felt the camaraderie the minute I walked into the meeting space."

"Best opportunity I have to meet with my colleagues from around the state."

"Very well done and also inspiring to be with my colleagues!" 


Watch for an announcement soon about next year’s Clinical Forum and plan to be part of the family of family medicine!


To view and download photos from this year’s event, click here.


CAFP Staff Meets with Assemblymember Phil Ting, Chair of Budget Committee

CAFP Executive Vice President Susan Hogeland, CAE and Director of Health Policy Conrad Amenta had the privilege of meeting with Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-AD 19) and Field Representative Alex Walker at the Assemblymember’s district office in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 11.  Assemblymember Ting was supportive last year of CAFP and others' efforts to secure $100 million in funding for primary care residency training programs, funding now under threat of re-appropriation by the Governor to other budget areas.  Physician workforce was the primary topic of conversation.  CAFP extends its appreciation to Assemblymember Ting for his interest and time.


CAFP Featured in Letter Fighting for Family Medicine Residency Program Funding

CAFP partnered with medical advocates in California to urge the Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee to reject the Governor's proposed cut to Song-Brown funds for family medicine residency programs. California is experiencing an epidemic shortage of family doctors. The 2016 $100 million allocation to the Song-Brown program is essential to stabilize and grow the residency programs that train family physicians who serve in areas of unmet need.



CAFP Interactive Online Diabetes Education Launches

Raising the Bar: Rating and Improving Diabetes Quality of Care in Daily Interactions provides learners with an update of the new 2017 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes and describes best practices for individualizing treatment for Type 2 Diabetes.  Faculty will challenge learners to respond to two representative provider-patient interactions. Learners will be asked to rate the quality of each of the interactions based on a number of factors and will receive feedback, opinions and guidance from the faculty. 


Meet two patients, Robert and Sr. Cruz, during their provider visits for T2DM and determine how you would manage the encounters compared to how your collegues would do so. CAFP members Raul Ayala, MD and William Woo, MD, both graduates of the CAFP CME Leaders Program, are faculty for this highly engaging activity that includes resources and evidence-based tools to improve T2DM care. This program is accredited for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and 1 CA-BRN contact hour and is FREE for learners.



PRIME Registry Available

The American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) PRIME Registry can help family physicians succeed in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program’s (QPP) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track with customized Electronic Health Record patient data extraction. A PRIME subscription can help manage your patient panel and choose improvement activities that address performance gaps. Subscriptions are free for three years to the first 6,000 ABFMboard-certified family physicians enrolled in a Practice Transformation Network (PTN) as part of the federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). Otherwise, subscriptions are $295 per year for ABFM board-certified family physicians. For more information, visit ABFM’s website or email


CAFP Wins FamMed PAC Extra Large Chapter Contribution Award

The California Chapter is the recipient of the 2016 FamMedPAC Extra-Large Chapter Award as the Extra-Large Chapter with the highest total amount contributed to the PAC last year.  President Michelle Quiogue will accept the award at the upcoming Annual Chapter Leadership Forum in Kansas City, MO.