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February 5, 2019



Monterey Is Home to Your Next Family Medicine Event!




CAFP Launches Two Terrific Accredited Educational Activities on Chronic Pain

Pathways in Management: Effectively Addressing Osteoarthritis and Pathways in Management: Chronic Low Back Pain are interactive, case-based activities that highlight current guidelines and describe how to put them into practice. Included are practical tools and resources to support the appropriate care of patients with either osteoarthritis and/or chronic low back pain to improve their quality of life. These activities are part of an interdisciplinary collaboration of CAFP, Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, American Academy of Physician Assistants and Healthcare Performance Consulting. In addition to these enduring activities, information on “mini” quality improvement accredited activities are available to learners.



Family Medicine Procedures Workshop

Medical students wondering what exactly family physicians do should come to CAFP’s 6th annual Procedures Workshop to experience typical procedures seen in a family physician’s office. This is a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to learn how to read EKGs, suture, conduct pap smears, insert IUDs, perform MSK joint injections and more. Registration is only $5 and includes access to all of the workshops, breakfast, lunch and parking.



Apply for a Scholarship to Attend AMAM

The CAFP Foundation is pleased to offer 15 scholarships in the amount of $350 each to support medical student and resident participation in CAFP’s All Member Advocacy Meeting. To be considered for these stipends, complete this form. CAFP’s All Member Advocacy Meeting (AMAM) is your opportunity to get involved with the Academy’s advocacy efforts. Family physicians, residents, and medical students will head to the State Capitol on March 9-11 to learn about issues in California health care; hear from experts and legislators; and participate in trainings on advocacy, messaging, and leadership.



Measles Outbreaks in Washington, New York and Overseas ... Be Prepared for California Cases

Measles, a childhood disease that was all but wiped out by 2000 due to widespread vaccination, is making a comeback worldwide, including in California. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in December 2018 that 349 cases of measles were confirmed in 26 states and the District of Columbia in 2018, nearly tripling the number of cases reported in 2017 and the second greatest number of annual cases reported since measles was eliminated in the US in 2000.


CAFP is proud to have been a co-sponsor of SB277 (Pan) which removed the personal exemption for vaccinations. In the year following implementation of the law, vaccination rates increased and cases of measles decreased. The current outbreak has not yet hit California, but all health care professionals should be aware of recent measles outbreaks and ready to identify cases in their practices, provide appropriate vaccinate and assuage patient fears about the disease. Read more on measles spread and recommendation for providers managing suspected cases in their practices.



2019 Upcoming Chapter Meetings

Friday, February 8, 2019 - San Diego Chapter Installation Dinner
Admiral Baker Club, San Diego, 6:00pm
Focus: Installation of Officers and Honoring of Reithmayer Medical Student Scholarship Award Recipient


Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - Orange Chapter Speaker Event
OCMA, Newport Beach, 5:30pm Registration, 7:00pm Speaker
Focus: Legal Primer: An Overview of the Medical Malpractice Today


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - North Bay Chapter Speaker Event
Odd Fellows Hall, Santa Rosa, 6:30-8:30pm
Focus: An Evening of Dinner, Wine and Conversation: “Health Care for All - Fantasy or for Real?” Presentation + Discussion featuring Dr. Paul Song and CAFP Director of Health Policy Conrad Amenta


Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Yolo Chapter Meeting
Ficelle, Winters, 5:30-7:30pm
Focus: Preparation for the All Member Advocacy Meeting



Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) Recruits Physicians Amid Growing Shortage

CAFP members Harris Niazi, MD, Sarah Matthews, MD and David Bazzo, MD, FAAFP are highlighted in this KPBS article. Drs. Niazi and Matthews work at the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) treating underserved patients experiencing poverty, homelessness, psychiatric problems and financial difficulties, among other issues. With an aging population and many physicians entering retirement, a physician shortage would hit underserved areas hardest. To alleviate this shortage and retain physicians to practice in communities of underserved patients, FHCSD recently started their own residency program that “gives medical graduates real world experience with an emphasis on improving health disparities.” Since residents are more likely to stay and practice where they are trained, FHCSD hopes that their graduates will continue practicing in underserved communities.



Molina Healthcare Reassigns 19,000 Patients in the Sacramento Area to New Doctors

As reported in the Sacramento Bee, “Molina Healthcare has abruptly reassigned roughly 19,000 patients to new doctors, effective February 1, following a contract dispute with Golden Shore Medical Group.” Golden Shore Medical Group will sell and transfer its clinics to Sacramento-based WellSpace Health. Many of the patients affected by this change are enrolled in Medicare and/or Medi-Cal or are uninsured. Molina Healthcare has sent letters to patients notifying them of their new doctors, but disruption is expected. It is anticipated that a substantial number of patients will not receive or read the communications. Patients presenting to their old clinics will be given the option of continuing their care there or at their new location. This choice is protected by California law.



February Member of the Month – Panna Lossy, MD

Congratulations to our February Member of the Month, Dr. Panna Lossy! Dr. Lossy is a graduate of UC San Francisco School of Medicine and completed her residency at Sutter Health Family Medicine where she continues to teach and practice. She is President of CAFP’s North Bay Chapter, a Legislative Key Contact, and has supported the FP-PAC for the last decade. “Working with the North Bay Board to put together events for our members has been fun and productive…We are excited to see our new Governor talking about “guaranteed health care for all Californians” and will be hosting an event this month (February 27) to talk about what that might look like and how we as primary care doctors can play a role in shaping that transformation.”