Subject: CAFP April E-news:

What's Happening at the CAFP

New Leadership Program Offered for Primary Care Providers
Ready to change healthcare in Colorado? Primary Care Movers and Changers (PCMAC) is a new, advocacy-focused leadership training program from the Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership in partnership with the CAFP and other primary care groups. The program is free, and open to a wide range of primary care providers who practice in underserved metropolitan communities, or who are from an underserved community or background. Get hands on leadership training that will prepare you to advocate for the healthcare changes you believe in. Learn more and apply now. Deadline extended to April 15, 2018. 

Match Report Available
A summary of the 2018 Match is available from the AAFP, and the news is positive for family medicine. Read more here »

The 2018 Annual Summit is in Just a Couple of Weeks
Join us for lots of CME and a celebration of CAFP's 70th Anniversary, April 12-15, 2018 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. Been meaning to join us in Colorado Springs? Now is the time! The Annual Summit will be moving to new locations across Colorado beginning in 2019.

This year also features a brand new pre-conference course on
pain management. 

New Summit Locations Finalized
You've been requesting new venues for the Annual Summit, and we are excited to announce seven years of upcoming locations! Locations were chosen based on votes from our 2017 CAFP Membership Survey, with particular attention paid to the votes of rural members. The order of locations is based on venue availability.

Fort Collins
The Hilton
May 2-5
Estes Park
Grand Junction

Practices Must Contract with RAE’s (formerly RCCO’s) for Medicaid Payment
Prior to July 1, 2018, primary care providers who want to serve as a primary care medical provider (PCMP) and receive an Administrative Medical Home payment (PMPM) for Medicaid patients must contract directly with the Regional Accountable Entities RAE(s). RAEs (formerly called RCCO’s) will be responsible for making Per Member Per Month payments to practices going forward. The Department will no longer make Per Member Per Month payments directly to PCMPs. Physical Health services will continue to be reimbursed by the Department fee-for-service through the Colorado interChange.

You can review Medicaid’s Contracting Guidance for Primary Care Medical Providers. For more information on the transition to the Accountable Care Collaborative 2.0 beginning in July, visit Medicaid’s website.

CAFP’s Bill to Increase Investment in Primary Care Making Progress
Since last summer, CAFP has worked on legislation to double the investment in primary care to 15% of the healthcare dollar. CAFP has been working extensively with stakeholders –allied primary care physicians, specialists, patient advocates, state agencies and health insurers – to negotiate the language and garner support for the bill before its introduction. Your CAFP Board members have been meeting with their legislators to discuss the importance of primary care and increasing our investment in it. Last week, we secured bipartisan sponsors in the Senate! As soon as the bill is introduced, we will be lining up committee testimony and reaching out to CAFP members to contact your legislators to support the effort.

The bill will establish a Primary Care Payment Reform Collaborative. It will produce an annual report on primary care spending and develop recommendations on how to accelerate payment reform and increase the investment in primary care, so that Family Practices have the resources you need to take care of your patients – care coordinators, integrated behavioral health providers, EHR’s, and more. While CAFP has been pushing to establish statewide spending targets of at least 15% in this bill, negotiations led to this provision being removed, leaving the Collaborative to develop recommendations on how best to increase primary care investments. The elimination of this provision looks to have allayed stakeholder opposition, improving the chances of successfully passing the bill into law.

Read Dr. Mike Pramenko’s Op-Ed in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on why we need this bill to increase the investment in primary care: Improving Access to Care Requires Investing In It.
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is about the dangers of vaccine misinformation. Thank you to the AAP for their contribution of this article. 


Making Obesity Services and Treatment Work (MOST)

Now recruiting practices for one-time survey and interview. Our research team is trying to understand what primary care practices are doing to help patients with weight loss. Whether your practice offers obesity treatment or not, we would love to hear from you about this topic. We hope to document what is happening in real-world settings to address policy changes that will support primary care. Any practice member can participate. Each participant will each receive a $50 gift card for completing a short (10-15 minutes) paper or online (your choice) survey and participating in a 30-minute phone interview. Please contact Professional Research Assistant, Lauri Connelly at 303-724-9529 or at with your questions or to sign up. You may also complete the survey online at and then Lauri will follow-up with you later for the brief interview. Please feel free to share this information with potentially eligible colleagues at other practices. Thank you!

This study is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Participating universities include the University of Colorado, Michigan State University and Duke University.

Extended: Special Offer from the ABFM

The ABFM invites board-certified family physicians to enroll in PRIME Registry™ free for the first three years! 

Health is Primary

In April, Health is Primary is all about health equity. Learn more at
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »

  • The American Board of Family Medicine’s PRIME Support and Alignment Network, in collaboration with the University of Colorado-Denver, Department of Family Medicine’s e-Learning team have leveraged the power of Bodenheimer’s 10 Building Blocks of Primary Care and best practices from the landmark, federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to help you improve in three areas: Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Cost and Value of Care, and Care Across the Medical Neighborhood. Come learn how to create your own PDSA cycle intervention using PRIME Registry or other data for tracking your improvement. Complete one of these three activities—hosted on the University of Colorado’s e-Learning platform—for 20 ABFM PI activity credit points. Register here »
  • Robert Graham Center is currently looking for a Medical Director. The Medical Director for Policy Research contributes to the research, collaborative, management and dissemination functions of the Robert Graham Center. The Medical Director for Policy Research must be comfortable working with a small team of highly skilled and self-motivated researchers, and be able to effectively represent the Center and its products within the Academy and with external collaborators and key audiences. Desirable characteristics include national credibility, a Medical Doctorate/Doctor of Osteopathy degree, Residency training in a Primary Care specialty, and training in research, Public Policy or Public Health. Learn more »
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is looking for volunteers to participate in a workgroup to provide input to help update Colorado’s childhood blood lead screening guidelines. The workgroup will consist of healthcare providers and public health experts who are knowledgeable about lead poisoning. We anticipate a total time commitment of fewer than four hours which would include attending two meetings at CDPHE to provide input on screening recommendations and outreach efforts to physicians. The meetings are anticipated to take place during June and July of 2018. If interested, please contact Matthew Newman, Lead Surveillance Coordinator, at by April 30, 2018. Colorado’s current lead screening guidelines can be found online at
  • The scholarship application for the brand new Rural Colorado Primary Care Leaders Program (RCPCL) is now open! The RCPCL program was developed by the Center for Creative Leadership in partnership with the Colorado Rural Health Center specifically for rural primary care and dental providers in Colorado. The program is designed to help providers become better leaders for themselves, their practice and their community. There is a policy and advocacy training piece which is also woven into the curriculum. This program is offered to a limited number of providers in the form of a full scholarship, valued at $10,000/person, thanks to the generous support of The Colorado Health Foundation. The program consists of three in-person training sessions (two days each, six days total) which will take place between June 2018 – April 2019. In addition to the tuition, all travel expenses will be reimbursed and the provider will receive an additional $300 stipend to use in any way they’d like. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 7th. Learn more and apply »
  • The 2017 reporting deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), is March 31; groups reporting through the CMS Web Interface must submit data by March 16. If you’re a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or certified registered nurse anesthetist and you haven’t yet reported, double-check your eligibility at If you are eligible and haven’t reported, it’s not too late. Contact TMF Health Quality Institute today for free help at or A TMF consultant will walk you through the steps to access the QPP Portal and help you identify data you already have so that you can successfully report and avoid a negative payment adjustment.
  • Get paid to take free training to help your patients with Opioid Use Disorder. Click here to learn more about the IT MATTTRs opportunity to be paid to take the free required DEA waiver training to prescribe buprenorphine. Your practice can be compensated for taking advantage of Team Training for your staff that includes 5 sessions with practice facilitation. Training may be on-line or part on line and part in person. There are 5 in person trainings scheduled across the state in the next several months. The website has information regarding the program as well as training dates and locations You may also e-mail
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