Subject: CAFP December E-news: CHP+ Update, CME Opportunities and more

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CAFP December 2017 E-Newsletter
What's Happening at the CAFP

Highlights from the November 2017 Board Meeting From Monica Morris, DO, CAFP President 
1. Medicaid Reimbursements 
The CAFP Board voted to support Medicaid reimbursements to all specialties that are at least 100% of Medicare.

2. Primary Care Investment Strategy Update
We continue our work on the Primary Care Investment Strategy (PCIS). We plan to introduce legislation asking that the total spending on primary care be measured and that spending on primary care be brought up to 15% of total healthcare spending, in order to support the PCMH and accelerate payment reform.

3. 2018 Wellness Conference
we are excited about our Wellness Conference and discussed a variety of topics we would like to see presented. Topics range from personal wellbeing and mindfulness to leadership and physician empowerment training to effectuate change within health systems.

4. New Benefits for New Physicians
We are excited to introduce the CAFP’s Resident & New Physician Benefits, which include legal counsel for new physicians, free financial planning and student loan advising, free registration to the annual conference for new physicians, and access to compensation data for all interested members. 

The American Board of Family Medicine Announces Opportunities for Diplomates to Receive Continuing Certification Credit for Programs in Which they May Already be Participating
The ABFM will award Practice Improvement Activity (formerly Part 4) credit for diplomates who participate in either Comprehensive Primary Care + (CPC+), or in a Practice Transformation Network (PTN).

The ABFM recognizes that participation in these programs is a significant effort, and demonstrates commitment to practice improvement that is worthy of recognition for Continuous Certification. If you are in a PTN, you should find a link in your Portfolio on the ABFM website to complete the activity for credit. If you are in a CPC+ region, you should also find a link to complete the activity for credit IF you are participating. Should you have questions regarding this Continuous Certification credit opportunity, please contact dmedley@theabfm.

KSA & Annual Summit Registration Open
Our December KSA on heart failure is almost here! Join us on December 9th from 8 a.m. to noon. Plus, if you need extra CME, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. four additional courses worth four CME credits will be offered on vaccines, orthopedics, women's health and MS. 

Registration for our 2018 Annual Summit opened on November 15. Join us April 12-15, 2018 in Colorado Springs to celebrate the CAFP's 70th Anniversary and earn lots of CME.

New Project ECHO Opportunities for Physicians 

SUMMARY: This series will offer valuable skills training to increase a preceptor’s confidence which will serve to enhance the experience for both the preceptor and their students.

COMMITMENT: Five weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Tuesdays from 12:15 pm - 1:15pm (MT)
January 30th - February 27th

AUDIENCE: Clinicians with minimal experience precepting

REGISTRATION: Opens November 1st- Closes January 23rd 


SUMMARY: Refresh on best practices, learn new skills, and understand how to complete an effective evaluation of a child’s needs based on the information and resources available.

COMMITMENT: Six weekly ECHO sessions held virtually
Tuesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (MT)
January 23rd - February 27th

AUDIENCE: Primary Care Providers Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Pediatrician, MD/DO, NP, PA

REGISTRATION: Opens November 1st- Closes January 16th

Paying for Primary Care: How and Why is CAFP Advocating for Doubling Spending
In August, CAFP launched a new initiative to double the investment made in primary care, because we know a primary care-focused system delivers better quality at a lower cost. We should invest in infrastructure like the Patient-Centered Medical Home to make that happen. CAFP members have written a collection of articles on how paying for primary care will produce a better healthcare system for patients and doctors. Take a look below:

Making Primary Care Payment Reform a Reality Today: The CAFP is excited to announce we are launching a new initiative to increase the investments being made in primary care to at least 15% of total health spending – double what we spend today. Read CAFP President Dr. Monica Morris’ article about the initiative today.

Primary Care is Undervalued. What Now? Stop the press. Public and private payers take note. Primary Care in the United States is undervalued. Surely, and sarcastically speaking, primary care providers are shocked by this news. Read Dr. Mike Pramenko’s take on how primary care is undervalued – and what we can do about it.

Primary Care Spending: A Sample of Current Research and State Policies. How have other states begun to increase spending toward primary care and away from wasteful spending like unnecessary ER visits? Check out Dr. Gina Carr’s summary of other states’ initiatives.

What is the Value of a Patient-Centered Medical Home? Care delivered in a PCMH is higher quality. But how does it work? Dr. Zach Wachtl explains how his PCMH works for patients.

CHP+ May be Ending. Here’s What You Need to Know For You and Your Patients:
If Congress does not renew federal funding, CHP+ in Colorado will end on January 31, 2018. Congress can pass a law at any time to renew federal funding for CHP+, but there is no guarantee that they will.
As of today, there are no changes to CHP+ benefits, eligibility or enrollment.
● CHP+ members should continue to use their benefits.
● CHP+ providers should continue to make and keep appointments with the CHP+ members they serve.
● Enrollment of CHP+ members will continue through January 31, 2018.

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has developed resources for members & applicants, providers, and advocates, counties, eligibility partners and stakeholders about the future of CHP+. The resources have been developed to help you answer questions from CHP+ applicants and members.

We encourage you to bookmark and check back often as HCPF will regularly update this page. Also, we encourage you to subscribe to HCPF’s Future of CHP+ updates here.
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about the role providers play in increasing HPV vaccination rates.

Colorado Quality Payment Program (QPP) Coalition – Five QPP Fast Facts in 5 Minutes

The November QPP Fast Facts are here! Please go to the Colorado QPP Coalition webpage to learn what you need to know this month.

On November 2nd, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final rule and comment period for the 2018 Quality Payment Program performance year. Learn more about the final rule with comment and the interim final rule with comment and what it means for you:
Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program is offering training opportunities through HRSA’s Primary Care Training and Enhancement grant to primary care providers in a Patient Centered Medical Home

Providers willing to train/mentor students on clinical rotation in a family practice primary care setting will be reimbursed for up to 8 hours at $300/hr for the time spent with students.

Health is Primary

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

  • Providers are encouraged to apply for the third and final cohort of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM). This governor’s office initiative, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), helps Colorado primary care practices integrate behavioral and physical health and test alternative payment models. The application will be open from Nov. 15 through Jan. 10. Learn more here »
  • The American Heart Association (AHA), along with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and nine other health professional organizations, unveiled a new hypertension guideline Nov. 13 during the AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. The AAFP was not involved in the development of the newly released guideline, and, at this time, the Academy continues to endorse the 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: Report From the Panel Members Appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8). Read more here »
  • By the end of 2017, you must take action in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to get paid under Medicare Part B. It’s not too late to collect data- submitting as little as one quality measure or one Improvement Activity will allow you to avoid a negative 4% payment adjustment. Don’t delay. Let the AAFP guide you down the MIPS path of MACRA’s QPP to help you take action, including the 2017 MIPS Playbook, AAFP’s step-by-step guide to taking action in MIPS. Learn how to Pick Your Pace, select and report quality measures, and more.
  • CAFP members are invited to join the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition for "Times They are a Changin’: Changes in the Epidemiology of Haemophilus Influenzae." Learn more here »
  • Regional Health Connectors are available to help physicians participating in practice transformation activities across Colorado. Learn more here »
  • Tri-County Health Department Health Advisory: Novel influenza A virus detected in Colorado. Read more here »
  • The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is seeking a family physician to serve on the new pharmacy and therapeutics committee for the term January 2018 through December 2019. More information about the Committee can be accessed here. If interested in serving please submit a CV along with a completed Conflict of Interest form to:
    Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
    Attn: Brittany Schock, PharmD
    1570 Grant Street
    Denver, CO 80203
    Or fax to 303-866-3590, Attn: Brittany Schock, PharmD.
2224 S. Fraser ST. Unit 1, Aurora, Colorado 80014, United States
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