Subject: CAFP February E-news: Welcome New CAFP Board Members!

What's Happening at the CAFP

Congratulations to Newly Elected CAFP Board Members
The CAFP is excited to welcome the following new board members:

Rachel Carpenter, MD, Denver
Cleveland Piggott, MD, Denver
Karin Susskind, MD, Boulder
Abbie Urish, MD, Rangely

Does Your Employer Pay Your Dues? Need to Make Multiple Online Dues Payments At Once?
The AAFP's Quick Pay system allows health systems and primary care offices to pay multiple member dues at once.

Highlights from the January 2018 Board Meeting
Proactive payment reform: Primary Care Investment Strategy (PCIS)- we are introducing legislation in February to measure the percent spent on primary care in Colorado, and to increase this number up to 12-15%.

Leadership development: CAFP has partnered with the Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) and other partners to offer advocacy leadership training to CAFP members, free of charge. Learn more about the leadership training at Deadline to apply is March 15th.

Education: Come to our Annual Summit in Colorado Springs for CME and to celebrate our 70th Anniversary. Registration is open! Visit

DPC Practices in the News
More family physicians are shifting to the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model. Our legislation last year ensured that this type of practice is not regulated like insurance.

Students & Residents: Save the Date!
The CAFP will be hosting a student and resident networking event on March 22. More details to come soon. 

Emerging Leaders Institute Applications Open For Medical Students and Family Medicine Residents 
The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) application is open now for the 2018-2019 class. It is an exciting year-long leadership institute which kicks of at the AAFP National Conference August 2-5, 2018. Following National Conference, ELI scholars complete a year-long project in one of the three tracks: Policy & Public Health, Personal & Practice, and Philanthropic & Mission-Driven. 

Throughout the year, scholars receive personal mentoring from some of the best family physician educators and leaders in the country. The ELI award includes a scholarship to cover travel costs for AAFPNC. This is a great opportunity to develop leadership skills and a springboard to national leadership within the AAFP for those who are interested in amplifying their voice as an advocate for their patients. 

You can find the application and additional details on the AAFP Foundation website. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. 

Please feel free to contact Clay Cooper, a previous ELI participant and current ELI ambassador, with any questions at

Join the CAFP For the 2018 Annual Summit
Registration for the 2018 Annual Summit is live and underway! We have a great line-up of speakers planned so far. Come celebrate CAFP's 70th anniversary, get lots of live CME credits, and enjoying meeting more of your family medicine colleagues in Colorado and beyond. 

When: Thursday, April 12 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 

Where: Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

CAFP’s Primary Care Investment Initiative
CAFP continues our work to introduce legislation that will double the investment being made into primary care. Currently only 5-7 cents of each healthcare dollar go toward primary care, which is inadequate to support the vital work family physicians do, from chronic care management to care coordination and more. CAFP met with the Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner of Insurance this week to discuss the importance of this bill. We are in discussions with health plans and other stakeholders on the language and expect to introduce the bill within the next month. Keep an eye out for opportunities for action. We will have SpeakOuts to legislators and other opportunities to engage.

CHP+ Funding Extended for 6 Years
Last week, as a part of the deal to keep the government open, Congress reauthorized funding for CHP+ for 6 years. This effectively keeps CHP+ coverage in place for all Coloradans eligible for the program, with no changes to eligibility or benefits. The state Medicaid Department will be sending out letters to patients in English and Spanish letting them know their coverage continues. Thank you to those members who participated in the AAFP SpeakOut to support the program!

SpeakOut: Community Health Center, National Health Service Corps Funding in Limbo
Despite a fix for CHIP, funding remains in jeopardy for Community Health Centers, the National Health Service Corps and Teaching Health Centers. The Health Center Advocacy Network on February 6th is leading a Day of Demonstration – Red Alert for Health Centers. Click the link for more information and join the day by wearing red, sharing your photos and thoughts on social media using #RedAlert4CHCs, calling your Representative and Senator, and more.
Vaccine Update

This month's vaccine update is all about updated immunization requirements from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).


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. 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.

Updated Colorado Board of Health Blood Lead Level Reporting Regulations

Recently, the Colorado Board of Health adopted revisions to Rule 6 CCR 1009-7 concerning the Detection, Monitoring, and Investigation of Environmental and Chronic Diseases. To ensure consistency with the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s reference levels for elevated blood lead, the reporting requirements for blood lead tests are updated as follows:

Type of Lead Level Timeframe for Reporting
  1. Blood lead level ≥ 5 μg/dL AND age ≤ 18 years 7 days
  2. Blood lead level ≥ 5 μg/dL if age >18 years 30 days
  3. Blood lead level <5 μg/dL AND age ≤ 18 years 30 days
Reporter: Laboratory or by the physician, healthcare provider, or clinic when blood lead specimens are analyzed in an office or outpatient setting.

FAQs related to the updated rule change are available for both providers and laboratories, as well as a Lead Screening Guide for Providers, at CDPHE's website:
Colorado Quality Payment Program (QPP) Coalition – Five QPP Fast Facts in 5 Minutes

Happy 2018 from the Colorado Quality Payment Program Coalition

We are excited for the new year and to share resources, tools and support to help you navigate through the second year of QPP. 

Each month we feature '5 Fast Facts in 5' to share updates and resources related to QPP in 5 minutes or less. We also host monthly ‘Office Hours’ webinars where we provide around 30 minutes of education and then allow ample time for open discussion and Q&A. Join us January 23rd, for our webinar on the 2018 Final Rule and what’s changed this year. You can register here

Thank you and we look forward to supporting you all in 2018!
Health is Primary

In February, Health is Primary is all about chronic heart disease and the role of the primary care provider. Learn more at
Primary Care News to Know 
Events, News & Announcements from the Colorado (and National) Healthcare Landscape »

  • The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition invites CAFP members to attend "Provider Education: Religious Vaccine Exemptions, Presented By Dr. Joshua Williams, Denver Health" on Thursday, February 15 from 12 - 1 p.m. at Children's Hospital in Aurora. Learn more here »
  • Colorado Drug Card is a free statewide prescription assistance program that offers savings as high as 75% on both generic and brand medications. The program is available to residents and non-residents regardless of age, income, health conditions or residential status, and those with Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s), High Deductible Plans and Medicare Part D. No personal information is required to obtain a card and it is accepted at over 68,000 pharmacies nationwide. Visit to download a free card, search drug pricing and locate participating pharmacies. You may contact Deb Adler, Outreach Program Director by email: or phone (cell 770-313-7261) for free bulk card orders for your organization.
  • CAFP members are invited to join the University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Colorado Colorectal Screening Program (CCSP), American Cancer Society, and the Colorado Cancer Coalition for "80% by 2018" on February 9th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Denver. Learn more about the State of the State of CRC screening in Colorado, screening modalities, available resources to help minimize barriers to screening and follow-up, and actionable steps that you and/or your clinic can take to help increase your screening rates. Get more information »
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently seeking primary care practices to help test a potential change to an electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) related to clinician referrals. The measure is entitled Closing the Referral Loop: Receipt of Specialist Report (CMS50v5). The benefit to practices testing this measure is they will directly contribute to the refinement and validation of an eCQM that CMS uses in its quality reporting programs. In addition, honoraria will range from $2,000-$4,000, depending on practices’ level of testing participation. For more information or if you are interested in assisting with this activity, please contact Shari Glickman at and Omoniyi Adekanmbi at
  • Just Check It™ is an evidence-based home blood pressure management program that securely monitors and shares patients’ home BPs with providers. JCI was created by Colorado providers and community members and is housed at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. Enrolled patients are instructed to submit home BPs by phone or online to the HIPAA-compliant Just Check It™ Registry, which are then sent to primary care provider of choice (i.e., specific practice, PCP, pharmacist, community health worker). Just Check It™ helps patients and their providers better manage and control BP between office visits. Implementing JCI into your practice workflow frees up office visits for patients that must be seen in person and utilizes team-based care. Additionally, new legislation allows Medicare to cover remote patient monitoring (CPT code 99091) with chronic care management (99490). JCI is now approved for Maintenance of Certification (MOC-IV) credit.
  • The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and the Immunization Branch of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will host the Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Disease (The Pink Book) Course, presented by the Centers for Disease Control, in Denver, Colorado. Continuing education credits will be available. When: September 11-13, 2018. Where: Sheraton Denver Tech Center in Greenwood Village, CO. For more information and to register, please visit:
2224 S. Fraser ST. Unit 1, Aurora, Colorado 80014, United States
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