Mark Your Calendar
- Purchase PPE from Project N95 Now Through Dec. 8: WAFP is partnering once again with AAFP and Project N95 to offer another opportunity for members to purchase the following PPE at bulk pricing and in small quantities: N95 surgical respirators (sizes S and M/L); surgical masks (Levels 1-3); isolation gowns (Levels 1 and 2); face shields; and gloves. More details are available on AAFP’s website.
- New E/M Coding Event on Dec. 8: Following up on our November seminar on coding, WAFP is pleased to host a virtual conversation with experts from Brown Consulting Associates on coding changes specific to family physicians. The session will run from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. AAFP has approved 1.50 Prescribed Credits for this seminar. The cost is free, but registration is required.
- 2020 Student & Resident Retreat: Among the topics for this year’s virtual retreat are advocating for health equity, dermatology on skin of color, gender-affirming care, and OB disparities. The keynote speaker is Edwin Lindo, JD, of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine. The retreat will be held Jan. 30 and 31; the cost to attend is $20 for both days. Register today!
Stay In The Know
- PAL for Moms: Funded by the Washington State Health Care Authority and staffed by University of Washington faculty with expertise in perinatal behavioral health, PAL for Moms is a free telephone consultation line. Any physician or other provider in Washington state can access the service by calling 877-725-4666 (PAL4MOM) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, sign up for their monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on current research, trainings, resources and more; visit their website; or contact them through email.
- Green Center Surveys: Virginia Commonwealth University’s Larry A. Green Center, in partnership with Primary Care Collaborative, has been conducting regular clinician and patient COVID-19 surveys since March. Full results are available here, and details of their latest November edition can be found here.
- Tell Congress that Changes to Medicare Payments are Critical to Primary Care: Congress is considering legislation that excludes E/M office visits from financial relief, which would force primary care to bear an unreasonable financial burden. This at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has hit all physicians hard. Tell Congress to support fair Medicare payment for primary care physicians.
Engage with WAFP
- FMAD at Home: Though we are anticipating a virtual Family Medicine Advocacy Day event, WAFP is also making plans to allow for any member to participate whenever their schedule allows. By utilizing the VoterVoice platform, you can send a message to your delegation with the click of a mouse. In the meantime, we await guidance from the Washington State Legislature on the contours of the 2021 legislative session. FMAD is currently scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1.
- Become a Published Author: WAFP welcomes articles for Washington Family Physician. Please send your idea or submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. So long as the topic relates to family medicine, all topics are welcome!
Take Advantage of Other Opportunities
- ALSO 9th Edition: AAFP has released an updated Advanced Life Support Obstetrics (ALSO), which covers the most current, evidence-based obstetrical emergency content. This course can help your team bridge knowledge gaps and boosts skill sets necessary to help reduce maternal mortality. The course includes online pre-work, hands-on training, group learning, standardized mnemonics, and CME/CNE. The AAFP’s website has more information about hosting an ALSO course for your facility.
- Family Medicine Cares Resident Service Award: The AAFP Foundation is offering $16,500 award to a first- or second-year resident to address health disparities by tackling the health needs of the most vulnerable in their local communities. The 12-month project should have an enduring benefit to patients and the community. Learn more on the AAFP Foundation’s website.