Mark Your Calendar
- PPE Bulk Purchasing: Monday is the deadline to register with the N95 Project, which allows WAFP members to purchase PPE at bulk pricing in small quantities. Your must order be placed by 1 p.m. PDT on Sept. 4, but you cannot order without registering. Pricing and other information is available in WAFP’s Aug. 25 email.
- Health Equity Events Open to WAFP Members: Kaiser Permanente Washington will host “Racism, Health and the Uprisings” on Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m., featuring Edwin Lindo, JD, of the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, and Christopher Parker, PhD, of UW’s Department of Political Science. Join the meeting at this link or dial in at 253-215-8782. Use meeting ID no. 912-8586-8449 and passcode 232873.
- Also, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians will host a virtual CME program, “Building Cultural Intelligence to Breakdown Racism” on Sept. 30. Attendees should be able to claim 4.75 Prescribed Credits and apply this knowledge toward ABFM’s Health Equity Performance Improvement activity.
- Telemedicine Discussion on Oct. 1: Learn more about adapting practices to telemedicine, liability issues and telehealth platforms during WAFP’s practice enhancement discussion from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Panelists from Family Care Network, Kaiser Permanente Washington and Physicians Insurance will share their insights. Download a notice for your Outlook calendar.
- 2021 Family Medicine Advocacy Day: Whether in Olympia or online, on Monday, Feb. 1, WAFP will advocate on behalf of family medicine. While we hope conditions allow us to hold the meeting in person, we are preparing for the possibility of an all-virtual event.
Stay In The Know
- WAFP Comments on Primary Care Transformation Model: WAFP urged the Washington State Health Care Authority to set a specific goal as an investment in primary care, such as 12 percent of total health care spending, as it considers a new model. WAFP also asked HCA to incorporate the quadruple aim in its model; prevent an increase in administrative tasks; ensure participation across all payers; support a per member, per month reimbursement rate; and consider the unique needs of small and independent practices.
- AAFP Congress of Delegates: With each chapter limited to two resolutions, WAFP submitted resolutions concerning the creation of a national agency to study firearm safety and the support of family physicians who provide gender-affirming care to transgender youth. As the AAFP processes resolutions, they will appear on their website.
- Washington Health Equity Survey: Please help WAFP and AAFP better understand how to address health inequity in our state. The brief survey aims to identify passionate family physicians and other health equity champions who can help shape an effective work plan.
Engage with WAFP
- Revamped website and a new-look newsletter: Take a look around WAFP’s new website! Along with greater ease of navigation, the homepage features regularly updated news items and calendar of events. Like it? Hate it? Think it could be better? Send your comments to Brian Hunsicker, director of external affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2020 Advocacy Events: This fall, WAFP will host events ahead of the 2021 legislative session. All members are welcome to participate, even if you just plan on listening to the discussion! More details will be available on WAFP’s website and in subsequent newsletters.
- One-Sentence Survey: What are the top two challenges you are facing right now?
Take Advantage of Other Opportunities
- HCA Offering Free Zoom Licenses: The Washington State Health Care Authority has a limited number of Zoom licenses it is distributing to providers. HCA will prioritize smaller primary care practices which serve Medicaid clients and do not have compliant video capability.
- Survey for Rural Providers: Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine are looking for family physicians practicing in communities of 50,000 or fewer. They’re hoping you can help identify ways to improve rural access to genetic services.