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By Sarah Martinez, CAFP Policy & Advocacy Intern In October, the U.S. Senate passed the final version of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. This act is a bipartisan bill package that aims to combat the opioid crisis. The President signed the bill

CAFP Celebrates 70 Years

2018 marks 70 years of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. The CAFP began in 1948 as the Colorado Academy of General Practice, just one year after the formation of the American Academy of General Practice. The past 70 years have brought challenge, opportunity, and change to family medicine in Colorado and beyond. To commemorate

October is Family Health Month in Colorado

As proclaimed by Governor Hickenlooper, October 2018 is Family Health Month in Colorado. Each year the state proclaims October as Family Health Month in recognition of family medicine’s work on behalf of patients and valuable role in the health care system. The CAFP continues to have a strong presence at the Colorado Legislature, and the

New Leadership Program Trains Primary Care Providers to Advocate for Good

Turn on the TV, go online, pick up a newspaper, it’s not hard to see that healthcare and health policy are hot and contentious topics. The endless debate can leave healthcare providers wondering: how can I possibly make a difference? How can we add the voice of experience and reason to all the noise? Primary

By Stephanie Gold, MD The Primary Care Investment Strategy The CAFP is pursuing a Primary Care Investment Strategy (PCIS) with the aims of: 1) accurately measuring how much is being spent on primary care in Colorado 2) increasing spending on primary care to a target of 15% of total health care spending 3) requiring increasing

Primary Care Spending: A sample of current research and state policies

by Gina Carr, MD Despite the knowledge that societies with a better primary care orientation have better outcomes as well as increased efficiency and better perceptions of patient experience of care, we are not yet routinely incentivizing primary care providers (PCPs) and services. Why is the societal value of reduced mortality rates, reduced rates of