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Quality Payment Program (QPP)

The Quality Payment Program is the new federal website to help providers meet the requirements of the new Medicare payment system, known as MACRA. CAFP urges all California family physicians to explore the CAFP MACRA Playbook web pages to learn about the two payment and quality reporting tracks for physicians: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).


accountable care organizations

Accountable Care Organizations (or ACOs) are entities that bring together groups of providers to coordinate care for defined populations of patients, are rewarded for their efficient use of resources and can report meaningful data on their clinical, financial and quality performance. Now what does that really mean? On this page, find out what an ACO really is and where they are developing in California, find a description of the Medicare "Shared Savings Program" created by the Affordable Care Act and find links to available resources on ACOs.


Patient Centered Medical Home

Family medicine leaders agree that the Patient Centered Medical Home is the best way to improve the quality of care, patient experience and physician and staff satisfaction. Everyone from physicians newly exploring the concept to those already establishing full Patient Centered Medical Homes will find information here to help move their medical practices to the next level.


Health Information Technology/ Meaningful Use

Practicing family medicine often requires more than clinical expertise. Depending on a practice type, it may also require considerable business acumen. The resources in this section are designed to assist family physicians in analyzing and improving business practices, understanding financial analysis and forming appropriate bottom lines. By providing descriptions of best practices, checklists, forms and more, CAFP supports family physicians in their work to attain full financial vitality in their practices and their PCMH.


coding + billing

Helping family physicians receive fair payment for the services they provide is a CAFP goal. Appropriate coding and billing are essential strategies for every family medicine practice. Take advantage of the excellent materials CAFP has developed on coding and billing and watch for announcements about coding and billing seminars and conference calls to further educate you and your staff on this essential practice management skill.


Moving to California

Transitioning to practice in California can be challenging. To guide physician members through the process of getting a California medical license, the California Academy of Family Physicians has developed a list of action items and issues to consider as you enter practice in our state.


starting a new practice

Practicing family medicine often requires more than clinical expertise. Depending on a practice type, it may also require considerable business acumen. The resources in this section are designed to assist family physicians in analyzing and improving business practices, understanding financial analysis and forming appropriate bottom lines. By providing descriptions of best practices, checklists, forms and more, CAFP supports family physicians in their work to attain full financial vitality in their practices and their PCMH.


career center

Family physicians are in high-demand and experience almost limitless opportunities when choosing where to practice and what kind of work to do.