Family medicine physicians have appropriate training and competency to care for patients in a wide array of practice models and environments. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports physician and patient choice. The AAFP understands family physicians that own or work in a small and/or independent practice environment have unique needs and may need specific and targeted support to be successful. Education, resources, and services that are developed for use in a small and/or independent practice environments can often be modified to work in larger and/or more integrated practice environment. Often the reverse is less applicable. The AAFP provides education, resources, and services specific to family physicians in independent practice. The AAFP also advocates for public and private payer policies and rules that support family physicians that choose to work in an independent practice environment.
(April 2017 BOD)