The American Academy of Family Physicians supports managed care reform that ensures patients receive clear information and fair treatment from their health plans and protects the primary care physician's ability to act as the patient's advocate.
Below are provisions that the American Academy of Family Physicians believes are essential to include when advocating for comprehensive managed care reform:
The Academy supports:
The Academy has 115,900 members delivering medical and preventive care nationwide and in all U.S. territories. Patients make 200 million office visits to family physicians each year -- 79 million more than any other specialty. In fact, one out of every four office visits in America is to a family physician. Family physicians see one out of every five children to provide their health care, and one out of every four women for their health care. Family physicians focus on the whole person, as well as the entire family, and play a central role in helping patients navigate today's complex health care system.
The Academy is equally concerned that comprehensive managed care reform promote quality health care, instead of hindering it. Nearly 80 percent of Academy members accept patients from one or more managed care plans. It is essential that health care quality measures be based in science. The Academy is committed to evidence-based research and has created a $7.7 million research initiative over the next five years to fund office-based primary care research. The Academy has also established the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care(www.graham-center.org) in Washington, D.C., to inform its policy initiatives. (March 2001) (2012 COD)
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