Commonwealth Fund’s Melinda Abrams Joins TransforMED Board of Managers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, January 26, 2009

Contact:
Janelle Davis
TransforMED
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
jdavis@aafp.org


LEAWOOD, Kan. – TransforMED LLC today announced Melinda Abrams, assistant vice president at The Commonwealth Fund, was appointed to serve a 3-year term on its board of managers. TransforMED is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, focused on helping primary care medical practices adopt the patient-centered medical home model of care.

Abrams serves as director of The Commonwealth Fund’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Initiative, which was launched in 2005 to spur the redesign of primary care practices and the overall health care system around the needs of the patient. Abrams is a leading expert on primary care -- specifically a new model in which all Americans would have a medical home that provides better access and effective care coordination within the context of an ongoing doctor-patient relationship.

Throughout her career, Abrams has also taken part in efforts to reform state policies regarding preventive health care to address early childhood development. She also has served as senior program officer for the Child Development and Preventive Care Program. She coordinated the Fund’s Task Force on Academic Health Centers, the Commission on Women’s Health, and The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. Abrams also has sat on the advisory committees of various national organizations, including the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Abrams join TransforMED’s Board of Managers,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., president and CEO of TransforMED. “She has long been a proponent of the patient-centered medical home model of care and will help guide TransforMED as we continue helping medical practices succeed in implementing this new model of primary care.”

About TransforMED LLC:
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Established in 2008, TransforMED LLC provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a patient-centered personal medical home. TransforMED LLC is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED LLC shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED LLC offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the new model. To learn more about TransforMED LLC, visit www.transformed.com(www.transformed.com).


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