FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians and its subsidiary, TransforMED, today announced that TransforMED’s award-winning professional networking site, Delta-Exchange, will be made available free of charge to AAFP members. Delta-Exchange is a first-of-its-kind collaborative networking site dedicated to helping primary care practices implement the patient-centered medical home model of care. Launched in 2009, and now hosting nearly 3,500 current members, Delta-Exchange gives primary care physicians and their staff the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and learn from other practices as they seek to overcome the challenges of implementing new technologies and workflows that are key to PCMH transformation. Delta-Exchange addresses these needs in an online, social networking platform. Non-AAFP members will continue to pay $30 per user per month for access.“Now is a critical time for family physicians and primary care as a whole,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the AAFP. “The AAFP, with the assistance of our colleagues at TransforMED, is pleased to offer our members yet another valuable resource to help them become viable participants in upcoming patient-centered medical home initiatives that are testing new and innovative ways to pay for primary care services.”Delta-Exchange is a robust repository of tools, resources, best practices and practical how-to articles on practice transformation topics such as implementing team-based care, reducing patient cycle times, change management and maximizing office space. The site also hosts regularly scheduled, live webinars on a variety of PCMH and practice improvement topics ranging from optimized billing and collection to implementing open-access scheduling. Participants can interact in live sessions or view archived webinars on-demand. Members can also download workflow and procedure forms that can be customized to individual practices. Delta-Exchange is exclusively for primary care physicians, physician extenders, practice managers and office staff. Members will not encounter vendors or sales pitches on the site. “As new prospects emerge for family physicians to become more engaged in health system and payment reform, it is crucial for them to be ready when opportunity knocks,” said Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. “Delta-Exchange is an excellent starting point for all primary care physicians who hope to be considered for the CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative at the national level and multiple opportunities from payers at the state and local level. It is often the expectation that practices be well on their way towards meaningful practice transformation to be able to participate in these new initiatives.”To get started with Delta-Exchange, visit aafp.org/dx. To learn how to become a member of the AAFP, visit aafp.org.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and well and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED is a non-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians as they work to implement the patient-centered medical home model of care in their practices. TransforMED 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 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 offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit transformed.com(www.transformed.com).
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February 1, 2012