FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
Statement attributable to:
Reid Blackwelder, MD,
American Academy of Family Physicians:
“The AAFP has long supported a reformed health care system based on primary care, the patient-centered medical home, support for chronic care management, and a payment system that appropriately values primary medical care that improves patient outcomes.
“The AAFP recognizes that this proposal is not final legislation. We will still be strongly advocating for aspects of the final bill that will support and grow the critical primary care workforce that will be our health care system’s foundation for success.
“The House Ways and Means/Senate Finance committees’ bipartisan SGR repeal proposal moves in this direction by constructing an infrastructure for future growth in quality-based patient care. By encouraging physicians to build on the patient-centered medical home model and other alternative payment models, the proposal shifts focus away from delivery and payment models that foster episodic care. Instead, it moves toward those that facilitate ongoing comprehensive care that reduces intensive medical and inpatient services. Moreover, the proposal would establish payment for complex chronic care management legislatively and would put in place mechanisms to better value the complexity of primary medical care in the physician fee schedule.
“Taken together, the proposal moves toward patient-centered, comprehensive reforms that promise greater efficiency, more care coordination, and less duplication and fragmentation.
“The Ways and Means/Senate Finance committees’ proposal includes policies that will enable individual family physicians and primary care physician groups to move away from the current system.
“The AAFP looks forward to working with the House and Senate to refine this proposal to ensure patients have access to continuous, comprehensive, team-based and physician-led primary care. Among our recommendations:
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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 five of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 192 million office visits each year — nearly 66 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 wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
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