American Academy of Family Physicians Names Amy Mullins, MD, as its New Medical Director for Quality Improvement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, November 11

Contact:
Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
mmoriarty@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Amy Mullins, MD, FAAFP, has joined the AAFP staff as medical director for quality improvement. The AAFP represents 110,600 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students nationwide.

Mullins brings 14 years of experience as a family physician, including administrative expertise focused on practice transformation to the patient-centered medical home model of care. She most recently served as both a practicing family physician and as medical director at Trinity Clinic in Whitehouse, Texas, where she worked since 2002. During her tenure there, Mullins helped lead the practice to achieve level III patient-centered medical home recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance(www.ncqa.org), a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving health care quality by offering a variety of services, including accreditation, certification, and recognition programs. Mullins also served as a physician champion for the entire Trinity Mother Frances Health System where she facilitated system-wide medical home implementation, including a nurse navigation and care coordination program. She received the System’s Award for Excellence in Innovation in 2012.

Mullins’s current responsibilities with the AAFP include liaison work with other national organizations in the quality arena, as well as national-level policy and advocacy work emphasizing the PCMH. She also will actively participate in the development, deployment, and implementation of performance measures.

“I look forward to leading the clinical quality improvement efforts of an organization that is focused on improving health care for all Americans,” Mullins said. “I share the AAFP’s commitment to patient-centered care and ensuring patients’ access to the comprehensive care provided by family physicians, and I’m pleased to be a part of their team.”

Mullins has spoken extensively on the topics of patient engagement, team work in primary care, and physician engagement in transforming one’s practice to become a PCMH.

“We are extremely pleased that Dr. Mullins will be leading our quality improvement and practice advancement efforts,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, executive vice president and CEO of the AAFP. “She brings a valuable knowledge of the issues of greatest importance to family physicians as they care for their patients. She has a proven record of advocating for patient-centered care on behalf of primary care physicians and the patients they serve.”

A native of Texas, Mullins earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Abilene Christian University and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 115,900 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.


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