American Academy of Family Physicians Looks to the Future and Redefines TransforMED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Reid Blackwelder, MD
Board Chair
American Academy of Family Physicians

“Since its inception eight years ago, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ wholly-owned subsidiary TransforMED has been at the forefront of the patient-centered medical home movement. It has led the way in transforming how health care is delivered in the United States by helping guide transformation efforts in nearly 700 primary care practices and touching the lives of more than 25 million patients.

“In addition, thorough its involvement in national health care reform pilot projects, such as the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, TransforMED has helped shape important conversations with numerous stakeholders, including physicians, patients, insurance companies, state and local governments and health care thought leaders. As a result, the PCMH model has become widely accepted within our health system by physicians and payers alike.

“TransforMED has achieved national recognition and enjoyed great success. However, the market niche in which it operates has evolved, and future growth opportunities are limited. In the coming weeks, the AAFP will begin to redefine the current focus of TransforMED with an eye toward how the AAFP can best meet its members’ future needs for practice transformation support.

“As part of this process, the AAFP will seek to incorporate and maximize existing TransforMED products and services to help physicians better deliver on the triple aim of better care, better health and lower cost. Any changes will be phased in over time, with the AAFP and TransforMED working together to ensure successful completion of all contracted work, as well as a smooth and strategically focused transition.”


Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Blackwelder, contact Janelle Davis, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5222, or jdavis@aafp.org.



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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited 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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