AAFP Joins Health Care Transformation Task Force

Alliance of Private Sector Leaders Spearheading Adoption of Value-Based Payment Models

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has joined 34 leading health care providers, insurance companies, patient organizations, and academic and policy leaders that comprise the Health Care Transformation Task Force.

The task force is an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts that can pave the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system. By developing and disseminating strategy, operational and policy recommendations, it seeks to spark rapid, measurable change across the health care landscape. Its members are committed to having 75 percent of their respective businesses operating under value-based payment arrangements by 2020.

“We welcome the American Academy of Family Physicians as an important member of the task force’s work,” said Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, chair of the task force and the chief executive officer and president of Trinity Health. “As primary care providers, family physicians are part of the foundation of a value-based, efficient and high-quality health care system. AAFP has been at the forefront in developing new care models intended to deliver better health, better care and lower costs. We are thrilled to have them now supporting our commitment to accelerating system transformation. We value the expertise and commitment the AAFP brings to our effort.”

As the national organization representing the largest primary care physician specialty, the AAFP is positioned to advance the task force’s goals to bring value-based care to patients of all ages and settings. Because family physicians have expertise in all organ systems and diseases in patients of all ages, they are the key to ensuring high quality, comprehensive and coordinated care within the system. Moreover, family medicine has been a leader in advocating and adopting transformative, team-based practice designs that focus on ensuring seamless transitions among the providers.

“We’re pleased to be a part of the Health Care Transformation Task Force,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the AAFP. “We share their vision and goals as we move toward a system that focuses on patients’ needs, enhances quality, controls costs, and at the same time addresses the need for alternative payment models which will pay differently and better for the work of family medicine and primary care. It is the collective effort that this task force brings to meeting this goal that will help ensure success.”  

 

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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.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) 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).