FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 10, 2007
Employers of 50 Million, Physician Groups of 330,000 Form Patient-Centered Primary Care CollaborativeContact: Leslie Champlin(800) 274-2237, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgLEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) joined other national primary care physician groups and corporate employers today to announce the formation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). The Collaborative brings together physicians, employers and consumers to encourage reform of America’s health care system based on a model of care called the patient-centered medical home. This model would transform how primary care is organized and financed to provide better outcomes to patients; more appropriate payment to physicians; and better value, accountability and transparency to purchasers and consumers.“In a health care environment where there is a growing unease among patients and employers alike about the rising costs and declining quality of health care, America’s family physicians believe every patient should have a personal medical home – a trusted source of primary care,” said Rick Kellerman, M.D., President of the AAFP.The patient-centered medical home model promises value not only to patients but to the health care system as a whole. Unlike the current system, which rewards high-volume, over-specialized and inefficient care, the patient-centered medical home is based on the premise that the best health care has a strong primary care foundation and strives for quality and efficiency. Most importantly, it returns the focus back to the patient and is built by an ongoing relationship between a patient and his or her personal physician. The patient-centered medical home model is based on research that shows the best care is not episodic and illness-oriented – it is patient-centered, physician-guided, ongoing and cost-efficient. The views of the Collaborative were revealed in a joint statement submitted for the record at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health today on reform of Medicare physician payments. At the same hearing, Kellerman said in testimony, “It is time to stabilize and modernize Medicare by recognizing the importance of, and appropriately valuing, primary care and by embracing the patient-centered medical home model as an integral part of the Medicare program.”In a patient-centered medical home:
Through May 8, members included: Physicians: the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association, collectively representing 330,000 physicians and medical students that deliver primary care services nationwide; Other Health Care Organizations: the National Association of Community Health Centers, representing more than 1,000 Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve 16 million people in medically underserved communities through 5,000 sites; Business: The ERISA Industry Committee, Exelon Corp, General Motors, IBM, National Business Group on Health, Walgreens Strategic Health Initiatives, and Wyeth, representing companies that employ over 50 million Americans, and the HR Policy Association, representing the vice presidents of human resources of major American companies. Several major consumer and patient advocacy groups, and additional employer and physician groups, are expected to join the Collaborative in the near future.
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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.
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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May 10, 2007