November 30, 2013 12:13 pm — Can a small, mostly rural, family medicine-based accountable care organization provide high-quality, coordinated care for its Medicare patients while also saving Medicare money? Nine independent family medicine practices in Nebraska are betting that the answer is yes.Full Story »
Although AAFP News Now regularly covers developments that affect family physicians on the national level, many of those developments originate in the various AAFP constituent chapters. The Chapter Spotlight series is designed as an opportunity to look at chapters, their members and the innovative ideas being promulgated at the chapter level. Many chapters, their members and their communities struggle with the same problems, and this series allows these stories to be told so other AAFP members can learn from their lessons.
Recent Chapter Spotlight Stories
10/31/2013 — What do family physicians do when the 1 million plus citizens of their state -- celebrated for its wide open spaces -- are starved for the kind of comprehensive health care that only family physicians can provide? In Montana, a group of energetic and like-minded health care professionals rolled up their sleeves and created, from scratch, the Family Medicine Residency Program of Western Montana.
09/25/2013 — Many largely rural states have difficulty ensuring mental health services are available for all their citizens, leaving family physicians in these states to step in to fill the mental health care gap created by the lack of small-town mental health professionals. Maine is one of those rural states, but by partnering with the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, the Maine Academy of Family Physicians is able to offer its members some help.
08/30/2013 — Family physicians in Maryland practice and work in various settings and capacities, using their skills and expertise to deliver and improve health care for thousands of patients throughout the state. This diversity is one of the Maryland AFP's (MDAFP's) greatest attributes, enabling family physicians to forge alliances and common bonds across various agencies, commissions and practice modalities, thereby strengthening the chapter's commitment to public health and advocacy.
More Chapter Spotlight News
- 07/30/2013 — Communication Efforts Pay Off in Show-Me State
- 06/28/2013 — Florida AFP Diabetes Program Uses Registry, Team Approach to Enhance Care
- 05/31/2013 — New Hampshire AFP Encourages Interest in Family Medicine
- 04/29/2013 — Idaho Program Lures Many to Rural Medicine
- 03/29/2013 — Connecticut AFP Members Focus on Humanitarian Outreach
- 02/27/2013 — Iowa AFP Works to Ensure Continued Supply of Primary Care Docs
- 01/30/2013 — Evidence-based CME Saves Arizona Chapter's Annual Meeting
- 12/31/2012 — NJAFP Transforming State's Practice Environment
- 11/30/2012 — Virginia Academy Finds Middle Ground With NPs
- 10/31/2012 — North Carolina AFP Casts Wide Net for Medical Students
- 10/01/2012 — Ohio Chapter Helps Launch PCMH Education Program