2014: The Year in Review

2014 brought a host of changes for family physicians, their practices and their patients. For starters, health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect for millions of previously uninsured individuals. That served to (again) highlight the increasing need for primary care physicians -- in particular, family physicians -- to provide the diverse services those patients require where and when they need them.

Identifying the right candidates and then working to ensure that they receive the right training in the right setting are key to building a healthy family physician workforce, as are giving these physicians the practice tools they need to succeed and properly valuing the comprehensive care they provide. These are just some of the goals the AAFP worked to achieve in 2014.

Take a look at the video and AAFP News stories below to learn more about those efforts and catch a glimpse of what's to come.

2014: Year in Review

Health is Primary Launch Heralds New Era for Family Medicine

January 07, 2015 09:51 pm — In what was arguably one of last year's biggest developments, attendees at the 2014 AAFP Assembly got a first glimpse of a three-year communications campaign -- dubbed Health is Primary -- being launched by the AAFP and its seven family medicine sister organizations.

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More Year in Review Stories

01/07/2015 — When it came to education and training issues important to family medicine in 2014, rising Match numbers and progress on workforce and graduate medical education reform were among the highlights.

01/06/2015 — Advocacy issues the AAFP tackled on members' behalf in 2014 ranged from physician payment to ensuring veterans receive timely and appropriate primary care.

01/05/2015 — In one form or another, family medicine played a major role in 2014's top medical stories, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recommended immunization changes.

01/05/2015 — 2014 marked a year of progress for America's family physicians as they embraced practice innovations and fought back against cumbersome regulations.