Family Medicine for America's Health Revamps Website

September 27, 2017 11:55 am Chris Crawford

Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) has redesigned and relaunched its website(fmahealth.org). Now, visitors can learn more about the work of the initiative's strategy implementation teams and access new tools that are intended to transform family medicine.

[Family Medicine for America's Health website screen shot]

"We are excited to launch this new resource for family medicine," FMAHealth Board Chair Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of La Quinta, Calif., told AAFP News. "This is the place where family physicians and family medicine organizations can have access to the details of our work -- and the tools we are developing -- to facilitate the transformation of our specialty. We also hope this will complement our efforts to collaborate with other stakeholders across the broader health care system."

FMAHealth represents a collaboration among eight family medicine organizations, including the AAFP, that was created to transform family medicine to meet the health care needs of Americans by furthering the evolution of the patient-centered medical home, advancing the use of technology, ensuring a strong primary care workforce and shifting to comprehensive primary care payment.

Story highlights
  • Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) has redesigned its website to include new information on its strategy implementation teams and recently launched tools.
  • The revamped website now highlights the work of FMAHealth's seven tactic teams, including information on each's goals, members, projects and related resources.
  • FMAHealth has developed several practical resources that family physicians can use in their practices.

Tactic Teams

To support FMAHealth's strategy and implement its plan, the group organized volunteers into seven tactic teams: practice; payment; workforce education and development; health equity; technology; research; and engagement. The redesigned website now highlights the work of these teams and provides information on each team's goals, members, projects and related resources.

Each tactic team serves a distinct purpose:

  • Engagement -- Engage all primary care stakeholders to speak with one powerful voice about the value of primary care;
  • Health Equity -- Work together to reduce health disparities and increase the social accountability of primary care organizations across the United States;
  • Practice -- Prepare for a future in which primary care teams provide comprehensive practice for comprehensive payment and strengthen joy in practice for all;
  • Payment -- Move primary care away from fee-for-service reimbursement to comprehensive primary care payment;
  • Research -- Galvanize the research community to demonstrate primary care's ability to achieve the quadruple aim of higher quality, lower cost, improved community health and joy in practice;
  • Technology -- Put health IT to work to solve problems facing primary care physicians and their practice teams; and
  • Workforce -- Attract students to enter family medicine and strengthen support systems to sustain practicing physicians' passion for the specialty.

The Technology Team, which is focused on "curation of an innovation community," was featured in FMAHealth's September update(fmahealth.org).

"The team will be hosting two events this fall to highlight new innovations and help family physicians take their ideas for IT solutions to the next level," the update noted. "Building on last year's Health Innovation Roundtable, the team seeks to use these platforms to show where technology can be useful in the areas of population health management, patient and community engagement, and moving technology from functioning as a barrier to care to becoming a solution in providing high quality care."

The Technology Team also will host an interactive session during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine's Conference on Practice Improvement(www.stfm.org) in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 30-Dec. 3, which aims to help family physicians develop their own ideas to create the next generation of technical solutions in health care.

FMAHealth Resources

FMAHealth has developed several practical resources that family physicians can use in their practices.

For example, the group's Payment Team developed a Comprehensive Primary Care Payment Calculator(fmahealth.wpengine.com) to help practices, employers and payers explore options for developing medical home payment frameworks and/or replacing existing capitation and fee-for-service contracts. This tool was designed to create specific examples for both practices and payers to better understand how a comprehensive primary care payment might be implemented.

In addition, FMAHealth's Engagement Team, in collaboration with the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, developed and recently released the Shared Principles of Primary Care(fmahealth.wpengine.com), which were designed to "move the United States toward a vibrant future of person-centered, team-based, community-aligned primary care that will help achieve the goals of better health, better care and lower costs." As of Sept. 10, more than 200 organizations had signed on to the Shared Principles of Primary Care.

Finally, the collaboration's Technology Team created and published a "Vision for a Principled Redesign of Health Information Technology,"(fmahealth.wpengine.com) with the goal of closing existing gaps in current health IT within the next 10 years.

According to the FMAHealth website, "This statement envisions a future where technology makes it easy for individuals and their health care professionals to have a comprehensive view of all aspects of their health (individual, community and environmental) and to use this information in developing and executing personalized care plans."

Related AAFP News Coverage
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
New 'Shared Principles' Lay Out Vision of Primary Care
(8/30/2017)

2017 National Conference
Panelists Urge Future Family Docs to Transform Health Care

(7/31/2017)

Additional Resource
Annals of Family Medicine: Vision for a Principled Redesign of Health Information Technology(www.annfammed.org)
(May/June 2017)