American Academy of Family Physicians Honors Robert E. Nesse, M.D., With Premier Family Physician Executive Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 01, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223
This annual award recognizes an outstanding family physician for his or her role as a physician executive. Candidates for this award are members of the AAFP whose executive skills in health-care organizations have:
- contributed to excellence in the provision of high-quality health care;
- fostered the tenet of family practice; and
- demonstrated how family physicians can have an impact on improving health
Working with Dartmouth Intermountain Health Care and a Pittsburgh hospital coalition, Nesse led a Mayo Clinic team in addressing Medicare payment reform. This team developed and supported the introduction of Senate Bill S.2752, aimed at amending Title XVII of the Social Security Act to provide for the establishment of Medicare demonstration programs to improve healthcare quality.
A founding board member of the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration (ICSI), a collaborative of competing health systems in Minnesota, Nesse has addressed practice efficiencies and innovation, outcome measurements and discontinuities of care across health systems. He has helped shaped the program during the past 10 years and is responsible for the successful implementation of ICSI-developed disease management strategies in Mayo Clinic Family Medicine and across the 64 primary care practices of the Mayo Health System in Minnesota, Wisconsin
Nesse has served in a variety of other leadership positions at Mayo Clinic Rochester, including chair of the Administrative Committee of the Board of Governors, chair of the Managed Care Operations Committee and chair of the Disease Management Coordinating Committee. He has also served as a member of the CEO group of the Minnesota Executive Session for patient safety. Currently, Nesse serves as a member of the board of directors of Mayo Management Services, Inc., Mayo Collaborative Services and the Fransciscan Skemp Health Care System.
Nesse’s leadership career began in 1991 as lead physician for the John Deere Company Primary Care Clinics and Disease Management Strategies Project. The outcome of the project was the development of a concept in disease management strategies to address the control of unexpected variation in health-care delivery and Nesse’s personal commitment to healthcare quality improvement.
# # #
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 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 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 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.