AAFP Welcomes New Medical Editor for Family Practice Management

Kenneth Adler, MD, brings wealth of experience to role

Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2013

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth G. Adler, MD, MMM, to the Family Practice Management staff as its new medical editor.

The medical editor makes final acceptance decisions for all manuscripts that enter FPM’s peer review process, manages the FPM Editorial Advisory Board and directs its activities, and develops the FPM content plan in collaboration with the editorial staff.

“I’m excited and honored to join the Family Practice Management team in the position of medical editor,” Adler said. “In my opinion, FPM is a unique medical journal. Historically it has offered its readers nuts and bolts advice on how to manage a practice, along with innovative ideas about how to provide more effective and efficient care for patients.”

Adler has contributed to Family Practice Management for many years, as an author of articles about electronic health records and other health information technology, a peer reviewer, and more recently a member of the FPM Editorial Advisory Board.

Adler is a family physician who sees patients full-time at a four-provider office in Tucson, Ariz., where he is also the President of Arizona Community Physicians, a 126-physician medical group, and additionally serves as its medical director for information technology.

The group, which includes 126 physicians at more than 50 sites, combines elements of solo and small group private practice with elements of a large physician organization. The doctors own their equipment and own or rent their buildings, yet they are also shareholders in the group and jointly own two imaging centers and a lab.

By leading his practice’s patient-centered medical home transformation, it has twice achieved NCQA recognition as a level-3 PCMH.

Adler hopes to use his breadth of knowledge and experience to develop content that helps family physicians build more rewarding practices and improve patient care.

“From my perspective, FPM should help its readers in three ways: to help family physicians provide safer, more effective, efficient, and service-oriented patient care; to help family physicians maximize revenue while reducing costs; and to help family physicians with work satisfaction by informing readers on skills like life-work balance, delegation, teamwork, and prioritization,” Adler said.

Adler serves as a peer reviewer for eight medical journals, has been published in numerous medical journals, and has authored several book chapters.

Adler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and additionally earned a Master of Medical Management at Tulane University. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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