AAFP Applauds Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

 “HHS Sec. Burwell’s announcement of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative marks important progress in reforming American health care into a system that provides patient-focused, efficient and high quality care. Meeting that goal requires a long-term commitment, and this $840 million, four-year investment demonstrates that commitment.

“This initiative aligns with the American Academy of Family Physicians’ long-standing advocacy for health care reform and with the launch of Family Medicine for America’s Health. 

“Primary care physicians are the foundation for high-quality, efficient health care. For more than a decade, the AAFP has supported practice transformation. We have advocated a national policy that enables family physicians to coordinate patient care, focus on quality rather than the quantity of services, end fragmentation, and reduce unnecessary tests, procedures and institutional care. And as progress moves in that direction, we have worked with our members as they build their practices into patient-centered medical homes.

“Research has shown that the patient-centered medical home and other advanced primary care models improve patient experiences, patient outcomes and efficiency.

“We commend the Department of Health and Human Services for establishing the Clinical Practice Initiative and we applaud Sec. Burwell’s continued support of primary care physicians as they lead the way toward ensuring Americans have the highest quality health care.”


Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.


Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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