• Family Medicine for America's Health to Launch at Assembly

    I am extremely excited that the launch of Family Medicine for America's Health is less than two months away; the official rollout will occur in October in Washington, D.C., at the 2014 AAFP Assembly. As president-elect of the AAFP, I want to personally invite you to be there for this big event. This is truly history in the making, placing family medicine at the center of health care delivery in our nation.

    For those of you who are unable to attend the Assembly in person, stay tuned, because we are working on a plan to deliver this event to you through digital channels.

    Here is our latest update on this important project.

    Family Medicine for America's Health
    Organizational Update No. 8
    September 2014

    The goal of the Family Medicine for America's Health initiative is to meet the needs of the American public by achieving the triple aim of better care, better outcomes and lower costs. This initiative includes two integrated elements: a communications program aimed at consumers, policymakers, payers and the medical community and a strategic plan that will focus on addressing key issues facing the specialty of family medicine. I will unveil the communications program at the first Assembly general session on Oct. 22.

     Family medicine's strategic direction is composed of seven statements. Working together with its health care colleagues and other engaged stakeholders, family medicine aims to achieve the following:

    • Show the value and benefits of primary care.
    • Ensure every person has a personal relationship with a trusted family physician or other primary care health professional in the context of a medical home.
    • Increase the value of primary care.
    • Reduce health care disparities.Lead the continued evolution of the patient-centered medical home.
    • Lead the continued evolution of the patient-centered medical home.
    • Ensure a well-trained primary care workforce.
    • Improve payment for primary care by moving away from fee-for-service and toward comprehensive primary care payment.

    The strategic plan is focused on six key implementation areas: practice, payment, workforce education and development, technology, research, and engagement. We are in the process of developing teams that will focus on tactics in each of these six areas. These teams will rely on support and input from a broad network of expertise in family medicine and beyond. Please be on the lookout for ways you can get involved.   

    We strongly welcome and encourage your input on this process. We are developing a calendar of events where you can hear directly from, and share your views with, Family Medicine for America's Health leadership about this initiative. We will work to ensure you have a wide variety of in-person and virtual opportunities for engagement. Look for a calendar of events in the next update. We are also in the process of building a website -- FMAHealth.org -- to keep you fully informed on the progress of this effort.

    As a reminder, the list below shows the members of the Family Medicine for America’s Health Board of Directors and the organization or other affiliation each represents. We are still working to identify a patient advocate to join the team and expect to have that vacancy filled in time for the launch.

    Representative and Organization/Affiliation

    • Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., Chair, AAFP
    • Michael Tuggy, M.D., Vice Chair, Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
    • Paul Martin, D.O., Secretary and Treasurer, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    • Jen Brull, M.D., represents full-scope, full-time practicing family physicians
    • Thomas Campbell, M.D., Association of Departments of Family Medicine
    • Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., North American Primary Care Research Group
    • Lauren Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., represents family physicians early in their careers
    • Vincent Keenan, C.A.E., represents AAFP chapter executives
    • Jerry Kruse, M.D., M.S.P.H., Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
    • Robert Phillips Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H., American Board of Family Medicine
    • Jane Weida, M.D., AAFP Foundation
    • TBD - patient advocate

    Additional background and earlier updates on this project are available online

    Robert Wergin, M.D., is president-elect of the AAFP.


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