A recent snapshot survey of AAFP member physicians finds that patients are seeking more health care services, and patient encounters are becoming more complex.
Office-based visits to primary care physicians for diabetes and other chronic conditions have become increasingly complex. Newly published research by the Robert Graham Center makes the case that, as U.S. legislation moves health care payment toward paying for value and population health, visit complexity should be taken into consideration. Note: This research has not yet appeared in the print edition of Primary Care Diabetes. This PDF provides an advance preview without the need for a paid, online subscription.
Infographic: Family Medicine: Answering the Call
This infographic highlights the findings of the AAFP member snapshot survey. With an uptick in patients seeking comprehensive care, family physicians are uniquely equipped to meet the challenge.
Altarum Institute Graph: Example Distribution of Visits Across Physician Specialty for each Diagnostic Category: Patients Aged 45 to 64
According to 2006-2008 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data analyzed by the Altarum Institute, family physicians often treat a larger percentage of complex conditions than many subspecialists--most notably circulatory, endocrine and respiratory disorders.