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Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients

...Taking Care of Disadvantaged Patients Commentary by PATRICIA CZAPP, MD, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Maryland Case scenarios are writ- ten to express typical situations that family physicians may encounter; authors remain anony- mous. Send scenarios to

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Frontotemporal Dementia: A Review for Primary Care Physicians

...Frontotemporal Dementia: A Review for Primary Care Physicians ROBERTO CARDARELLI, DO, MPH, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas ANDREW KERTESZ, MD, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada JANICE A. KNEBL, DO, University of North Texas...

American Family Physician


The AAFP's EveryONE Project promotes diversity and addresses social determinants of health to advance health equity in all communities. Use this toolkit to improve your patients' health and help them thrive.

AAFP NRN Newsletter


Sponsor Questions

Sponsors can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP's Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Hold an Provider Course

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Provider Course in your area.

USPSTF Takes First Step to Address Opioid Use Disorder

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently posted a draft research plan on preventing opioid use disorder that includes a focus on interventions to prevent initiation or minimize use of opioids, inviting public comment until Jan. 16.

Coding Changes for Family Medicine in 2018

...COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT AND CARE PLAN SERVICES A new CPT code enables payment for the in-depth assessment and care planning that is often needed for patients who are suffering from cognitive decline. Code 99483, Assessment of and care planning for a patient with cognitive...

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NY Physicians, Health Officials Create EVALI Assessment Tool

A diverse group of medical professionals and public health officials, including a team of physicians at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., recently created a vaping-related lung illness assessment tool.

AAFP Performance Improvement CME

View all AAFP Continuing Medical Education on performance Improvement and earn CME credit.

People in the News/Awards -- November/December

AAFP members frequently receive various honors or are named to leadership positions. During the past two months, a pair of Academy members were so recognized.

CME By Topic | AAFP

Search for AAFP CME activities by specific topic.

The New Model of Family Medicine: What’s In It for You -- Family Practice Management

...Team-based, proactive care supported by effective office systems, technology and a culture of improvement will help your patients and your bottom line. Dr. Bagley is the AAFP’s medical director of quality improvement. He was formerly in private practice for more than 25 years in...

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AAFP Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 28, 2020

...program for all beneficiaries-and in improving access to high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated care. We deeply appreciate your efforts to support family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these...


Tools for Better Dementia Care

...Tools for Better Dementia Care Quality measures and clinical tools can bring focus and clarity to caring for patients with cognitive impairment and supporting their caregivers. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Dr. Unwin is a practicing geriatrician and a professor of family and community...

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When Physician Family Members Are Involved in Patients’ Care

March 1, 2016 Curbside Consultation

American Family Physician

Recommended Curriculum Guideleines for Family Medicine Residents: Physician Leadership ...

The AAFP provides recommended curriculum guidelines for family medicine residents as it relates to physician leadership in the patient-centered medical home. AAFP Reprint No. 268.

Med School and Residency


...published in the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers estimated the number of hours a primary care physician would have to work each day to provide recommended chronic disease care to an average panel of 2,500 patients.1 Looking at the 10 most common diseases only, they found that...

Family Practice Management

AAFP Letter to FMCSA on Diabetic Commercial Drivers - Oxtober 19, 2016

...applicants to be examined by their primary care physician rather than require examination by an endocrinologist. Accordingly, the AAFP applauds the FMCSA, and we fully support the Medical Review Board’s recommendation to allow primary care physicians to complete forms needed by...


fpm20110500p27.pdf is a team sport that requires a clear game plan. AN ORGANIZED APPROACH TO CHRONIC DISEASE CARE ROBERT K. LYON, MD, AND JAMES G. SLAWSON, MD S T U A R T B R A D F O R D A s primary care physicians, we spend the majority of our time caring...

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...Delivering patient-centered care using a team-based approach can require significant changes in how work is distributed - changes that may meet resistance, create anxiety, and necessitate developing new levels of trust and communication among physicians and staff. Our practice, a family...

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The EveryONE Project Unveils Social Determinants of Health Tools

The AAFP, as part of its initiative The EveryONE Project, has launched an initial screening toolkit to help physicians identify and respond to social determinants of health that affect their patients.

Addressing Behavioral Health Issues During the COVID-19 Series | AAFP

Help your patients struggling with mental health concerns intensified by COVID-19. This free AAFP CME focuses on depression, anxiety, and ADHD.

Course Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the AAFP's Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO).

Hold an Instructor Course

Learn how to offer an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) Instructor Course in your area.

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities

Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J.

Study Examines Certain Physicians' Readiness to Treat OUD

According to a study published in the August/September issue of Annals of Family Medicine, few early-career family physicians report being adequately trained to provide buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder, and even fewer say they provide it in their practices.

The EveryONE Project Builds on Successful Year for 2019

The EveryONE Project from the AAFP had a busy 2018 creating a comprehensive toolkit and other resources family physicians can use to address social determinants of health in their practices and communities throughout 2019 and beyond.

WPSI Recommends Screening Women for Anxiety

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a draft recommendation on screening for anxiety in women. Public comment is invited through May 1.

Survey Reveals Common Misconceptions About Flu, Vaccination

Millennials and African Americans are more likely than other groups to skip their annual flu vaccines, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the AAFP.

What Influences Scope of Practice for Rural FPs?

A new study published in Family Medicine attempts to answer questions surrounding the decision to practice family medicine in rural areas and the factors that cause some rural FPs to limit their scope of practice.

RPS Consultants to Help Your Residency Program Excel

Customized graduate medical education consultation services backed by the AAFP and delivered by a team of residency experts.

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

AAFP’s HealthLandscape Awarded $7 Million, 5-Year HRSA Contract Extension for UDS Mapper

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying

Family Physicians Help Patients and Families Confront Bullying


Created specifically for family medicine teams, AAFP TIPS provides intuitive, ready-to-use tools and training in multiple formats that foster both individual and group learning.

Practice Improvement Checklists

...The following foundational concepts are central to any high-functioning primary care practice. CHECKLIST Staffing  Develop physician leadership skills.  Define staff member roles and job descriptions.  Allow patients to select their personal physician(s). Financial Management ...

Practice Management

General -- FPM

...Patients and physicians agree: not enough time for care If you don’t feel you’re spending enough time with your patients during appointments to provide the best care, it’s likely your patients agree with you. [Read More] Posted at 05:00PM Oct 06, 2017 by David Twiddy |...

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid : FPM Home

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...Preventive care November/December 2014 Issue SHOTS 2014 [SPPACES: App Reviews] SHOTS 2014 enables health care professionals to review immunization schedules and readily answer vaccine questions at the point of care. July/August 2014 Issue Offering Oral Health Services...

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Screenin for Sexually Transmitted Infections - Practice Manual

...Family physicians and other primary care providers are in an ideal position to help address the low- screening rates for STIs and aid in early detection of these diseases, thereby preventing transmission and future complications for patients who are affected. In the 2019 AAFP...

Patient Care

Guide to social needs screening

...a person’s: • Access to medical care • Access to nutritious foods • Access to clean water and functioning utilities (e.g., electricity, sanitation, heating, and cooling) • Early childhood social and physical environment, including child care • Education and health literacy •...

Patient Care

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). We offer the following recommendations to continue to strengthen primary care for Medicare beneficiaries, to enable more physicians to participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPMs), and to further...


AAFP News Now

...physician-led, team-based care within the VA system. Furthermore, local facilities would be prohib- ited from providing physician-led, team-based care. The organizations acknowledged the nation’s shortage of physicians and nurses amid a growing demand for primary care, but pointed...

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International Efforts to Reduce Disparities

...Primary Care Means Checking More than Blood Pressure. Learning Objectives After participating in this learning module, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe the critical role of primary care in global health. 2. Provide examples of approaches to patient-centered care...

Patient Care

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

HealthLandscape Introduces Population Health Profiler

HealthLandscape, an innovation the AAFP acquired in 2014, has released its new Community Vital Signs Population Health Profiler, a free tool that could be incredibly helpful for family physicians.

Researchers Test EHR Tools That Document Social Determinants

New research published in Annals of Family Medicine analyzes use of an electronic health record-based tool for documenting social determinants of health in three community health centers.

Spring 2019


afp20130315p400.pdf care for Medi- care beneficiaries. The bill would leave 2013 Medicare payment levels in place through 2014, and then provide annual updates of 0.5 percent for physician services for the next four years. It also includes a 2.5 percent increase in payments for primary care...

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...conditions.2 The time their physicians need to effectively address chronic conditions, provide recommended preven- tive health care, and treat acute problems far exceeds the number of hours available in a physician’s day.3,4 Although medications for chronic illnesses play a major...

Family Practice Management

Strolling Through the Match

Free Match guidebook for getting into family medicine residency

Med School and Residency


...ownership and autonomy with your care team In the past, the physician was directing or providing nearly all the care for the patient. More recently, the primary care physician directs a more diverse care team working at the top of their training to care for a population of patients....

Family Practice Management


...Redesigning Your Work Space to Support Team-Based Care rimary care physicians face an overwhelming volume of work. According to one estimate, man- aging patients’ direct patient care, chronic care, and preventive care needs in the current system would require 21.7 hours per...

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AAFP Comments to DEA on MAT Interim Final Rule - December 23, 2020

AAFP comments on the DEA Medication-Assisted treatment interim final rule.


How to Excel at Access-and Why It Matters

...How to Excel at Access - and Why It Matters Patients do better and cost less when they have ready access to primary care, but could your practice be thinking about access all wrong? ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. Mills is medical director of Ascension Medical Group - St. John Clinic in...

Family Practice Management

Opinion: Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress

...a deep sense of altruism and proven resilience. Our health care system, on the other hand, is broken: It is configured around and constrained by warped financial incentives, which often conflict with patient-centric values.5 It is hampered by many areas of inefficiency. In the...

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Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents: Leadership, AAFP ...


Med School and Residency


...and expanding the role of primary care in the nation’s Medicare system. Dr. Stream outlined several recommen- dations, including the creation of a new category of evalu- ation and management codes to reflect the complexity of primary care visits, and incentives to encourage adop-...

American Family Physician

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2018 Proposed Quality Payment Program Regulation

...Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the June 30, 2017, Federal Register. Family medicine plays a critical role in delivering care to patients in communities across the country. Family physicians are the most visited specialty-especially in underserved areas. Family...


AAFP Letter to TN House Health Committee on Doctor of Medical Science Legislation - ..., to practice primary care with limited physician supervision. The AAFP strongly opposes this unprecedented proposal to create a new provider designation, offered by a single academic institution, that would undermine physician-led team-based care models as well as jeopardize...


2013 Practice Enhancement Report

...Gender Disparities in Family Physician 9 Salaries (pp. 1-2). 10 11 Item 3: Not Adopt Resolution No. 5003 Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (p. 2). 12 13 Item 4: Adopt Substitute Resolution No. 5004 Clarification of Medical Benefits in lieu of 14 Resolution No. 5004 (pp. 3). 15...


Joint Letter to HHS on Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors ...

...adopted team-based approach to health care. Scope of practice of health care professionals should be based on standardized, adequate training and demonstrated competence in patient care, not politics. While all health care professionals share an important role in providing care to...


AAFP Letter to the President on the "Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation's...

...Our Nation’s Seniors - that you issued on October 3, 2019. The AAFP appreciates the Administration’s continued efforts to improve our health care system and we look forward to working with White House staff and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on many of the proposed...


Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents Risk Management and ...

Risk Management and Medical Liability

Med School and Residency

AAFP Letter to CMS on E/M Documentation Requirements - April 23, 2018

...Services. The AAFP wholeheartedly maintains that the CMS E/M documentation guidelines, established 20 years ago, do little to support patient care or improve quality. They are most commonly used to justify billing levels (e.g. level 3, 4, or 5) rather than help physicians diagnose,...


Fall 2018



...Will team-based care be our salvation? Do you sometimes feel inadequate? Time pressured? Are you overwhelmed by all the care recommen-dations you are expected to meet? In 2003, Yarnall et al. from Duke University’s Depart- ment of Community and Family Medicine published an...

Family Practice Management

AAFP News: AFP Edition

...demand, according to researchers at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Fam- ily Medicine and Primary Care. They have estimated the shortage of primary care physicians will reach 33,000 by 2035. U.S. seniors accounted for 1,481 (48%) of the fam- ily medicine positions...

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...Underutilization of Team-Based Care Linked to Burnout in Primary Care Physicians The challenges that come with undergoing significant prac- tice change, such as transitioning to a team-based model of care, may have unintentionally created new stresses for primary care physicians,...

American Family Physician

Risk Stratification: A Two-Step Process for Identifying Your Sickest Patients

...provide immunizations to our most vulnerable patients quickly. But how could we find them out of the thou- sands who regularly look to us for care? Earlier in the year, through a process known as risk stratification, we had evaluated our entire patient panel and assigned a risk...

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Two Habits of a Healthy Team: Managing Conflict and Practicing Gratitude

...Strategies for Personal Health and a Culture of Wellness, and has been recognized as a leader in wellness, education, research, and clinical care. Her recent awards include the 2019 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Humanism Award and the 2019 Family Medicine Education...

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AAFP Letter to CMS in Response to MyHealthEData Initiative - March 14, 2018

...that data security is of the utmost importance. To achieve improved, secure patient access, actual interoperability of electronic health care records is first required, something practicing physicians were promised when they purchased and updated their systems to Certified...


AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020 accessible during the public health emergency (PHE) period to achieve the many critical aims, we also look forward to working with the agency further to support the appropriate expansion of telehealth and access to care with a patient's family physician and usual source of care...


Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents: Human Behavior and ...

In this document, the AAFP provides recommended guidelines for family medicine residents as it relates to human behavior and mental health. AAFP Reprint No. 270

Med School and Residency

It’s Not Hard to Be Humble: The Role of Humility in Leadership

...arro-gant leaders who have soured company culture and driven valuable employees to underperform or leave. In health care, the ongoing evolution toward team-based care and quality measure- ment calls for leaders who can attract and inspire followers, but a big, self-confident...

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AAFP Response to CMS on Administrative Burdens - August 7, 2019

...2019, Federal Register. Family physician practices continue to be deeply overburdened by administrative functions at the point of care and after patient care hours. We appreciate the agency’s continued focus on this important issue and for the provisions included in the 2020...



...led to a new set of buzz words - accountable care, value-based care, and shared savings, to name just a few. Although the lingo is new, the goal has remained the same for the past 20 years: to find a way to integrate our fragmented health care system. One of the leading ideas...

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...Even if a practice offers excellent care at an afford-able price, it can always do better. That was the thinking five years ago at Terry Reilly Health Services when the system’s leadership wondered if being the cheap, easily available health care option to the area’s needy patients...

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AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

Background information on nurse practitioner scope from the AAFP.


Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science Agenda and Resolutions

...1. Resolution No. 3001 Person-first Language in AAFP Materials 2. Resolution No. 3002 Improving Access to Care for Homebound Patients 3. Resolution No. 3003 Front of Label Packaging to Improve Diet Choices among those with Low Health Literacy 4. Resolution No. 3004 Abolish...


fpm20140300p10.pdf, generate additional net revenue, and prepare your practice for the future. Adding HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALISTS to Your Practice M. Lee Chambliss, MD, MSPH, Suzanne N. Lineberry, MPH, MCHES, CHC, William M. Evans, MPH, MCHES, CHC, and Daniel L. Bibeau, PhD, CHC P...

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Panel Size Is Just a Number: A Rubric for Opening and Closing Panels redesign. If we could cap our panels at just the right number, we would provide better care for our patients and have more joy in our work, or so the conventional wisdom goes. But in leading the empanelment effort in our health care system of more than 20 sites and 130 primary...

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AAFP News: AFP Edition

...learning activity type. Blended CME offers a hybrid of current educational activities: live, enduring materials, medical journals, point-of-care, and perfor- mance improvement. The blended learning activity type was piloted for six months by a handful of AAFP mem- ber physicians,...

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News Now

...Graduate medical education in the United States needs an overhaul if it is to keep up with an aging population and a rapidly changing health care system, according to a report from the Council on Graduate Medical Edu- cation (COGME). In the report, Improving Value in Graduate...

American Family Physician

Joint Letter from Physician Groups Opposing Medicare Mental Health Access Act - ...

...Dear Committee Leaders: The undersigned medical professional organizations write to you with an urgent request that impacts the quality of care that our nation’s patients receive. H.R. 884 / S. 2772, the Medicare Mental Health Access Act, would change the definition of physician...


The EveryONE Project

...• Implicit Bias • Institutional Racism • Medically Underserved • Social Determinants of Health • Criminalization of the Provision of Medical Care to Undocumented Individuals The AAFP is always updating their list of ways to address the social determinants of health in the...

Patient Care

Board Report H - Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

...Background (1) The 2018 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates (COD) adopted two resolutions related to maternity care as follows: • Resolution No. 408 - Support Measures to Decrease Maternal Mortality in the United States which states: RESOLVED, That...

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Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents

Family physicians should work toward creating cultures of well-being in their own lives, in their practice settings, and in their training programs.

Med School and Residency

AAFP News: AFP Edition

...of acquiring physi- cian practices are pushing for the date to be extended. Patients should not be burdened with higher costs for similar care because a hospital acquired their physician’s practice on Nov. 1 instead of Nov. 2, the letter states. For more information, go to...

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...Practices, the differences in coverage rates can be attributed to several factors, includ- ing cost, adult patient beliefs, and fragmented care. For more information, visit health-of-the-public/20120215adultvaccs.html. RAND Report Identifies...

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Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer:...

...risk for CRC (for example, persons with a family or personal history of CRC or famil- ial adenomatous polyposis)6 should consult their health care provider. ▲ See related Putting Prevention into Practice on page 661. As published by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force....

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...Setting a goal, identifying the right patients, and implementing team care can help bring hypertension under control. Improving Blood Pressure Control With Strategic Workflows Arnold E. Cuenca, DO, CAQSM, FAAFP The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports...

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AAFP Letter Responsing to CMS RFI on Direct Provider Contracting - May 25, 2018

...strengthening primary care for beneficiaries and bringing greater value to beneficiaries and the healthcare system. Following passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the AAFP began designing a multi-payer, advanced primary care alternative...


AAFP Letter for the Senate Finance Committee RFI on Maternal Health - April 3, 2020

...United States Currently, the United States’ maternal mortality rate (MMR) is alarmingly high and reveals existing faults within the health care system. During a time when maternal outcomes were improving for women in most developed countries, the U.S. MMR is worsening. In fact, the...



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FPM-Media-Kit-2020.pdf care er. Fam ily P rac tice Ma nag em ent | A pee r-re view ed j our nal SPE CIA L S UP PLE ME NT AD OLE SCE NT IMM UN IZA TIO NS 9 IMP RO VIN G P ATI EN T C AR E How to I den tify , Und erst...

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What Can a Scribe Do for You?

...University of Colorado Health System. Mary McDaniel is a clinical nurse educator for ambulatory services with oversight over seven primary care practices; the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR); Lone Tree Medical Center; and Boulder Health Center. Dr....

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...Primary Care Groups Release Joint ACO Principles, AMA Adopts Related Principles In response to language in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that encourages physicians to orga- nize as accountable care organizations (ACOs), the nation’s top primary care medical...

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AAFP Letter to CMS and ONC with Administrative Simplification Requests - February 7, 2018

...subsequent February 22, 2018, meeting on this important subject. The AAFP maintains that the current regulatory framework with which primary care physicians must comply is daunting and often demoralizing. Standardization is not required among public or private payers, and many...



...In 2008, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania began a statewide chronic care initiative to adopt the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The initial target disease was diabetes. Our research team, comprising experts in medicine, communication, social work, and practice facilitation,...

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