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'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.

10 Ways to Keep Your Quality Improvement Team Motivated

...Primary care practices have been tasked with reporting an increasing amount of quality data to satisfy requirements for insurance companies, accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition, and various pay-for-performance programs. As a result, it...

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10 Ways to Keep Your Quality Improvement Team Motivated -- FPM

Oct 1, 2018 - Assembling a dedicated QI team is only half the challenge. Here's how to build and sustain their momentum.

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18 Glimpses of Tomorrow -- FPM

Sep 1, 2004 - Introduces Big Ideas issue, suggesting that most of the ideas featured have something to do with the FFM new practice model and that the authors may actually share a vision of the future of family medicine.

Family Practice Management : Opinion


...17 18 ITEM NO. 2: RESOLUTION NO. 3002: IMPROVING ACCESS TO CARE FOR HOMEBOUND 19 PATIENTS 20 21 RESOLVED, That the American Academy of Family Physicians recognize the lack of 22 access to care for homebound patients and the role of the family medicine physician in 23 providing...



...even when family physicians have years of experience. Members further 26 testified of the importance to protect full spectrum primary care. The reference committee 27 acknowledged the positive comments but felt the first resolved clause was beyond the scope of the 28 AAFP. The...


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...


2018 Agenda of the Reference Committee on Education

...1. Resolution No. 2001 Addressing the Burden of Indirect Patient Care on Physician Well-Being 2. Resolution No. 2002 Family Medicine Residency Education Involving Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants 3. Resolution No. 2003 Maternal Mortality in the United States 4....


2019 NCCL Summary of Actions

...FamMedPAC review the candidates' voting records to ensure that they align with American Academy of Family Physicians' commitment to Health Care for All, affordable prescription drugs, and gun violence prevention in determining whether or not funds should be allocated for such a...


2020-2021 Tar Wars Program Guide 1988 by Jeff Cain, MD, and Glenna Pember, from Hall of Life, a division of the Denver Museum of Natural History, and Doctors Ought to Care (DOC). Since its inception, Tar Wars has touched the lives of more than 10 million children worldwide. The lesson plan in this guide...

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2021 Practice Enhancement Agenda w Resolutions

...Contracting Practices 5. Resolution No. 5005 The Reality of Telehealth 6. Resolution No. 5006 AAFP Support for Family Physician-Led Primary Care 7. Resolution No. 5007 AAFP Advocate with Society of Hospital Medicine for Family Medicine-Trained Hospitalists and Disparities 8....


2021 Practice Enhancement Reference Committee Report lieu of Resolution No. 19 5005. 20 21 Item 6: Adopt Substitute Resolution No. 5006: AAFP Support for Family Physician-Led Primary 22 Care in lieu of Resolution No. 5006. 23 24 Item 7: Adopt Resolution No. 5007: AAFP Advocate with Society of Hospital Medicine for Family 25...


99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum

...Marting is an attorney practicing with Forbes Law Group in Overland Park, Kan., where she focuses on regulatory compliance and health care reimbursement. Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed. © J IM F R A Z IE R Perhaps one of the most...

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99213 or 99214? Three Tips for Navigating the Coding Conundrum -- FPM

Aug 1, 2018 - Here’s how to quickly identify whether you’re on the path to a 99214 versus a 99213.

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A Feedback Tool to Improve Physician-Medical Assistant Communication -- FPM

Jun 1, 2014 - Using an evaluation form and face-to-face meetings can help get both sides of the team talking and solving problems.

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A New Approach to Making Your Doctor-Nurse Team More Productive -- FPM

Aug 1, 2008 - With proper training and delegation, your team can see more patients, deliver better care and feel more satisfied at work.

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A Practical Approach to Reducing Patients’ Prescription Costs the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Venci is a clinical pharmacy specialist in the URMC Primary Care Network. Mechelle Sanders is a PhD candidate in health services research. Angela Lanigan is research project manager for the American Academy of...

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A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health

...determinants of health) create access, adherence, or performance barriers, often impeding their efforts to provide evidence-based clinical care that improves overall health.3,4 For example, a patient who lacks safe housing, reliable transportation, or adequate food resources may...

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A Practical Approach to Screening for Social Determinants of Health -- FPM

Jun 1, 2018 - Screening patients to understand their social context is the gateway to addressing barriers and improving health.

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A Practical Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Office-Based Family Physicians -- FPM

Apr 1, 2013 - Medical emergencies may not be common in the office setting, but that's precisely why you need to practice your response to them.

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A Team Approach to Quality Improvement -- FPM

Apr 1, 1999 - To realize change, rely on the knowledge and experience of a team such as the authors', which improved the care of patients with diabetes.

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A Team-Based Care Model that Improves Job Satisfaction

...A Team-Based Care Model That Improves Job Satisfaction Expanding the role of medical assistants to better support providers can improve not only traditional outcomes but also job satisfaction. ABOUT THE AUTHORS Dr. Lyon is an associate professor and medical director of the AF...

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A Team-Based Care Model That Improves Job Satisfaction -- FPM

Apr 1, 2018 - Expanding the role of medical assistants to better support providers can improve not only traditional outcomes but also job satisfaction.

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A Team-Building Model for Team-Based Care -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - Focusing on their strengths and borrowing concepts from family therapy helped bring this family medicine group together in pursuit of a common goal.

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A Toolkit for Clinicians Rounding in Long-Term Care Facilities -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - A lack of appropriate bedside equipment can impede thorough clinical evaluations, but this can be easily remedied.

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AAFP Advises White House on Building Robust Workforce

In a recent letter, the AAFP offered the Biden administration recommendations on strengthening the primary care workforce.

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Nurse Practitioners

Background information on nurse practitioner scope from the AAFP.


AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

...role pharmacists play in the delivery of high- quality health care. The pharmacy professional and physician should work collaboratively to optimize the therapeutic effect of pharmaceutical agents in patient care through the use of collaborative practice agreements (CPAs) between...


AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Physician Assistants professionals to work together as clinically integrated teams in the best interest of patients. Patients are best served by a health care team led by a physician. Education and Training There are significant differences in the educational and training requirements between...


AAFP CME on Physician Well-being

View all AAFP Continuing Medical Education on physician well-being and earn CME credit.

AAFP Comment Letter on 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 28, 2018

...that CMS has shown a strong commitment to supporting primary care in recent years-and we look forward to working with CMS to share our data, member experiences, and analyses to ensure appropriate valuation of primary care services over the next two years. At the same time, we look...


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...


AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2018 Inpatient Proposed Rule

...solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits. This represents more than 192 million visits annually, which is 48 percent greater than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s...


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

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


AAFP Delivers Strong Advice to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

The AAFP recently sent a detailed response to a Senate Finance Committee request for information on how to improve the nation's maternal morbidity and mortality rates.

AAFP Executive Summary of Alternative Payment Models - March 14, 2017

...Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care MACRAready The Shift to Value-Based Payment January 2017 The U.S. health care system is undergoing an intense period of transformation...


AAFP Gives Proposed Transparency Rules Cautious Thumbs-up

Regulations on transparency of prices and cost-sharing and rules on medical loss ratios must focus on patients, the AAFP said in response to a CMS proposed rule on value-based payment models.

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

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.

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...


AAFP Letter in Response to CMS on Physician Self-Referral Regulations - December 27, 2019

...and efficient care. As we have previously stated, and literature supports, achieving meaningful transformation of our health care system starts with creating such a system based in foundational primary care - and one which supports an increased investment in primary care to sustain...


AAFP letter on the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health (REACH) Act ...

...physicians and medical students across the country, I write to express our appreciation for action to reauthorize several expiring primary care programs within the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health (REACH) Act of 2019 (HR 2328). The bill extends the Teaching...


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 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...


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 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,...


AAFP Letter to CMS on Section 5 of EO #13890 Regarding Supervision Requirements of ... care professionals on standardized training criteria and demonstrated experience and competence in patient care. Furthermore, we believe that state governments and their medical boards are better positioned to make these determinations and administer oversight of health 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 Letter to CMS on the RFI Regarding the Physician Self-referral Law - August 22, 2018

...other physicians and health care professionals to provide team-based, patient-centered care that incorporates new technologies and focuses on reducing the total cost of care. Overall, CMS must make available clear safe harbors for advanced primary-care models, covering operational...


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