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Family Medicine for America's Health Updates

February 2017

FMAHealth is looking for help in promoting a unified message about primary care. For suggestions about how to promote our message and engage on social media, download the 2017 campaign calendar and share your story about primary care on the Health is Primary website.

Additionally, FMAHealth is looking for people to join online focus groups about student choice of family medicine and primary care. To join a focus group, contact jring@cfar.com.

Registration for the tarfeild Summit, April 22-25 in Portland, OR, is now open. Register by March 31 to save your spot

January 2017

January is Fitness and Nurtition Month, and Health is Primary has patient information flyers on fitness (PDF) and nutrition (PDF) and available for download. 

FMAHealth Tactic Teams continue to progress on their assigned projects. The Practice Team is completing the final focus group interviews for their Physician Readiness Project, that will help physicians identify and overcome obstacles to transforming their practices. They are also working on their Practice Bright Spots Project, which will develop tools and resources to help practices transition from fee-for-service model to a comprehensive primary care payment framework.

The Technology Tactic Team is working to address the top three technology pain-points: population health management, patient and community engagement, technology functioning as a barrier to care. The team is having tech innovators work alongside practices to solve these problems in concrete, repeatable ways. 

December 2016

December is Patient Engagement month, and Health is Primary has created a series of patient information flyers (PDF) for health care providers to use. Health is Primary has also released its 2017 campaign calendar (PDF) that champions a strong primary care system.

The FMAHealth Strategy Implementation Team has begun writing up case studies that showcase the innovative ways health care providers engage with their patients and families in the design and delivery and care. These case studies will be available in spring of 2017. If you have a story you'd like to have added, contact Jason Ring and jring@cfar.com. 

The FMAHealth Engagement Team hosted a summit with the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative on November 11. More than 100 stakeholders attended the summit with the goal of identifying a set of Shared Principles of Primary Care that can be endorsedby primary care professional organizations as well as other consumers and stakeholders. The Steering Committee for the Shared Principles of Primary Care Summit are now working on a draft of shared principles that will be reviewed by FMAHealth and its eight organizations. 

The FMAHealth Payment Core Team continues its work on the Calculator Project, which will calculate the cost and value of comprehensive primary care payment. The team is also finishing up a qualitative study of family medicine practices that are being paid in a comprehensive primary care framework. Findings will be published and presented in 2017. 

November 2016

The Family Medicine for America's Health Strategy Implementation Team is hosting focus groups about student choice of family medicine and primary care. The team will be holding several focus groups in the coming months and seeks participation by stakeholders who represent medical students, residents, medical school and residency faculty, program directors, clerkship directors, primary care interest group advisors, community preceptors, and department chairs to join in the discussion. If you are interested in joining this discussion, contact jring@cfar.com.

The Health is Primary campaign will focus much of its outreach to Congress, the Trump Administration, and other health care policy makers. The campaign will also sponsor the Alliance for Health Reform Summit.

October 2016

Many of the Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) Tactic Teams have been hard at work and are now launching projects. Read the full update linked below this summary to learn more about them. 

The FMAHealth Practice Tactic Team is launching two projects: Physician Readiness and Bright Spots. These two projects are essential components of the larger Pathways to Transformation project. The Pathways to Transformation project, which will be included in future monthly updates, is focused on creating a set of pathways to make it as easy as possible for practices, small and large, employed and independent, urban, suburban and rural, to take the next steps in transforming their own practices. 

The Technology Team held a Visioning Summit in Washington, DC in April. The summit brought together a diverse set of forward thinking experts and family physicians from FMAHealth insiders, core team members, guests, and practicing physicians. Building on the work of the Summit, the Technology Team has created a Technology Vision Statement that envisions and defines how health care information technology can help primary care physicians and practices achieve the quadruple aim in the United States. The vision statement is in the review process at this time. If you would like to advise on the final version of the visioning document, fill out this contact form. 

 

September 2016

Health is Primary is focusing on employers and payers. The organization is participating in the National Business Coalition of Health annual conference and AHIP's National Conference on Medicaid, Medicare and Duals to showcase stories of primary care transformation.

In September, Health is Primary provided new patient materials for Health Aging Month. In October, Health is Primary will release materials focused on advoating for primary care for Primary Care Week (October 3-7). 

The Engagement Team of Family Medicine for America’s Health (FMAHealth) and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) are making progress on identifying a set of Shared Principles of Primary Care that can be endorsed by diverse health professional, consumer, and other organizations and groups committed to a strong primary care sector in the U.S. health system.

The Shared Principles of Primary Care Summit to be held on November 11 in Washington, D.C. The summit will be held on the third day of the PCPCC’s 10th Anniversary meeting, and invitations have already been sent out to close to four hundred primary care stakeholders. If you would like to learn more about the Summit, contact Jason Ring at jring@cfar.com.

July 2016

Family Medicine for America's Health Practice Team is looking for volunteers to participate in its focus group on physician readiness to adopt elements of advanced primary care. The focus groups will have a wide range of physicians who reside on different places in the spectrum between not ready to adopt advanced primary care and very ready to adopt. If you're interested, email questions@fmahealth.org to volunteer.

The Technology Tactic Team is finalizing a document outlining milestones to reach the vision of technology supporting a value-based payment health care system. If you're interested in the future of health IT and want to receive updates on the Technology Tactic Team's work, you can join their newsletter list by emailing questions@fmahealth.org. 

Health is Primary has designated August as the immunization focus month. To learn more about this and to download materials, visit the Focus on Immunizations page on the Health is Primary website. You can also learn more about immunizations by reading our Group on Immunization Education blog posts.

June 2016

The Family Medicine for America's Health Chair Glen Stream, MD, presented at the Medical Home Summit this month. His talk focused on the need to ensure that patients have a regular medical home and to connect the medical home with the medical neighborhood to facilitate coordinated care.

FMAHealth also released three bibliographies summarizing key evidence around effective primary care payment, measurement, and teams: 

Health is Primary will have a panel at the AAFP National Conference on Thursday, July 28.  Speakers include Jen Brull, MD, Natasha Bhuyan, MD, and a surprise guest.

The FMAHealth Payment Team has completed its first wave of interviews with physicians whose practices are working in a comprehensive payment framework. Rebecca Malouin, PhD, Katherine Harmes, MD, and Thomas Weida, MD, will present findings from the first wave of interviews at the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement.

The team is now scheduling its next wave of interviews. If you are currently being paid a comprehensive payment for primary care and would like to participate, please let us know. We would like to learn about your experience. If you are interested in learning more about this project, let us know that too. To contact the Payment Team, write to Aaron Glickman at aglickman@cfar.com. 

 

The Workforce Education and Development Team has created the Workforce Diversity Resource flyer (PDF), with links to resources that will help increase the awareness of workforce diversity and empower individuals to discuss workforce diversity at their institution. Also included is information about recruiting practices, strategic planning, and effective educational methods to teach all learners cultural competency and unconscious bias.

 

May 2016

Health is Primary has updated their website so that patients and health care professionals can view and share stories, access tools and resources, and become an active champion of primary care. Health is Primary has also released a calendar of monthly themes, from May to December. Download the calendar by clicking the image below.

FMAHealth generated a sign on letter to private insurers encouraging them to become part of CMS’s new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program.  CPC+ is an expansion of CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI). Learn about the recent results of that effort here (PDF). 

The FMAHealth Workforce Team is conducting focus groups to get feedback on what resources and tools are useful and what else is needed to make a significant impact on student choice of family medicine and primary care. The team is holding several focus groups during the week of June 20, 2016, and would like to invite stakeholders who represent medical students, residents, medical school and residency faculty, clerkship directors, program directors and department chairs to join in a discussion. If interested, email asarni@cfar.com.

April 2016

Health is Primary partnered with America’s Health Rankings to release the new report: Spotlight: Impact of Unhealthy Behaviors. The report examined five behaviors–smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, obesity–and found that more than 25 million American adults report having multiple unhealthy behaviors (three or more). 

FMAHealth's Practice Team is looking for participants  in a focus group about physician readiness to adopt advanced primary care methods. If interested, email questions@FMAHealth.org.

March 2016

Health is Primary is seeking primary care innovation stories for its upcoming City Tour, which will be visiting California, Georgia, Kansas and Missouri, New Jersey, and Kentucky. Send your stories to info@fmahealth.org.

The FMAHealth Engagement Team is looking for exceptional patient engagement stories. The team is gathering stories to identify innovative and effective ways of working with patients and families as partners in health. To send your story, send an email to aglickman@cfar.com with a paragraph or two describing an experience you have had working with a patient/family that you believe was truly patient centered—and what you learned from that experience. As you describe your experience, let him know:

  • What are the 2-3 most important things that you, and/or your patient, did that made that experience person/patient centered?
  • What are 1-2 ways in which making changes to become more patient-centered has been rewarding? How has it been challenging?

Interested in participating in a payment reform survey? The Payment Team has collaborated with the Practice Team to develop pathways to transforming practice payment. The team is interviewing physicians who have made the transition away from free for service payment and are currently being paid a comprehensive payment for primary care. To join the study, contact aglickman@cfar.com.

February 2016

Health is Primary released new patient and caregiver materials focused on end of life care, including the a one-pager on advance directives (PDF). Health is Primary also updated it's 2015 Case Studies e-book (PDF) with case studies from Seattle, Raleigh, Chicago, Denver, and Detroit. 

Family Medicine for America's Health will be hosting the Starfield Primary Care Summit on April 23 in Washington, DC. The summit will provide an opportunity for public discussion among a diverse group of leaders in primary care research and policy to enable research and set the agenda for primary care research as an essential catalyst of health care reform. Representatives from STFM will be in attendance. 

January 2016

Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) and Health is Primary is slated to visit CA, GA, KS, MO, KY, and NJ in 2016. City locations and dates are to be determined. Health is Primary has announced its 2016 quarterly health focuses:

  • February: End of life care
  • May: Mental Health
  • September: Health aging
  • November: Family Caregivers

This month's update includes highlights from each tactic team to help people stay informed of the tactic team's activities. FMAHealth also announced a new cross-tactic team focused on reducing health disparities in the US. The team has one member of each of the six Tactic Teams and is chaired by STFM Member Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD.

 

December 2015

Family Medicine for America's Health takes a look back at 2015 in its year-in-review December update. Looking forward to 2016, FMAHealth is planning to extend the reach of its Health is Primary ads to include movie theaters and in-flight TV. 

November 2015

The Health is Primary campaign teamed up with CVS Health to educate patients and promote collaboration in the medical neighborhood. CVS Health is a supporter of the patient-centered medical home and is working in collaboration with primary care physicians to provide coordinated care for patients. Read the news release and watch the press announcement.


November is also Smoking Cessation Month. The Health is Primary smoking cessation campaign launched in November, coinciding with the American Caner Society's Great American Smokeout.

FMAHealth released the Annotated Bibliography of Primary Care's Value. This bibliography of research demonstrates the capacity of primary care to improve America's health care system. The resource establishes the value of primary care, explores the current primary care landscape, and presents evidence of the positive impact primary care has, and will continue to have, on the Triple Aim.  

October 2015

At the end of last month, Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) published the Entrustable Professional Activities for Family Medicine. The EPAs for Family Medicine End of Residency Training are a list of 20 EPAs collectively defines the type of care that the residency graduate can be trusted to deliver to the public. 

During October, the FMAHealth Technology Tactic Team began working with innovators and stakeholders in primary care, Health IT, and related fields to understand how technology can support primary care in the future. On October 5, Glen Stream, MD, MBI, president and board chair of FMAHealth, held a live Q&A with Family Medicine on Air to talk to medical students about the future of primary care. 

Health is Primary visited Denver on October 2 and Detroit on October 21 during its cross-country city tour campaign. Health is Primary also published its anniversary report with feature stories of city tour events

September 2015

Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAHealth) announced its campaign goals for transforming the nation’s primary care system. The goals were outlined in a September special edition of Family Medicine

FMHealth continues to seek volunteers to assist with their Tactic Teams. If interested in assisting, fill out the FMAHealth Engagement survey. Additionally, Health is Primary will be Denver on October 2 at the Family Medicine Experience Meeting, and the next City Tour location is Detroit on October 21.

August 2015

Health is Primary kicks off its third patient education initiative this month, focusing on vaccination education. STFM has launched a blog series on immunization education to coincide with this initiative. 

FMAHealth will be hosting a series of talks at the Conference on Practice Improvement in Dallas in December. Each Tactic Team will hold a 1-hour session, discussing the following aspects of FMAHealth:

  • Practice: FMAHealth Practice core team update: considering the past, assessing the present, preparing for tomorrow.
  • Payment: Getting to comprehensive payment for family medicine services.
  • Workforce: Partnering to develop the family medicine workforce we need.
  • Technology: Primary care technology in a value-based world: FMAHealth needs your help to look ahead.
  • Research: Advancing family medicine research to accomplish the Triple Aim.
  • Engagement: Engaging patients outside the exam room in clinical, education, advocacy, research, and policy.

 

Additionally, Health is Primary will be Denver on October 2 at the Family Medicine Experience Meeting, and the next City Tour location is Detroit on October 21.

 

July 2015

Health is Primary is the opening session at the AAFP National Conference in Kansas City on July 30. Its next stop will be Denver on October 2 at the Family Medicine Experience Meeting, and the next City Tour is Detroit on October 21. 2016-2017 City Tour locations, with dates to be determined, were announced at the beginning of July. 

Family Medicine for America's Health continues to seek volunteers for its tactic teams. Those interested should read this news release and fill out the survey linked in the release.

June 2015

Health is Primary stopped in Chicago and Washington, DC, in May to meet with key community stakeholders. Health is Primary will next be at the American Academy of Family Physicians' National Conference on July 30. Read the Chicago news release and watch the Washington DC event below.

 

The June update also discusses how FMAHealth Tactic Teams are collaborating with the CAFM Education Research Alliance (CERA) to conduct high quality, rigorous research that supports the objectives of the strategic plan. Results of the research will be disseminated through publications and presentations.

May 2015

Health is Primary launched its next quarterly campaign, focused on on chronic disease prevention and management. 

The Health is Primary City Tour will stopped in Chicago on May 19 to bring together local experts to discuss market-specific initiatives and new models of care that are improving patient and community health. You can watch the Chicago event in the video below. 

Family Medicine for America's Health held a town hall meeting at the STFM Annual Spring Conference. The audience rallied around the idea that the time is now for a movement to transform primary care and that family medicine is primed to take a leadership role in this movement.

April 2015

Health is Primary held its second City Tour on April 16 in Raleigh, NC. The event brought together North Carolina’s physicians and health care leaders for a panel discussion on the role of primary care in our nation’s health system and was moderated by author, documentary filmmaker, and reporter, T.R. Reid.

Be sure to RSVP for upcoming Health is Primary events. Health is Primary will be in Chicago on May 19 and in Denver on October 2 at the Family Medicine Experience (FMX) conference. Those who wish to attend a City Tour event can RSVP at rsvp@fmahealth.org

The second patient education initiative, which will focus on chronic disease management, will launch at the end of the month.

March 2015

Next month Health is Primary will launch its second patient education initiative, which will focus on chronic disease management. In January Health is Primary launched its first initiative on how primary care can help patients reach fitness and nutrition goals.  

Health is Primary City Tour meet in Seattle on March 19.  Watch the recording of the event. 

Health is Primary has released more details about upcoming City Tour dates. Raleigh, NC event will be held on April 16 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Denver, CO event will be held on October 2 at the Family Medicine Experience (FMX) conference. Those who wish to attend a City Tour event can RSVP at rsvp@fmahealth.org

February 2015

Health is Primary launched its first campaign this January on how primary care can help patients reach fitness and nutrition goals. Patient resources on fitness and nutrition in English and Spanish are at healthisprimary.org. Future initiatives will focus on chronic disease management (April), immunizations (August) and smoking prevention and cessation (November).

Health is Primary is also beginning its city tour, a campaign to showcase initiatives that are improving primary care and delivering on the Triple Aim of better care and better quality at a lower cost. The first tour is on February 26 in Raleigh, NC and the second tour will bein Seattle, WA on March 19. If you know a key stakeholder that should be invited to either of these events or have an inspiring primary care story to share, email FMAHealth at info@fmahealth.org.

Health is Primary encourages our members to get involved by joining the #healthisprimary and #makehealthprimary conversation on Twitter and by sharing the patient resources with their patients and colleagues.

January 2015 

The campaign hosted a panel discussion on consumer health technology from the family physician perspective at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES15) in Las Vegas. This event was the start of a longer-term effort to advance a health technology agenda and encourage the development of consumer health technology. 

This month, Health is Primary will launch its first “Focus on Health” initiative to highlight the important role primary care and family medicine can play in promoting nutrition and fitness. 

Health is Primary will host its inaugural City Tour at in Raleigh, NC on February 26. 

The six Core Teams met for the first time to prioritize the tactics they will tackle in 2015 and to begin designing the action plans for those tactics.  

December 2014

In 2015, the campaign will visit Raleigh, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and Detroit. These visits will bring together national and local leaders to showcase community-level innovations in primary care that are leading to better health, better quality and lower costs. 

Six tactic teams were formed. The tactic teams will focus on six areas – Practice, Payment, Workforce, Technology, Research and Engagement. Read the update for a list of the members of each tactic team. 

Recent speaking engagements included the Council for Medical Specialty Societies Annual Meeting, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Annual Fall Conference, and the American Board of Family Medicine Town Hall. Family Medicine for America’s Health also sponsored a webinar in early November. 

October 2014

Health is Primary kicked off at the American Academy of Family Physician’s Assembly in Washington, DC. 

Family Medicine for America’s Health announced their Board of Directors.

September 2014

Statements defining Family Medicine for America's Health were shared. 

June 2014

The planning phase of the Family Medicine for America’s Health initiative has been completed. The Boards of Directors of each of the seven original sponsoring organizations, plus the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, have approved both the strategic and communications plans. The eight organizations have pledged more than $20,000,000 over the next five years to implement both plans. An Implementation Committee has been formed that will drive the next phase of this work.

February 2014

The Family Medicine for America's Health Steering Committee and Core Teams hosted a retreat with approximately 60 members of the family medicine community and 40 external stakeholders, including payers, patient advocates, employers and providers. The purpose was to seek a range of perspectives as the committee narrows in on the strategic commitments of family medicine for the next five to seven years.

Family Medicine for America's Health hosted the first of three virtual town hall meetings to hear from practicing family physicians and family medicine educators, and to inform them about the work done to date. 

APCO Worldwide, which is leading the communications planning, has completed the quantitative research elements of the project. They have developed broad concepts that define the external understanding of family medicine. 

January 2014

The Family Medicine Working Party, along with the Family Medicine for America's Health Steering Committee and Core Teams, held a meeting in mid-January to inform and guide the project. 

CFAR, the consulting firm leading the strategic planning process, has finalized the “current state” analysis and developed three scenarios that illustrate possible future states for family medicine based on different strategy choices. 

APCO Worldwide, which is leading the communications planning, has completed qualitative and quantitative opinion research that will inform their recommendations. A summary the findings is in the update. 

December 2013

The Core Team held two meetings in November focused on “current state” analysis and opinion research. The current state analysis is designed to create a foundation on which to build an implementable strategic plan that identifies risks to take, investments required to do so, and a realistic understanding of what it will take to bridge the gap between the current state and the desired future. The full updates includes key questions the Core Team is considering in the analysis.

Two “Insight Groups” are providing feedback on the future of family medicine. Discussions with these Insight Groups are being facilitated by Dr. Bob Graham, Dr. Larry Green, and Dr. Jim Martin. 

APCO, which is leading the communications strategy element of the project, has completed a series of in-depth interviews with policy experts, payers, employers and specialists outside of family medicine. The interviews will inform the quantitative element of the research. A summary of findings is in the December 17 update.

Members of the Steering Committee, Core Team and Insight Groups are listed in the December 1 update.

October 2013

CFAR and APCO briefed the Core Team on feedback from their interviews. Issues surrounding scope of practice and length of training emerged as significant themes.

September 2013

In late August, the Family Medicine Working Party launched a follow-up initiative to the Future of Family Medicine Project that was conducted more than a decade ago. The goal of this effort – Family Medicine for America’s Health: Future of Family Medicine 2.0 – is to examine the challenges and opportunities facing family medicine today, and define a path forward in the context of a rapidly changing health care landscape. 

Working Party members from each of the organizations have designated representatives to a Steering Committee and Core Team, who will take the lead in driving the work of the project. 


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