Fifty years ago a group of enlightened educators gathered to create what is today our Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Our specialty of family medicine, based on principles of offering continuity of care, preventive attention, and a comprehensive scope was also accepted a few years later by the American Board of Medical Specialties. These pioneering physicians and educators made sure a component of practice management education was added to the basic curriculum of post graduate family medicine training. The concept of a family physician making the promise of our specialty come true is intimately associated with the nature of our practice as highly skilled health professionals in all sectors and levels of our society.
Primary care management and transformation is hard, and some changes are more successful and enduring than others. Are you looking for better outcomes? New ways to help patients manage their health? Strategies for engaging your team in improvement? Ideas to improve care coordination and save costs? Learn from peers who have transformed their clinical practices and residency programs, and share your knowledge and experience in these areas:
- Practice innovations
- Alternative payment models
- Risk assessment and management
- Outcome Measurement
- Billing and Coding
- Practice Management
- Patient Centeredness
- Change Management
- Practice-Based Team Care
- Health Information Technology
- Behavioral Health Integration
- Population Health
Help us make the promise of family medicine come true by sharing with us your experiments, research, ideas, experiences, successes and failures, strategies, and innovations that will improve the practice of family medicine. The Conference on Practice Improvement provides a forum for sharing your successes and learning from colleagues as we all develop strategies to demonstrate quality of care and cost effectiveness to payers. Conference attendees will be able to network with other family medicine practice teams from residency programs, private practices, and public safety net clinics.
On behalf of my colleagues on the conference steering committee, I look forward to have you enjoy a wide variety of robust, practical, and interesting activities on practice improvement.
Jorge Duchicela, MD
2017 Conference Chair