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Family Medicine for America's Health Outlines Strategic Agenda
September 8, 2015Family Medicine for America's Health today released goals for transforming the nation's primary care system. These goals reflect a vision and approach to modernize family medicine and primary care that were outlined in a September special edition of Family Medicine, the official journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

"In terms of health care, our country spends more and gets less than any other industrialized country in the world.  The only way to flip that is by strengthening the nation's primary care system," said Glen Stream, MD, president and board chair of Family Medicine for America's Health. "During the next four years—through outreach to the public and collaboration with our colleagues in family medicine and across the health care delivery system—we will work to transform our health care system and ensure the health of all Americans."

The Family Medicine articles outline a vision and approach for change that include six key goals of the Family Medicine for America's Health initiative:

  1. Access: Increase patient accessibility to their primary care team, including remote access to patient records, electronic communication with their care team and availability after hours.
  2. Engagement: Encourage every practice to have a patient advisory council or similar mechanism to facilitate meaningful and ongoing patient engagement. 
  3. Transparency: Increase transparency in pricing of health care services and educate patients to better understand the cost of care.
  4. Integration: Integrate public and mental health into the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and add care managers, health coaches and population health professionals to the primary care team.  Incorporate training to practice in a team-based setting into graduate medical education.
  5. Recruitment: Support policies that drive at least 40 percent of medical students toward primary care specialties with the goal of increasing the number of primary care physicians by a minimum of 52,000 by 2025.
  6. Payment:  Sunset fee-for-service payment in primary care. Work with public and private payers to adopt a uniform and simplified model of comprehensive payment that encourages front-end investment in expanded practice infrastructure and technology, rewards Triple Aim goals (better care, better health and lower costs) and supports broad, team-based care.  Support efforts to drive HHS goal of having 85 percent of Medicare payments tied to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018.
About Family Medicine for America's Health
Family Medicine for America's Health, the organization behind Health is Primary, is a new collaboration between the nation's eight leading family medicine organizations to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care. We represent:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Association of Departments of Family Medicine
  • Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
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