Family physicians training in the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts recently sought to better understand the geography, or “hot-spots” of their patients with food insecurity.
Family physicians with rural exposure during residency training or who graduate from stand-alone, community-based residency programs are more likely to provide broad scope care associated with better outcomes according to a recent study published in Academic Medicine. The study also finds that family physicians practicing in the Midwest and West provide broader scope than those practicing in the South and Northeast.
Thanks to a successful initial pilot year of FMCLA, we are pleased to announce that the pilot will be expanded in 2020. Family physicians who are currently certified and have their 10-year examination requirement due before December 31, 2020 will have the option to begin participating in the first quarter of 2020.
The ABFM is pleased to provide you access to the June issue of The Phoenix newsletter. This newsletter is emailed to all Diplomates four times per year (we no longer deliver copies via US Mail). This newsletter is presented in PDF format and is available here.
There are a myriad number of measures in the field that attempt to assess aspects of primary care, but a recently developed and tested measure breaks new ground by combining experiences of patients, clinicians, and payers and allowing the most informed reporter--the patient--to weigh in on vital primary care functions that are often missed. Researchers asked crowd-sourced samples of 412 patients, 525 primary care clinicians, and 85 health care payers to describe what provides value in primary care.
The Larry A. Green Center for the Advancement of Primary Health Care for the Public Good was recently named a winner of the 2019 National Quality Forum (NQF) Annual Conference Innovator Abstracts Awards. Their work, presented as an abstract entitled A New Comprehensive Measure of High-Value Aspects of Primary Care, was selected as the winner in the Patient-Reported Outcomes category.