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.
Racial and ethnic minority physicians are more likely to practice primary care in impoverished areas and in regions experiencing shortages. The Association of American Medical Colleges has worked for several years to improve access to primary care for underserved populations.
Researchers from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) aggregated racial and ethnic demographic data provided by family physicians and found that efforts to increase diversity among the physician workforce seems to have been effective for some racial and ethnic groups but not all.
A recent study by researchers at the American Board of Family Medicine found Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) enrolled a higher proportion of rural family medicine practices than are represented across the general workforce.