A Message from the President

As you probably know, our Board Chair sends out email messages each year advising you of important issues and keeping you abreast of the work of the ABFM. We typically receive several hundred responses to each email, and we carefully review and respond to each of you that have taken time to write in response. At each meeting of our Board of Directors, each director also reviews every response. 

(All Times Eastern) 

December 24: Closed

December 25: Closed

December 26: 8:00am – 9:00pm

December 27: 9:00am – 5:00pm

December 28: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

December 29, 30: 8:00am – 9:00pm

December 31: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, January 1: Closed

The ABFM is pleased to announce the launch of a new extension of our website geared towards reaching the patient, as well as providing Family Physicians with additional means of communicating to their patients the value of board certification.

At findadoctor.theabfm.org, potential patients are guided to both online and app features to help them find a board-certified Family Physician. The page’s content explains to the average patient in a clear, concise manner what board certification is and why it’s so important.

In recent years, personal information security and data protection have become a challenge for every organization that collects personal data. We are proud that a top priority at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is making certain our Diplomates' information is secure. In order to protect the information of all family physicians who interact with us, we are pleased to announce additional steps that we will be taking to enhance our efforts in this regard.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce that its Pain Management Self-Assessment Module (SAM) has been approved by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure for 3.5 hours of CME toward the HB 1 requirement. The Pain Management SAM consists of the 60-question Knowledge Assessment and the Clinical Simulation (ClinSim). ABFM Diplomates can access the Pain Management SAM by logging in to his/her Physician Portfolio.

A Message from the President

Over the course of the past year, I have participated on the Steering Committees for two very important strategic planning processes. You are familiar with one of these efforts—Family Medicine for America's Health (FMAH)—as we have been sending you regular updates about the progress of this project, and more importantly, you have had the opportunity to provide input into this process via your participation in virtual town hall meetings and your written suggestions that we have received electronically. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) PQRS is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by eligible professionals (EPs). EPs satisfactorily report data on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries. By reporting PQRS quality measures, providers also can quantify how often they are meeting a particular quality metric.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and four new board members. The new officers elected at the ABFM's spring board meeting in April are: Carlos Roberto Jaen, MD of San Antonio, TX elected as Chair; James Kennedy, MD of Winter Park, Colorado as Chair Elect; Alan K. David, MD of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Treasurer; and Jimmy H. Hara, MD of Los Angeles, California as Member-at-Large, Executive Committee. In addition, the ABFM welcomes this year's new members to the Board of Directors: Joseph W.

Dear Colleague,

I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself. My name is Carlos Roberto Jaén and I currently serve as Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I also serve as Chair of the ABFM Board of Directors, and would like to introduce the other members of the Board of Directors:

The majority of family physicians work with Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Physician Assistants (PAs), and Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) in clinical practice. A recent article in the Journal of Rural Health emphasizes how a team-based approach is at the root of patient-centered care and should be expanded to ensure further high-quality care across the country.  The structure of the American healthcare system is changing with the growing demand for primary care services.