The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the selection of Gerardo Moreno, MD, MSHS, James C. Puffer, MD/ABFM Fellow, as one of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) five Anniversary Fellows for 2015. Dr. Moreno is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

Collaborative network will join federal government and other partners in supporting large-scale health care transformation among clinician practices  

The Summer 2015 issue of The Phoenix introduced the ABFM's $13 million investment in a Family Medicine Registry, an effort with both a passive arm———TRADEMaRQ———and an active arm———DAIQUERI. TRADEMaRQ is already underway with nearly 260 physicians enrolled. ABFM partnered with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) to identify members to pilot DAIQUERI. The pilot of DAIQUERI, is focusing on physicians in small and solo practices, providing access to a tool that will extract data from their EHRs and create quality reports and be able to report quality data.

A Message from the President

I write this message shortly after we have released the results of the April examination. While pass rates for certifying and maintenance of certification candidates are slightly different, overall, about 9 out of 10 first-time takers (those not retaking the examination as a result of having previously been unsuccessful) passed the examination, as you will learn from the story discussing the results in greater detail inside this issue.

One goal of the ABFM is to provide Diplomates with more resources and communications tools that can help Family Physicians convey the significance and benefits of choosing a board-certified family doctor. With this message in mind, the ABFM has created materials geared toward reaching the patient, as well as providing you with additional means of communicating to your own patients the value of your board certification.

The American Board of Family Medicine Foundation will host the fourth G. Gayle Stephens Keystone Conference Series June 5-7, 2015 at the Keystone Resort in Colorado.

The 2015 conference will follow the basic purpose and strategies of the first three Keystone Conferences and will focus on the question, "What promises will a personal physician make to her/his patients going forward in the evolving health care system of the United States, particularly in terms of when and where they will be there for their patients?"

A study published in the May/June 2015 Annals of Family Medicine suggests that patients whose family physicians provided a wider range of services experienced fewer hospitalizations and incurred lower health care costs. "Patients were 35 percent less likely to end up in a hospital if their family doctor was very comprehensive, compared with a doctor who was minimally comprehensive," says Dr. Robert Phillips, of the American Board of Family Medicine and one of the authors of the study.

The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) are funding and collaborating on TRADEMaRQ, a national study to make MOC activities more efficient and more closely tied to clinical quality.

Read the article on this effort by Group Health Research here.