The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences (PHS) have entered into a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to apply a new initiative to monitor social inequalities in COVID-19 and assess the prevalence and severity of long-term symptoms of COVID-19.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded a new two-year grant to support “Testing the predicting power of social determinants of health indices on outcomes to improve Medicare payment,” a research collaboration between the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM Foundation), the Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences (Stanford PHS), and the U.S. Census Bureau. The period of the grant began on December 1, 2021 and will carry through November 30, 2023.

New Primary Care Focused Performance Measure Accepted by CMS On November 3, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted a newclinical quality measure into their Quality Payment Program (QPP) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2022, which will be available to primary care clinicians through the QPP in 2022.
Earlier this year, we emailed you encouraging your participation in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) “Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments.” The ABMS Board of Directors recently approved the new Standards for Continuing Certification (Standards) at its October meeting after receiving a great deal of feedback during the process from a number of individuals and organizations. Coming out of the work for the Vision Commission, these new Standards for all certifying boards were developed after more than a year of deliberation; ABFM was pleased to have broad representation working within the task forces that led to their development.
There are many ways to fulfill your Performance Improvement requirement for ABFM continuous certification, and thanks to the quick thinking of Dr. Wendy Biggs, a new option has just arrived.

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recently announced the elections of its newest 100 members at its annual meeting. Election to the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Communities need timely data to understand the health of their citizens and to plan improvements. In the last five years, communities lost the heath data tools critical to a healthy community.

Independent physician-owned practices have cost and quality outcomes that are equal to, or better than, practices owned by systems, and the loss of independent practices could harm primary care access, quality, and costs. In a recent policy brief published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, One-Third of Family Physicians Remain in Independently Owned Practice, 2017-2019, authors Diane R. Rittenhouse, Andrew W. Bazemore, Zachary J. Morgan, and Lars E.

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), which supports its member state medical licensing boards, has recently issued a statement saying that providing misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine contradicts physicians’ ethical and professional responsibilities, and therefore may subject a physician to disciplinary actions, including suspension or revocation of their medical license. We at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) support FSMB’s position.

New England Journal of Medicine article by primary care leaders sounds an alarm about our nation’s crumbling primary care infrastructure and calls on Biden administration to urgently appoint a Secretary’s Council on Primary Care as recommended by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report.