The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new officers and three new board members. The new officers elected at the ABFM spring board meeting in April are: Lauren S. Hughes, MD, MPH, MSc, FAAFP of Aurora, Colorado as Chair; Gerardo Moreno, MD of Los Angeles, California as Chair-Elect; Daniel Spogen, MD, of Reno, Nevada as Treasurer; and Bob Wergin, MD, of Milford, Nebraska as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee.  

The COVID-19 pandemic caused massive disruption in health care delivery, including a significant reduction in in-person primary care office visits that remained below pre-pandemic levels for months. Rapid changes were required in family medicine practices, to not only safely meet patient needs, but to also protect the physicians and their staff.

In this month’s issue of Annals of Family Medicine, Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH, addresses three responses from U.S. and Canadian primary care research groups to the 2021 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care.

The graduate medical education (GME) system trains most of the nation’s physicians and receives nearly $19 billion annually to do so. It is heavily subsidized by the public in return for producing physicians that meet society’s needs. However, institutions receiving public funding face potential conflicts of interest, that have prioritized institutional purposes over societal needs.

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.

U.S. News & World Report releases medical school rankings each year which have significant influence on institutional reputations. In 2021, U.S. News made a major shift in their data sources and measures that resulted in rankings to reflect a broader range of social mission metrics.

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.