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    National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Anniversary Fellows for 2015 Announced

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015  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 five fellows were chosen based on their professional qualifications, reputations as scholars, professional accomplishments, and relevance of current field expertise to the work of the NAM and the Institute of Medicine, the health and medicine division of the National Academies of Sciences.

    Dr. Moreno is a federally funded clinician investigator with formal training and expertise in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and health services outcomes research. He is the 2015-2017 James Puffer M.D./ABFM Anniversary Fellow at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and a recipient of a National Institute of Aging (NIA-NIH) Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging (K23). Dr. Moreno is co-director of the UCLA MyMeds program and is co-PI for the evaluation of this PCMH practice-based clinical pharmacist and health IT medication management program. He is also co-investigator of an NIH funded research project that investigates medication adherence among patients with chronic conditions and language barriers.

    Dr. Moreno will be awarded a research stipend of $25,000 and will continue his primary academic post at UCLA while working over a 2-year period in the Academies’ health and science policy work.

    Read more about the fellows chosen and their work with the National Academy of Medicine here.


    ABFM and AAFP Receive Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Award

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015  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. The ABFM, in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), will receive up to $538,000 to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians in the United States with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients' access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely. More...


    Update on the Family Medicine Registry

    Thursday, August 27, 2015  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. While attending the GAFP conference, physicians shared their thoughts, expectations, and concerns about the tool.

    Physicians who chose not to enroll in the pilot were usually in situations that would preclude them from participating at this time. One used a somewhat obscure EHR that is not yet compatible for data extraction; another worked in a practice without an EHR; a few others were retired. While no one was opposed to the initiative, some physicians said that they would prefer to wait until the kinks get worked out in the pilot phase before they sign on. A few were not convinced that the tool would actually have the ability to reduce their MC-FP and other quality reporting burdens.

    Physicians who enrolled in the pilot expressed excitement about the potential reduction in workload in terms of both MC-FP and quality measure reporting, especially with increasing pressure for value-based payments. They recognized that the implementation of a new technology will be accompanied by challenges and will involve some bumps, but for them, these concerns were outweighed by the positive potential. A solo-practice physician welcomed the opportunity to make MC-FP and reporting quality less burdensome, so she can spend more time with her patients. Another early adopter wanted to take the opportunity to provide input into the design and functionality of the tool.

    While small and solo practice family physicians face unique challenges when implementing new tools and technologies, those we met at GAFP were eager to learn more about what DAIQUERI and the Family Medicine Registry had to offer them and the specialty. The ABFM looks forward to working with them and learning from them over the next 6 months about how the ABFM can develop a useful, and user-friendly, tool to help physicians deliver quality care to their patients.


    Newsletter Summer 2015

    Thursday, July 2, 2015  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. Nevertheless, we receive calls from those that were unsuccessful on the examination, and one of the most frequent complaints that we hear from those that failed is that "the examination in no way reflected what I do in practice." More...

    The Summer 2015 edition of The Phoenix is now available.


    ABFM Creates Resources and Tools for Communicating the Importance of a Board-Certified Family Doctor to Patients

    Thursday, June 25, 2015  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 ABFM has created two short, friendly videos designed for the general public. The first video stresses the importance of choosing a Family Physician for your primary health care: youtube.com/watch?v=TyR-C5hnJUA  

    The second video explains the importance of choosing a family physician who is board-certified: youtube.com/watch?v=tKnNmUkNARA

    The videos were produced by the same creative team that is promoting the Health is Primary campaign healthisprimary.org. These videos are also available on YouTube at the ABFM's channel for you to use as best suits you or your own promotional purposes.

    An office table card has also been created and is available for download at theabfm.org/about/abfmbrochure.aspx. The file for this 2-sided card can be sent to a local printer, and then set up in the office waiting room as a takeaway or mailed individually to patients. Again, the brief but well-defined message to your patients is your inherent value as a board-certified physician.

    The ABFM hopes these new resources will help family physicians communicate to patients that board-certified family doctors are committed to providing the high-quality care that every patient deserves.


    G. Gayle Stephens Keystone Conference Series

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015  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?"

    This conference will feature conversations stimulated by four plenary speakers: Dr. Rosemary Stevens, Dr. Will Miller, Dr. Kim Griswold, and Dr. David Loxterkamp. Most of the conference will be streamed live at www.gaylestephensconference.com where it can be viewed by those interested. In addition, to participate from offsite, the conference will be available on Twitter using the hashtag, #keystoneIV.

    Dr. Gayle Stephens (August 6, 1928-February 20, 2014), one of the founders of family medicine in the United States, provided consistent intellectual leadership that profoundly impacted the specialty. He connected history, philosophy, religion, psychiatry, the family, the community, and the sciences to the practice of medicine, and he explained how family medicine was a "counter-culture" within medicine, manifested in personal relationships and rooted in social change. He particularly advanced the importance of relationships in clinical practice and the role of the personal physician as a trusted and trustworthy agent for patients.

    In addition to his institutional leadership, textbooks, scientific articles, essays, visiting professorships, and invited lectures, Gayle initiated an unusual invitational conference, known as "The Keystone Conference," where a relatively small group of colleagues could discuss ideas and discern important challenges and opportunities meriting the attention of family physicians and medicine as a profession. The third Keystone Conference inspired the Future of Family Medicine project that guided family medicine through the first years of the 21st century. In an effort to support the continuation of Dr. Stephen's life-long work and service, the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation established "The G. Gayle Stephens Keystone Conference Series" in 2014. The aim of this series is to continue his legacy of occasional, carefully constructed, invitational conferences focusing on relevant, challenging, perhaps neglected topics worthy of substantial consideration by family physicians, other health care professionals, and the public.

    The American Board of Family Medicine is honored to carry on the tradition of the Keystone Conferences and deeply grateful to the Stephens family for their permission to use their name to assure such reflective efforts continue in perpetuity.


    More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015  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 researchers also found that doctors who performed a wider range of services reduced overall patient costs by between 10 and 15 percent.

    The full article is available here: http://annfammed.org/content/13/3/206.full


    National Study by the ABFM and AHRQ to Improve Maintenance of Certification

    Friday, February 6, 2015  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.