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    Newsletter December 2016

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016  One of the major principles under which we operate at the ABFM is our effort to continuously improve what we do. To do so we require data, a research team to analyze it, and the courage to change when evidence supports doing so. In the last issue of the Phoenix, we shared with you how your evaluation of our Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning activities provided the evidence that we needed to support unlinking the clinical simulation from the knowledge assessment in our old Self-Assessment Modules as well as no longer making it a mandatory component of Family Medicine Certification. As featured in a story in this issue, this change has been heartily endorsed by you. More...

    The December 2016 edition of The Phoenix is now available.


    Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS Selected as 2016 NAM Puffer ABFM Fellow

    Monday, December 5, 2016  The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has selected Sean Lucan, MD, MPH, MS as the 2016 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow. Dr. Lucan is a practicing family physician in Bronx, New York, treating children and adults. He is also an award-winning National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator who has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and thought pieces on food-related issues. Dr. Lucan has co-authored one textbook on nutrition and another on biostatistics, epidemiology, preventive medicine, and public health. He is one of three outstanding health professionals selected for the class of 2016 NAM Anniversary Fellows.

    Sean Lucan MD

    Dr. Lucan earned his MD and MPH degrees at Yale before completing residency training in Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania. After residency, he completed a fellowship in the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where he earned an MS in Health Policy Research. Dr. Lucan is also a former Pisacano Scholar.

    Dr. Lucan's research focuses on how different aspects of urban food environments may influence what people eat, and what the implications are for obesity and chronic diseases, particularly in low-income and minority communities. Another focus of his work is the critical examination of clinical guidance and public health initiatives related to nutrition.

    As a Puffer/ABFM/NAM Anniversary Fellow, Dr. Lucan will receive a research stipend of $25,000. Named in honor of James C. Puffer, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the ABFM, the fellowship program enables talented, early career health policy and science scholars in family medicine to participate in the work of the Academies and further their careers as future leaders in the field.

    NAM Anniversary Fellows continue their main responsibilities while engaging part-time over a two-year period in the Academies’ health and science policy work. A committee appointed by the president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) selects fellows based on their professional accomplishments, potential for leadership in health policy in the field of family medicine, reputation as scholars, and the relevance of their expertise to the work of NAM and the IOM.


    NQF Announces Inaugural Winners of Measure Incubator™ Innovation Challenge

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016  The National Quality Forum (NQF) today named Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH, Vice President of Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine, as one of five 2016 Innovation Challenge winners for his concept paper, Use of registry data to identify and develop Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and quality measures. The contest, launched on September 18, challenged NQF members and others in the measure development community to submit their ideas to improve quality measurement, and compete to be one of five selected winners to receive a cash prize and present their proposals at an upcoming webinar. The winners announced today propose novel methodological approaches to improving healthcare quality measurement.

    Dr. Phillips' paper proposes using a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures. "The ABFM is working to relieve physician burden and to respect their efforts to improve quality," said Dr. Phillips. "The PRIME Registry aims to liberate their EHR data and turn it into dashboards to inform patient and population health. By moving ABFM Performance Improvement Activities into the registry, our goals are to put quality measures close to quality improvement options, and to have quality improvement count for both continuous certification and the Quality Payment Program. We are so pleased that the National Quality Forum recognizes this as an innovation in quality measurement and improvement."

    NQF issued the Innovation Challenge as part of its Measure Incubator, an initiative that nurtures the development of needed measures by connecting organizations interested in particular measure concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources, and data. NQF received a total of 24 submissions for the Innovation Challenge, and all entries will be featured as initial content for the Measure Incubator's Learning Collaborative. Launching in early 2017, the NQF Measure Incubator Learning Collaborative will share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices to inform, improve, accelerate, and better target measure development.

    "NQF is committed to fostering learning and improvement in the measure development process," said Cristie Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health and a member of NQF's Measure Incubator Working Group Committee that selected awardees. "All of the papers———and the winners, in particular———pose very thoughtful solutions to improve measure development and close measure gaps, and will undoubtedly inspire everyone working to improve the health and lives of Americans through quality measurement."

    The Innovation Challenge winners will present their papers during NQF webinars later this fall. Each winner will receive a cash award of $2,000. The Innovation Challenge was supported by a grant from Merck & Co., Inc.


    2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Now Available

    Monday, August 29, 2016  Are you an eligible professional (EP) who needs to participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) for 2016? The ABFM is once again an approved qualified registry for 2016. Eligible Professionals satisfactorily report data to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on quality measures for covered Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries through PQRS.

    You may use the PQRS Diabetes Module to collect and submit data to the Registry on a set of 20 unique, separate and distinct type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus patients of which a majority (11) is Medicare Part B FFS patients. The reporting period is January 1 – December 31, 2016 and all the patients must be between 18 and 75 years of age.

    • You are able to participate at no cost in our approved registry online from your Physician Portfolio.
    • Eligible professionals who do not satisfactorily report data on quality measures for the January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 reporting period will be subject to the 2.0% payment reduction in their fee schedule amount in 2018.
    • Physicians working for more than one organization need to meet the reporting criteria for each tax identification number (TIN) under which they work during the 2016 PQRS program year to avoid the 2018 PQRS payment adjustment for each TIN.
    • The deadline for entering your data into the registry is January 10, 2017.

    For more information and to begin participation in the ABFM's free PQRS registry see www.theabfm.org/moc/pqrs.aspx. The CMS website www.cms.gov/pqrs serves as the primary source for all information regarding PQRS.


    Newsletter Summer 2016

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016  This summer’s edition goes over the many improvements and simplifications being made to the Family Medicine Certification process. These changes will go live on July 22, and Diplomates are encouraged to review the relevant articles within to familiarize themselves with the process and terminology changes.

    The Summer 2016 edition of The Phoenix is now available.


    American Board of Family Medicine Elects New Officers and Board Members

    Saturday, May 28, 2016  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's spring board meeting in April are: Keith L. Stelter, MD of Mankato, Minnesota elected as Chair; Elizabeth G. Baxley, MD of Greenville, North Carolina as Chair-Elect; Christine C. Matson, MD of Norfolk, Virginia as Treasurer; and Montgomery Douglas, MD of Farmington, Connecticut as Member-at-Large, Executive Committee. In addition, the ABFM welcomes this year's new members to the Board of Directors: Wendy Biggs, MD of Overland Park, Kansas; Christopher A. Cunha, MD of Crestview Hills, Kentucky; and Michael K. Magill, MD of Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, click here.


    Newsletter Winter 2016

    Thursday, January 28, 2016  A Message from the President

    In preparing my message for this newsletter, I looked back over the first several issues that we published after our decision to resurrect this form of communication in 2005 to keep you updated on Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP). As we transitioned together into MC-FP from our old recertification paradigm, I made several promises to you in each of those issues. More...

    The Winter 2016 edition of The Phoenix is now available.