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Family Medicine 2.0

Family Medicine for America’s Health is a new collaboration between the eight leading family medicine organizations in the United States to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care.

Organizations represented are the American Academy of Family Physicians; the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation; the American Board of Family Medicine; the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; the Association of Departments of Family Medicine; the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors; the North American Primary Care Research Group; and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

To learn more, visit the Family Medicine for America’s Health website.

Family Medicine for America’s Health seeks to transform the American healthcare system to meet the needs of the public by achieving the Triple Aim of better care, better health, and lower cost.

Specifically, this means:

  • Furthering the evolution of the patient-centered medical home
  • Advancing the use of technology
  • Ensuring a strong primary care workforce
  • Shifting to comprehensive primary care payment

Family Medicine’s strategic plan centers on seven core strategies to achieve these objectives. Together these strategies chart the course that family medicine will take over the next five years. Implementing this plan will mean that people across the United States can expect family medicine, in collaboration with other primary care professionals, patients and families, to:

  1. Show the value and benefits of primary care
  2. Ensure every person will have a personal relationship with a trusted family physician or other primary care professional, in the context of a medical home
  3. Increase the value of primary care
  4. Reduce health care disparities
  5. Lead the continued evolution of the Patient-Centered Medical Home
  6. Ensure a well-trained primary care workforce
  7. Improve payment for primary care by moving away from fee for service and towards comprehensive primary care payment

To implement the plan we are organizing a volunteer workforce in six major areas to carry out actions in pursuit of these strategies. The six areas are: Practice, Payment, Workforce Education and Development, Technology, Research, and Engagement.

To complement this strategic work, Family Medicine for America’s Health has launched a communications campaign called Health Is Primary. This campaign will advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care and drive patient activation.

To learn more, visit the Health is Primary website.

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