The Dream Team of the ABFM and AAFP Come Together


I found this article in the a recent American Family Physician magazine:

ABFM and AAFP Team Up to Help Family Physicians Transform Their Practices
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is one of 39 health care collaborative networks selected to participate in the federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. The initiative was designed to help physicians transform their practices to enhance care coordination and expand information-sharing. The ABFM, in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), will receive as much as $538,000 to help offer the tools, information, and network support that physicians need to improve the quality of care they provide, increase patients’ access to information, and ensure more judicious use of health care dollars. The initiative is part of a strategy advanced by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to strengthen quality of care and rein in health care spending. Its ultimate goal is to support 150,000 clinical practices in their efforts to share, adapt, and further develop their comprehensive quality improvement strategies over four years.

Now think about this.  Two groups of extremely rich organizations that do very little to advance the much needed profession of family practice are coming together.  Alert the media! I can visualize a lot of meetings or retreats at posh hotels so they can rack their brains on how to transform your practice.  Stop laughing. For this effort, they (not you) get $538,000 to improve quality (an unproven concept), increase patients’ access to information, and ensure more judicious use of health care dollars.  How does that help you again? That’s right, it doesn’t. This dream team reminds me of the quote by Rodney Dangerfield in the movie Easy Money when he saw two bald headed guys and said, “Why don’t you two put your heads together and make an ass outta yourselves?”

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “The Dream Team of the ABFM and AAFP Come Together

  1. Ken
    December 15, 2015 at 10:51 am

    538K….that’s enough for a secretary to come up with a mission statement…Google can provide an article about an FP who held someone’s hand as they lay dying…and an intern can write up a 10 page incomprehensible screed about the “need to put patients first.”
    And the rest of 537, 950$ will go straight into the administrators vacation account with nothing useful ever coming out of this.

  2. Steve O'
    December 15, 2015 at 7:45 am

    C’mon now – posh hotels? $538,000 is about enough to get you a Motel Six conference for a couple hundred “Judas goats” to lead the sheep into the slaughterhouse. And at $3.60 per member, that’s probably what they spend on membership certificates. Check them with a blacklight UV to see if they glow “SUCKER!” in invisible ink, betcha they do.
    Remember, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative usually means:

    -You’re doing something wrong
    -because you’re stupid
    -if you just paid attention
    -everything would work out OK.
    -Now pay people to repeat this slogan to you.

    • Bill Ameen MD
      December 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Dr. Doug,
      Thanks as always for exposing the fact that the Emperor has no clothes!!

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