Introducing the Accountable Health Communities Program

Are you ready for some more quality BS?  Here is the summary from an AAFP newsletter:

The 32 initial participants in the CMS Accountable Health Communities program will need to keep comprehensive databases with information on health care professionals who can address health-related social needs, collect and share beneficiary data, and monitor and evaluate how well beneficiaries’ social needs are being met. The program has three tracks — awareness, assistance and alignment — focused on increasing beneficiary awareness of available services, supporting community services for high-risk beneficiaries and improving alignment of services and needs.

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You have to love that the databases they are tracking are actually on the health care professionals.  It’s about time they are held accountable for their patients’ social needs.  I am obviously being facetious.  So, remember folks, the three A’s will get you a better bonus and make you a better doctor:

  • Awareness (being aware that this is unproven)
  • Assistance (you will get no assistance in accomplishing this task)
  • Alignment (aligning yourself with a new job offer once you realize what a waste of time this is)

Can’t wait for the next program from CMS to come that disregards the last one.  It is all just one big game and circle jerk.

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] 

  4 comments for “Introducing the Accountable Health Communities Program

  1. April 24, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Do doctors actually participate in these things? I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a solo practitioner in the insurance world. God bless them.

  2. Perry
    April 24, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Another reason not to go into Primary Care these days (unless you do Direct Care).
    Med students, are you paying attention?

  3. Pat
    April 24, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I’m laughing my ass off – finally the AAFP has found a way to increase enthusiasm for family practice. The med students will be beating down the doors ????

  4. Thomas Guastavino
    April 24, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I wonder what qualifies as a “social need” ? Actually, I’m afraid to ask.

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