Get Your ABFM Button Eyes Here

I received this message recently from a reader of this blog:

“Just got the latest ABFM mailer. The creepy ‘get with the program’ cheerleading reminded me of the following (Coraline movie clip above)”.

I was surprised that such juicy material had skipped by me without my notice. Then I saw it.  Oh, it’s a good one. Here is the PDF from the idiots at the ABFM.  I am going to copy their first article here in full:

The ABFM PRIME Support and Alignment Network News: Supporting and aligning your professional activities with practice transformation to help bring joy back to practice!

What was Good for Farms may be Good for Practices by Robert L. Phillips, Jr., MD MSPH

For more than 100 years, the Cooperative Extension System (CES) has led the way in innovation discovery in American agriculture and farming. It is heralded as one of the most successful technology catalyst programs of all time, ensuring food production at critical times in our recent history. Thanks to its connection to land-grant universities, there are now CES agents in nearly every U.S. county who continue a legacy in rural and farming communities, but who are also enabling a new generation of farmers and the locally-sourced food movement that supplies many of your favorite restaurants. The CES also has a National Framework for Health and Wellness that aims to help create healthy and safe communities, support clinical and community preventative services, and contribute to the elimination of health disparities. The well-tested and well-developed CES recognized an important opportunity to help improve health beyond food production. More than a decade ago, Dr. Don Berwick and others recognized the potential for the Cooperative Extension model to be a boon for discovering healthcare innovations and speeding up the testing and dissemination of those innovations across physician practices. Family medicine innovators, like Dr. Art Kaufman in New Mexico, and Dr. Jim Mold in Oklahoma, built co-op-like models of practice support and change-facilitation that have operated successfully for nearly two decades. In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was launched as a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This act created 62 Regional Extension Centers that worked with individual practices to speed up adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Congressional staffers who drafted the HITECH Act borrowed the extension model for EHR adoption. That toe-hold for healthcare extension became the nidus for the Primary Care Extension Program (PCEP) authorization in 2010, which was written, in part, by a small group of family medicine leaders. In 2011, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality piloted the PCEP concept with Infrastructure for Maintaining Primary Care Transformation (IMPaCT), and then in 2015 launched the much larger EvidenceNOW, which is providing quality improvement services to 250 small- and medium-sized primary care practices across 12 states. IMPaCT influenced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to launch two related demonstrations in 2015: The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (now in its second generation as CPC+) and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi).TCPi aims to reach 140,000 clinicians across all states, providing practice assessment, transformation, and improvement services through 29 Practice Transformation Networks. CPC+ provides multi-payer payment reform and transformation support to nearly 3,000 practices in 18 regions. These three projects will put nearly $1 billion into testing the value of local practice transformation services. The ABFM believes that extension-like services are important to helping family medicine practices survive and thrive. For that reason, we are directly participating in TCPi with the ABFM PRIME Support and Alignment Network and supporting both EvidenceNOW and CPC+. It is also one of the reasons the ABFM created the PRIME Registry and is offering three years of free registry enrollment for thousands of family physicians.

Right off the bat the title of their whole publication makes me ill:

Supporting and aligning your professional activities with practice transformation to help bring joy back to practice!

You are a damn testing organization who gouging us for money and whose biggest income producer (MOC) is a scam. You are almost obsolete.  Everyone hates you. We do not want you to transform us.  Removing the MOC would be the only thing you could do to bring us joy.

Now to the article itself.  Uhh…….WTF is that?  I couldn’t understand anything this guy said.  I lost interest by sentence two.  It’s all about confusion and persuasion to make us follow them with their stupid initiatives.  Like the reader who sent me this says, “None of which makes any sense…. EHR’s are the buttons we all must sew on….like in Coraline.  Yup. 

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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] 

  8 comments for “Get Your ABFM Button Eyes Here

  1. mamadoc
    April 12, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Bullroar. This lost and their stupid ideas and “initiatives” are the reason for no joy. I’ll tell you what would bring joy to me, if the ABFM and the AAFP imploded tomorrow morning and all those doctors had to go back to making an honest living.

  2. Kurt
    April 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I pray in church that these people who RUN these groups are tossed into Hades when
    they meet their end. I’ll change the prayer if MOC is dropped, the CEO’s income is dropped
    to the average a real “trench” fighter makes and they become an academic service
    organization and not a slutty rip-off outfit they currently are.

  3. LisaD
    April 10, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Creeptastic. Perfect Coraline analogy btw. I think I just became even more of a DPC doctor if that’s possible 🙂

  4. Steve O'
    April 9, 2018 at 10:29 am

    What you smell here is contempt, laced with condescension.
    The Board Lords have decided that the cost of medical care is due to unguided physicians making poor choices.
    The DPC movement shows how completely wrong they are.
    A DPC physician without an MBA makes more money with less hassle. Physicians are not Tobacco Row sharecroppers.

  5. Bill Ameen MD
    April 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Hey Dr. Doug,
    I’m glad “agriculture” was referenced in the opening sentence, because the whole thing is a pile of manure!! The telltale is the letters after Phillips’ MD, “MSPH,” which I assume is a Master of Science in Public Health. Go get a real job, Dr. Phillips.

  6. RSW
    April 9, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Anybody who has ever had a patient tell them that they need to transform their practice, please raise your hand . . .

  7. Pat
    April 9, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I somehow read the entirety of thing you posted, and almost achieved a blank, zen-like state, except without the will to live further. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe by contempt for the ABFM, quality industry, and the bureaucratic bleaters who make up their growing hive. Any family doc who plays ball with this soul-destroying miasma deserves whatever happens to them.

  8. Perry
    April 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Any medical society publication that starts spewing acronyms at me (which is most) I immediately toss.

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