Family Medicine for America's Health

April 2018 Update

April 2018 Update

Increasing Investment in Primary Care. Increasing Investment in Primary Care is the major focus of FMAHealth’s collaboration with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) in 2018. The partnership will continue throughout the year, leading up to the PCPCC’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 8th, with an action planning multi-stakeholder workshop to follow on November 9th.

The workshop’s vision is to successfully engage national and state policymakers as well as payers, employers and primary care organizations to commit to measure primary care investment within their states and set a goal of increasing the percent of health care dollars spent on primary care within five years to a level needed to support care consistent with the Shared Principles of Primary Care. Additionally, the workshop hopes leaders will make an associated commitment to make those additional payments through alternative payment/delivery models, including the patient centered medical home model.

For more information on the Shared Principles of Primary Care and to see the close to 300 organizations who have signed on, including the majority of state and territorial chapters and family medicine organizations, visit: Encourage other organizations, large and small, to sign on and show that primary care can speak with one voice about its importance to the field of medicine.

For more on the PCPCC Annual Meeting and the multi-stakeholder workshop on Investing in Primary Care, please e-mail

Starfield III Creates Meaningful Measures in Primary Care. The Starfield III Summit on Meaningful Measures in Primary Care was a powerful conference that is leading the charge on how we evaluate primary care. In October 2017 a diverse body of stakeholders came together to change the way we measure high performing primary care. Conference briefs from those proceedings are now available here. These briefs provide a background on What Matters in Primary Care, information on Competing Discourses and Paradigms, provide the Historical Context for PC Measure Work, as well as Guidance for Developing PC Measuresand a Framework of PC Measure Domains and Key Elements.

The team has also produced The Starfield III Synthesis document that contains a single page summary with key take-away lessons from the conference. This is followed by three single pages that lay out: 1) A parsimonious approach to measuring what matters from primary care, 2) Patient-report items phrased for use with people getting care and 3) Patient-report items phrased in ways that don’t require recent care. These tools are open-source and available to use right away.

For more information about this and other Starfield Summits on Primary Care, visit:

Update from Health is Primary

Health is Primary is focused on health equity in April. You can download our monthly toolkit at help be a champion for health equity in America. May will focus on mental health and the importance of mental health integration in primary care.

New campaign videos are now available.Health is Primaryhas launched two new explainer videos on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care. The new videos are available in the tool library at

 Final Mainstage Session to be Held at AAFP’s National Conference. Health is Primarywill hold its final mainstage panel at the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on August 2ndin Kansas City. This year’s session will focus on health equity. Click here to learn more about the conference and stayed tuned for updates on the panel discussion.

Health is Primary will be sponsoring the Alliance for Health Policy’s Signature Series in 2018. This year we will focus on health care payment and aging. The first summit will focus on cost and will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 17th. For those who cannot join in person, a video of the event will be available at

Join us on Twitter.Health is Primarynow has more than 30K followers on Twitter! If you are not already a follower, we hope you will join the conversation about family medicine and the value of primary care in America.

Check out Dr. Stream’s latest piece in Medical Economics.

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