Family Medicine for America's Health

November 2017 Update

November 2017 Update

Health is Primary has launched a sponsored promotion in the Washington Post focused on the value of primary care and featuring case studies from around the country.  This website will run for 6 weeks – timed with open enrollment – and then will be archived on the Washington Post website.  Please feel free to share and promote this link on your social media platforms.

Health is Primary sponsored the Alliance for Health Policy series on Care Delivery in the Future: The Role of the Health Care Workforce.  The session focused on:

  • Emerging Health Workforce Issues in Times of System Transformation
  • Delivery System Reform and Its Effect on the Health Care Workforce
  • The Behavioral Health Workforce

The Alliance will hold a follow up congressional briefing on Friday, December 8. Click here for more information on the Health is Primary-sponsored series.

Health is Primary is focused on smoking cessation in October – next month the campaign will obesity. You can download our monthly toolkit at

Join us on Twitter. Health is Primary now has almost 27,000 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.

Update from the Strategy Implementation Team

Bright Spots in Primary Care Highlight Benefits of Advanced Primary Care Models. The Practice Bright Spots Project, led by Practice Core Team member Jay Lee, MD, is continuing to identify and interview practices that are “bright spots” in advanced primary care practice. Building on the work of Tom Bodenheimer, MD’s “The 10 Building Blocks of High-Performing Primary Care,” the interviews dive deeper into the challenges faced and supports needed to support primary care practices in their transition from fee-for-service to a value based payment framework.  The team has interviewed a variety of practices, including traditional private practice, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Direct Primary Care practices, practices participating in the Medicare CPC+ demonstration project, and several others. The lessons learned will be shared throughout 2018 in a variety of video vignettes, web-based resources, and presentations.

National Experts Convene to Decide on Meaningful Measures for Primary Care. The Primary Care Metrics that Matter Project, led by Practice Core Team member Rebecca Etz, PhD, successfully hosted its Starfield Summit III Conference in Washington, DC.  The Conference convened a group of experts and stakeholders to create a unified vision to recognize and reward high performing primary care.  Starfield III is built on early findings from two years of work to catalogue insights from more than 1,000 stakeholders—clinicians, patients, payers, policymakers—on what matters in primary care and how what matters might be measured in ways that are helpful. The group identified 12 key domains to start developing assessments from. In addition to its work on the Starfield Summit III, the Primary Care Metrics that Matter project is currently pursing various grant opportunities from AHRQ and, in conjunction with the ABFM, CMS. Grants awarded would go toward funding continued study of primary care measurement and its evolution in 2018.

The Pathways to Comprehensive Payment for Primary Care Project shares Findings at Key Conferences. The Pathways to Comprehensive Payment for Primary Care Project, led by Payment Core Team member, Rebecca Malouin, PhD from Michigan State University, has concluded its interview phase with practices operating in advanced payment frameworks. The team is in the process of preparing its findings for publication. In addition to pursuing publication, the project team will present a sample of their findings at the NAPCRG annual meeting in Montreal later this month.  In addition, the team will host a panel discussion, featuring selected interviewees, at December’s STFM Conference on Practice Improvement (CPI). Panelists will share their personal practice and payment transformation experiences. Lessons learned will be shared throughout 2018 in a variety of publications, video vignettes, web-based resources, and presentations.

To learn more about, and/or get involved in these projects, please contact Jack Janson at

Family Medicine for America’s Health Launches Research Fellowship. Family Medicine for America’s Health recently welcomed its first Fellow, Dr. Vivian Jiang, MD! In partnership with Fairfax Family Practice Center in Fairfax, VA and under the guidance of Research Core Team member, Dr. Alex Krist, MD, MPH, Dr. Jiang will support the research work of the seven Tactic Teams for the upcoming academic year. In addition to providing research support to inform and accelerate the impact of FMAHealth Tactic Teams, the Fellowship is designed to advance learning and develop the Fellow’s research skills. The Fellowship opens up time for Vivian to engage in clinical and teaching activities as well as time to pursue her particular research interests. Dr. Jiang will work with mentors from at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Department of Family Medicine and Population Health and the Robert Graham Center.

Dr. Jiang has already begun working with Tactic Teams on a variety of projects* including:

  • Starfield III: Meaningful Measures for Primary Care (Rebecca Etz, PhD)
  • Bibliometrics on Family Medicine Research Productivity (Winston Liaw, MD, MPH; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; Alex Krist, MD, MPH)
  • Family Medicine Research Bright Spots (Winston Liaw, MD, MPH; Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH; Alex Krist, MD, MPH)
  • Mapping Research Capacity across Family Medicine (Jennifer Carroll, MD, MPH; Christina Hester, PhD, MPH)

Before her appointment to the Fellowship, Dr. Jiang was a resident delegate with the AAFP Congress of Delegates and served as a resident representative for both the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science and for the New York State Academy Medical Education Commission. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and residency at the University of Rochester’s Department of Family Medicine.

*Visit the Research Tactic Team and Practice Tactic Team pages on to learn more about this exciting work.