Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians Edition 17 : Page 5
Maureen Padden, MD
Maureen 0. Padden, MD, MPH, FAAFP<br /> BUMED<br /> Washington, DC<br /> firstname.lastname@example.org<br /> <br /> Greetings to each of you wherever you are, as we head into Fall, the leaves change, and the wind has begun to develop a brisk kick. Thanks to each of you serving abroad in support of overseas contingency operations and to your families who remain behind to hold down the fort as you provide selfless service. Serving those who serve is what makes Family Physicians special and irreplaceable. Our community has never been more relevant than it is today and this is a reflection of the talent and commitment in our ranks.<br /> <br /> In September, Family Physicians from across the globe assembled in Orlando, FL for the Congress of Delegates and the Scientific Assembly. As always, folks were energized and focused on the work at hand. Resolutions brought before the Congress ranged from concerns regarding consumer alliances, graduate medical education financing reform, maintenance of certification, the role of nurse practitioners in the patient centered medical home, concerns with the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, recognition of patient centered medical homes and healthcare payment reform. There was the usual spirited debate, but in the end, all came together to further the important causes relevant to Family Medicine.<br /> <br /> I had the opportunity to give a talk at the AAFP Assembly on the Performance Pilots in the Military Healthcare System. At these 7 sites across the three services, Health Affairs is testing a new remuneration strategy that could potentially replace the Prospective Payment System (PPS). This strategy incorporates capitated funding for enrollees, a monthly care management fee for level 2 or above medical homes and pay for performance for significant improvements In access, satisfaction, quality metrics and decreased ER utilization. The room was packed with civilians interested in the military's initiative and the audience was attentive. I left the sessions realizing it is a great time to be a military Family Physician as the MHS steps out front to lead on healthcare reform within our own system. Continue to lean forward and lead my friends. Don't let failure be an option. As I challenged you in Palm Springs-if Family Physicians don't lead, who will? I think you all are up to the challenge! We must lead where the Medical Home is concerned.<br /> <br /> At the end of the week, your Board of Directors met to do the business of the USAFP. We reviewed our financial status and our budget for the year and once again I am pleased to tell you that our financial status is excellent. While many other state chapters are struggling financially, thanks to the leadership of our chapter executive Terry Schulte and his team, we continue to thrive despite the economic downturn across the country. Things you will hear from us about in the near future include your thoughts on commercial sponsorships for the USAFP 5K run/ walk at the annual meeting. We are sensitive To staying away from sponsors who are, or could be, considered a conflict of interest to our pursuit of health for our patients. We do believe that there are some sponsors (athletics, military unique equipment) that might be appropriate. We also discussed the need to update our website, so look for a survey from your membership committee and give us feedback on how we can serve you better this coming year. I appreciate your participation in the survey I sent out last month regarding initiatives that we could invest in to support our membership. We will be sending that survey back out again shortly to increase the response rate. It will help us to prioritize what we might invest any residual funds above our reserve, in an effort to better support our membership. Two examples of programs put in place to better support you in your practice management include the availability of AudioDigest on our website and the recent release of Info POEM subscriptions for our members. If you have not taken avail of the Info POEM subscription that is available to you, please feel free to contact the USAFP staff for more information.<br /> <br /> As we march towards winter, James Ellzyand Leo Carney are doing a bang up job on putting together a great meeting in March in Las Vegas. There will be plenty of CME and new this year will be rapid fire evidence based CME, where speakers provide concise updates on salient topics. Planet Hollywood is going to be a fabulous venue and there will be lots of good food and shows for all to enjoy! Mark your calendars and see you there!