Family Practice News reported that there was a 9% increase in Family Practice residency matches this spring. 91% of residencies were filled, 45% by US graduates. The health care reform law provides incentives for family practice, including fee increases. There also will be a need for significantly more family physicians because of more people having insurance. I attended a seminar in Los Angles in April by the NCQA about becoming a Medical Home. The Medical Home puts family docs at the head of health care teams that all work together for the benefit of the patient. Conventional evidenced-based care is offered, but patients have the right to choose the type of care they want, including alternative medicine. Medical home certification is accepted by medical boards as the highest quality of family practice. We will apply for certification this summer.
See Family Practice News (click here), April 1, 2010, p. 2.