Resolution 1: Advocating for the Continuity of Care in Family Medicine

Brought by: Thurston-Mason-Lewis Chapter

WHEREAS, evidence suggests that the involvement of family physicians in patient care contributes to reducing the cost of health care and enhances health outcomes, and

WHEREAS, longitudinal relationships between patients and their primary care physicians have been shown to significantly improve overall health outcomes, and

WHEREAS, existing payer systems often present barriers to maintaining continuity of care for patients, particularly during transitions or changes in payer coverage, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) shall actively advocate for the education and awareness of the critical value of continuity of care provided by family physicians, and be it further

RESOLVED, that advocacy by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians in support of the critical value of continuity of care will primarily target state insurers and employee plan administrators, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Washington Academy of Family Physicians will collaborate with payer systems within the state of Washington to develop and implement effective channels facilitating patients’ ability to maintain continuity of care with their chosen family physicians.

References:

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  2. Jeffers, H. (2016). Continuity of care: still important in modern-day general practice. British Journal of General Practice, 66(649), 396–397.
  3. Goodwin, J. S. (2021). Continuity of Care Matters in All Health Care Settings. JAMA Network Open, 4(3), e213842.