Also on Capitol Hill, Board members met with two House members who last month inaugurated the Primary Care Caucus. Academy leaders thanked Reps. David Rouzer, R-N.C., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., for their efforts and discussed next steps for the caucus.
The caucus now has 14 members, and Courtney sent a letter to his colleagues in Congress this week asking them to join. He explained that the caucus will educate legislators and the public about the importance of primary care to the health system.
“Our hope is that the Primary Care Caucus will transcend politics to focus on a positive path forward for patients, providers and our health care system that will finally achieve the triple aim of higher quality, lower cost and better outcomes,” Courtney wrote.
He told AAFP leaders that he plans to help organize several events each year to explain the value of primary care. AAFP members can help, he said, by contacting their representatives in Congress and encouraging them to join the caucus. The Academy has created a tool to help members do just that.
Courtney also thanked AAFP leaders for engaging students and residents in advocacy efforts, saying they have an important role to play in shaping the future of public health policy.
“He told us that there are a lot of caucuses that are just ‘window dressing,’ so he wants this one to have a real impact,” Filer said.