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President's Message

March, 2019

Dave Gilchrist, MD – MASSFP President

Dave Gilchrist, MD

MassAFP Task Force

For the past year, I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. It has been a busy year, as we continue to work hard at achieving the strategic goals of the organization that are set forth by our board of directors, and informed by each member's input through conversations and our annual survey. I have had the opportunity to work closely with the AAFP on key issues important to our state chapter, as well as meet with legislators in Washington D.C. to discuss national issues while attending the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit. I have heard from many of you what is, and isn't, working in our state, with really great ideas on how we can improve the state of our health care system. As the Massachusetts state legislature takes up issues in this new legislative session, the MassAFP will again work on your behalf to represent the views and priorities of our members. With that in mind, I am happy to announce that the MassAFP is working collaboratively with members of the Massachusetts Medical Society in a task force aimed at drafting legislation to introduce on increasing the primary care spend rate in Massachusetts. This was shown to be successful in other states, such as Rhode Island, and the AAFP is working to support other states in this effort. Getting this work off the ground was due to a MassAFP member, Dr. Wayne Altman, staying involved in the MassAFP, and helping to move a topic along that he is passionate about. I want to encourage each of you to stay engaged in the MassAFP, and one way to do that is to attend the Spring Refresher that is happening in just 2 more weeks. Click here to register for this event if you have not done so yet, and I look forward to seeing you all there


Sincerely,

Dave Gilchrist, MD
 

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