FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2014 Contact:
Missouri Academy of Family Physicians
Washington Family Physician Advocates for Change in Health Care System
WASHINGTON –Keith Ratcliff, MD, attended the Family Medicine Congressional Conference held April 7- 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. More than 200 physicians attended the meeting. Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Council of Academic Family Medicine, the conference educates participants on family medicine’s legislative priority issues, trains attendees on how to educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill and allows participants to put these skills to use with federal legislators and their staff. Advocacy is a high priority of AAFP and the CAFM organizations. As part of the meeting, Ratcliff had opportunities to meet with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer and staff from the offices of Sen. Roy Blunt and Sen. Claire McCaskill to urge passage of legislation that will maintain access to care for elderly and disabled Americans. Such legislation would also address the primary care physician shortage by supporting primary care medical education as well as medical school scholarship and loan repayment programs.
Ratcliff is a family physician with Mercy Clinic Family Health Care in Washington, Missouri. To maintain membership in the AAFP, Ratcliff is required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to set continuing education requirements for its members. This requirement helps ensure family physician members stay current on the most up-to-date medical technologies, research and techniques.
About the American Academy of Family Physicians Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
About the Missouri AcademyFounded in 1947, the MAFP is a non-profit professional medical society of more than 2,000 physicians, residents and medical students across the state. Headquartered in Jefferson City, the MAFP is dedicated to optimizing the health of patients, families, and communities of Missouri through patient care, advocacy, education, and research. The MAFP is a constituent chapter of the AAFP.