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National Demonstration Project

In June 2006, TransforMED launched an innovative 24-month National Demonstration Project (NDP) to pilot test a new model of flexible, patient-centered care in 36 family medicine practices from all across the United States. The NDP pilot project concluded in June of 2008.

Origins of the NDP
The goal of the Future of Family Medicine project was "to develop a strategy to transform and renew the specialty of family medicine to meet the needs of patients in a changing health care environment." The project was a joint effort of the Family Medicine Working Party and the Academic Family Medicine Organizations. The 4-year project resulted in a series of Task Force reports culminating in a final report that offered specific recommendations and an urgent call for action.

A centerpiece of the transformation proposed by the project is the new model practice. The FFM project proposed the creation of a national-level organization that would evaluate, support, and guide family and primary practices in their efforts to adopt this new model of care.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) took a leadership role in creating a new initiative, TransforMED, to put the FFM recommendations into action.

Participating Practices
The 36 practices selected to participate in the NDP were randomized into two groups – 18 practices were engaged in facilitated implementation of the TransforMED Patient-Centered Model; 18 practices were engaged in self-directed implementation.

Facilitated Practices
 • Bay Crossing Family Medicine - Annapolis, Maryland
 • Central Oregon Family Medicine, PC - Redmond, Oregon
 • Cranford Family Practice - Cranford, New Jersey
 • Family Health Center of Joplin, Inc. - Joplin, Missouri
 • Family Medicine, Geriatrics and Wellness - Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
 • Family Practice Partners - Murfreesboro, Tennessee
 • Harbor of Health - Memphis, Tennessee
 • Hays Family Medicine - Hays, Kansas
 • Indian Land Primary Care - Indian Land, South Carolina
 • James J. Meyer, MD, PC - Littleton, Colorado
 • LifeScape Medical Associates - Scottsdale, Arizona
 • MHS Primary Care, Inc. - Cromwell Family Practice - Cromwell, Connecticut
 • Myrtue Medical Center - Harlan, Iowa
 • Stephen J Veit, MD, PC - Cherokee, Iowa
 • Trinity Clinic - Whitehouse - Whitehouse, Texas
 • Westshore Family Medicine - Muskegon, Michigan
 • Wood River Family Medicine Clinic - Hailey, Idaho

Self-Directed Practices
 • Carondelet Medical Group - Tucson, Arizona
 • Crossroads Family Practice - North Garden, Virginia
 • DHMC - Community Health Center - Lebanon, New Hampshire
 • Duncan Medical Associates, PC - Duncan, Oklahoma
 • Harborwood Family Medicine at the Lakes - Muskegon, Michigan
 • Henry County Family Physicians, Inc. - Napoleon, Ohio
 • Kollman Clinic, Inc - Dover, Ohio
 • Lifetime Family Medicine - Haymarket, Virginia
 • Neil A Patterson, MD, PA - Oviedo, Florida
 • Olio Road Family Care - Fishers, Indiana
 • Piedmont Family Care - Piedmont, Oklahoma
 • Romeo Medical Clinic - Turlock, California
 • Seaport Family Practice - Belfast, Maine
 • Sommerville Family Practice, PC - Midlothian, Virginia
 • Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic - Bainbridge Island, Washington

Knowledge gained from this project has informed the development of TransforMED's practice enhancement tools and processes and further benefited family physicians and their patients across the country by inspiring change, contributing to the literature, policy and practice work on health care improvement.



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