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Obamacare and the changes it represents could save our primary care doctors from extinction, or it could crush them.

Imagine health care without your Familiar Physician. Every time you’re sick, you’re a stranger, enduring long waits for medical treatment from someone who may never have seen you before.

This is what the future could look like … because there’s a tempest bearing down on primary care medicine — powered by frustrated primary care doctors retiring early with not enough physicians in the pipeline to replace them; more than 30 million newly insured patients; an aging population; increasing regulations; and it's converging with a sea change in health care reform.

This is the story of the dedicated physicians who helped build the medical home into American health care — the personal journey of Dr. Peter Anderson, a pioneer in team care medicine, the extraordinary vision of IBM’s Dr. Martin Sepúlveda and the powerful crusade of advocacy of his colleague, IBM’s Dr. Paul Grundy.

The Familiar Physician is a story that will enlighten readers on the perfect storm bearing down on primary care doctors and what each of us needs to do to protect what we value most about our health care.
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About the Author

Dr. Peter Anderson, a pioneer in team care medicine and a passionate champion for primary care, struggled for a decade to save his own medical practice while also creating strategies for the tempest descending upon primary care medicine. 

With co-authors Bud Ramey and Tom Emswiller, two long-standing, award winning health care communicators, Dr. Anderson describes the quickly approaching crisis that holds the potential to impact health care in America for decades.

It’s powered by burned-out and frustrated family doctors retiring early with not enough young primary care physicians to replace them; more than 30 million newly insured patients; an aging population; increasing regulations and decreasing reimbursement—and it’s converging with a sea change of healthcare reform in a world of uncertainty.  

It’s the perfect storm that endangers primary care medicine and threatens to drive our trusted familiar physicians toward extinction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing; 1 edition (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614487375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614487371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you truly want to understand what's broken in our current healthcare delivery systems and how they can be fixed, read this book. If you want a better understanding of the Affordable Care Act and it's potential impact, good and bad, on healthcare in America, read this book. If you're interested in how to solve the problems facing doctors and patients alike now and in the future (without the political posturing and rhetoric), read this book.

It's easy to read and refreshingly lacking in jargon and medical-speak. If you're a doctor or if you've ever been to a doctor, you will understand and relate to the issues discussed by Dr. Anderson and his co-authors. No lecturing, no hyperbole. It's just good story-telling that in the process provides perhaps the best idea yet on how to improve our healthcare system.
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This book, Familiar Physician is a story that will enlighten readers on the perfect storm bearing down on primary care doctors and what each of us needs to do to protect what we value most about our health care.
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Anyone concerned about Obamacare and how it will impact their access to quality health care should read this book. It paints a picture of what is wrong with our current healthcare system and how the Affordable Care Act could change it (positive and negative) without being political or taking sides. It gives hope and shows the possibility of real affordable care for everyone despite the overwhelming obstacles ahead of us. I am not a physician, but I was immediately drawn in by the story of a family practice doctor and IBM on a mission to change how patients are cared for across America. It has reminded me of how important it is to have a doctor that knows you.
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This book by Dr Peter Anderson is well-written and timely. If you want an understandable assessment of Healthcare today then buy it. (My husband was actually a patient of Dr Anderson since we moved to Virginia in 2008. He could call Dr A's office any day (m-f) and get an appointment the same day.) This book describes in great detail the medical home concept and how Dr Anderson taught his staff to work as a team inside the exam room during each visit.
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As a physician I have always hoped that the relationship I establish with my patients is something that makes a difference to both parties. This book helped confirm for me the value of that bond. It re-inspired me, in the midst of all the challenges and changes, to concentrate on the individual in my exam room.

It tells the story of a Family Medicine doctor's personal journey to improve his practice and his life, interwoven with the story of the medical home and the role IBM played in its developmente. It was helpful for me as I think it will be for everyone, to learn more about this recent history in American medicine and how it will make primary care more effective. Few issues are more important to our nation as health care and none are as important on a personal level. The Familiar Physician reinforces that theme in a clear and consistent way and I highly recommend it for everyone who provides or receives medical care.
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I believe medical care is personal and requires a doctor-patient relationship. Peter Anderson and other primary care providers are great examples of the medical provider one needs when health issues arise. The potential changes are scary in light of health issues each person can face; it is frustrating that individuals will lose control over how they and a known and trusted physician can work in concert to treat and cure. This book can direct us to some ideas to help medical care reform without losing the personal freedoms associated with health care.
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Dr. Anderson is in that creative vanguard of healthcare providers who rather than curse the darkness concerning the many recent changes in healthcare delivery, seek instead to adapt and respond constructively to preserve personalized patient care while meeting the demands of affordability and profitability --- no small feat. Formed in the caldron of impending failures in his primary care practice, Dr. Anderson reinvented his practice based on his model of Family Team Care. Over a period of a thousand days, Dr. Anderson refashioned and implemented this model "to really change the practice culture, develop the needed education and training, re-engineer our administrative structure and build in performance measures." The result: greater satisfaction for providers and patients, maximization of resources, higher patient volumes, more revenues, and, perhaps most importantly for Dr. Anderson, a restored joy in practicing medicine. This book is the story of the challenges faced by Dr. Anderson on a micro level in the context of the larger national changes in healthcare. It is also the story of Dr. Anderson's discovery of a parallel national response led by Dr. Paul Grundy, IBM's Global Director of Healthcare Transformation, and many other leaders comprising the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, seeking to advance patient-centered healthcare under the rubric of the "Medical Home." Dr. Anderson's practice model is, in essence, Dr. Grundy's "boots on the ground" Medical Home. Likewise, his emphasis on the absolute need for the profession to recognize and value personalized healthcare through the "Familiar Physician" is yet another contribution to help preserve what is good in American medicine, as well as identifying how to make it more affordable. This is a must read for the medical community.
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