Former Lexington physician appointed to Commission on the American Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. Joe Miller

OMAHA — Think Whole Person Healthcare announced today that Chief Medical Officer Joseph Miller, MD, FAAFP has been appointed to the Quality and Practice Commission of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Miller is one of just 16 family physicians nationally selected to serve on this commission. His four-year term runs until December 2021.

“We are experiencing rapid change in the areas of healthcare quality measures and payment reimbursement,” said NAFP President Trisha Sams, MD. “The work of this commission is imperative to advocating for and shaping the changes physicians need in this new environment. We are honored to have Dr. Joseph Miller from Nebraska selected to serve on the commission.”

The Quality and Practice Commission is one of eight commissions that direct AAFP policies and programs. The commission provides a venue for the development of recommended policy and programs related to the practicing family physician. The commission studies and develops recommendations, policies and programs for family medicine in the following areas: healthcare delivery systems, performance measurement, practice redesign/quality improvement, privileging, health information technology, practice management, private sector advocacy, physician payment and practice environment.

Family medicine, and its role in healthcare reform, is one of Dr. Miller’s greatest passions. He was the lead physician for the Nebraska Medicaid Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) pilot project (2011-2013) at Plum Creek Medical Group. Dr. Miller was also the founding President of the Board of Directors of Southeastern Rural Physicians Alliance - Accountable Care Organization (SERPA-ACO), in Nebraska. 

Dr. Miller moved to Omaha to serve as Chief Medical Officer of Think Whole Person Healthcare in November 2016. This is a PCMH model of care that includes other disciplines located on-site such as clinical and dispensing pharmacy, care coordination, behavioral health, physical therapy, podiatry, optometry and more. In his capacity at Think he leads the clinical teams as they participate in the CPC+ Track 2.  “Think is the best model in healthcare reform I have seen or read about. We are definitely achieving the Quadruple Aim: Better population health, more engaged patients, lower total cost of care and better provider satisfaction,” Miller said.

“Joe Miller brings a great wealth of experience and depth of passion to all he does,” said Rick Pane, CEO of Think. “He presents thoughtful strategies about how to optimally serve our patients at Think and I know he will be a strong contributor on the AAFP Commission.” 

Dr. Miller has been a member of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians (NAFP) chapter of the AAFP since 1984, the current chair of the NAFP Finance Committee, he served as President in 2015-2016, chair of the

Scientific Affairs Committee and Manpower subcommittee, and has also served on the Executive, Long Range Planning, Leadership Development and Scientific Affairs Committees.  He was the Nebraska Family Physician of the year in 2015.

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