The Foundation for Care Management (FCM), founded in 1995, is a non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization whose role is to fill the education and practice gaps of primary care providers to improve their competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes, as well as desired attributes: patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and medical knowledge. It is governed and advised by voluntary boards of interdisciplinary providers, pharmacists and nurses representing our educational partners. FCM is accredited by the ACCME for physicians, the ACPE for pharmacists, and the Continuing Nursing Education Group (CNEG), an accredited approver by the ANCC, for nurse practitioners and nurses.
The mission of the Continuing Education Program is to provide quality, evidenced-based, continuing education (CME, CNE, and CPE) to primary care providers (physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses), and pharmacists, who want continuing education that is convenient in time and easily accessible, and that will improve their current and future practices as well as delegated functions. FCM both directly provides and jointly provides activities with organizations that qualify and agree to uphold the standards of FCM as set forth by the ACCME, including those of disclosure and conflict of interest resolution.
To fulfill its mission of evidence-based course content, FCM peer reviews all potential lectures and programs to ensure that the content is science-based with published research and has content validity, balanced viewpoints, and free of commercial bias.
FCM conducts outcome studies of all activities and expected results are articulated in terms of changes in competence, performance, and patient outcomes. Evidenced-based outcomes expected of participants who complete FCM-provided programs include:
Enhanced physician-patient (or nurse-patient) relationship as a result of current continuing education in broad-based knowledge;
Effective and accurate treatment of diagnosed conditions, e.g. accurate and appropriate pharmacotherapy leading to decrease in adverse responses by patients;
Appropriate referrals resulting from increased knowledge of diagnostic criteria, recognition of need for specialist expertise, and knowing of resources;
Improved patient and/or community health or well-being; and
Cost-beneficial medical, nursing, and pharmacy practice in the real world of health care.
FCM maintains continual quality improvement (CQI) in its offerings through staff development, extensive and comprehensive pre-planning activity, and program evaluation, as well as Planning Committee and Board of Director review.