The Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care

Health care in the United States is going through stormy changes that threaten health professionals’ wellbeing and the public’strust. The ways in which health care professionals are currently measured and valued often work against the behaviors and relationships that patients want and expect from their providers. The Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care (CPV) aims to study relationships between professionalism and value, promote their alignment, recommend ways to reduce burden, and better support outcome and quality improvement.

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  • Study relationships between professionalism and value

  • Promote the alignment

  • Recommend ways to reduce burden

  • Support outcome and quality improvement

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The Social Contract

The Social Contract for Health Care is a set of commitments between health professions and the public which specifies professions’ obligations in return for the privileges afforded by society.Unfortunately, over the past decade, the Social Contract has begun to fray and the public’s faith in the health professions is waning. At the same time, dozens of state and national medical societies have launched legislative and judicial challenges to the utility of board certification, whose key component, self-regulation, is one of the most important obligations of the Social Contract. Furthermore, most health professionals are now employed by health systems, insurance companies, and even hedge funds, which can confuse or threaten the trusted, healing relationships that patients expect. Due to this environment and the fear of a continual breakdown in the Social Contract, the American Board of Family Medicine and it supporting foundation created the Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care. The ABFM’s investment in the CPV, and the way in which it has been launched, is designed to open its capacity to address issues of professionalism and value beyond family medicine, and even beyond medicine. When successful, it will have a variety of partners helping to shape both the public’s and the provider’s understanding of the Social Contract as well as policies that better support its success.

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Our Staff Members

Robert L. Phillips, MD, MSPH, Executive Director

Robert L. Phillips, MD, MSPH

Founding Executive Director

Dr. Phillips co-directs the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care which aims to create space in which patients, health professionals, payers, and policymakers can work to renegotiate the social contract. The center will also seek to define value across the healthcare spectrum, how to measure it, how to improve it, and how to engage and develop leaders.

Prior to being named executive director of the center in 2018, Dr. Phillips was the ABFM Vice President for Research and Policy. From 2004 until 2012, Dr. Phillips was the director of the Robert Graham Center, a health policy research center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Phillips currently practices one day each week in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, Virginia, and is Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education, as president of the National Residency Matching Program, vice chair of the US Council on Graduate Medical Education, co-chair of the Population Health Subcommittee and as a member of the executive committee of the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. He also currently co-chairs the Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He served as a Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands in 2012 and New Zealand in 2016. Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Medicine for which he currently chairs the Membership Committee.

Dr. Phillips has deep experience in designing and implementing health services research pertinent to policy development and a history of prodigious productivity. His passion for underserved populations is born of growing up in a rural community that is both a Health Professions Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area, currently served by two Rural Health Clinics. It was bolstered by working in a Federally Qualified Health Center imbedded in a Federal Housing Project. Dr. Phillips’ research and policy experience led him to his selection by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on a Federal Negotiated Rule Making Committee for the redesignation of shortage and underservice areas. He consults at local, state, national, and international levels, and serves as a role model for aspiring students and fellows.

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Research & Policy

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH

Co-Director; Senior Vice President for Research & Policy, ABFM

Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As Senior Vice President of Research and Policy, Dr. Bazemore’s areas of focus include leading the next phase of development of the ABFM research enterprise, co-leading ABFM’s Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care and coordinating and developing ABFM career development activities for ABFM Scholars, Pisacano Scholars and Puffer Fellows.

Dr. Bazemore previously served as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine in Washington, DC, and as its Assistant Director for seven years prior to that. Dr. Bazemore helped cultivate the growth and evolution of the Graham Center into an internationally-known primary care research center with diverse funding sources. He guided and participated in the Graham Center’s research with special interest in access to care for underserved populations, health workforce and training, and spatial analysis. Dr. Bazemore also led the Graham Center’s emphasis on developing tools that empower primary care providers, leaders, and policymakers. He developed HealthLandscape, an innovative data engagement platform entirely funded by grants and contracts, including the nearly $1.5 million/year federal Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper contract that guides funding for all the nation’s Federally Qualified Centers.

Dr. Bazemore has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and helped to create the Starfield Summit series, the Embassy Series events and novel settings for the Primary Care Forum Series. He has served in national policy roles including the Family Medicine for America’s Health Research Tactic Team, and Board of Directors as well as important committee roles for North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the National Research Network, the Rural Training Track Consortium, the National Academies of Medicine, and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. He was elected as a member of the National Academies of Medicine in 2016 and named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians last year.

Dr. Bazemore serves on the faculties of the Departments of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also continued to see patients at Fairfax Family Practice Centers since joining the Graham Center in 2005. Dr. Bazemore previously served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and as a Professorial Lecturer of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Bazemore graduated from Davidson College, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina, and his MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also completed a Global Health Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

Jill Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS, Director, Clinician Measures

Jill Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS

Director, Clinician Measures

Jill Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS directs the Clinician Measure efforts atThe Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care. Jill facilitates the quality measure needs of primary care providers, researchers, and PRIME Qualified Clinical Data Registry Stakeholders. Ms. Shuemaker holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and was honored with a senior internship under the tutelage of T. Berry Brazelton, MD at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Child Development Unit. Being passionate about children and the family, Jill served alongside NGO professionals in remote areas of the Philippine Islands, Dominican Republic and a remote European village. It was during these experiences that Jill saw health care needs of the underserved and chose to expand her education through pursuing nursing as a career at The University of Central Florida. As a registered nurse, Jill continued to care for children and families in the neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery, as an international board-certified lactation consultant, and as a health department maternity clinic director. Ms. Shuemaker is passionate about family care and using technology to advance health through research, and quality measurement to improve care quality and influence policy.

Ms. Shuemaker is a certified professional in health information management systems, and current member and past chair of HIMSS National Quality and Safety Committee. She is a member of NQF’s Measure Feedback Loop Committee, The Core Quality Measure Collaborative, and has served on several government clinical quality measure and health IT task forces. She is a national speaker and presenter on various clinical quality topics such as data driven patient care, quality metrics and reporting in value-based care, interoperability challenges to eCQM reporting, federal quality reporting provider value proposition, aligning eCQM compliance with improving care outcomes, and value-focused reimbursement. In recognition for her expertise in the field of healthcare and information technology, Ms. Shuemaker received the HIMSS Foundation Covert Award. She is uniquely qualified to provide key insights in the use of health IT in care delivery, quality measurement, and regulatory reporting.

Denise M. Pavletic, Deputy Director, Clinician Measures

Denise M. Pavletic, MPH, RD

Deputy Director, Clinician Measures

Denise Pavletic is originally from New York State and currently lives in Washington, DC working at the ABFM Center for Professionalism and Value in Healthcare. Denise is an RD and holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In additional, she holds national quality improvement certifications through the American Society for Quality. Denise started her career as an active duty army officer and has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and population health initiatives at the community, state and national levels. Denise lives with her husband Greg and rescue dog Simba.

Sarah Hajjar, Director, PRIME Registry

Sarah Hajjar, MPA, PMP

Director, PRIME Registry

Ms. Sarah Hajjar is Director of The PRIME Registry. Since joining the ABFM in 2016, she has overseen the launch of The PRIME Registry and led its growth to nearly 3,000 Primary Care clinicians, with practices in 49 states. She has shepherded the integration of innovative tools within PRIME Registry that provide additional value to clinicians and practices such as the Population Health Assessment Engine, PHATE ™, and Patient Reported Outcomes.

Prior to ABFM, Sarah was Senior Manager, Six Sigma for Dynamics AX Implementations at Tempur Sealy International in Lexington, KY. She has an M.P.A from Eastern Kentucky University, is a Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and a certified Project Management Professional.

Eric Bickelman, Registry Program Manager

Eric Bickelman

Registry Program Manager

Eric Bickelman joined the PRIME Registry team in April 2019 as the Registry Program Manager. Prior to joining the PRIME Registry, he founded the IBUO Group and served industry leaders in secondary, tertiary, and quaternary sectors as a consultant. He has experience providing organizations with leadership and change management in transition and growth periods while working with executives to improve organizational performance. Earlier in his career, he held a range of positions in sales and service management, supply chain management, information technology, new product development, pastoral care, education, and training. Eric holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Anthropology from Humboldt State University.

Mikel Severson, Administrator

Mikel Severson

Center Administrator

Mikel Severson serves as the Center Administrator for Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care. Mikel started her career in the Intellectual Property field, primarily focused on Patent Prosecution. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Salisbury University. Aside from her work with the CPVHC, she is a mother of three, an avid runner, NFL fanatic, and a podcast enthusiast. Her, her husband, three children and giant Great Dane reside in Annapolis, MD.

Bailey Egan, Program Coordinator

Bailey Egan

Program Coordinator

Bailey Egan is Program Coordinator for the PRIME Registry. Bailey is instrumental in her support of PRIME Registry users, and the many registry-related programs and initiatives, including the recent Person-Centered Primary Care measure project.

Bailey graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business. She began her tenure with the American Board of Family Medicine in the Support Center, providing assistance to the ABFM Diplomates.

Aside from her work with the PRIME Registry, Bailey is also passionate about animal rescue and volunteering; she fosters and rehabilitates dogs in need and has participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program for the past five years. In her free time, Bailey enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her rescue dog, Buddy.

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Advisory Board

Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Christine Everett


Dr. Everett is an Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) and in the Department of Population Sciences at Duke University. She serves as the Director of the Clinical Research Unit for the DFMCH. Dr. Everett is also a practicing PA at a local non-profit that serves the primary care needs of people recovering from substance abuse and addiction.

Dr. Everett’s research initiatives focus on healthcare team design and the impact on patient, provider, and organizational outcomes. Recent work has focused on defining primary care how they work together, and how they relate to outcomes for patients with diabetes.

Nationally, Christine has served on a range of governmental and non-governmental groups, including the Healthy People 2010 Workgroup, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Primary Care Team Workforce Models Workgroup, and the American Academy of Physician Assistant Research Council. She is currently the Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Samuel Johnson, Pharm.D, BCPS, FCCP

Samuel G. Johnson


Dr. Johnson serves as the Associate Executive Director for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) in Washington, D.C. In this role, he helps lead interprofessional engagement and research efforts aimed at optimizing the value and impact of pharmacist board certification.

Prior to joining BPS in 2017, he served as the Director of Health Policy and Interprofessional Affairs for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP). In that position, he was responsible for leading the work of ACCP in analyzing, developing, implementing, and promoting policies and programs to advance clinical pharmacy and its practitioners in progressive health care delivery systems at the national level.