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Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, of Castroville, Texas, collaborated with like-minded family physicians in his region to form an accountable care organization that now participates in the Medicare Shared … more
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Van Winkle launches website for AAFP President-Elect campaign
At the close of last year’s AAFP Congress of Delegates, TAFP’s Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, announced his intention to run for AAFP President- … more
Health Is Primary
A campaign to help patients and physicians find a home in primary care
By Kate Alfano
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, has practiced in Castroville, a small town outside … more
Highlights from TAFP’s Annual Session, July 23-27, 2014
The committees, commissions, and sections of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians met in San Antonio and deliberated on many important … more
By Lloyd Van Winkle, MD
For years, we’ve been hearing about the decline — even death — of the small primary care practice, but I’m here to say that obituary is premature, if not flat-out wrong. When a recent study published in Health Affairs touted the value of small practices, I didn’t need convincing. I’m a small practice owner and have been for nearly 30 years.
The study found that primary care practices with one or two physicians had one-third as many preventable hospital admissions compared to practices with 10 to 19 physicians. The study also reported that smaller practices achieved their impressive results despite caring for a higher percentage of patients with chronic conditions than larger practices.more
At the close of this year’s AAFP Congress of Delegates, TAFP’s Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, announced his intention to run for AAFP President-elect in 2015. Van Winkle has just completed his second year of a three-year term on the AAFP Board of Directors.
Van Winkle has practiced family medicine in rural Castroville, Texas, for almost 30 years. He is the medical director and CEO of United Physicians of San Antonio ACO. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and he is the health officer for Castroville and La Coste. He has served as medical director of the Medina Valley Emergency Medical Service for more than 25 years. He is an aviation medical examiner and a quality reviewer for Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute, and he provides expert testimony for Texas Medical Liability Trust, defending family physicians in medical malpractice litigation.
A member of the AAFP since 1985, Van Winkle has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for the past 10 years. He also has served on the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services, and as chair of the AAFP Committee on Communications and the Subcommittee on Awards.more
By Lloyd Van Winkle, M.D.
It used to be that when I had a patient whose health was declining and he or she was nearing the end of life, I would direct the patient to hospice care.
Hospice would take responsibility for the patient’s care, and I would receive updates by phone. I might go by and see the patient once or twice. Ultimately, I would be notified that the patient had died, and I would call the family to offer my condolences.more
Member of the Month: Mary Nguyen, M.D.
Rural doc enjoys caring for multiple generations of families
After earning her undergraduate degrees from St. Mary’s University in San … more