By watching the award-winning documentary, “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” you qualify for two (2) Prescribed CME credits from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). This could also translate via reciprocity into American Medical Association (AMA) Category 1 credit.
The background behind the film starts with two filmmakers, Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke, who came across the term “escape fire” while listening to a speech by Dr. Don Berwick, former head of Medicare and Medicaid. He talked about the broken health care system and how it related to the now famous forest fire ignited in Mann Gulch, Montana in 1949. The Mann Gulch fire overtook 15 firefighters; only three survived, one being the firefighter who started an escape fire. Berwick says in the film, “We’re in Mann Gulch health care; it’s in really bad trouble.”
Definition of “Escape Fire”
“Escape Fire” is defined as a swath of grassland of forest intentionally ignited to provide shelter from an oncoming blaze. It is “an improvised effective solution to a crisis that cannot be solved using traditional approaches.”
While watching the film, health care professionals will be able to identify 10 learning objectives associated with this CME activity:
The issues outlined in the film relate to:
- Clarify the importance of preventive medicine in family practice
- Summarize the main issues the film raises with the current healthcare system
- Deconstruct the ways in which an existing practice may undermine patient outcomes.
- Evaluate new approaches for improving patient outcomes by increasing focus on high-touch, preventative strategies.
- Identify strategies for incorporating integrative medicine into an existing practice.
- Judge the pros and cons of the solutions to the health care crisis as presented in the film.
- Create new ways to approach integrative patient care based on the solutions presented in the film.
- Design ways to work collaboratively with colleagues across specialties in order to improve patient care.
- Evaluate the necessity of, and alternatives to, invasive and costly tests, medications and procedures.
- Consider ways to engage patients in promoting, supporting and monitoring healthier lifestyle choices.
To begin the online assessment for the ESCAPE FIRE CME activity, click here. Term of approval is for one year from this date with the option of yearly renewal. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To learn more about the film and watch the movie trailer visit the film’s website at www.escapefiremovie.com.