Update on the Family Medicine Registry

Submitted on Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:29

The Summer 2015 issue of The Phoenix introduced the ABFM's $13 million investment in a Family Medicine Registry, an effort with both a passive arm—TRADEMaRQ—and an active arm—DAIQUERI. TRADEMaRQ is already underway with nearly 260 physicians enrolled. ABFM partnered with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) to identify members to pilot DAIQUERI. The pilot of DAIQUERI, is focusing on physicians in small and solo practices, providing access to a tool that will extract data from their EHRs and create quality reports and be able to report quality data. While attending the GAFP conference, physicians shared their thoughts, expectations, and concerns about the tool.

Physicians who chose not to enroll in the pilot were usually in situations that would preclude them from participating at this time. One used a somewhat obscure EHR that is not yet compatible for data extraction; another worked in a practice without an EHR; a few others were retired. While no one was opposed to the initiative, some physicians said that they would prefer to wait until the kinks get worked out in the pilot phase before they sign on. A few were not convinced that the tool would actually have the ability to reduce their MC-FP and other quality reporting burdens.

Physicians who enrolled in the pilot expressed excitement about the potential reduction in workload in terms of both MC-FP and quality measure reporting, especially with increasing pressure for value-based payments. They recognized that the implementation of a new technology will be accompanied by challenges and will involve some bumps, but for them, these concerns were outweighed by the positive potential. A solo-practice physician welcomed the opportunity to make MC-FP and reporting quality less burdensome, so she can spend more time with her patients. Another early adopter wanted to take the opportunity to provide input into the design and functionality of the tool.

While small and solo practice family physicians face unique challenges when implementing new tools and technologies, those we met at GAFP were eager to learn more about what DAIQUERI and the Family Medicine Registry had to offer them and the specialty. The ABFM looks forward to working with them and learning from them over the next 6 months about how the ABFM can develop a useful, and user-friendly, tool to help physicians deliver quality care to their patients.