The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a final interoperability road map for health care IT infrastructure in the US, but AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., said what is really needed is faster implementation. Wergin said system interoperability is needed to support care coordination and continuity of care and enable switching and integration of health IT programs. In addition, broader interoperability is needed for population management and patient engagement functions, Wergin noted.
The AAFP's first CME PerformanceNavigator Workshop is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in Carlsbad, Calif., and will cover diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. AAFP CME senior learning strategist Gary Bird said the three topics were chosen because they are common issues in primary care and cause significant health care spending but are linked to poorer outcomes.
Family physicians see the potential of electronic health records to improve patient care, but implementation can be expensive and burdensome, AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said that although EHRs were aimed at improving care and coordination and reducing costs, "evidence suggests these goals haven't been reached."
AAFP Executive Vice President and CEO Doug Henley, M.D., ended the 2014 Assembly by announcing that next year the event will be called FMX for Family Medicine Experience. He said the 2015 meeting will include more CME options and interactive sessions for family physicians.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was named the most influential person in health care by Modern Healthcare. AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, M.D., also made the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" list.