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PCPI Announcements

May 1, 2018


PCPI Announcements

In this issue...


Tales from the Measurement Front - Webinar Recording Now Available!


Connect with other registry professionals - join an NQRN work group


Measurement Science and Quality Improvement experts to speak at the IAHQ Annual Conference


PCPI Member Spotlight: ABMS - AMA - CMSS - HRS


Industry news - CMS Webinar: eCQI Resource Center Demonstration


PCPI on the Go

PCPI Presents at the Surgical Quality Alliance

Seth Blumenthal, PCPI’s Director of Data & Innovation, gave a presentation on April 24 in Washington, DC to the Surgical Quality Alliance. Seth updated attendees on the Registries on the FHIR project and focused on the continuing efforts to improve the ease with which health care data can be moved from one system to another in a way that’s useful and fit for purpose, so database engineers can implement in registries, EHRs and other clinical systems.


The registry community, convened through PCPI’s membership, collectively captures much of the important clinical data in healthcare. Registries capture this data in a way that makes them well suited to participate in innovative activities like Registries on FHIR. PCPI’s mission is to demonstrate the value of this work and share our results with the broader health care informatics and performance improvement communities. Our end goal is to increase the value of registry information to improve patient health outcomes.


Learn more about PCPI’s Registries on FHIR program here.


Measurement Science

Tales from the Measurement Front - Webinar Recording Now Available!

PCPI’s Measurement Science team is pleased to share with you the recording from our inaugural session of the NEW “Tales from the Measurement Front” webinar series. In this session guest speakers Aamir Siddiqui, MD and Caryn Davison, MA from the PCPI Member Organization, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), presented A Short History of Measure Development at ASPS.


To hear about our ASPS colleagues’ experiences in performance measurement and learn how their work in performance measurement is continuously evolving, download the recording here.


Stay tuned for the announcement of our next session in “Tales from the Measurement Front, coming soon...




Connect with other registry professionals - join an NQRN work group

If you are a clinical data registry stakeholder who is passionate about advancing the use of registries, we invite you as a PCPI member to join one of our volunteer committees:

  • Learning Work Group -- Asses the needs of the registry community, creating and curating practical content to address those needs.
  • Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDR) Work Group -- Promotes advocacy for QCDRs and creates resources to aid in the process of becoming and maintaining QCDR stewardship.
  • Interoperability Work Group -- Supports the Registries on FHIR project which focuses on the adoption of common clinical data elements in registries to improve interoperability.
  • Research Work Group -- This is a New Work Group designed to connect registry stewards with the wider community of healthcare information users with distinct research needs.

Get a taste of the projects our work groups have completed in the past by accessing these NQRN webinar recordings:

For more information or if you would like to join one of these groups, please contact either Chrystal Price, Program Manager, NQRN or Seth Blumenthal, Director of Data and Innovation for more details. We look forward to having you in the Work Groups!


Quality Improvement

Measurement Science and Quality Improvement experts to speak at the IAHQ Annual Conference

Don’t forget to register for this year’s Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) Annual conference which is kicking off next week Tuesday, May 8th, and will have representation from both PCPI’s Measurement Science and Quality Improvement programs. Here is a sneak peak of some of the presentations in store:

  • Get with the Guidelines: Advancing heart and stroke care improvement - Speakers will share resources and information about exciting regional QI initiatives that are underway and how you and your organization may become involved to drive better care and outcomes.
  • Managing the health of populations - Speakers will discuss the structure of participation in the Medicare Shared Saving Program (the Medicare “MSSP” ACO program), and how the AMITA Health ACO approached improving cost efficiency.
  • Managing Team Dynamics for Quality Improvement - Attendees will learn what makes a team and its purpose, as well as the stages of team development and how the stages apply to a QI team.

Get the full agenda and register to attend here.



PCPI Member Spotlight

ABMS Visiting Scholars Program due TODAY by 5pm (CT)

The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program advances careers, develops leaders and supports scholarship. The Program is a one-year, part-time leadership development and scholarship opportunity for:

  • Early career physicians
  • Junior faculty
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • Individuals holding advanced degrees in public health
  • Individuals holding advanced degrees health services research
  • Other relevant disciplines

Scholars attend (three) 3-day ABMS events, meet with healthcare leaders and, while remaining at their home institutions, conduct projects and research that are relevant to physician assessment, continuing professional development, physician self-regulation, and quality improvement. In addition, ABMS is pleased to announce two special areas of research interest:

  1. Improving physician diagnosis, offered in partnership with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  2. Evaluating effectiveness of innovations in orthopaedic surgical training and performance improvement, offered in partnership with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Visit ABMS Visiting Scholars Program for a detailed program description, candidate qualifications, online application, and to read about current and former participants. Remember: Applications are due by 5:00 pm (CT) TODAY, May 1, 2018.


AMA Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDR) Conference

The American Medical Association (AMA) will be hosting their annual conference for the QCDR Steward Community to come together and share their concerns, learn from each other, and discuss the future of QCDRS in the CMS; Quality Payment Program (QPP) - both MIPS and advanced APMs.


If you are a QCDR Steward or organization interested in becoming a QCDR, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to expand your understanding of MACRA, the QPP, and QCDRs. This is a complimentary meeting supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

  • When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018; 1pm - 5pm CST
  • Where: AMA Headquarters, Grand Canyon Room (47th floor), 330 N. Wabash, Chicago, IL
  • Note: Please plan on having lunch prior to the meeting or feel free to bring your own lunch. Hot/Cold Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Attendees are also encouraged to attend the CMSS 2018 Registry Summit, more details below.


2018 CMSS Registry Summit: The Future of Clinical Registries

The Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) 2018 Registry Summit is open for registration. Join specialty society leaders, thought leaders, payers, patients and health systems to discuss the critical questions concerning big data, investment, ROI, improved outcomes and value:

  • Where is the registry space going to be in 5 years?
  • What is the vision for the specialty society registry of the future?
  • How have registries driven improvements in care?
  • How can registries capture important data from patients and others?
  • How should registries interface with the broader healthcare community, including payers and data partners?

Thursday, May 10, 2018; 7:30am - 4:30pm CST - The Blackstone Hotel - Chicago

Register Here


Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions

The Heart Rythm Society’s 39th Scientific Sessions is open for registration. Join over 12,000 of your peers from around the globe and gain first-hand knowledge and perspectives you can implement immediately. This event will include:

  • 700+ Faculty members
  • 1300+ Abstracts
  • 250+ Sessions
  • Innovative & Interactive Science
  • Late-Breaking Clinical Trials
  • Live Cases
  • Joint Sessions
  • Poster Presentations
  • Global Networking Events
  • So much more

Tuesday May 8th - Saturday May 12th - Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Boston, Register Here


AMA Prediabetes Quality Measures - Available for Public Comment

The American Medical Association (AMA) convened a cross-specialty, multidisciplinary technical expert panel (TEP) to identify and define new quality measures for prediabetes. The draft measures proposed by this TEP represent the first measures in the U.S. intended to assist in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The proposed measures address screening for prediabetes, providing intervention for those with prediabetes, and follow-up testing for those with prediabetes.


Currently, eighty-four million Americans have prediabetes and 9 out 10 of these individuals are unaware that they have this condition. CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs are included in the health benefit plans of many private health insurers and the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program will extend the program to Medicare beneficiaries in April 2018.


The 30-day comment period begins TODAY, Tuesday, May 1st and will close at 11:59 p.m. Central on Thursday, May 31st. All comments are welcome and will be compiled to be shared with the TEP for consideration.


Please feel free to forward this announcement to others within your organization or constituency who may offer insight and expertise. View or download the set of draft measures and submit your comments by clicking here.


Industry news

CMS Webinar: eCQI Resource Center Demonstration

On Thursday, May 10th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to re-introduce the Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center. Participants will be given a tour of the newly updated website, and will learn about tools and resources related to the electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) annual update for the 2019 reporting and performance period. Below are the webinar details:


The eCQI Resource Center provides a centralized location for federal eCQI initiatives. The site includes the most current eCQM specifications, as well as links to the tools, standards, education, and materials critical to support their development, testing, implementation and reporting. The site also provides news, events, and information on the harmonization of standards used with eCQMs and clinical decision support.


Join CMS for this live demonstration and tour the newly updated website to learn about the tools and resources related to the electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) annual update for the 2019 reporting and performance period.

Thursday, May 10, 2018; 12:30-1:30 pm ET, Register Here


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