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PCPI Announcements

June 12, 2018

PCPI Announcements

In this issue...

Follow-up session: Tales from the Measurement Front

Volunteer Leadership

Webinar Recording Posted - Registries and Interoperability

Improving Ambulatory Referral Management and Communication

Achieving Improvement Through Assessment and Learning. Together.

Quality Improvement Showcase Webinar

Member Spotlight: Upcoming Events - Submission Requests - Draft Measures

CMS unveils scorecard for Medicaid programs


PCPI On The Go

Defining Functional Status, Health State, Patient Goals and Social Determinants of Health

Marjorie Rallins, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, PCPI, has been invited to serve on a patient-entered wellness data and healthy lifestyles panel hosted by the American Medical Association’s Integrated Health Model Initiative. IHMI seeks to enable interoperable technology solutions and care models that evolve with real-world use and feedback, and PCPI is a launch partner in IHMI.


We invite you to join this and help influence the definitions of function, state, goals and social determinants of health.


Improving Diagnosis Quality

Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, Director of Quality Improvement, PCPI participated in a planning retreat with more than 20 experts focused on creating a national strategy to improve diagnosis, June 4-5, in Chicago. The meeting was sponsored by the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM).


Mr. Davidow participated alongside leading risk managers, patient safety professionals, patient and family advocates, policy and legal experts, as well as systems engineers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust, CRICO (the risk management foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care and Brigham Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Permanente Medical Group , Baystate Health, and North Shore Physicians Group.


ASHRM and SIDM will be using the ideas and recommendations to create a national roadmap, increase awareness, and engage new stakeholders – all with the goal to make major progress in improving diagnostic quality in the United States over the next three years. At PCPI we are exploring scale and spread of our Closing the Referral Loop initiative to support improving diagnostic quality.


Learn more about PCPI’s Closing the Referral Loop initiative .


Measurement Science

Follow-up session: Tales from the Measurement Front

At our inaugural education webinar in April, 2018 attendees received a concise history of measure development from Dr. Aamir Siddiqui and Caryn Davidson both from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you missed this session or would like a re-cap a recording of the webinar is .


In our upcoming second session in this series you will have the opportunity to learn about the successes and challenges faced by the American College of Radiology (ACR) from Dr. Jason Itri, Vice Chair Quality Measures Technical Expert Panel and Judy Burleson, Senior Director of Quality Management Programs both at ACR.


Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with and learn from your colleagues in Measurement Science.


When: June 28th from 12-1pm CST (1-2pm EST)


*NOTE* This session is FREE for all to attend live, however, the recording will be available for members only.




Volunteer Leadership

PCPI has a long history of inviting members to engage with us and lead important initiatives. Our volunteer leaders are critical in advancing PCPI’s mission through our advisory committees and work groups. If you are looking for opportunities to devote your time and talent, PCPI currently has volunteer opportunities available in four of our NQRN work groups:


  • Learning Work Group -- Assess the needs of the registry community and create and curate practical content to address those needs
  • Qualified Clinical Data Registries Work Group -- Supports advocacy for QCDR stewards and develops resources to aid in the process of becoming a QCDR and maintaining that status
  • Interoperability Work Group -- Supports the Registries on FHIR project, which focuses on the adoption of common clinical data elements in registries to improve interoperability between registries, EHRs and other data sources
  • Research Work Group -- This is a new work group that aims to connect registry stewards with the wider community of users of registry information for research purposes


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


Webinar Recording Posted - Registries and Interoperability

Take advantage of this important webinar where the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet) and PCPI explain their collaborative work to develop and implement data standards for common clinical concepts in registries.


This webinar features James Tcheng, MD, Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine and Seth Blumenthal. Dr. Tcheng and Mr. Blumenthal cover the important subject of how to lower the burden of capturing data across disparate registries and increase the ease with which the data can be accessed and used.


to watch the webinar and get an update on this work.


Note: PCPI webinar recordings are a Member Exclusive Benefit


Quality Improvement

Improving Ambulatory Referral Management and Communication

At the AHQA Quality Summit, peer-led presentations provide attendees the opportunity for in-depth interaction and discussion with experts and researchers, including other quality contractors, who are offering to share best practices. The 2018 Quality Summit will feature an expanded schedule of peer-led sessions highlighting success stories across the health quality improvement community.


Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, PCPI Director, Quality Improvement, will be leading a session on Closing the Referral Loop: Improving Ambulatory Referral Management and Communication, with colleagues from The Wright Center.


Interested in learning more about PCPI’s Quality Improvement Program?


Interested in seeing what AHQA and other PCPI members have planned for 2018?

Scroll down to the PCPI Member Spotlight.


Achieving Improvement Through Assessment and Learning. Together.

At the 2018 ABMS Conference health care professionals are invited to come together and discuss the latest issues and innovations in assessment and quality improvement to continue to improve patient care.


Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, PCPI Director, Quality Improvement will be presenting on two sessions “How to get started in healthcare quality improvement” and “Helping clinicians practice at the top of their license through QI”.


Interested in learning more about the Closing the Referral Loop Program?


Interested in seeing what AHQA and other PCPI members have planned for 2018?

Scroll down to the PCPI Member Spotlight.


Quality Improvement Showcase Webinar

Did you miss the Quality Improvement Showcase session and PCPI’s Spring 2018 conference? We are pleased to announce that all of our presenters have agreed to collaborate again and offer this cross-cutting webinar on the highly successful quality improvement programs implemented at their organizations.



  • Jason Itri, MD, Associate Professor, Wake Forest Baptist Health, American College of Radiology: The value of peer review in radiology practice
  • Selam Wubu, MPH, Senior Associate, Center for Quality, American College of Physicians: Adult immunization rates
  • Amy Beckrich, CAE, Project Director, Renal Physicians Association: Improving care coordination for chronic kidney disease
  • Moderator: Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, Director, Quality Improvement, PCPI


When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12 pm CT/1 pm ET


*NOTE* This session is FREE for all to attend live, however, the recording will be available for members only.


PCPI Member Spotlight

ABMS 2018 Conference

This event offers health care professionals and leaders from ABMS member boards, hospitals and health systems, specialty societies, and continuing medical education and continuing professional development communities the opportunity to learn about and accelerate the implementation of best practices in assessment and medical education, QI, health policy initiatives, and improving patient care through Board Certification.


When: September 24-26, 2018

Where: Las Vegas, NV


Learn more and register


AHQA Quality Summit

The AHQA Quality Summit offers a focused, annual opportunity for quality improvement experts from around the country to network with their colleagues, grow in their capacities as professionals, and learn some of the best practices being applied now in the field.


When: July 9-10, 2018

Where: Baltimore, MD


Browse the schedule of events and register


See more upcoming PCPI and Member events on PCPI’s event calendar:


American Journal of Gastroenterology: Special Issue on the Gut Microbiome

The American College of Gastroenterology is pleased to announce that the next Special Issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology will focus on the gut microbiome. AJG requests high-quality, clinically relevant research about the role of the microbiome in all areas of gastroenterology and hepatology. by August 15, 2018, being sure to indicate in your cover letter that your manuscript is intended for the Special Issue on the microbiome.


Depending upon response, some accepted manuscripts may be published in other issues of AJG. Send questions to Managing Editor .


New Measures for Rhinoplasty - Your Input is Requested

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in conjunction with the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and The Rhinoplasty Society have developed performance measures for rhinoplasty utilizing the AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Nasal Form and Function after Rhinoplasty. These measures are designed to be applicable to all surgeons performing Rhinoplasty procedures, regardless of specialty.


We request your expert review and comments on the draft measures by June 29, 2018. Your review should assess the specificity and usability of the measures so any necessary changes can be made before finalization. The draft measures comment survey can be found .


You are invited to share this opportunity with peers and constituents.


Industry news

CMS Unveils Scorecard for Medicaid Programs

“Despite providing health coverage to more than 75 million Americans at a taxpayer cost of more than $558 billion a year, we have lacked transparency in the performance and outcomes of this critical program.” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Scorecard will be used to track and display progress being made throughout and across the Medicaid and CHIP programs, so others can learn from the successes of high performing states. By using meaningful data and fostering transparency, we will see the development of best practices that lead to positive health outcomes for our most vulnerable populations.”

(, CMS Unveils Scorecard to Deliver New Level of Transparency within Medicaid and CHIP Program, June 4, 2018, )


This is the first time that CMS has published state Medicaid and CHIP quality metrics along with federally reported measures in a Scorecard format. Access the scorecard


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Want to learn more about PCPI and how you can get involved in our current initiatives to develop scientifically valid performance measures, implement quality improvement initiatives, and access multiple registries to drive optimal outcomes? Contact PCPI Membership Manager, Bevin Rousopoulos at .

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