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PCPI Announcements

October 2, 2018

PCPI Announcements

In this issue...


PCPI Welcomes Dr. Nadene Chambers


You are Invited to Share Your Voice


Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Opportunity


MMS Blueprint Version 14.0 Released


CMS Publishes Updates to eCQM Value Sets for 2019


Closing the Referral Loop Article Published


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Opportunities to Engage



PCPI Welcomes Dr. Nadene Chambers

Please join PCPI in welcoming our newest employee, Nadene Chambers, PhD, filling the position of Associate Director, Measure Testing, where she will be leading the operational and strategic initiatives of the PCPI Measure Testing team. Dr. Chambers comes to us from the American Medical Association (AMA) where she worked with the Improving Health Outcomes (IHO) group. As a Senior Program Manager at the AMA, Dr. Chambers was responsible for developing and executing digital health strategy for the IHO strategic focus area. Prior to working within IHO she served as the Project Manager for Measure Testing within the PCPI, building staff capabilities within the testing team to conduct signal-to-noise analysis for reliability testing. Dr. Chambers has numerous academic achievements including a BS and MHA from Penn State University, an MS from Dominican University and PhD from DePaul University.


We are thrilled to have Dr. Nadene Chambers re-join the PCPI team and hope that you will join us in welcoming her at the Fall Conference on October 17th & 18th, 2018.


Opportunities to Influence



PCPI’s Measures, NQRN and Quality Improvement Advisory Committees Invite You to Share Your Voice

On October 17th, 2018, Chicago PCPI’s Advisory Committees will open their meetings for all attendees of the Fall 2018 Conference. We invite you to learn what PCPI is doing in the areas of Measures, Registries and Quality Improvement, and to consider joining one of these committee meetings if you:


  • Are interested in learning how the tide is moving in one or more of these areas
  • Have considered joining a committee and want to see what they are currently working on
  • Want to share your thoughts on how things should be progressing in one or more of these areas
  • Want to learn more about PCPI and how involvement in our Foundation can help you thrive

See our full conference agenda and register to attend, we look forward to seeing you!


Technical Expert Panel Opportunity

The TEP nomination period for the Impact Assessment of CMS Quality Efficiency Measures is now open through November 2, 2018.


Opportunity description:

CMS contracted with Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) as part of the Measure & Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) Contract to conduct the triennial assessment and report the findings to the public in the 2018 National Impact Assessment of CMS Quality Measures Report (2018 Impact Assessment Report). As required by its contract with CMS, HSAG is convening a technical expert panel (TEP) of stakeholders and experts to provide input on the development of the fourth triennial Impact Assessment Report, scheduled for release in 2021.


Learn more about this opportunity and apply here.


Stay Informed


MMS Blueprint Version 14.0 Released

CMS recently released version 14.0 of the “Blueprint for the CMS Measures Management System,” which is commonly referred to as the Blueprint. The Blueprint may be used to better understand the measure development process, as it includes the core set of business processes and decision-making criteria for measure development. CMS requires that measure developers use the Blueprint, but it is also a useful resource for non-CMS contracted measure developers who would like to submit measures. The Blueprint outlines steps in the measure development process which are used by CMS and the National Quality Forum (NQF), including: the importance of measuring and reporting on a topic, scientific acceptability of measure properties, feasibility, usability, and use and harmonization.


Visit CMS’ website to learn more about the Blueprint version 14 release and to download a copy of the document.



CMS Publishes Updates to eCQM Value Sets for 2019 Reporting and Performance Periods

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) published updates to the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets to align with the most recent releases to clinical coding terminologies. The publication is an addendum to the eCQMs which were published in May 2018 and include updated value sets for eCQMs in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) programs.


The changes to the value sets in the publication include the deletion of expired codes and addition of relevant replacement codes along with the addition of newly available codes. Changes only impact the value sets to the eCQMs and do not impact the Health Quality Measure Format (HQMF) specifications, value set object identifiers (OIDs) or the measure version numbers for the eCQMs. Changes to the eCQM value sets are available at NLM’s Value Set Authority Center download tab. All value sets are available as a complete set or can be downloaded by measure. Additional information is available on the eCQI Resource Center.


It is recommended that all implementers of eCQMs in the aforementioned federal programs download the updated value sets to ensure measures follow updated requirements. More information about the addendum publication can be found on the eCQI Resources Center’s frequently asked questions and answers page.


PCPI In The Field


Closing the Referral Loop Article Published

The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management has published Closing the Referral Loop: Improving Ambulatory Referral Management, Electronic Health Record Connectivity, and Care Coordination Processes in their Vol. 41, No.4, October/December 2018 issue. Contributors to this article include Stephen Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, Director Quality Improvement, PCPI; Jignesh Sheth, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President Clinic Operations, The Wright Center; Constance Sixta, PhD, MBA, RN, Senior Consultant, Sixta Consulting; and Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, President and CEO, The Wright Center.


Article Abstract:

More than 105 million referrals of Medicare beneficiaries to specialists occur annually. Different settings and electronic health records have made care coordination complex. PCPI (formerly American Medical Association-convened Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement) and The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education sponsored the Closing the Referral Loop pilot project. Twelve dyads of primary care and specialist physicians sought to improve ambulatory referrals by mapping the referral process, and using care compacts, metrics, and electronic health records. Referrals closed on time increased from 40% to 70%. Clinical questions answered increased from 50% to 75%. Adoption of the change package and lessons from this project may significantly improve ambulatory referral management.


The full article is available for purchase from the The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.


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