PCPI Collaborates with ACR Developing Measure for Following Up on Unexpected Radiology Findings
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Posted by: Kasia Januszewski
The PCPI Foundation
PCPI Collaborates with ACR Developing Quality Measure for Following Up on Unexpected Radiology Findings
Nominees sought for Technical Expert Panel for initiative to improve clinical performance and patient care by closing the follow-up loop for patients whose imaging studies include incidental findings, funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
CHICAGO, February 7, 2020 – The PCPI Foundation, a national leader in clinician-level clinical quality measures, is collaborating with the American College of Radiology (ACR) to develop a new Closing the Loop-type quality measure(s). It is intended to improve patient care by encouraging all kinds of clinical practices to do a better job of following up when radiology tests unexpectedly detect signs of cancer or other conditions. This would result in earlier diagnosis and treatment, leading to better outcomes.
The new ACR Closing the Results Follow-Up Loop quality measure will assess the adoption of systematic tracking and care coordination by diverse practices to encourage the delivery of evidence-based, radiologist-recommended, follow-up care. “Measuring the performance of these vital systems will help practices strengthen them so patients don’t fall through the cracks when radiology tests find conditions clinicians weren’t expecting,” said PCPI Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Marjorie Rallins, DPM.
ACR is seeking nominations for a multidisciplinary Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to develop the measure(s). The TEP will include physicians, measure developers, quality improvement professionals, patients and their caregivers, and other interested stakeholders. Their responsibilities include refining the quality measure concept, informing the measure development team on appropriate details for the measure’s specifications and assisting testing and implementation of the proposed quality measure.
ACR is accepting TEP nominations through February 17 at 5:00 PM ET via a dedicated online portal.
“This project presents a tremendous opportunity to improve the delivery of evidence-based radiologist-recommended follow-up care,” said Nadja Kadom, MD, panel co-chair. “As a result, we expect to see a greater volume of patients benefiting from the early detection of cancer or other treatable conditions and significantly better outcomes.”
The ACR-led project is supported by an award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. It is one of nine funded through the foundation’s Diagnostic Excellence Initiative, which is intended to reduce the harm of acute vascular events, infections and cancer by improving diagnostic performance. Other recipients of these highly competitive grants include projects at leading universities such as Yale, Baylor, Northwestern, and the universities of Michigan, Washington, California and Utah.
“Reducing diagnostic error is critical to improve care. Measuring and improving the performance of systems that help close the patient referral loop by supporting patient tracking, care coordination and evidence-based follow-up care is vital to the effort. PCPI is proud to have been selected by the ACR to participate in this important, life-saving project,” Dr. Rallins said.
About The PCPI Foundation
Founded in 2000 by the AMA and independent since 2017, The PCPI Foundation is a national leader in developing and maintaining clinical quality measures and data definitions, clinical registry development and clinical quality improvement. Our members include more than 60 physician specialty and allied health profession societies, as well as patient advocacy, business and health system groups, and health IT and insurers. Dedicated to optimizing patient health outcomes, PCPI engages physicians, clinicians and key stakeholders to improve care through integrated performance measurement and clinically rich data to address shared health care quality challenges.
For more information on PCPI’s mission, activities and member benefits, visit www.thepcpi.org.