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In 2000, the American Medical Association (AMA) convened the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA-convened PCPI) as a physician-led program to develop performance measures which addressed a significant gap in the measurement landscape. The AMA-convened PCPI, in partnership with its members, has developed more than 350 measures, many of which are used in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Meaningful Use, as well as private health plan payment models.
In 2011, American Medical Association staff to the PCPI worked with a group of committed volunteer leaders to launch the NQRN®, a national, multi-stakeholder network of clinical registry stewards and others interested in registries. The NQRN has created tools and educational opportunities, and increased the visibility and value of clinical registries as reporting and improvement systems. In 2016 NQRN was merged into the PCPI as a key program. In 2013, the AMA-convened PCPI launched the PCPI Quality Improvement Program to support its members improvement needs beyond measurement.
In 2014, the AMA and AMA-convened PCPI leadership undertook an evaluation to determine the optimal governance structure to meet the growing demand for value-based health care. The result of this evaluation was the adoption of new Bylaws in June 2015, which set the course for the PCPI Foundation (PCPI), an independent organization with an expanded membership.
The PCPI’s new Board of Directors and membership represents patients and consumers, health systems, hospitals, clinics, accrediting and licensing entities, employers, health plans, health information technology vendors, pharmacies, government agencies and quality improvement organizations as well as the historical members of physicians, health care professional organizations, and medical boards.