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Day 1: Monday March 19, 2018

7:00 am - 3:30 pm


Ballroom Foyer

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental breakfast

Salon III

Pre-conference Sessions

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Measurement Science Boot Camp

The PCPI’s Measurement Science Boot Camp offers attendees an in-depth introduction to the measure development process. This is an opportunity to learn from experts about the PCPI’s measure conceptualization and design, as well as our approach to the technical specification of clinical quality measures.

Who should attend
: The Measurement Science Boot Camp offers an introduction to the measure development process for individuals new to measure development or those who need a refresher on current measure development practices. The Boot Camp also provides an opportunity for measure developers and implementers to learn about best practices and resources for developing and interpreting technical specifications as a part of electronic clinical quality measure development.


Presenters: PCPI Measurement Science Team

Yvette Apura, RHIA, Beth Bostrom, MPH, Elvia Chavarria, MPH, Kerri Fei, MSN, RN, Diedra Gray, MPH, Courtney Hurt, MSW, LCSW, Jamie Lehner, MBA, Samantha Tierney, MPH


Salon I

8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Innovation in Health Care Workshop

Is your organization struggling to adapt to value-based payment? This shift in payment is a threat to the current business model that most health systems’ revenues are built upon.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with Catalysis, a mission driven organization of industry experts transforming healthcare by enabling leaders to dramatically improve their healthcare systems, change organizational behaviors, and enhance the delivery of patient care while lowering its cost.            


The workshop serves as an introduction to the care model innovation capability through the lens of the development and diffusion of the Care in Place program at Atrius Health, a large multi-specialty and primary care physician group in eastern Massachusetts.

Who Should Attend: Clinical and nonclinical leaders across the healthcare industry

Presenter: Ted Toussaint, Catalysis Faculty



8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Registries on FHIR working session


Interested in healthcare interoperability? In this working session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and influence the direction of the Registries on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) project, a collaboration between PCPI, the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and MDEpiNet, (an FDA Public-Private Partnership) to reduce the burden of participating in registries by improving interoperability between registries and EHRs.


Who should attend: The Registries on FHIR working session is intended for anyone interested in interoperability and registries. The plenary sessions will be useful for registry stewards and those who participate in registries to understand the current landscape of interoperability efforts and how PCPI working to help registries in this area. The breakout sessions will offer opportunities to learn and influence the content and governance of the common clinical data set we are development – come and make sure your voice is heard!


Keynote Speaker: Doug B. Fridsma, MD PhD FACP FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)            

Presenters: Julia Skapik, MD, Chief Health Information Officer, Cognitive Medical Systems

James E. Tcheng, MD, Chair, Informatics and GUIDID Workgroup, MDEpiNET

Seth Blumenthal, MBA, PCPI


Salon II

Registries on FHIR Breakout Sessions

11:15 am – 2:00 pm

Registries on FHIR Breakout I: Marketing & Governance


This breakout will focus on two questions:            

What do we need to do at governance level to ensure that these standards meet the needs of clinicians, registry stewards and others interested in registries?

How do we engage the clinical community and get the message out?


Breakout leaders: Steve Bratt, PhD, MITRE Corporation

Rebecca Wilgus, Duke Clinical Research Institute  


Salon II

11:15 am – 2:00 pm

Registries on FHIR Breakout II: Implementation


Review the process steps to implement the standards in registries and EHRs, and then to make them available through standards bodies for others to use.


Breakout leaders: Anita Walden, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, co-chair, HL7 Clinical Interoperability Council Work Group
AbdulMalik Shakir, Hi3 Solutions


      Plaza B

11:15 am – 2:00 pm

Registries on FHIR Breakout III: Clinical Content Development


Review a draft set of Registries on FHIR common data elements and provide input that will influence the development of these standards.


Breakout leader: James Tcheng, MD, DCRI
Susan Matney, PhD, RNC-OB, Medical Informaticist, Intermountain Healthcare


Plaza D

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Salon III

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome reception and vendor fair

Ballroom Foyer

Day 2: Tuesday March 20, 2018


7:00 am – 3:30 pm


Ballroom Foyer


7:00 am – 8:30 am

Continental breakfast

Plaza Ballroom


Board Subcommittee Meetings (Committee members only)


9:15 am – 10:15 am

Finance Subcommittee

Plaza A


10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Long Range Planning Subcommittee

Plaza A


 QCDR Session
 8:00 am - 11:00 am Advocating for Meaningful Measures in Qualified Clinical Data Registries

Please join the PCPI's measurement and registry programs as we bring together QCDR stewards for an interactive dialogue on measures in QCDRs.

Purpose: The purpose of this meeting is to convene QCDR stewards to discuss several important elements in the QCDR self-nomination process: measure criteria, requests to change measures and the timeframes in which these requests are to be met. This process will allow QCDR stewards to share experiences in an effort to come to consensus on key concerns as PCPI members seek to meet with CMS and petition for a review of the existing QCDR process.
Plaza D  

Advisory Committee Meetings (Open to all attendees)


11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Measures Advisory Committee (MAC)

  • Project updates
    - Insights from MAC member experiences on NQF/CMS projects
    MAC harmonization project status update
    - MAC unintended consequences project status update
  • Wrap up and next steps

Salon I


11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Quality Improvement Advisory Committee (QIAC)

• Project updates

• Strategic planning for 2018

• Wrap up and next steps


Salon II



NQRN Work Groups and Advisory Committee



11:00 am – 12:00 am

QCDR Work Group

Plaza B


11:00 am – 12:00 am

Registry Innovation and Education Resources Work Group

Plaza C


12:00 am – 2:00 pm

NQRN Advisory Committee

Project updates

New educational programming and how to engage registries in advocacy efforts

Wrap up and next steps


Salon III


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Plaza Ballroom


2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Board meeting (PCPI Board members only)

Salon II


Leadership Circle


6:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Ballroom Foyer


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Leadership Circle Dinner and Presentation


The Value of Disclosure of Adverse Events and the 'Second Victim'

Keynote Speaker: Albert Wu, MD, MPH             

Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Salon III


Day 3: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

7:30 am – 3:30 pm


Ballroom Foyer

7:30 am – 8:30 am


Plaza Ballroom

Breakfast Roundtables

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Roundtable 1: Quality improvement discussion

Roundtable 2: Office hours: Measure development topics

Roundtable 3: Office hours: Measure testing topics

Roundtable 4: Office hours: Measure specifications topics

Roundtable 5: Clinical registries
Using Your Registry to Drive Research and Quality Improvement: the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4) Experience.
Michael Gaies MD MPH MSc, Executive Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium

Roundtable 6: New member orientation


Plaza Ballroom

General Session – AM Plenary

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome and opening remarks


The PCPI: Innovating and Working Together to Achieve the Promise of Healthcare Quality Improvement

Jack McIntyre, MD, Chair, PCPI Board of Directors

Kevin Donnelly, CEO and Executive Director, PCPI

Marjorie Rallins, DPM, MSMI, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, PCPI


Grand Ballroom

8:45 am – 9:45 am

Opening keynote address


Achieving National Aims in Healthcare Quality Improvement

Keynote speakers:

Dennis Wagner, Director, Quality Improvement & Innovation Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS

Paul McGann, MD, MD, CEO for Quality Improvement, CMS


Grand Ballroom

9:45 am – 10:00 am


Tracks with breakout sessions

10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Track 1: Moving toward alternative payment models

Track 2: Strategies for implementing improvement

Track 3: NQRN and Clinical Registries, developed in collaboration with CMSS


10:00 am – 11:00 am

Track 1 Session A

Alternative Payment Models: Past, Present and Future


Presenter: Tim Gronniger, MPP, MHSA
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Development, Caravan Health


Track 2 Session A

PDSA: Thinking and Coaching


 Presenter: Marta Karlov, MPHM, Education Director, Catalysis             


Track 3 Session A

Risk adjustment



Presenter: David Shahian, MD
Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Vice President of the Mass General Center for Quality and Safety and Associate Director of the Codman Center

Track 1–Diplomat


Track 2–Plaza A & B


Track 3–Plaza C & D

11:00 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Track 1 Session B

Insights and lessons learned with existing alternative payment models

Track 2 Session B

Closing the referral loop: Improving Communication and Referral Management



Jignesh Sheth, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations, The Wright Center

Tiffany Jaskulski, BSBA, EHR and Clinical Innovation Specialist, The Wright Center

Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR, Director, Quality Improvement, PCPI

Track 3 session B

Measures in Limbo: Navigating Topped-Out and Low-Bar Measures


Amy Bennett, JD Manager, Quality Improvement, American Academy of Neurology

Track 1–Diplomat


Track 2–Plaza A & B


Track 3–Plaza C & D

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Track 1 Session C

Innovations in specialty payment models


William B. Borden, MD

Chief Quality and Population Health Officer, George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates


Jeff Giullian, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Services

National Group Medical Director

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Track 2 Session C

Quality Improvement Showcase


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: Improving 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

Track 3 Session C

Registry sustainability: The ACOG Maternal Quality Improvement Project


Stephen K. Hasley, MD, FACOG

Chief Medical Information Officer, American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians

Track 1–Diplomat


Track 2–Plaza A & B


Track 3–Plaza C & D

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


General Session – PM plenary

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Keynote


Innovation in Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities

Keynote Speaker:
Susan Dentzer

President and CEO, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation


Grand Ballroom

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Closing remarks


Presenters: John McIntyre, MD,

Kevin Donnelly


Grand Ballroom