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AMA-Convened PCPI® Names New Chair to Lead Quality Improvement Efforts

For immediate release:
Oct. 25, 2012

ChicagoThe American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) has named colorectal surgeon Frank Opelka, MD, as the new chair of the PCPI®.

"Dr. Opelka is a nationally recognized leader in health care quality and a staunch advocate for performance improvement and patient safety," said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD. "As the PCPI® continues its work to improve health care quality, Dr. Opelka's experience and reputation will be a valuable asset."

Dr. Opelka is a Professor of Surgery and the Louisiana State University (LSU) System Executive Vice President for Health Care Redesign. He founded the Surgical Quality Alliance and serves on many national alliances, initiatives and committees, including the National Quality Forum's National Priority Partnership and the Measures Application Partnership. He has been a member of the American College of Surgeons for more than 25 years and has served on the PCPI Executive Committee for the past five years.

"I am honored to serve as the new chair of the PCPI," said Dr. Opelka. "I look forward to working in partnership with the PCPI® membership and other organizations as we expand the PCPI's current leadership role in performance measurement by improving access to data and quality improvement support to ultimately improve the quality of care for our nation's patients."

The PCPI® is a national, physician-led program whose mission is to align patient-centered care, performance measurement and quality improvement. Made up of 190 member organizations, the PCPI® is dedicated to enhancing quality and patient safety. The consortium is a leader in developing, testing and implementing evidence-based performance measures for use at the point of care. To date, 280 individual measures across 46 clinical areas have been developed. For more information, visit www.physicianconsortium.org.

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