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About the PCPI

The American Medical Association (AMA) convened the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) more than a decade ago with its goal of enhancing quality and patient safety, and fostering accountability. The AMA-convened PCPI continues to lead efforts in developing, testing and implementing evidence-based performance measures for use at the point of care.

The PCPI is a national, physician-led initiative dedicated to improving patient health and safety by:

  • Identifying and developing evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources that enhance the quality of patient care and foster accountability
  • Promoting the implementation of effective and relevant clinical performance improvement activities
  • Advancing the science of clinical performance measurement and improvement

The PCPI develops, tests, implements and disseminates evidence-based measures that reflect the best practices and best interest of medicine.

The PCPI is nationally recognized for measure development, specification and testing of measures, and enabling use of measures in electronic health records (EHRs). The PCPI’s measure development resources include a measure testing protocol, a position statement on the evidence base required for measure development, a composite framework, specification and categorization of measure exceptions and an outcomes measure framework.

Resources:

Recommendations to PCPI work groups on outcome measures

Measure testing protocol for PCPI performance measures

PCPI position statement: the evidence base required for measures development

A framework and empirical strategies for assessing health care efficiency

Composite measures framework

Guidance for requesting PCPI review and approval of measures developed independently by PCPI voting members

Specification and categorization of measure exclusions: recommendations to PCPI work groups

Guidance for requesting PCPI review and approval of measures developed independently by PCPI voting members

PCPI position statement: the linkage of quality of care assessment to cost of care assessment