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Thank you! PCPI Conference October 28-29, 2015

Thank you to all who attended the PCPI® fall Conference on Oct. 28-29, 2015. For those who attended, we hope you will share what you learned with others in your organization. Presentation slide sets are available on the PCPI website.

Highlights from the first day included the Measure Advisory Committee discussion on the Measurement Science Strategic Plan. The National Quality Registry Network (NQRN®) Steering Committee met and discussed the 2016 annual meeting and reviewed the draft 2016 activities list. The Quality Improvement Advisory Committee reviewed the Closing the Referral Loop evaluation project and the QI survey results and its impact on the QI Program plan. "Leveraging Registries for Advanced Clinical Information and Knowledge Management" was the subject of the afternoon educational session.

The first PCPI Inaugural Board of Directors meeting was held on Oct. 29. Dr. Frank Opelka was elected Chair; Dr. Adrienne Mims Vice-Chair; Dr. Jay Gold Secretary; and Dr. Barbara Levy Treasurer of the PCPI. Currently 18 of the 25 Board of Directors seats have been filled, with organization representatives from diverse health care backgrounds such as health plans, healthcare professional accrediting organizations, healthcare professionals, health systems, pharmacy, quality improvement organizations and a state medical society. The new board is anticipated to be fully seated by the beginning of 2016.

Dr. Frank Opelka, PCPI Board of Directors Chair, kicked off the second day of the conference, sharing PCPI's belief that "Improvement is Everyone's Business" and describing the steps PCPI will take during 2016 towards becoming a multi-stakeholder organization. Dana Richardson, PCPI Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives, followed with a presentation titled “Are We Ready to Lead?” providing a framework for large-scale improvement as well as information about the current landscape. Attendees also heard Dr. Doug Fridsma, President and CEO at the American Medical Informatics Association, present on evaluating challenges and potential solutions to the lack of interoperability in the current health care performance evaluation ecosystem. A conference highlight was a presentation by Dr. Thomas Mason, HHS’ Chief Medical Officer on "Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap." Attendees also learned from a quality improvement panel about successful scale and spread of programs based on work done by the Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program and the On the CUSP: Stop BSI Program. The panel speakers included Drs. Shilpen Patel and Gary Roth and was moderated by Dr. Amy Mullins. The conference concluded with a panel engaging in a moderated discussion to share strategies about how to engage the health system c-suite in performance improvement as payment models shift from volume to performance.