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Quality Improvement Program

PCPI Quality Improvement in Action Program

Many national programs are under way to drive higher standards of quality, eliminate redundant work, control spending and require more transparency through public reporting. Most healthcare providers are under intense pressure to reevaluate their processes of care and operational structures.

In spite of the availablility of various quality improvement initiatives, physicians need tools and support for their efforts to make sustainable quality improvement, and Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) members have requested help in providing such tools and support to their members.

After more than a decade of work in providing sound performance measures for physicians, the PCPI has established itself as a premier performance measure developer. Although valid and reliable measurement is an important piece in performance improvement, there is no evidence that measurement alone leads to significant and sustainable performance improvement, and the PCPI's original goal—just as its name states—is to facilitate health care professionals in performance improvement.

Since 2009, the PCPI has been providing activities and resources to increase awareness of improvement initiatives and innovative strategies that have demonstrated more effective and coordinated care delivery systems and improved patient outcomes.

Building on the foundation laid by these activities, the PCPI is now developing a more robust quality improvement program to support physicians and other health care professionals in their efforts to improve the efficiency and quality of care they deliver to patients.  To provide significant experience and insight to inform program development, the PCPI Executive Committee established the Quality Improvement Advisory Panel in 2011 to help guide the development of future initiatives in the area of quality improvment. The Advisory Panel includes the following members:

Robert Bonow, MD*
Northwestern University

Joyce Bruno Reitzer, LPN, MBA, MIPH
American College of Chest Physicians

Maureen Dailey, DNSC, RN
American Nurses Association

David Flum, MD, MPH
University of Washington

Gregg Fonarow, MD
UCLA Medical Center

William Golden, MD*
University of Arkansas Medical Center

Richard Hellman, MD*
University of Missouri/Kansas City

Keith Mandel, MD (Advisory Panel Chair)
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Julie Morath, RN, MS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
The John Hopkins University

Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH*
Washington/Idaho Regional Extension Center