Friday, February 5, 2010

Are you familiar with the AMA PCPI?

In the world of CME, the topic of performance improvement has been a hot buzzword over the past few years. In 2005, the American Medical Association (AMA) came up with a new format of CME called Performance Improvement CME or PI-CME. This type of CME follows a very specific, three-step process. Since we're on the topic of performance improvement, I'd also like to highlight that the AMA has a clinical quality resource called the PCPI. Here's some information about the PCPI: 
The American Medical Association (AMA)-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI) is committed to enhancing quality of care and patient safety by taking the lead in the development, testing, and maintenance of evidence-based clinical performance measures and measurement resources for physicians.
The PCPI is comprised of more than 170 national medical specialty societies, state medical societies, the American Board of Medical Specialties and member boards, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, health care professional organizations, federal agencies, individual members and others interested in improving the quality and efficiency of patient care. The 23-member Executive Committee of the PCPI has broad representation. PCPI Advisory Committees address issues related to measures implementation and evaluation; measure development, methodology and oversight.
Currently, there are 266 PCPI performance measures that are available for implementation. Descriptions and specifications for PCPI performance measures are available for 42 clinical topics and conditions.

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