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Innovative Methods: New Applications

Partnership for Quality Improvement Evaluation With the American College of Physicians

How can we define symbiosis in health services research? CHSOR has partnered with the American College of Physicians to provide project design, methods and evaluation strategies for the internal medicine professional society's network of practices interested in improving quality of care. ACP offers members and other clinicians numerous quality improvement resources to help improve patient care and gain ABIM MOC practice assessment points.

CHSOR has provided advice on quality measures for Diabetes and helped develop an error reporting system for ambulatory care settings. In addition, CHSOR has provided outcomes evaluation for two past projects on improving adult immunization in internal medicine practices in seven states and chronic pain management among ACO member practices in Kentucky.

Current projects with ACP include evaluations of three ongoing initiatives:

  1.  Expansion of the adult immunization QI program to additional states, funded by CDC
  2.  Further testing of the chronic pain management collaborative improvement strategy across three states
  3.  Diabetes management initiative using PDSA cycles to rapidly improve with primary care practices in the Virginia Commonwealth University System.

ACP CHSOR
The ACP awards the CHSOR team for their evaluation assistance over the years.

Links and publications:

https://www.acponline.org/practice-resources/quality-improvement/acp-quality-connect

Enhancing the Safe and Effective Management of Chronic Pain in Accountable Care Organization Primary Care Practices in Kentucky. Wubu S, Hall LL, Straub P, Bair MJ, Marsteller JA, Hsu YJ, Schneider D, Hood GA. Am J Med Qual. 2017 Mar/Apr;32(2):178-185. doi: 10.1177/1062860616638154. PMID:27030687