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AHRQ Strategic Framework for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Trust Fund Investments


May 23, 2022: AHRQ was seeking public comment on the proposed PCORTF investment strategy. The draft framework currently identifies five priorities for advancing healthcare delivery and improving patient outcomes. These interrelated priorities are intended to achieve the proposed framework’s overall vision of delivering equitable whole-person care across patients’ lifespans. Click here to read more about the framework and read ABQAURP's submitted comments.

ABQAURP News - May 2022


Timothy Brundage May 13, 2022: Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with announcements, discounts, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...

Optimizing Coordination Among Mid-Revenue Cycle Stakeholders

By: Tim Brundage, MD, CCDS
Medical Director & Chief Executive Officer, Brundage Group

CME News
  • Don't miss ABQAURP's Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference - Save $50 by May 31st for Early Registration!
MEMBERSHIP News
  • Join ABQAURP in Celebrating Nurses Month!
  • Transitions of Care News
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
  • AHRQ’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Strategic Framework: Request for Public Comment
  • 2022 HCQM Certification Exam - Save $50 by May 16th
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

Optimizing Coordination Among Mid-Revenue Cycle Stakeholders

As published in the May 2022 ABQAURP News.

To introduce a featured session at our 2022 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Dr. Timothy Brundage discusses how hospital leadership can develop a strategic process to manage bed capacity. Ideally, a plan would be developed through collaboration of hospital leadership and hospital-wide staff, with solutions that focus on maintaining or improving quality and outcomes. Read about this emergency department pilot program and learn more at ABQAURP's 2022 Annual Conference.

Read the whole article here


A message from our Corporate Member: Sound Physicians


April 11, 2022We want to hear from you!  We invite you to participate in Sound Physicians’ study to contribute valuable industry insights.


Sound Physician Advisory Services is conducting our second annual nationwide survey to analyze trends in physician advisory services programs and the potential for these programs to impact key hospital metrics. We will be gathering input from case managers, utilization review and quality teams, physician advisors, hospital leadership, and more.

As healthcare leaders, we'd like to hear from you.

How does your hospital compare to others in the industry?

  • Key focus areas for hospitals in 2022
  • Percent of total admissions queried for review
  • Average percentage of discharges from observation vs. inpatient
  • Average time spent on appeals or peer-to-peer
  • PA responsibilities and support
The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous. Once the survey period is complete, we will share the report results. Survey available through April 30, 2022. 

Take the survey here 

Download a copy of the 2021 Industry Report HERE. For more information about Sound Physician Advisory Services, visit www.soundphysicians.com/advisory 


ABQAURP News - February 2022


February 23, 2022: 
Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with announcements, discounts, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...

Integrating Pharmacists to Improve Transitions of Care Beyond Medication Reconciliation

By: Cheri Lattimer RN, BSN - Executive Director, NTOCC
CME News
  • Don't miss ABQAURP's Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference - Save $100 for Early Registration
MEMBERSHIP News
  • 2021 Membership Referral Winner Announcement
  • Congratulations 2022 Fellows -  view our Fellows for this year!
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
  • Now Taking Applications for the 2022 HCQM Certification Exam
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

Letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration


February 4, 2022: 
ABQAURP has joined with other health care organizations in signing a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in support of using connected health technologies to improve patient outcomes and reducing health care costs. The letter is in support of the implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and funding of its related programs. Consistently growing evidence suggests that digital health technologies improve patient outcomes, reduce hospitalizations, avoid complications, improve patient engagement, and reduce costs. Our health care system requires a shift to support continuous contact with patients in underserved communities across rural, suburban, and urban geographies. Recommendations in the letter are intended to allow access to broadband networks in vulnerable populations to facilitate the sharing of health data where and when it is needed most.

Read the letter here

ABQAURP News - December 2021


December 10, 2021: 
Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...

Happy Holidays from ABQAURP!


CME News
  • Don't miss ABQAURP's Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference - Save $100 for Early Registration
MEMBERSHIP News
  • Diplomates Recertify Now - Last Month for 2021 Cohort!
  • Apply for Recertification Online
  • FABQAURP Fellowship
  • Diplomates and Members: 2021 Member Referral Program
  • Not a Member Yet? Join Now - Get December Free
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
  • NTOCC Call to Action 
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

ABQAURP News - October 2021


New Port Richey, FL - October 29, 2021 – The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) welcomes its newest member to the Board of Directors, Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN. Appointed on October 18, 2021, Mrs. Lattimer brings a wealth of Case Management and Transitions of Care knowledge to the interdisciplinary board focused on bringing Health Care Quality and Management Certification (HCQM) and education to health care professionals globally.

Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, is Executive Director for the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC) and CEO of Integrity Consulting & Advocacy. Her leadership in quality improvement, case management, care coordination, and transitions of care is known on the national and international landscape. She is affiliated with various professional organizations and maintains active roles on several national boards and committees.

Click here to learn more! 

ABQAURP News - September 2021


September 28, 2021: 
Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...


CME News
  • ABQAURP's 2022 HCQ&PS conference - Save $100 for Early Registration
  • Cybersecurity in Medicine: How Can Physicians and Medical Staff Do Their Part? 
  • 20/20 Insight into Value-Based, Quality Care is available on Demand - Save $40 for a limited time
  • CMS Initiatives on Quality, Value, Patient Safety & Burden Reduction - Last Chance to order for FREE
  • New Online Courses 
MEMBERSHIP News
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
  • Diplomates and Members: 2021 Member Referral Program
  • Recertify Now - Only 3 Months Left for the 2020/2021 Cohort
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

2022 Payment Policies and Fee Schedule Update – Letter to CMS

September 3, 2021: ABQAURP has joined with other health care organizations to support the Multi-stakeholder Comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services re: CY2022 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies and Updates to the Quality Payment Program. We support the expanded use of digital health technologies in health care to improve patient care, reduce hospitalizations, avoid complications, and improve patient engagement (for the chronically ill). Digital health technologies are essential in addressing the rising costs of healthcare, both public and private, and with this objective in mind we provide our comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule for calendar year (CY) 2022.
Read the letter here

ABQAURP News - June 2021


June 1, 2021: Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...



CME News
  • 2021 Annual HCQ&PS. Thank You for a Successful Event!
  • 20/20 Insight into Value-Based, Quality Care: is NOW available on demand
  • Save the Date - 2022 Annual Conference!
MEMBERSHIP News
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

From ABQAURP’s CME Chair:

May 18, 2021: ABQAURP as an organization was able to achieve a significant milestone on Friday, April 30, 2021. In view of the pandemic, like many other organizations, we were faced with the dilemma of how to accomplish our goal to hold our annual meeting safely and effectively. Although unable to do so in 2020, we eventually were able to host the 43rd Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference, 20/20 Insight into Value-Based, Quality Care. We believe the presentations and related discussions supported our mission to improve the overall quality of health care while providing valuable information to our members and the health care community. 
Read more here


CONNECT for Health Act, expanding telehealth access, is reintroduced

May 18, 2021: A bipartisan group comprising half of U.S. senators has reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021. The bill is endorsed by ABQAURP and over 150 health care organizations. The act would expand coverage of Medicare telehealth services, remove geographic restrictions on telehealth sites and expand originating sites, and make some COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities permanent, among other provisions. ABQAURP believes it is important to support the telehealth initiatives that align with our mission to promote high quality and safe health care to our populations.  

Read the bill summary HERE
Read Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) press release HERE .
For more information from Healthcare IT News, HERE.  

Telehealth Initiative - Letter to Congress

March 29, 2021: ABQAURP has joined with other health care organizations to support the initiative to Leverage Digital Health Innovations in Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic and Modernizing the American Healthcare System. We support the expanded use of digital health technologies in health care based on a consistently growing body of evidence demonstrating their ability to improve patient care, reduce hospitalizations, avoid complications, and improve patient engagement (for the chronically ill).
Read the letter here

ABQAURP News - February 2021

February 1, 2021: Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

In this issue...



CME News
  • 2021 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference
  • 2021 HCQM Exam and Core Body of Knowledge Course Available
  • Is Your Continuing Education Accredited? ABQAURP accredits live, virtual, and enduring activities for CME/CE credit.
MEMBERSHIP News
  • CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award - Congratulations Dr. Benjamin Kartchner
  • Membership Referral Program Winner - Dr. Joanna Kipnes
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

January 2021 - ABQAURP selects Prometric® as New Content Development and Delivery Administrator

January 1, 2021: Partnership to Provide Greater Test Taker Access Globally

Prometric has been chosen by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians® (ABQAURP) as its new test development and delivery partner for its Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) Certification Exam.

Click Here to Learn More!

December 2020 - CMS Updates

Submitted by Thompson H. Boyd, III, MD, FABQAURP, FHIMSS, FACHE, CHCQM, CPHIMS, CHFP, CSBI

December 1, 2020: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released several Final Rules (effective January 1, 2021) that allow for the permanent expansion of telehealth services, improved payment for time doctors spend with patients, and allow Medicare patients and their doctors greater choices to get care at a lower cost in an outpatient setting.

Click Here to Learn More!

ABQAURP News - November 2020

November 1, 2020: Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

ABQAURP News - PSQH is Going Digital! The Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare (PSQH) magazine has gone digital! ABQAURP News will now be delivered to you via email with a link to the electronic ABQAURP News pages.
In this issue...

CME News
  • 2021 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference
  • New Dates Announced - Don't Miss 20/20 Insight into Value-Based, Quality Care on April 29-30, 2021, in Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Featured Session: Reengineering Healthcare Delivery to Combat Chronic Disease - Dr. Richard Milani
  • CME/CE Spotlight Course - Intro to Digital Health - Free for members through December 31, 2020
  • Is Your Continuing Education Accredited? ABQAURP accredits live, virtual, and enduring activities for CME/CE credit. Learn More
MEMBERSHIP News
  • CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award - Accepting Applications through November 30th
  • Corporate Member Highlight - Sound Physicians
  • Membership Referral Program - There's Still Time to Refer Members and Earn for 2020
Read the latest ABQAURP e-newsletter here

Age-Friendly Health Systems: Improving Care Quality, Safety, and Outcomes for Older Adults

As published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2020 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Marie Cleary-Fishman, BSN, MS, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, CHCQM, is discussing Age-Friendly Health Systems to improve health care quality.
Read the whole article here

Quality Measures and Improvement in Addiction Treatment

As published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2020 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Kimberly Johnson PhD, MBA, explores quality measurement for substance abuse.
Read the whole article here

Optimal Management of Behavioral and Physical Health: Six Degrees of Integration

As published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Fall/Winter 2020 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2020 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Dr. Sam Toney, is discussing how to integrate behavioral health care into the physical health care plan to optimize patient care.
Read the whole article here

Breaking Down Silos: Documentation to Support Utilization Review, Quality, and CDI

As published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Summer/Fall 2020 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2020 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Dr. Timothy Brundage, is discussing how to improve documentation to meet the needs of the provider and payor while maintaining a quality portrayal of the patient.
Read the whole article here

ABQAURP News - September 2019

Don't miss the latest edition of ABQAURP's e-newsletter with new products, reminders, and conference information. Read all about it!

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ABQAURP is Awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

As published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) has completed the ACCME reaccreditation process and is pleased to announce an award of Accreditation with Commendation.

Read the whole article here


Assessing Social Determinants of Health: How Important Are They?

HCQ&PSAs published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2019 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, is discussing what the social determinants of health are and how to use them to avoid preventable hospital readmissions. She will highlight how social determinants fit into population health management and the involvement of the care team in transitions.
Read the whole article here

Case Management Challenges and Opportunities

HCQ&PSAs published in the ABQAURP News pages of the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

To introduce a featured session at our 2019 Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference, Teresa Treiger, RN-BC, MA, CCM, CHCQM, FABQAURP, highlights challenges and opportunities facing today's Case Managers. Each Case Manager along the care continuum already has been, or will soon be, challenged by these three things: the opioid crisis, shared decision-making initiatives, and Long-Term Services and Supports.
Read the whole article here

Cybersecurity

CybersecurityAs published in the ABQAURP News pages of the November/December 2017 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

The care of our patients involves the establishment and the maintenance of their trust. Most important are the proactive steps that need to be taken by covered entities to ensure that protected health information remains private and secure.
Read the whole article here


New Clinicians Engaging in Patient Safety

patient safety reportAccording to the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), clinical learning environments must find ways for new clinicians to engage in patient safety initiatives. While much work has been done in recent years, medical errors continue to be the cause of adverse events. Contemporary principles of patient safety must be taught and promoted for new clinicians to change the future of patient care.
Download the report here

The Multifaceted Roles of the Physician Advisor and Influence in Health Care Organizations

Just and Accountable CultureAs published in the ABQAURP News pages of the November/December 2016 issue of Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare.

Board-certified Physician Advisors have the tools to be the agents of education and change within their health care organization - because they understand both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of the care that is provided. As the health care landscape changes, determine who is filling the role of the physician advisor at your organization.
Read the whole article here

ABQAURP Physician Advisor Collaboration and Sub-Specialty Certification

ABQAURP and ACPA formed an alliance to offer the first Physician Advisor sub-specialty for the HCQM Certification.

Learn More Here



Long-time ABQAURP Diplomate, Elaine Connor, receives 24th Annual James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award

Diplomate news item Elaine Connor, RN-C, CHCQM-CM, Patient Advocate at St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital in Savannah, GA, was recently honored with the James. R. Lientz Humanitarian Award. With a record number of nominees (and nominations for Connor), the peer nominated award is presented each year to one co-worker based on his or her exemplification of the health system's mission - "Rooted in God's love, we treat illness and promote wellness for all people" - and values: compassion, quality, integrity, courtesy, accountability, and teamwork. Congratulations to Mrs. Connor, we are proud to have you among our distinguished Diplomates!
Read the St. Joseph's/Candler news story here.

NEW Online Courses

ABQAURP online CMEWe are pleased to announce new interactive online continuing medical education courses are now available!
These courses are intended for Physicians of all specialties, Nurses, and Other Health Care Professionals with appropriate CME credit and nursing contact hours offered for each profession.
See Our Online Courses Here



ABQAURP & HRET Team up!

ABQAURP and HRET collaborateAmerican Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians Selected as the Continuing Medical Education Provider for the Health Research and Educational Trust.
Read the Full Release Here