NQF Announces Inaugural Winners of Measure Incubator™ Innovation Challenge
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 The National
Quality Forum (NQF) today named Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH, Vice President of
Research and Policy, American Board of Family Medicine, as one of five 2016
Innovation Challenge winners for his concept paper, Use of registry data to
identify and develop Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and
quality measures. The contest, launched on September 18, challenged NQF
members and others in the measure development community to submit their ideas
to improve quality measurement, and compete to be one of five selected winners
to receive a cash prize and present their proposals at an upcoming webinar.
The winners announced today propose novel methodological approaches to
improving healthcare quality measurement.
Dr. Phillips' paper
proposes using a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to
identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures.
"The ABFM is working to relieve physician burden and to respect their efforts
to improve quality," said Dr. Phillips. "The PRIME Registry aims to liberate
their EHR data and turn it into dashboards to inform patient and population
health. By moving ABFM Performance Improvement Activities into the registry,
our goals are to put quality measures close to quality improvement options, and
to have quality improvement count for both continuous certification and the
Quality Payment Program. We are so pleased that the National Quality Forum
recognizes this as an innovation in quality measurement and improvement."
NQF issued the Innovation Challenge as part of its Measure
Incubator™, an initiative that nurtures the development of needed
measures by connecting organizations interested in particular measure
concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources,
and data. NQF received a total of 24 submissions for the Innovation
Challenge, and all entries will be featured as initial content for the
Measure Incubator's Learning Collaborative. Launching in early 2017, the NQF
Measure Incubator Learning Collaborative will share knowledge, lessons
learned, and best practices to inform, improve, accelerate, and better
target measure development.
"NQF is committed to fostering
learning and improvement in the measure development process," said Cristie
Travis, CEO of the Memphis Business Group on Health and a member of NQF's
Measure Incubator Working Group Committee that selected awardees. "All of
the papers—and the winners, in particular—pose very thoughtful solutions
to improve measure development and close measure gaps, and will undoubtedly
inspire everyone working to improve the health and lives of Americans
through quality measurement."
The Innovation Challenge winners will
present their papers during NQF webinars later this fall. Each winner will
receive a cash award of $2,000. The Innovation Challenge was supported by a
grant from Merck & Co., Inc.
2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Now Available
Monday, August 29, 2016 Are you an eligible
professional (EP) who needs to participate in the Physician Quality Reporting
System (PQRS) for 2016? The ABFM is once again an approved qualified registry
for 2016. Eligible Professionals satisfactorily report data to the Center for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on quality measures for covered Physician
Fee Schedule (PFS) services furnished to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS)
beneficiaries through PQRS.
You may use the PQRS Diabetes Module to
collect and submit data to the Registry on a set of 20 unique, separate and
distinct type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus patients of which a majority (11)
is Medicare Part B FFS patients. The reporting period is January 1 – December
31, 2016 and all the patients must be between 18 and 75 years of age.
- You are able to participate at no cost in our approved registry online
from your Physician Portfolio.
- Eligible professionals who do not satisfactorily report data on
quality measures for the January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 reporting period
will be subject to the 2.0% payment reduction in their fee schedule amount in
- Physicians working for more than one organization need to
meet the reporting criteria for each tax identification number (TIN) under
which they work during the 2016 PQRS program year to avoid the 2018 PQRS
payment adjustment for each TIN.
- The deadline for entering your data
into the registry is January 10, 2017.
For more information and
to begin participation in the ABFM's free PQRS registry see www.theabfm.org/moc/pqrs.aspx.
The CMS website www.cms.gov/pqrs serves as the primary source for all
information regarding PQRS.
Newsletter Summer 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 This summer’s
edition goes over the many improvements and simplifications being made to the
Family Medicine Certification process. These changes will go live on July 22,
and Diplomates are encouraged to review the relevant articles within to
familiarize themselves with the process and terminology changes.
The Summer 2016 edition of The
Phoenix is now available.
American Board of Family Medicine Elects New Officers and Board Members
Saturday, May 28, 2016 The American Board
of Family Medicine (ABFM) is pleased to announce the election of four new
officers and three new board members. The new officers elected at the ABFM's
spring board meeting in April are: Keith L. Stelter, MD of Mankato, Minnesota
elected as Chair; Elizabeth G. Baxley, MD of Greenville, North Carolina as
Chair-Elect; Christine C. Matson, MD of Norfolk, Virginia as Treasurer; and
Montgomery Douglas, MD of Farmington, Connecticut as Member-at-Large,
Executive Committee. In addition, the ABFM welcomes this year's new members
to the Board of Directors: Wendy Biggs, MD of Overland Park, Kansas;
Christopher A. Cunha, MD of Crestview Hills, Kentucky; and Michael K.
Magill, MD of Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, click
Newsletter Winter 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016 A Message from the
In preparing my message for this newsletter, I looked back
over the first several issues that we published after our decision to resurrect
this form of communication in 2005 to keep you updated on Maintenance of
Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP). As we transitioned together into
MC-FP from our old recertification paradigm, I made several promises to you in
each of those issues. More...
The Winter 2016 edition
of The Phoenix is now available.