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Quality Improvement
Improving performance in practice through systems change and data management

"YOU CAN'T IMPROVE WHAT YOU CAN'T MEASURE."

This is the motto of the PAFP's Quality Improvement department, a hub for activities and programs that impact the quality of care doctors provide patients. From improving colorectal cancer screening rates to teaching systems change in practices and residency programs, the goal of Quality Improvement is simple - empowering family physicians to render superior care.
 
WHAT DOES THE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT TEAM DO?
  • Accelerates quality improvement among primary care practices 
  • Supports primary care physicians and their care teams to provide consistently high quality care that improves patient health 
  • Motivates collaboration at the state, regional and practice levels 
  • Improves physician and team satisfaction
  • Improves the financial sustainability of primary care physician practices
  • Teaches the Chronic Care Model to its collaboratives
  • Collects data constantly to ensure continuous improvement
 
HOW DOES THE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT TEAM DO IT?

The goals of Quality Improvement are anything but abstract. Several collaboratives and initiatives are "on the ground" providing valuable support for physicians and their teams - and that means tangible results for patients and their providers. Please see the grid below for more information on the separate initiatives, what they've accomplished, and what the future holds for family medicine in Pennsylvania!
   
 
The Patient-Centered Medical Home

From PCMH-focused continuing medical education (CME) for its members to vital technical support for practices with electronic health records systems, an important component of patient-centered care, the PAFP is committed not only to helping your practice become more patient-centered, but to finding a Patient-Centered Medical Home for every Pennsylvanian as well.

For more information about the PCMH Initative, please contact Debra Hammaker, Director, Primary Healthcare Consultants (717-635-6223).


Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative

The Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative is a virtual learning collaborative which focuses on preventive care. Expert faculty physicians educate practices on CRC screening guidelines, "systems-based" change, and measuring and tracking changes in delivery of care.

For more information about the Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative, please contact Michelle Seitz, Colorectal Cancer Screening Collaborative Director (717-885-6929).
 


Residency Program Collaborative (RPC)

Including dozens of teams from family medicine and internal medicine programs, the Residency Program Collaborative teaches systems change in residency programs so that performance improvement and patient-centeredness are not limited to individual sites.  

For more information about the Residency Program Collaborative (RPC), please contact Kris Samara, Residency Program Collaborative Director (717-635-7587).
 
Community Health Center Collaborative (CHCC)

Including many teams from community health centers, the Community Health Center Collaborative teaches systems change in residency programs so that performance improvement and patient-centeredness are not limited to individual sites.  

For more information about the Community Health Center Collaborative (CHCC), please contact Kris Samara, Residency Program Collaborative Director (717-635-7587).

Primary Healthcare Consultants

Primary Healthcare Consultants is a key resource for Patient-Centered Medical Home transformation through education, implementation and facilitation.

For more information about Primary Healthcare Consultants, please contact Debra Hammaker, Director, Primary Healthcare Consultants (717-635-6223).

Chronic Care Initiative

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians was a part of the Chronic Care Initiative, operated by the Pa. Dept. of Health. The Chronic Care Initiative enrolled more than 150 primary care practices in its collaboratives.

For more information about the Chronic Care Initiative, please contact John Jordan, CAE, PAFP EVP and CEO (717-564-5365).


The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative
Residency Program Collaborative
The Chronic Care Initiative
 


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