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


The PAFP's Quality Improvement department is a hub for activities and programs that impact the quality of care doctors provide patients. From helping coordinate care to teaching systems change in practices and residency programs, the goal of Quality Improvement is simple - empowering family physicians to render superior care.
  • 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

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.

Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative

The Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening Collaborative was 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.

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.
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.  

Primary Healthcare Consultants

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

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.

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