MD Magazine (04/11/19) Kunzmann, Kevin
The American College of Physicians (ACP) introduced ACP Advance, a 12-month tailored quality improvement (QI) program to help organizations and physicians enhance patient care. The program's curriculum focuses on four themes for success: clinician engagement and ownership, team-based care, patient and family partnership, and maximizing efficiency while minimizing burden. Associated programs and resources for chronic care extend to conditions that include adult immunization, atrial fibrillation, chronic pain, safe opioid prescription, and diabetes. The physician coaching module offers insight from experts in the field who have had success in their own practices under value-based payment, who will collaborate with assigned individuals and teams to identify and manage gaps of care. Over the year-long QI program, enrollees will be assigned to the same coach and maintain access to a group of organizations seeking similar goals. Continuing medical education and maintenance of certification points will be offered to physicians participating in the coaching and/or curriculum. "Success in quality improvement improves patient outcomes," said ACP President Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP. "Making meaningful practice changes improves physician well-being because it promotes a positive culture and empowers physicians and their teams to engage in QI that helps achieve quality goals that matter."