Overview

ABQAURP Mission Statement:
The primary purpose of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) is to improve the overall quality of health care that is provided to the consuming public.

CME Mission Statement:
The Continuing Medical Education (CME) program will be continually reviewed and improved by incorporating traditional adult educational methods with non-educational strategies. The program will focus on barriers to physician change and develop activities in the context of desirable physician attributes as described in standards such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies.


A Multifaceted Approach to Health Care Quality & Patient Safety

ABQAURP’s 40th Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference (HCQ&PS) will deliver multiple innovations, models, and best practices that have evolved to address the challenges you are facing. As we address our core competencies, high quality and safe health care still remain anchored to the partnership between patients and their health care providers. Today’s health care is prov...
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Advancing Quality Through Consequential Measures

Health care providers can find some degree of security in the knowledge that the tools for achieving improvements remain grounded in stable fundamentals. Quality measures that support your mission while providing superior care and cutting costs are the key to improving quality. Performance measurement isn't just for health plans. Physicians are increasingly participating in performance measu...
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“In the Crosshairs”: US Healthcare in the Era of ACA

Health care today expands beyond treating the patient. Practitioners, health plans, patients, and administrators are all seeking ways to measure care, find the value, and improve upon outcomes. This activity features dynamic content from the leaders of this transformative era, giving you the information you need to provide the best care possible to our population. Now is the time to gain an in-d...
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Baldrige Criteria and Sustained Organizational Transformation

Implement world class results with the Baldridge framework overview, transformational change and recognize why the Baldridge criteria is preferred. Dr. Hertz will present a structured approach to performance improvement, common language for facilitating communication and share best practices including a framework for a systems view of performance management. Create outstanding customer exper...
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Case Management: A Model that Touches the Care Continuum

Readmission reduction programs have popped up all over the nation as hospitals seek to avoid readmission penalties. Sharp Healthcare in San Diego California, was given the opportunity to participate in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), through a grant from CMS to work with other hospital systems and the community-based organization Aging and Independence Services. Connecti...
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Creating a Just and Accountable Culture in Health Care

This course will describe the necessary components of a just and accountable culture and the distinction between human error, at risk behavior, and reckless behavior. Participants will learn the importance of aligning the goals of a just culture with organizational codes of conduct, provider based peer review systems, and human resource policies and practices. We will also discuss the import...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

DSM-5 and ICD-10: Uses, Challenges, and Documentation

Explore DSM-5 Coding issues, uses and misuses in the world of ICD-10. Dr. Peck will define the clinical dilemmas in the use of DSM-5 or ICD-10 and the important changes Psychologists need to know in certain clinical diagnoses. Examine clinical documentation improvement efforts in transitioning to ICD-10. MHMD Memorial Hermann’s journey to improve documentation and coding. At the conclu...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Evolving Practices in Patient Health & Safety

Learn about two initiatives that seek to improve patient health and safety by targeting practitioners. Huddle for Care is an online environment that brings health care professionals together to collaborate on transitional care. Psychological assessment is then discussed as it pertains to predicting outcomes and how this can contribute to safety for both the practitioners and the patients. No...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

ICD-10 & Accountable Care- Financial and Legal Implications

Address the new financial and legal implications introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ICD-10. Expand your understanding of the legal responsibilities faced by ACOs working with CMS data, discover tools for ACO success, evaluate the financial implications of the ACA, review ICD-10, and recognize the importance of documentation Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of wh...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Leadership to Improve Quality Outcomes, Safety, and Performance in Managed Care

In Module One, hear Dr. Sunil Sinha discuss Leadership to Create and Sustain a Culture of Safety and High Performance. Are You Leading Your Practice or Organization? Assess whether you are leading the most efficient practice with these intriguing sessions. Integrated health can only be successful with an integrated and cohesive team. Whether you are the head of your organization or an integ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Leveraging Physician Engagement

Discover what motivates physicians and health care professionals to work together to create an improved patient experience. Physician engagement seeks to reduce suffering for patients and improve upon safety and quality measures. This session discusses the importance of culture and communication in driving physician engagement, and how to measure success. Now is the time to gain an in-depth ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

MACRA - Changing How Medicare Pays Providers

The Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is federal legislation enacted by the United State Congress and signed into law by President Obama on April 16, 2015, intended to contain healthcare costs and to focus Medicare spending on the quality of services beneficiaries receive rather than the quantity of those services. MACRA repeals previous Medicare physician payment form...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

MACRA and Value-Based Payment Models: Regulatory Changes and Reimbursement Implications

MACRA, MIPS, and APMs...Oh My! Currently, Medicare measures the value and quality of care provided by doctors and other clinicians through a patchwork of programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Modifier Program, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), Congress stream...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Navigating What's Next with Population Health, Quality Improvement, and Patient Safety

ABQAURP’s 41st Annual Conference will integrate expert advice from national quality leaders into your practice while identifying best practices and tools to implement on your path to improving Population Health, Quality, and Patient Safety. Don’t miss this opportunity to become familiar with legislation and policy driving MACRA, MIPS, and other reimbursement changes. At the conclusion of ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Physician Leadership Development and Challenges

Physician leaders are essential to improving the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of health care. Where do you find such a leader and what are the keys for success? This session advises on the selection, development, support, challenges, and accountability of successful physician leaders. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of what is required to be a successful practition...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Practical Approach to Achieving Safety Across the Continuum

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) recently announced the positive results of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN 2.0) project. Just days after, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced HRET as one of 16 recipients of the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network contract. Hospital Patient Safety Efforts Over Past Year ...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Quality Measures Deliver Quality Care

Discover Duke University’s quality initiatives. Duke’s priorities began by incorporating the STEEEP criteria, Baldridge initiatives all while maintaining Duke University Values. Duke’s vision included quality/safety, patient experience, work culture and their financial position for growth. Transforming their patient-centered facilities with a strong teamwork structure, complex care plans a...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Quality Under the Affordable Care Act: Keys to Success Online Course

Be in the forefront of medical practice as it changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Protect your practice and improve the health of both your patients and community in this new environment. Now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding of what is required to be a successful practitioner under the ACA. Understand what is being measured and how to demonstrate improved patient outc...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

Recognizing Cognitive Changes in Health Care Providers

Learners will identify signs of provider burnout, and recognize when mental health management becomes a factor in caring for patients. Discover how the airline industry can lead by example when evaluating cognitive competence in their pilots. Can the medical profession avoid patient errors by developing some of the same evaluations? Join Dr. Peck as he explores cognitive function as a normal...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

The ACO Journey, Legal Environment, & Peer Review Risks

The formation of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) fosters the concepts of providing quality, safe, financially secure care; as such fulfilling the ethical responsibility the AMA requires for practitioners. Discuss the MSSP proposed rule on assignments, data sharing, financial benchmarks for ACO’s. Reduce your risks during an ACO Peer Review by preparing an internal audit. Improve you...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

The Expanding Role of the Physician Advisor and Utilization Management

As the landscape and focus on health care changes, key players will emerge as important factors in securing safer, more effective practices in the realm of quality and patient safety. In support of our alliance with the American College of Physician Advisors and in conjunction with the Physician Advisor sub-specialty of the HCQM Certification, this activity explores the importance and roles of t...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

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

We are in the midst of tremendous change in health care. The notion that a physician advisor only needs to know how to determine a proper level of care is well past us at this point. Physicians are taught how to care for patients first and foremost, and that will always be the primary responsibility. Providers are generally not taught how the systems that are built around them work; especially h...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

The Unrelenting Issue of Medical Errors

This course will examine the top patient safety issues causing medical errors, the patient safety organizations involved in the improvement process, tools we currently have to reduce these issues, and best practice steps to take now! At the conclusion of the activity, participants will be able to: • Analyze medical error data • Evaluate medical error case studies • Define national p...


The Value of Customer Service and Patient Engagement

Maximize patient experiences while maintaining quality & safety. Mr. Deao will demonstrate evidenced-based practices while preserving your commitment to improving your patient’s experience. Discover the Vision for Patient Alignment and the necessary polices to support reimbursement and technology. Ms. Hall will uncover strategies implementing patient relationships between systems and appli...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

The Value of Transparency in Advancing Safety and Promoting High Reliability: Legal & Ethical Issues

This course is an important overview of how various state and federal laws have historically limited transparency. In many instances, this has resulted in the protection of paper taking precedence over the protection of patients and caregivers. Find out how changes in the law and new regulations seek to advance a more transparent culture and gain an understanding of the multiple attributes of tr...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

What is Sepsis?

There are currently multiple definitions of sepsis in use, and each continues to drive certain aspects of research, quality, and improvement. This course covers the evolving definitions of sepsis, and the controversies therein, to aid providers in understanding the diagnosis, coding, and regulatory aspects of sepsis. At the conclusion of the activity, attendees will be able to: Define the s...
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

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