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December 20, 2014
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
This column marks the beginning of a new semi-monthly effort on my part to let interested parties know what the Physicians' Institute is doing. We have done a lot. We are doing a lot. And we will be doing a lot. But what we have not done so well is to let others know what we are doing and plan to do. So that will be the focus of this column, which will appear most months, but will occasionally take a break.
September-October doings. Another busy couple of months. Your EVP attended the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Board Meeting and Alliance Quality Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. Quality Improvement Education (QIE) is the new strategic focus of ACEhp, and this conference, which will be held on an Annual Basis is the catalyst for informing ACEhp members of both the need to get involved and the various resources available for doing so. There will be much more to come on QIE resources, posted on the Alliance website (www.acehp.org). Everyone who is interested in what is happening in continuing education for any segment of what constitutes the health professions should consider joining the Alliance. We are an international association of educators representing physician, nursing, pharmacy, mid-level, and allied health constituencies and the industries that support them.
I have been elected Vice President of the Alliance, and will be installed as VP in January 2015, at the Annual Conference in Dallas. The office is VP is also President-Elect, so I will be serving as President of the Alliance in 2016. Both 2015 and 2016 will be extremely busy years, as I will be serving on the Executive Committee and will be heavily involved in operational and strategic decisions.
I attended the Navicent Health System Board Retreat on October 3. I will be working with Navicent over the next year focusing on Physician Leadership Training.
The Physicians' Institute continues to be heavily involved in the Patient Centered Medical Home movement. Senior VP Adele Cohen attended advanced coursework offered by the National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA), focused on the new 1014 Standards. Adele is one of few individuals in Georgia certified as a content expert (CCE) by the NCQA. We both will be continuing to work with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and Discern Consulting, when a new PCMH class for the Universal American ACO begins on October 17. I will be doing a lecture on Quality Improvement in the PCMH, and Adele will be a practice coach for one of the practices involved in the class.
In terms of our grant-related work, we continue to be impressed with the reports of the work our grantees in Wisconsin, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, and Kentucky are doing with our Pfizer-funded initiative on improving the management of chronic pain in the primary care practice. The projects are in their final phases, and we will be collecting outcomes data soon and selecting five practices to be filmed as they tell their improvement stories. Our vendor, EventStreams, of Atlanta, GA, will coordinate production crews that will visit the practices and record the process of where they began to where they are now. The results will be posted on the Doctor's Channel (www.doctorschannel.com), so that everyone can learn from their efforts. We are super excited about this project and are looking forward to sharing with our continuing education colleagues when we present a report on our project at the ACEhp Annual Conference in January, 2015 in Grapevine, Tx.
We will continue to be a member of CO*RE, as we begin another round of education regarding the FDA program of risk evaluation and management strategies (REMS). We will again focus on awarding education grants to state medical societies, and assisting them with educational management services as they deliver their educational activities.
Lastly, I would like to let you know that I have been awarded a great honor by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. I have been named this year's recipient of the President's Award. As the award letter from Academy President Brian Nadolne, MD stated. "I have the prerogative of presenting this award to those people that have championed family medicine, family medicine leaders, and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. With your lifelong commitment to quality improvement in medicine which includes your work with the Medical Association of Georgia, the Physicians in Excellence in Medicine, the Georgia Physician Leadership Academy and the Patient Centered Medical Home - there is no one in Georgia that has worked [more] consistently over the past 20-30 years to help advance excellence in medical care."
Thank you, Dr. Nadolne. I, and the Physicians' Institute, plan to keep doing precisely that.