American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians Selected as the Continuing Medical Education Provider for the Health Research and Educational Trust

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Hospital Engagement Network contract is designed to help hospitals adopt new practices that have the potential to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent over the contract.

“This educational collaboration will allow hospitals to continue to build on health care quality improvements they have made,” said Arthur Broder, MD, Chairman of the Board of the ABQAURP.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) has been selected by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), to serve as the continuing education provider for a contract awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support the Partnership for Patients (PFP) campaign. The project will help hospitals adopt new practices that have the potential to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent over the contract.

The PFP will focus on ten areas for quality improvement. Within these areas, ABQAURP will accredit the educational courses HRET designs to support the implementation of proven best practices and lessons learned through the use of webinars and educational sessions to hospitals participating in the partnership. HRET provides this education and training with over 1,600 hospitals recruited by its 34 state hospital association partners in support of their quality improvement efforts in the targeted areas.

“This educational collaboration will allow hospitals to continue to build on health care quality improvements they have made,” said Arthur Broder, MD, Chairman of the Board of the ABQAURP. “ABQAURP believes life-long learning is a worthy endeavor to pursue. Continuing education, in the areas of new research, problem areas in clinical practice, and outcome-based learning represent the core of ABQAURP's CME mission.”

Hospitals participating in the partnership will have access to content and learning opportunities in ten areas of focus identified by the PFP:

  •     Adverse drug events (ADE)
  •     Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  •     Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  •     Injuries from falls and immobility
  •     Obstetrical adverse events
  •     Pressure ulcers
  •     Surgical site infections
  •     Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  •     Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
  •     Preventable readmissions

“We are extremely honored to have been selected to be the continuing education provider for this project,” said Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, CHCQM, CME Chair of ABQAURP. “The Partnership for Patients has brought together hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, patient advocates, and state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly. These educational programs will address the goals of keeping patients from getting injured or sicker and helping patients to heal without complications through education on quality techniques and tools to reduce medical errors, ensure patient safety, eliminate waste and unnecessary services, and avoid potentially harmful delays in care.”

“HRET is excited to be partnering with ABQAURP in providing high quality education opportunities for clinical leaders across the U.S.” – Sheri Winsper, VP, Clinical Quality

For more information on the project, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/compare/partnership-for-patients or
http://www.hret.org.

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American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)
Established in 1977, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) is the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals. Through its ultimate goal to improve the quality of health care, ABQAURP is dedicated to providing health care education and certification for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. For more information about ABQAURP, visit http://www.abqaurp.org.

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