Variety of speakers to offer tips to hit quality improvement targets

Rewards and Awards: How to Make QI Pay Off (S029)

Reimbursement is changing from a fee-for-service model to a system based on quality reporting, creating questions for many dermatology practices. Answers to many of those questions as well as implementation tips will be presented during a symposium on Saturday, March 4.

“Rewards and Awards: How to Make QI Pay Off,” will have 14 speakers in a two-part session focusing on several aspects of quality improvement (QI). In the first part, speakers will cover the basics of meeting the requirements of MACRA — the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The second part will highlight “Rapid Fire” presentations by residents and fellows who have studied quality improvement as part of their training and have been recognized for their work as part of the AAD Excellence in Patient Care award program.

Best Practice Concept“We have two regulations that are in place related to MACRA implementation. We want to help dermatologists prepare for the changes in payment that begin in 2017 for Medicare that are different from years past,” said Hillary Johnson-Jahangir, MD, PhD, symposium director.

In the first part of the session, four speakers will discuss measuring patient satisfaction, tips for smaller medical and surgical practices to report quality results, clinical practice improvement activities, and how QI can affect a practice’s bottom line.

“We have gathered dermatologists from different settings who are familiar with quality reporting and the performance needs in order to participate in MACRA. We have some folks who will share their experience and ideas on how they are going to approach it,” said Dr. Johnson-Jahangir, chair of the AAD Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

In the second part of the session, early career speakers will make quick, 10-minute presentations about the design and implementation of QI initiatives for a variety of conditions, outpatient follow-up, post-operative care, and treating solid organ transplant recipients.

“These are more process or clinical improvements that are part of our practice. These improvement activities have become a requirement as part of your training in medicine,” Dr. Johnson-Jahangir said. “We want to encourage people from every aspect of dermatology to attend. People in training will see their peers, and their future will depend on how Medicare payment functions. People who are seasoned and have been in practice a long time will also be interested because everyone is going to have to adapt a little bit and figure out how to make this new system work best for them.”

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