The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) has evolved into a new PCPI® Foundation as an independent, not-for-profit foundation.
The AMA convened the original PCPI 15 years ago with a goal of enhancing quality and patient safety and fostering accountability with a membership made up of state and specialty medical societies and health care professional organizations. The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has been and continues to be involved with PCPI. Now, PCPI will continue pursuing its goals with a larger, more diverse membership to include consumers, employers, government agencies, group practices, health information technology organizations, health plans, health systems, hospitals, licensing, accrediting and credentialing organizations, outpatient clinics, patients, pharmacies and quality improvement organizations.
The PCPI has created more than 340 performance measures, many of which have been adopted by federal and other quality reporting programs, and hopes to expand its leadership role in measurement science and performance measure development. Key strategic activities related to measurement science, quality improvement and registries will continue, including the work of the National Quality Registry Network (NQRN®). A multi-stakeholder coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing the use of clinical registries, the NQRN is just one example of the type of anchor programs now helping to propel the new PCPI forward.