Build a Culture of Quality to Become a High-Value Practice – Ohio AAP Practice Coaches Can Help

“It’s vital that we have strong, common sense supervisory systems in place that bring a culture of quality to the place where it’s most needed in American healthcare: the exam room.”

This quote, from a 2019 Forbes article, ‘How Do You Measure Quality in Health Care?’, summarizes research published on what makes high value practices. The research found that when physicians are aware of what separates high-value practices from their peers, they can more successfully respond and earn incentives from payers while improving quality of care. Read the research by clicking here.

One method of building a lasting culture of quality is through practice coaching to implement an evidence-based QI project. The Ohio AAP provides trained practice coaches with expertise on:

  • Using data to identify gaps in care
  • Implementing new processes into office flow
  • Ensuring practices can sustain and spread positive changes

Ohio AAP QI projects are approved for 25 points of MOC Part IV credit, and the lessons learned can then be applied to a variety of measures – such as those included in Ohio CPC for enhanced reimbursement, HEDIS measures, or the components of being a patient centered medical home.

The Ohio AAP is currently enrolling for practice coaching QI projects, which will provide 20the basis for building a high-value, quality focused practice for years to come. Learn more about these projects below; space is limited, so enroll today while openings remain available.

– Only 3 Spots Available! Smoke Free Families Learning Collaborative launches November 18, and will provide practices with a hassle free option to begin improving quality in practice. Using an innovative screening tool, this project eliminates chart reviews for data collection and brings a practice coach to sites to assist with ensuring offices are fully supported. The project will focus on how practices can screen, discuss, and refer families of infants with smoke exposure. Participants will receive up to $1,000 in resources, including sleep sacks, books, and printed materials. Contact Hayley Southworth to learn more at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org, or register at http://ohioaap.org/sffm3reg/.

– Store It Safe (SIS) Pilot Project is an expansion of the Ohio AAP’s firearms safety programming that is designed to ensure practices can confidently discuss firearms safety with parents of young children. Materials for the SIS program have been developed with experts from many disciplines, and the program has been tested in pediatric practices in central Ohio. This project will allow practices from around the state to be a part of the Store It Safe movement and prevent firearms injuries to children. Practice Coach Hayley Southworth is accepting enrollments and inquiries via email at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org.

– The Preschool Vision Screening Learning Collaborative project is designed to help Medicaid primary health care practice sites improve vision screening practices, reduce disparities in receipt of preventive vision services, guide uniform best practices in children’s vision and eye health, and measure  impact of the new unbundled billing of vision services.  Receive practice coaching and support to help your practice improve vision screening for your patients and maximize reimbursement. Contact Kristen Fluitt at kfluitt@ohioaap.org to receive more information or to enroll.


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