During this week’s webinar examining the 2008 updates to CMS’ Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), AAFP Medical Director of Quality Improvement Dr. Bruce Bagley said the lack of an EHR was no excuse for a practice’s non-participation. “A lot of practices are waiting to open the box on the EHR before doing any kind of quality work, which is a dangerous approach,” he said. “There’s so many things that we can do in terms of better processes and data collection tools and registries that are almost independent of the electronic medical record or can be done with or without it.” You can hear more from Dr. Bagley and co-presenters Lorraine Larrance and Sue Kincer of Pershing Yoakley & Associates in this week’s featured podcast.
Another initiative impacting the family practice and quality of care is the medical home model. A few days remain to take HIN’s survey on medical homes in 2008 and receive a complimentary copy of the results.