Session Time: 1:15pm-2:00pm
Disclosures: Joseph E. Hornyak, IV, MD, PhD: No financial relationships or conflicts of interest
Objective: To initiate a comprehensive quality strategy for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) membership in order to assist the advancement of the PM&R BOLD initiative and the field of physiatry, and to present a united focus on threading together multiple strategies, tactical plans and resources to better strengthen the specialty.
Design: Systematic Evidence Review Setting : Individual and group practices, institutions Participants : Physiatry care team
Main Outcome Measures: 1. Document evidence-based value of Physiatry within and beyond the specialty 2. Evaluate existing comparative and cost effectiveness research
Results: In 2019, the PM&R Evidence, Quality and Practice Committee utilized a systematic approach to explore opportunities in order to promote high quality care within the realms of low back pain and ischemic stroke within physiatry practice. Our approach resulted in a series of recommendations for the Academy to pursue to promote the value of our specialty and provide tools and resources for members to utilized to support their own quality and value-based care efforts in their practices. Specifically, this review of comparative and cost effectiveness research identified 18 specific aspects of spine and ischemic stroke care that could provide objective findings and build an evidence-based guide for these 2 diagnoses or institute standardized practice patterns. Conclusions: It is essential to align with federal initiatives to promote physiatrists as a key partner in patient-centric, value-based care initiatives. AAPM&R is pursuing the development and implementation of a comprehensive and integrated quality strategy for the broader membership in order to promote high quality care and deliver value to patients across physiatry practices. By identifying areas where more research is needed to promote high quality care and deliver value to patients across physiatry practices, we can foster improvements in practice that align at multiple levels of the health care system.
Level of Evidence: Level V
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Hornyak JE, Bergfeld D, Chandan P, Ellen MI, Gordon AH, Gruner MP, Miciano AS, Patel A. EQPC Quality Scan [abstract]. PM R. 2020; 12(S1)(suppl 1). https://pmrjabstracts.org/abstract/eqpc-quality-scan/. Accessed July 30, 2021.
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