PHILADELPHIA — ACP Advance, a new quality improvement program the ACP said would assist other medical groups and physicians in enhancing patient care, kicked off at its annual meeting today.
ACP Advance participants are provided with 12 months of expert physician-led coaching service for a fee, but all ACP members have unlimited free access to a new quality improvement curriculum, virtual training programs and resources. Many of the program components can be used towards CME, Cynthia “Daisy” Smith, ACP's vice president of clinical programs, said at a press conference.
Though specific ACP Advance components are individualized and based on what the participating practice identifies as where it needs improvement, the overall theme of the program is the same, and is “based on the pillars of engaging, empowering, and improving care; building patient and family partnerships; providing team-based care; and maximizing efficiency and minimizing burden,” Smith said.
She added that ACP member surveys in part guided ACP Advance’s development, bolstering her hopes it will succeed where previous programs have not been as successful.
“We took our greatest hits from past programs and we mashed them up with what we heard from our members. So, while it’s not a guarantee [the program will work] we think it’s a lot closer [than other past quality improvement approaches,]” she said.
According to an ACP spokesperson, the base price for the coaching service is $20,000 per organization for up to 30 hours of coaching support over 12 months, plus free access to online resources. The ACP quality improvement curriculum and online resources are free to ACP members and the modules (a total of 4) cost $25 each for non-members. – by Janel Miller
For more information: https://www.acponline.org/practice-resources/acp-quality-improvement.
Disclosures: Smith is ACP's vice president of clinical programs.