ABQAURP News December 2023

Happy Holidays! ABQAURP wishes you a happy Holiday Season and a joyful New Year! May 2024 bring happiness, peace, and prosperity to you and your family.  

Upcoming Holidays:


In celebration of the holidays and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ABQAURP’s office will be closed the following days:

  • December 22 – January 1
  • January 15

CE Spotlight Course – Complimentary for ABQAURP Diplomates and Professional Members through December 30, 2023!

Optimizing Coordination Among Mid-Revenue Cycle Stakeholders

Timothy Brundage, MD, CCDS
Physician Advisor and Chief Executive Officer
Brundage Group

Too often the revenue cycle world sees poor communication between hospital departments, which leads to incalculable inefficiencies and delays in patient care. Although Tampa General Hospital is one of the leading healthcare systems in Florida and the country, it fell victim to this trap. Tampa General and Brundage Group worked collaboratively across multiple departments to re-invigorate lines of communication between the C-suite, Case Management, Utilization Management, and Emergency Room utilizing a GE-powered “Care Command” center that assisted with bed control, throughout, expediting radiology studies, and addressing discharge barriers. Together the team engaged the problem by finding several programs (ED throughout, CM discharge barriers, UR support) that encompassed multiple departments. Of course, there were multiple challenges along the way, including a foundation of inter-departmental strain, hospital politics, and understaffing issues. The team navigated these challenges by clearly defining roles and responsibilities while at the same time encouraging team members to engage their counterparts in sister departments. Outcomes included improving LOS, decreasing “avoidable days,” and facilitating ED discharge of unnecessary admissions, thereby increasing open beds on the floors.
At the conclusion of this activity, attendees should be able to:

  • Assess interactions between hospital departments to positively influence throughput, length of stay, and accurate level of care.
  • Explain the importance of a centrally located “care communication” center to oversee and guide decisions impacting patient throughput during the episode of care.
  • Discuss how breaking down silos in the revenue cycle supports organizational quality performance and financial health.

View this course and all other online offerings HERE

*Price will automatically update in your cart to no charge when ordering online. Spotlight course is also available to non-members at the regular price.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ABQAURP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ABQAURP is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses. This activity is designated for 1 contact hour through the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-94.

HCQM Certification Exam – Early Registration Discount!

Register by February 15th to Save 15%

Use Promo Code: EXAM24N

Certification in Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) is for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who are committed to Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. Validate your expertise by earning the Certified in Health Care Quality and Management (CHCQM) credential!

The 2024 HCQM Exam window is open from March 1 through September 30, 2024. Test at Meazure Learning’s international test center network or remotely via the MonitorEDU online testing system. MonitorEDU allows candidates to test safely, reliably, securely, at any time, and from any location.

Additional Sub-Specialties:

  • Case Management
  • Managed Care
  • Patient Safety/Risk Management
  • Physician Advisor (physicians only)
  • Transitions of Care
  • Workers’ Compensation

Learn more and register here!

Dues Notice – 2024 Membership Dues Deadline is January 1st.

Pay your dues online now! 

ABQAURP is grateful for your membership and ongoing support of our shared goal to improve the quality of health care provided to patients. We recommend paying your membership dues online through our secure payment system. Please call Membership Service at (800) 998-6030 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Pay dues online here

Registration is Open to Attend ABQAURP’s 47th Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference!

Embracing Technology to Empower Health Care Quality Leaders

Save 10% by March 15, 2024 – Use Promo Code: EARLY

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
September 12-13, 2024

NEW for 2024! Two-day track:
Thursday, September 12 – 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Friday, September 13 – 7:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

As the future of health care advances with emerging technology, the collaborative care team must forge ahead to provide quality patient care. Gaining the knowledge and practical tools to incorporate new technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), while maintaining the ethical resolve to care for all patients will empower professionals to stand up as leaders!

Register to attend ABQAURP’s 47th Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference to gain insight into emerging technology and advancements from other quality leaders. Learn how organizations like the VA, Blue Cross, and the American Hospital Association are committed to advocating for patients and providers as we traverse into the future. Discover how new strategies can be incorporated without losing sight of the return on investment.

Why Attendees Value ABQAURP’s Annual HCQ&PS Conference:

“Useful and usable information that can be applied immediately and refined over time. Enjoyed the networking opportunities.”

“As a new ABQAURP Diplomate, it was a great opportunity to meet with other Physician Advisors and those who work in Quality Assurance. But more than just simply networking, the ABQAURP Annual Conference allowed me to meet leaders in the field as well as hear insightful, cutting edge talks on pertinent topics. This will be a yearly must go-to event on my calendar from now on!”

Register here! 

Corporate Membership Opportunities with ABQAURP 

How can my organization partner with ABQAURP? Companies that participate as Corporate Members recognize the importance of quality in today’s health care environment and realize the impact certification and continuing medical education have on providing safe and effective care to patients.

By joining ABQAURP as a Corporate Member, your company will have opportunities to connect with our membership and event attendees beyond traditional ad placements. The Corporate Membership program offers professional memberships, annual conference registrations, savings on HCQM and sub-specialty certifications, continuing education programs, discounts on recruitment ads to our Career Center, exhibit space at Annual Conference, and much more.

Reach prominent health care leaders! Our membership is comprised of 80% physicians & 20% nurses and other health care professionals.

Corporate Membership benefits include:

  • Presence on the ABQAURP Website (over 53k visitors annually)
  • Exhibit Space at ABQAURP’s Annual Conference
  • Discount(s) on Recruitment Services
  • Continuing Education Conference Registration(s)
  • Professional Membership(s)

Show your commitment to quality and safety by becoming a Corporate Member today! For details, (including membership levels, benefits, and discounts), download the Corporate Membership Application

Learn more about Corporate Membership here

Is Your Profile Up to Date?

As a member of ABQAURP, you receive the benefit of being listed in our online directory. To ensure you do not miss out on any member materials, discounts, promotions, or special offers, we request you check your member profile and update your contact information, if necessary. You can easily make any changes by signing into the ABQAURP website, clicking on the button with your name, and using the pencil icon to edit.

If you need any assistance, please feel free to reach out to us via email at abqaurp@abqaurp.org or call us at (800) 998-6030.


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