January / February 2010

What Will the Future Hold for Health Care?

One thing is certain with health reform, namely that physicians,
hospitals, and other health care providers will be increasingly
accountable for the quality, outcomes, cost, and overall care of
patients. Emphasis will be placed on patient care and utilization,
clinical processes, and outcomes. Detecting and preventing waste,
fraud, inappropriate care, and abuse in the health care system will
also be critical.

In this era of
accountability, those who have advanced training and certification in
Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) possess the practical
knowledge and the tools needed to address these critical areas of
concern. Health care professionals with HCQM certification have
demonstrated that they are equipped with the skills needed to reduce
medical errors, ensure patient safety, eliminate waste and unnecessary
services, avoid potentially harmful delays in care, and improve

Certification in HCQM positions
the health care professional at the leading edge of health reform
legislation. Professionals who are committed to patient safety, health
care quality, and effective care will achieve the solution to many of
the problems in the health care system. Purchasers, payors, providers,
and patients recognize the advantage of professionals certified as
experts in health care quality and management, for they have
demonstrated their ability to critically evaluate the literature,
identify evidence-based best practices, and make a recommendation that
balances appropriateness of services with cost and quality.

certification addresses the need for effectiveness, efficiency, equity,
safety, appropriateness, and timeliness. The result is a safer, more
efficient, and effective outcome and value-driven system.

If you would like to inquire about eligibility to sit for the 2010 Health Care Quality and Management Board Examination,
please contact Barbara Charmers at (800) 998-6030 extension 116.



For ABQAURP’s 33rd Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 — Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
Register Early! 2009 Conference at the Walt Disney World® Resort sold out.




welcomes applications for joint sponsorship of educational activities
for continuing education credit. ABQAURP accredits a variety of
activities, including:

• Live Activity • Internet Activity Live
• Enduring Material • Internet Activity Enduring Material
• Journal-based CME • Performance Improvement

is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for
physicians and is also accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing to
sponsor nursing contact hours. As an accredited provider, ABQAURP is
here to work with each joint sponsor organization to ensure the
accreditation process runs as smoothly as possible. Benefits of working
with ABQAURP include: one-on-one assistance, on-site assistance,
contact for speakers and commercial supporters, evaluation compilation,
one-time mailing list to drive attendance, website placement, and
advertising in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine.

believes that ongoing continuing education in new research, identified
problem areas in clinical practice, and areas of interest in the
quality assurance, utilization review, risk management, and managed
care fields is a worthy endeavor to pursue. Participants improve the
efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of health care delivered to the
patients to improve the overall clinical outcome. Plus, each activity
encourages participants to put into practice knowledge learned and
assess the impact. Innovative courses provide important updates and
practical tools for all health care professionals. These activities
ensure that participating health care professionals receive up-to-date
information on the ever-changing health care environment.

For more information, please call Greg Zeaman at (800) 998-6030, ext. 118.




wants to recognize members for their achievements in advancing the
field of health care quality management and patient safety. Please send
your news to ABQAURP by email to feature@abqaurp.org for consideration.


ABQAURP is now on Facebook!
ABQAURP is pleased to announce that we
have recently launched our page on Facebook.
look forward to using this interactive communication tool to link the
organization and our Members/Diplomates. Online social networks provide
the perfect opportunity to express ideas and share information in the
ever-changing health care field in real time.
your colleagues in this virtual networking community to discuss hot
topics, ask questions, and share knowledge. Start a discussion thread

Upcoming ABQAURP
Accredited Events


World Premier, Inc.
2010 Governance Education Conference
‘Driving Transformation’

January 25–27, 2010
Scottsdale, AZ

World Research Group
Predictive Modeling Summit for Health Plans
January 27–29, 2010
Lake Buena Vista, FL

American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine
27th AAOM Annual Conference
April 28–May 1, 2010
Amelia Island, FL


HIMSS10 Annual Conference & Exposition
March 1–4, 2010
Atlanta, GA

ABQAURP to Co-sponsor HIMSS10


Georgia, welcomes the 2010 Annual Healthcare Information and Management
Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition, March 1-4, 2010,
at the Georgia World Congress Center. Some 29,000 healthcare industry
professionals and 900 exhibitors are expected to attend and discuss
cutting-edge technology and innovative healthcare solutions designed to
improve patient care.

ABQAURP is proud to
collaborate with HIMSS at this annual event that helps healthcare IT
and management systems professionals make the right decisions about
their upcoming purchases.

Key issues to be
addressed at HIMSS10 include ARRA, cost efficiencies, EMR adoption,
privacy & security, CPOE, quality, and patient safety. Leading
keynote speakers, more than 300 education sessions and innovative
exhibits offering healthcare delivery solutions round out the
ABQAURP members are invited to attend HIMSS10 at the HIMSS Member Rate. Please visit https://www.compusystems.com/jsp/AttendeeReg/HIMSS10/HIMSSRegistration.htm and supply your ABQAURP Member ID to be registered at the reduced rate.

To learn more about ABQAURP, visit the website at www.abqaurp.org.
Visit the HIMSS10 website at www.himssconference.org for more information on the conference.

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