New Ways to Maintain Physician Certification and Optimize Patient Care – in the age of ObamaCare, Big Data and Evidence-Based Medicine

Chart Audit

We have announced two new initiatives for physicians to ensure optimal diagnosis and treatment are being implemented, reimbursement is maintained based on quality outcomes derived from evidence-based medicine, and physicians stay up-to-date on best practices: a PE&PS™ (Practice or Chart Audit) program or a PAPO™ (Observational Survey) program.

All physicians and other health care practitioners must complete Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to keep their licenses current. The most impactful activities are those that incorporate self-reflection regarding how the physician practices medicine. The best self-reflective method, to ensure optimal learning, is called a Practice or Chart Audit.

These programs can qualify a physician to obtain anywhere from 20 to 50 CME credits upon completion of the Practice Audit. At Health Connexions, our tested Practice Audit methodology is called a Physician Education & Patient Screening™ program, or PE&PS™ program. Here is how a Chart Audit is described in North America:

  • PHYSICIAN CHART AUDIT or Practice Audit, described as:
    • Performance Improvement Activity (PI CME via the American Medical Association) OR
    • Personalized Learning Initiative (Meeting Criterion 11, 12, 23, 29 and 36 of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education in the US) OR
    • Practice Audit and Quality Assurance Program (Qualifying for Mainpro-M1 credits from The College of Family Physicians of Canada) OR
    • Chart Audit and Feedback (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program)

Another strong way for physicians, nurses or pharmacists to gain self-reflective knowledge is to complete an OBSERVATIONAL SURVEY, which includes patient opinions and feedback. The Health Connexions tested methodology is a Patient and Physician Opinions™ program, or PAPO™ program. This type of survey allows a practitioner to consider their behavior, experiences, and educational needs regarding how they make choices in practicing medicine.

Health Connexions works with medical associations, universities, hospitals, patient associations and the industry to develop Chart Audit and Observational Survey programs that meet the educational needs of each organization.

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