ABQAURP Conference in Las Vegas to Highlight How Quality is Transforming the Healthcare Delivery System

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 General News
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TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 13 The American Board ofQuality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) announcestheir 30th Annual Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Conference examiningthe latest developments in healthcare quality initiatives. The event,"Reducing Risk and Improving Quality", will be held on November 6-7, 2007 atBally's in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"With policymakers and purchasers interested in improving quality, it isimportant for patients, purchasers, clinicians and hospitals to learn aboutthe many initiatives underway," notes Arthur I. Broder, MD, ABQAURP Chairmanof the Board. "This conference is a 'must attend' event for any healthcareprofessional who wants to stay abreast of the numerous programs taking placein the private and public sectors to improve quality that will dramaticallychange healthcare delivery and payment."

Don't miss our special session on The Challenges of Medical Tourism:Ensuring Healthcare Quality When Patients Go Off-Shore, to hear from ourdistinguished expert panel:

"This conference will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to meetthe leaders who are designing and implementing the latest performance valueprograms in the healthcare," noted conference co-chair, Garry Carneal, MA, JD."Attendees will hear from private and governmental purchasers, providers, andother thought leaders addressing the challenges associated with quality andtransparency initiatives."

Please see web page for additional information about the conference,including registration and exhibiting information:http://www.abqaurp.org/vegas-2007.asp or call Patti Rivers at (800) 998-6030 x117.

Registration Fees: ABQAURP Diplomate $ 595; AIHQ Member: $ 645; and Non-Member: $715. Room Block Deadline: October 10, 2007.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians,Inc. (ABQAURP), a non-profit education and certification board, has certifiedover 9,400 physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in HealthCare Quality Management (HCQM) and Patient Safety. Established in 1977,ABQAURP has become the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinaryhealth care professionals. ABQAURP remains at the forefront of HCQM, a fieldvital to all medical specialties and health care professions. ABQAURP is theonly organization with a Health Care Quality Management Certificationexamination developed, administered and evaluated through the National Boardof Medical Examiners' (NBME) testing expertise. ABQAURP is accredited by theACCME as a provider of Continuing Medical Education.Join our national speakers who will address the following issues: -- Thomas Valuck, MD, JD, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- "Value-Based Purchasing: Transforming Medicare from Passive Payor to Active Purchaser" -- Michael Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, American College of Physicians, Division of Government and Public Policy -- "Is the Advanced Medical Home the Solution for Managing Patients and Improving Care?" -- Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, HCA Inc. -- "Is the Hospital System the Answer for Coordinating Care through Pay-for-Performance?" -- A. Mark Fendrick, MD, University of Michigan and American Journal of Managed Care -- "Will Value-Based Insurance Design Improve Outcomes and Align Incentives?" -- Douglas Moeller, MD, McKesson Clinical Outreach Initiative -- "Can Benchmarking Drive Practice Performance to Improve Outcomes?" -- Cheri Lattimer, RN, BSN, Case Management Society of America -- "Transition and Coordination of Care: Opportunities for Improvement" -- Donald Holmquest, MD, PhD, JD, CalRHIO - "Building the Country's Largest Health Information Exchange: Pitfalls and Lessons Learned" -- C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, FACP, Veterans Health Administration -- "Pharmacy Benefits and Clinical Guideline Design: The

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