QI can make you a winner with award program

New AMGA program focuses on diabetes QI

Quality improvement can bring cost savings and efficiency along with better outcomes. Now, it also can result in thousand-dollar rewards.

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) in Alexandria, VA, has launched its Medical Group Best Practices Program, co-sponsored by Parke-Davis in Parsippany, NJ. This year’s program will focus on care for Type 2 diabetes, with awards of $3,000 each for three first place winners. Four second place winners will receive $1,000, and one honorable mention winner will receive $750.

Groups will be judged based on their innovative and effective approaches to quality improvement, says Clese Erikson, MPAff, AMGA’s research coordinator. A summary of all entries will be compiled into a Compendium of Medical Group Best Practices.

For example, projects may include patient education, partnerships to improve outcomes, and preventive care projects.

The sharing of information is an important component of the award, along with the recognition, says Erikson. "Everyone is probably doing some sort of quality improvement project, but there’s no central location so you can compare what you’re doing with what others are doing," she says.

In another awards program, in June, AMGA will announce its first Acclaim winners for outstanding quality improvement in medical groups. The deadline for the Medical Group Best Practices Program is June 30.

[For more information, contact Parke-Davis, c/o Louis Scott Associates, 201 W. Passaic St., Suite 401, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662. Telephone: (800) 832-8023. Or contact the American Medical Group Association, 1422 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3430. Telephone: (703) 838-0033. Fax: (703) 548-1890. Web site: http://www.amga.org.]