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New CME Management System

July 15, 2017

VCU Health Continuing Medical Education is implementing a new CME management system. CloudCME integration has begun and will be rolling out to users over the next several weeks.

Features of the system include online CME activity application forms and conflict of interest disclosure, customizable registration with credit card processing, activity evaluation, pre/post-test, and certificate download. Participant transcript functionality with ability to upload documentation from other events accredited by other CME providers is also available.

The program also features an app for both iPhone and Android devices, which allows participants to view activity syllabi/presentation content, record attendance, complete evaluations and pre/post-tests, and view transcripts. CloudCME also offers a robust activity catalog with search capabilities.

This system will allow us to better serve our stakeholders. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Quality Grand Rounds - November

November 14, 2016

Quality Grand Rounds are now being offered as a joint project by VCU Medical Center Department of Performance Improvement and the School of Medicine. The sessions are designed for a diverse audience, including nurses and physicians, administrators, and undergraduate and graduate learners. On October 24th, Dr. José Muñoz gave the following presentation as the second in the series.

“Where are We in the Journey to a Safe, Reliable and Quality‐ Driven Clinical Learning Environment?”

José L Muñoz MD
Interim Chief Quality & Safety Officer, VCU Health Professor and Medical Director, Performance Improvement in Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, VCU School of Medicine

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should better be able to:

  1. Describe the principles and expectations of the ACGME CLER Pursuing Excellence Initiative.
  2. Identify essential elements of a quality and safety curriculum, in particular, the importance of the interprofessional team in supporting a quality and safety curriculum.
  3. Explain models and challenges of integrating a quality and safety curriculum into graduate medical education.

View Dr. Muñoz’ slides here.

References and Resources

ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review: http://www.acgme.org/What-We-Do/Initiatives/Clinical-Learning-Environment-Review-CLER

To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Environment (Institute of Medicine, 1999) https://www.nap.edu/catalog/9728/to-err-is-human-building-a-safer-health-system (free PDF download)

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century (Institute of Medicine, 2001) https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10027/crossing-the-quality-chasm-a-new-health-system-for-the (free PDF download)

IHI 100,000k Lives Campaign http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/Publications/100000LivesCampaignSettingaGoalandaDeadline.aspx

AAMC Teaching for Quality (te4Q) https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/cei/te4q/

CLER National Report of Findings 2016 John F. Duval (2016) Foreword to the CLER National Report of Findings 2016. Journal of Graduate Medical Education: May 2016, Vol. 8, No. 2s1, pp. 5-6. http://www.jgme.org/doi/full/10.4300/1949-8349.8.2s1.5

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Online Courses http://www.ihi.org/education/ihiopenschool/courses/Pages/default.aspx Also available via free mobile app: http://www.ihi.org/education/IHIOpenSchool/Courses/Pages/MobileApp.aspx The Open School offers more than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care. Through narrative, video, and interactive discussion, the courses create a dynamic learning environment to inspire students and health professionals of all levels. Open School courses are broken into digestible, 15- to 40-minute lessons, designed for busy learners and educators. For a well-rounded introduction to essential concepts, we recommend our Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety.

Introducing CME News

October 13, 2016

VCU Health Continuing Medical Education is pleased to announce CME News, a newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date with our mission and leadership, credit and transcript information, upcoming CME events and more. The first edition was sent to members of our e-mail list in October. Access a copy here, and sign up to receive future editions by clicking Subscribe in the top left corner.

We want to hear from you! Tell us what you would like to read about in future editions of CME News by completing a brief interest survey.

Quality Grand Rounds - September

September 15, 2016

Quality Grand Rounds are now being offered as a joint project by VCU Medical Center Department of Performance Improvement and the School of Medicine. The sessions are designed for a diverse audience, including nurses and physicians, administrators, and undergraduate and graduate learners.

On September 13, 2016, L. Dale Harvey, MS, RN, Director, Performance Improvement, provided an introduction to the 2017 Quality, Safety, and Service Priorities. Keyur Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, Pauley Heart Center, and Laura Conway, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, Performance Improvement Coordinator provided a presentation focusing on the Cardiology Navigator Program, designed to reduce the readmission rate for heart failure patients. This presentation included illustrations of the Cardiology Navigator Data Collection Tool supporting this effort.

“2017 Quality, Safety, and Service Priorities” & “Cardiology Navigator Program”

View Dale Harvey’s slides here .

View Dr. Keyur Shah & Laura Conway’s slides here .

References and Resources:

2017 VCUHS Quality & Safety Priorities

VCU Health is named “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission http://news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_Health_earns_Top_Performer_on_Key_Quality_Measures_recognition

VCU News - VCU Pauley Heart Center to participate in American College of Cardiology’s Patient Navigator Program: https://news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_Pauley_Heart_Center_to_participate_in_American_College_of

American College of Cardiology Patient Navigator Program: http://cvquality.acc.org/Initiatives/Patient-Navigator.aspx

Medicare data on 30-day unplanned readmission and death measures: https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/Data/30-day-measures.html

Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP): https://www.cms.gov/medicare/medicare-fee-for-service-payment/acuteinpatientpps/readmissions-reduction-program.html

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