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Returning this October 2-4 in Dallas, TX is Health Care Quality Congress (HQC) 2019, an official conference by NCQA. This meeting was formerly offered as two regional meetings focused on health plan accreditation and HEDIS and was merged successfully in 2018.
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The new Medicare procedure codes for advance care planning are seldom used, researchers report.
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Barbara Yawn, MD, MSc, FAAFP, family physician researcher, explains how quality metrics, including the use of HEDIS measures, can help clinicians and medical directors understand how to better align decision-making in clinical practices with the value to the patient.
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In an effort to help physicians and other health care providers improve patient access to care, the AMA has launched a newly enhanced version of its Health Workforce Mapper—a tool that provides information on a variety of population health factors.

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Based on records for more than 4.2 million patients over age 65 covered by Medicare, a study team found no difference between accredited and unaccredited hospitals in patient death rates, and only a slightly lower rate of patient readmissions at accredited hospitals. 

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Natalie Mueller, MPH, of NCQA, recently explained NCQA’s shift towards population health management and discussed two new products, during a session at HQC 2018.

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Nathan Bays, JD, managing director of Cain Brothers & Company, LLC, opened the last day of HQC 2018 with his session, “Tightening the Beltway: Providers, Health Plans, the Government, and Making Sense of it all.”

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Katherine Tardiff, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, vice president of clinical operations at Seniorlink, discussed the impact that a person-centered care planning initiative had on satisfaction outcomes in complex populations, during a session at HQC 2018.

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Patrick J Brennan, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at Penn Medicine, kicked off the second day of HQC 2018 by discussing approaches taken by Penn Medicine to integrate and collaborate with payers.

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