WHA Launches Physician Quality Academy

Doctors’ role important in leading quality improvement projects

February 03, 2017

Physicians have an important role in health care quality improvement projects in their organizations. Their clinical expertise and leadership are valuable assets in designing and conducting initiatives known to improve the quality of patient care. 

While physicians are often asked to lead quality improvement activities, they may not have access to the resources they need to be successful. In response to this need, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) created the WHA Physician Quality Academy for physicians employed by its member hospitals and health systems. 

“Quality improvement initiatives are powerful tools for making sure evidence-based practices make it to the bedside and are performed consistently,” according to Robert S. Redwood, MD, MPH, and faculty for the WHA Physician Quality Academy. “As physicians, quality improvement empowers our profession to use population health data to better inform our individual patient care.”

The WHA Physician Quality Academy will bring physicians together from across the state who can then collaborate and build on their QI knowledge. The Academy will support physicians by providing face-to-face education opportunities, as well as additional resources, to learn the newest tools and principles that lead to successful initiatives known to improve quality in hospitals, clinics and other care settings.

“WHA is a recognized national leader in offering our members the support and training necessary to help improve the quality and value of care for their patients,” according to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “The vast majority of physicians in Wisconsin are either closely aligned with or employed by hospitals and health systems, and their role in leading quality improvement is constantly expanding and evolving. The WHA Physician Quality Academy is a unique new resource that will provide cutting-edge techniques our members’ physicians can apply in their own organizations.” 

The first Academy will be held in spring 2017. More than 200 physicians are expected to participate in the four learning sessions, which will feature both WHA in-house quality improvement experts and outside facilitators. WHA is offering the WHA Physician Quality Academy to member hospitals to ensure physicians have access to the training and resources necessary to lead quality improvement initiatives. The Academy is designed for physicians and advanced practice providers who have an assigned role related to quality measurement and improvement within a WHA member organization. For physicians who fit that description, share this message with them, and encourage them to register at www.cvent.com/d/wvq5nm

The Academy will be offered twice in 2017, allowing a physician to choose the cohort that works best for his/her schedule: Cohort #1 will be held May 10 and July 21, and Cohort #2 will be September 29 and November 3. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 registrants per cohort and is filling up fast, so register your physicians today at www.cvent.com/d/wvq5nm.

For more information contact Jennifer Frank at jfrank@wha.org or 608-274-1820.

This story originally appeared in the February 03, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter