We Are Physician Performance Improvement Institute (PPII).
PPII develops improvement initiatives for physicians and other providers to help them harness their individual performance for improved patient care and to stimulate their participation in building systems that deliver better outcomes.
Improvement in Action.
Using analysis of clinical data and claims information, we develop and administer structured Quality Improvement (QI) and Performance Improvement (PI) activities around healthcare quality, compliance, and patient safety topics. The Institute works with hospitals, physicians, healthcare organizations, insurance companies, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, medical educators, CME providers, government agencies, and medical schools to identify and close gaps in knowledge, systems, and performance.
We empower participants to continually assess care using evidence-based measures, implement interventions for improvement, reassess to evaluate outcomes, and expand improved processes throughout the clinical setting.
Our multi-disciplinary Advisory Board is comprised of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, educators, compliance and risk managers, and attorneys. Together we develop and implement quality and performance improvement initiatives.
Need for Improvement.
Providing high quality care is central to the mission and purpose of healthcare providers and all types of health systems. However, a recent report by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) found that the quality of U.S. health care was virtually stagnant in 2008, “… a disturbing slowdown after a decade of improvement.” The report goes on to state that “improving health care quality would have significant benefits beyond the health care system itself. NCQA estimates that were all health plans able to perform at the level of the top 10 percent of plans, the U.S. would avoid up to 115,000 deaths and save at least $12 billion in medical costs and lost productivity every year.”
Motivation is Key to Improvement.
PPII employs a variety of strategies to optimize physician engagement in its improvement activities.
- Understand the Physician Base. Different strategies work better with physicians of varying characteristics - employed vs. independent, including younger vs. older, hospital-based vs. office-based.
- Credible and Relevant Data Motivates Improvement. PPII is data-driven. We have years of experience developing and delivering data to physicians in order to drive change.
- Committed Resources Engender Physician Support. PPII approaches improvement with multiple modalities and extended duration of interaction, as opposed to one-off events, in order to build trust and confidence in physicians towards improvement initiatives.
- Physician Champions Foster Broader Participation. When deploying initiatives within institutions or groups, PPII seeks to develop “physician champions” within the target audience in order to help engage others within the group.
- Effective Communication Spurs Involvement. Lasting improvement comes from listening to the frontline staff, invoking their ideas for change, and keeping lines of communication open. PPII’s initiatives are designed to be bi-directional in order to facilitate dialog, interchange, and an overall environment conducive to change.