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Quality: Raising the Bar - Implications for Performance

UPMC's Dr. Francis Solano discusses the shift in medicine from volume-based health care to a system based on quality metrics, cost, and value.  This presentation was part of the 2011 Update in Internal Medicine: Evidence Based Approaches to Common Medical Problems.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss transparency and the external pressures of being a PCP
  • Describe quality reporting requirements and implications for performance
  • Name principals of accountable care organizations (ACO)

Reading Resources:

  1. Physician Compare Initiative, Information for Professionals https://www.cms.gov/physician-compare-initiative/
  2. Hospital Compare https://www.cms.gov/HospitalQualityInits/11_HospitalCompare.asp
  3. Accountable Care Organizations—Overview


Dr. Solano has no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.075) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.75 contact hours.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at http://ccehs.upmc.edu and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 4/10/2012 | Last Modified On: 10/9/15 | Expires: 10/10/16



Francis X. Solano, MD

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