ACP launches new services for quality improvement

ACP Advance features a physician-led coaching service, a new QI curriculum, and access to virtual training programs and resources.


At Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, ACP unveiled ACP Advance, a new quality improvement (QI) program to help organizations and physicians improve patient care. ACP Advance features a physician-led coaching service, a new QI curriculum, and access to virtual training programs and resources.

“ACP Advance benefits both patients and physicians,” said ACP President Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP. “Success in quality improvement improves patient outcomes. Making meaningful practice changes improves physician well-being because it promotes a positive culture and empowers physicians and their teams to engage in QI that helps achieve quality goals that matter.”

Physician-led coaching. The ACP Advance coaching service provides expert physician-led coaching in quality improvement and high-value care through virtual training in quality improvement methodology based on ACP's new QI curriculum, tailored coaching to support QI implementation over the course of 12 months, and webinars for sharing of best practices and collaborative learning opportunities.

Over the course of a year, ACP coaches will work with organizations and practices to help them assess gaps, identify priorities, and co-design a tailored QI initiative. ACP coaches will provide ongoing virtual implementation support and curate a package of ACP's resources in quality improvement, change management, high-value care, joy in practice, and patient engagement.

“Internal medicine physicians developed ACP Advance for physicians and their teams,” said Cynthia Smith, MD, FACP, Vice President, Clinical Programs. “ACP's expert physician coaches work with clinical teams to empower them to engage in quality improvement that meaningfully addresses their QI goals, priorities, and pain points.”

Quality improvement curriculum. The ACP Advance quality improvement curriculum provides virtual and practical, step-by-step guidance to support organizations and individual physicians through each step of the QI process, from establishing the reason for change to implementing and sustaining change. The curriculum integrates four key pillars to achieve success: clinician engagement and ownership, team-based care, patient and family partnership, and maximizing efficiency while minimizing burden. Individual ACP members and ACP Advance subscribers may access the curriculum for free. ACP nonmembers will be able to access the curriculum for a fee.

CME and MOC points are available for physicians who participate in the physician-led coaching and/or the curriculum. These activities also count for patient safety CME.

Chronic care programs and resources. The ACP Advance chronic care QI programs and resources span various clinical conditions and focus areas including adult immunization, atrial fibrillation, chronic pain and safe opioid prescribing, and diabetes.