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Grant Allows ACP to Create New Center for Practice Innovation

November 7, 2005

(WASHINGTON): A two-year $996,000 grant to create the Center for Practice Innovation (CPI) by the American College of Physicians (ACP) was announced today by the Physicians’ Foundation for Health Systems Excellence (PFHSE).

The CPI will respond to the quality improvement and practice management needs of small and midsize internal medicine practices. It will support a “Patient-Centered and Physician-Guided” model of care in which the needs of patients and their families serve as the core design principles.

PFHSE, which announced $16 million in grants to 26 organizations today, is dedicated to promoting high quality health care, and gives particular emphasis to initiatives that assist physicians in improving and enhancing the quality of care received by patients. “This foundation was created for the sole purpose of helping practicing physicians improve the clinical care of their patients,” PFHSE President Tim Norbeck noted. “I’m not sure that there is another foundation in this country with a similar mission.”

The CPI will broadly share products, programs and tools – as well as lessons learned from the operation. Success will be measured through data collected for selected clinical measures, patient satisfaction, physician/staff satisfaction, and economic indicators of practice function.

“Our belief,” said ACP President C. Anderson Hedberg, MD, FACP, “is that the financial concerns of physicians regarding the implementation and management of the changing practice environment will be addressed through office redesign, attention to quality innovation, enhanced patient satisfaction, and practice growth.”

In praising the support of the foundation, ACP’s Vice President of Practice Advocacy and Improvement Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, stated, “The foundation’s generous grant will enable ACP to provide new practice-level support and to test innovative approaches aimed at achieving change in practice management, physician education and patient safety/disease management.”

The ACP Center for Practice Innovation will formally begin operations in Washington on Jan. 1, 2006.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical-specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 119,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults.

David Kinsman (202) 261-4554
Michael Barr (202) 261-4531
Jacquelyn Blaser (202) 261-4572

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