Live Do I Need a Statistician?? Benchmarking Practice Performance to Achieve Value
All physicians believe they provide high-quality and cost-effective careā€¦but can they prove it? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other payers are beginning to develop their own performance comparison and reporting tools, most of which have been widely criticized by the provider community. The advent of electronic health records (EHR), cloud-based data sharing systems and health information exchanges combined with the right data analytics gives physicians the power to develop customizable reports that are relevant to their unique circumstances. Learn how to identify the right metrics and use technology solutions to benchmark individual physician and practice performance. Make comparisons within and outside of your practice to assess quality and efficiency and learn how to develop a performance improvement strategy to address sub-optimal care. Should you have any questions regarding the content, please contact Jason Scull at
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Do I Need a Statistician? Benchmarking Practice Performance to Achieve Value
Release Date:
February 27, 2013  7 to 8 p.m., (EST) (60 minutes)

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At the end of this activity, I will be able to:

  1. Identify some available data sources and technology solutions to help measure performance.  
  2. Assess the specific functionality needed in an EHR or other technology solution to track and compare performance against a benchmark.   
  3. Identify the measures most relevant to a practice and track performance against a benchmark.
  4. Recognize sub-optimal performance and implement a performance improvement strategy.    

Target Audience
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing physicians.

Statement of Need
This is the fourth in a series of webinars that will address the misnomer that you have to be a large, integrated system in order to successfully implement delivery and payment reforms by focusing on the specific habits of high value care delivery. It will further counter arguments that current reforms efforts are a repackaged version of managed care by highlighting specific differences between health maintenance organizations of the 1990s and innovative models, such as ACOs, that currently are gaining prominence.

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communications skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, interdisciplinary teamwork, quality improvement and informatics.

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claiming Your CME Credit
In order to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must view the webinar in its entirety and complete the evaluation.

Planning Committee

Cindy Brown – AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs
Jeanette Harmon – AMA Director, Advocacy Planning & Management
Rita LePard - CME Program Committee/AMA
Sandy Marks -  AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs
Jason Scull– AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs

Carol Vargo – AMA Associate Director, Federal Affairs 

Steve Larson, MD - Chief Executive Officer, Riverside Medical Clinic
Michael Neuss, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

About the Innovators Committee
The Innovators Committee is a group of innovative physicians tasked with developing resources to help their colleagues from various specialties implement effective delivery and payment reforms that are applicable to their practice setting and service mix. Go to for more information about the Committee and its work.

Disclosure Statement

The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, neither the planners nor the faculty have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Type:  Live Activity
Activity Price
50 Registered Users
1 Credits> AMA> AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

0 Credits> AMA> Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians