ASNR Practice Quality Improvement (PQI)
Practice Quality Improvement Requirement For Maintenance Of Certification:
The American Board of Radiology (ABR) requires delegates to participate in a Practice Quality Improvement Project in order to meet maintenance of certification (MOC) Part IV requirements. As a benefit to our members, ASNR provides resources to assist in the fulfillment of these requirements, including general information and a sample project of implementing a standardized nomenclature for MR of Lumbar Disk Disease and referring physician survey to measure the impact of the initiative.
In general PQI Projects broadly conform to the following template. Select a topic and decide what you will measure to assess current performance and future improvement. A data collection form is usually needed to record the measurements
- Make a baseline measurement in an appropriate number of cases
- Analyze results
- Identify the potential causes of error or suboptimal performance
- Develop a written improvement plan
- Implement the plan
- Re-measure: Determine whether or not you have met your performance goal; if so, select another project to start, while maintaining the gains made in the initial project; if not, continue with the initial project.
ABR suggested PQI topics include:
Clinical Practice Guidelines*
Accuracy of Interpretation - double read (RadPEER)
Referring physician surveys*
Report timeliness and Critical Value Reporting
* To view an example PQI project based on click here »
The following links also provide useful information regarding the PQI requirement for maintenance of certification.
ABR - http://www.theabr.org/MOC_PQI_General.htm
ACR - http://www.acr.org/SecondaryMainMenuCategories/quality_safety/radpeer.aspx
RSNA - http://www.rsna.org/Education/MOC/practice_quality_improvement.cfm