Performing Common Ambulatory Procedures; Is It Time to Reverse the Downward Trend?

By on March 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

The following post was written by Assessment 2020 Task Force ex-officio observer, Patrick Alguire, MD.

Many patients, especially those in primary care ambulatory settings, expect their personal physician to perform certain “minor” but needed procedures. Patients benefit from the continuity, convenience and (in certain situations) decreased cost when their personal physician performs a procedure. Yet, many [...]

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If everyone agrees teamwork is crucial to providing quality patient care, why is it so hard to achieve?

By on February 27, 2014 | 4 Comments

The following post was written by Benjamin Chesluk, PhD, Clinical Research Associate, ABIM.

Teamwork matters to good health care. When physicians and other care providers communicate well and collaborate, it makes the care patients receive better and safer, and it can make clinicians happier and more fulfilled by their work.[1]

Everyone recognizes this, and has for decades [...]

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If quality care begins with a correct diagnosis, why is the diagnostic error rate so high (at least 10-15%)?

By on February 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

The following post was written by Assessment 2020 Task Force member, Robert Wachter, MD.

There is a saying in the quality world that one should try to avoid creating situations in which clinicians are hitting the target but missing the point. The quality and safety movements of the last decade illustrate this danger. Namely, there are [...]

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Assessment 2020: What skills will physicians need in the future?

By on December 17, 2013 | 14 Comments

The following post was written by Harlan Krumholz, MD, Chair, Assessment 2020 Task Force and Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO, ABIM.

Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is a trusted marker to patients when selecting doctors. As physicians, maintaining our certification reflects a commitment to our patients and to the profession.  Certification [...]

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