What is PQI?
Practice quality improvement (PQI) is a process by which radiologists, their practices, or their facilities, deliver and document the quality of care they provide to their patients.
PQI for diagnostic radiology affect five categories of practice:
- Patient safety
- Accuracy of interpretation
- Report timeliness
- Practice guidelines and technical standards
- Referring physician surveys
Why Should You Care About PQI?
As professional members of the medical community, we all strive to provide excellent care to patients every day. In the current day and age, this means continous knowledge improvement, adaptation of practice guidelines and new technologies. PQI accomplishes two goals: 1) more quality improvement initatives and 2) documentation of quality improvement in radiology.
- American Board of Radiology, Maintenance of Certification (MOC)
- Accreditation requirements by third-party payers
- Regulatory/licensure issues
PQI- How is it done?
PQI is based on the principles of the quality improvement (QI) cycle. This cycle consists of four basic steps:
- Plan: Select an area of practice to improve, collect data, set goals/predict outcomes
- Do: Do the project, record data, document results
- Study: Review the results and compare to your predications/goas you set. What did not work well? Why?
- Act: Adjust the plan, document which changes you made and why, restart the cycle until goal is achieved or continue for quality assurance.
PQI is regulated by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). To find the appropriate form and get credit for individual and group projects, please vist the ABR website and log into your personal database.
Why choose PQI Connect?
- Projects ready to use (shortens planning phase)
- Get up to 20 CME credit
- Proven successes
- Free for members