Andrew Bazemore, M.D., M.P.H., of Washington, D.C., director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, has been elected to membership(nam.edu) in the National Academy of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
First established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, medicine and related policy and inspires positive actions across sectors. Specifically, the institution provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. It also encourages education and research, recognizes outstanding contributions to knowledge, and works to increase public understanding of these issues.
Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service in the academy's activities.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently named(www.theabfm.org) Robert Phillips, M.D., M.S.P.H., of Washington, D.C., one of five 2016 Innovation Challenge winners for his concept paper, "Use of registry data to identify and develop Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) and quality measures." Phillips is vice president of research and policy for the American Board of Family Medicine.
Each of the winners for 2016 offered a novel methodological approach to improving health care quality measurement. Phillips' paper proposed using a new data registry open to all primary care physicians to identify and develop efforts to improve clinical practice and quality measures.
NQF issued the Innovation Challenge as part of its Measure Incubator initiative, which aims to nurture the development of needed measures by connecting organizations interested in particular measure concepts with measure development experts, financial and technical resources, and data.
This year's winners will present their papers during NQF webinars later this fall. In addition, each winner will receive a cash award of $2,000. The 2016 Innovation Challenge was supported by a grant from Merck & Co. Inc.