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September/October 2014

Quality Conundrums

A Quality (of Life) Conundrum
Summertime: Health Maintenance or Just Plain Fun?

Most days, one can easily find news stories about the health impact of something in our world. Today, it was a BBC story about fish with confused genders: a little of each, actually. Chemicals in the water where the fish had been presumably happily swimming were the purported cause of the gender anomalies. The related question is, “How worried should we all be about ourselves?” Is the corollary, should we still go swimming?

Horror stories abound about dreadful, careless parents allowing their children to play freely in the sun and fresh air. Facts would suggest, however, that sun is actually good for us all, and that the upsides of sun exposure outweigh the downsides.1

And what about play, for adults as well as children? Heat stroke is a serious illness, but is it common enough to merit over 2,000,000 citations on Google in less than 30 seconds? Wouldn’t we all be better off playing tennis, walking, and biking instead of watching TV in the air conditioning?

Then, there is summer reading. Research suggests that children who do not read over the summer lose skills; none of us want that to happen. Even Oprah knows that reading has health benefits for adults.2 But, I must confess that I read…on the beach, in the backyard, and just about everywhere else because it’s fun. And I think lots of other people do, too.

And finally, there is food. Special summer fruits and veggies are the best: peaches, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, and fresh corn on the cob. But then, there are barbecues: hot dogs
(oh, those nitrates) and hamburgers (oh, the cholesterol). Let’s not even think about the chips and ice cream. But wait, maybe we can admit to that after all. It seems some of the dietary wisdom of recent years MIGHT be wrong.3

What do we really know about summer? That sun, exercise, reading, relaxation, and time with friends and family are probably healthy. So, health maintenance or just plain fun, I hope you enjoyed your summer!


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ABQAURP welcomes applications for joint sponsorship of educational activities for continuing education credit. ABQAURP accredits a variety of activities, including:

• Live Activity
• Enduring Material
• Journal-based CME
• Internet Activity Live
• Internet Activity Enduring Material
• Performance Improvement

ABQAURP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and is accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing to sponsor nursing contact hours. As an accredited provider, ABQAURP is here to work with each joint sponsor organization to ensure the accreditation process runs as smoothly as possible. Benefits of working with ABQAURP include: one-on-one assistance, on-site assistance, contact for speakers and commercial supporters, evaluation compilation, one-time mailing list to drive attendance, website placement, and advertising in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare magazine.

For more information, please call Deborah Naser at (800) 998-6030, ext. 118.

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New Multimedia Online Courses are Available Now!
How are you preparing for the changes in health care coming later this year and in 2015? We are proud to introduce two new multimedia online courses that explore ways to make your approach to this changing environment easier and better!

These courses are recorded from our Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference and provide up-to-date content about today’s health care challenges.

Getting Paid for Innovation and High Value Outcomes
The Affordable Care Act is a reality. Accountable Care Organizations are up and running. It has become clear that despite ongoing legal challenges, change is going forward, perhaps at a rate faster than envisioned. Providers need the tools to succeed and prosper in this new environment.

Survive and Thrive in the Changing Health Care Environment
As we transition from volume-based to value-based care, health care providers and other stakeholders are struggling to identify key drivers to address the challenges around the redesign of health care delivery and payment reforms. What will be the role of integrated care management, ACOs, and transitions of care models? How can we efficiently integrate all transactions of care across the care continuum? Discover what the practitioner needs to not only survive, but to thrive in the evolution of health care.

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Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) Certification

When deciding on a credential, you want the best, most comprehensive certification that covers the entire health care quality continuum. Choose the provider with the experience that has come to define the field of Health Care Quality and Management.
ABQAURP is pleased to collaborate with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) in the administration of the HCQM certification exam. ABQAURP is dedicated to assuring a high quality certification process with definable standards; the NBME involvement reinforces that dedication. Together, we consult on the planning, development, analysis, and scoring of the certification exam, bringing examinees an exam experience based on a vast array of knowledge and expertise.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015 HCQM exam window.

Registration Discount – Take $100 off your Exam Fee by February 28, 2015
Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
Exam Window: August 15 – October 15, 2015
Don’t delay, seating is limited!

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Please call Barbara Morris at: (800) 998-6030, extension 116, or visit our website ( for more information on Certification and preparation.

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Upcoming ABQAURP Accredited Events


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Hyperbaric Medicine – Principles & Practice
Ongoing – Online Education

World Congress Events

2nd Annual West Physician Advisor & Case Management Summit
& Pre-conference Workshop
October 20, 2014
San Diego, CA    

Visit ABQAURP’s Booth
Texas Association of Health Plans
2014 TAHP Managed Care Conference & Trade Show
November 3–5, 2014
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Dallas, TX

To accredit your educational events for continuing education credit, contact Deborah Naser at 800-998-6030, ext. 118.


High Quality and Affordable Care
through Accountability

ABQAURP’s 38th Annual HCQ&PS Conference
April 17, 2015
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
Houston, TX
Register Now – Save $100

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with your peers, renowned faculty, health care executives, and some of Houston’s leading experts discussing these relevant topics:

  • Models of performance excellence
  • Reimbursement for patient engagement
  • Lessons learned from high performing ACOs
  • Legal framework for successful Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs)
  • Value of customer service
  • Legal risks of the Medicare Shared Savings Program
  • Importance of documentation, particularly with the adoption of EMRs and impending implementation of ICD-10
  • Impact of inadequate behavioral health services on our communities

ABQAURP wants to recognize members for their achievements in advancing the field of health care quality management and patient safety. Please send your news to ABQAURP by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

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