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FPSC Annual Conference 2014: Boost Your EQ! Registration is now open!

The UHC-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center® (FPSC) Annual Conference 2014, “Boost Your EQ!” will be held June 12-13 in Chicago, Ill. This year’s conference will explore 2 important and complementary areas: First, to remain successful in the rapidly evolving value-based health care marketplace, academic medical centers and faculty practice organizations must operate at sustained peak levels of Efficiency and Quality. Second, organizational emotional intelligence (or EQ)—how groups of individuals work together—increasingly holds the key to achieving and maintaining such high performance.

The keynote speakers for “Boost Your EQ!” are:

  • Robert (Bob) Wachter, MD, is professor and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Wachter is a national leader in the fields of patient safety and health care quality.
  • Marc Brackett, PhD, is director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Among his current areas of interest is the application of emotional intelligence in health care.

To learn more, contact Bob Browne, vice president, at (312) 775-4132, or Shaifali Ray, director, at (312) 775-4305.

2013 Benchmarks Released

The 2013 FPSC benchmarks were released the week of February 17th. All member reports were refreshed with the 2013 benchmarks for:
  • Work and Total Relative Value Units (RVUs)
  • New Patient Visit Ratios
  • E&M Coding Distributions
  • Charge Lag
  • Net Collection Rate
  • Denial and Denial Recovery Rate

Please note, the 2013 benchmark values will carry forward for comparison to your 2014 data until the next set of benchmarks are released later in the year. The FPSC would like to highlight several enhancements to the benchmarks and online tools with the release of the 2013 FPSC benchmarks:
  • The Matched Collections Analysis reports will now provide the FPSC Net Collection Rate at the 50th and 75th percentiles.
  • The cell size for the Revenue Cycle Suite benchmarks has now grown to 30 members.
  • Fifty-three organizations participated in the CFTE collection process for the 2013 RVU benchmarks.
  • Palliative Care and Sleep Medicine are two specialties that have been added this year. Both specialties now have benchmarks available in the FPSC reporting tool.
  • Three specialties did not reach the minimum data threshold for 2013 RVU benchmarks: Pediatrics Invasive Cardiology, Podiatry, and Cytopathology.

The FPSC team thanks you for your participation in the 2013 RVU benchmark development process. For questions related to the benchmarks, please contact Dave Troland (312-775-4357). If you need to update or remap your provider FPSC specialty categories, please contact Kevin Ho (312-775-4149).

The New Quality & Efficiency Module

40 groups have already signed up for the new module, is your group one of them?

The UHC-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center is pleased to offer a new module to help inform and support member initiatives to improve the cost, efficiency and quality of patient care.

Features of the New FPSC Quality & Efficiency Module:

Reports & Comparative Data Improvement Toolkits & Networking Opportunities
Robust comparative data on specific CMS quality, cost and outcome measures by GPRO reporting type Automatic enrollment in focused learning collaboratives that provide guidelines ad toolkits to help improve performance
Comparison of quality tiering scores by GPRO reporting type Member case studies on successful practices
Additional dynamic, detailed reports with comparative data to further help members assess performance Expanded networking opportunities including Webinars and symposiums
Staff who can help interpret your QRUR report and provide ad hoc custom analyses Staff who can serve as liaisons to help facilitate questions and share feedback directly from CMS on your behalf

Please note, the only additional data needed to participate in this module can be pulled directly from your 2012 CMS Quality and Resource Use Report.

To learn more about the Quality & Efficiency Module please contact Shaifali Ray (312-775-4305).

2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Impact Analysis

The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Impact Analysis has been provided to all FPSC members.

This year, the analysis was run to provide a year-over-year comparison for CY 2013 and 2014 geographically-adjusted Total RVUs (TRVUs) and Medicare allowable payments.

If you have questions on your report please contact Beth McDowell at or 312-775-4259.

To view the presentations from the Physician Fee Schedule Webinars please click here.

What's New

UHC Bundles of Care Tool


The UHC Bundles of Care (BOC) tool links patient-level data from the UHC Clinical Data Base (CDB) and the Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC) to allow monitoring of patient outcomes and utilization patterns beyond the inpatient setting. Each report offers over 100 bundle-specific metrics to assist with better understanding of variation, readmissions, complications, resource utilization, and length of stay. Designed for high-level, executive viewing, the dynamic dashboard puts all of these metrics in easy-to-understand graphs and charts.

BOC is provided free of charge to organizations that subscribe to both the UHC CDB and the FPSC. For additional background and to view sample reports, click here. For more information, contact Bob Browne.

For More Information
Bob Browne - vice president
Shaifali Ray - director
Bob Browne, Shaifali Ray

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