HCQM News and Updates


Join ABQAURP as we "Speak Up for Patient Safety"!

    ABQAURP is excited to participate in the World Health Organization's (WHO) first World Patient Safety Day on September 17, 2019. On the first-ever World Patient Safety Day, WHO will launch a global campaign to create awareness of patient safety and urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

No one should be harmed in health care. And yet, every day, thousands of patients suffer avoidable harm while receiving care. If you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or health worker, engage patients as partners in their care. Work with the patient to create an open and transparent patient safety culture. Encourage blame-free reporting and learning from errors. Speak up for patient safety! LEARN MORE.

Since our organization touches so many facets of health care, our members are health care leaders, workers, academics, and patients; they play many roles in enhancing patient safety.

To promote awareness of the first World Patient Safety Day, we are offering a special savings of $75 off ABQAURP's 12-hour Patient Safety Certificate Course, use Promotion code: SAFETY19*.

The Patient Safety course:
  • Identifies key drivers for patient safety
  • Describes mechanisms to engage patients and their family in improving patient safety
  • Discusses methodologies for responding to medical errors when they occur
  • Evaluates the role of leadership in advancing patient safety
  • Describes process design and improvement in patient safety programs
  • And MORE

*Offer valid now through September 21, 2019. You have 60 days to complete the course after purchase.


Don't Miss ABQAURP's 43rd Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference
April 30 - May 1, 2020 - Sheraton Sand Key Resort - Clearwater Beach, FL
Sheraton Sand Key Resort    
ABQAURP’s 43rd Annual Conference is an opportunity to network with our members and a community of health care providers that promote and improve the quality of health care that is provided every day!

The annual event is planned to engage in quality discussions with health care leadership professionals and to provide tools to improve resources, nurture a culture of safety, and build healthy communication between providers. We invite you to join your colleagues in Clearwater Beach in 2020!

Register Now! Save $100 on conference fees with the early registration discount!



Membership Referral Winner
    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Anil Gopinath is our newest Membership Referral Drive winner.

Our sincere thanks to Dr. Gopinath for his dedication to Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM)! Member participation and influence help ABQAURP to foster the concepts of health quality and safety throughout the health care system. Improved patient care is the result of our combined efforts.

Anil B. Gopinath, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP, FACP, MMM, FACHE, CPE is a Physician Executive with 20 years of clinical and physician leadership experience. He currently works with Amita Health as Chief Medical Officer of Amita Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora and Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital Elgin. He also works intermittently as Physician Surveyor with the Hospital Accreditation program of The Joint Commission and holds a Yellow Belt in Robust Process Improvement.

We are proud to have Dr. Gopinath and his colleagues as members!

You could be next! 2019 Membership Referral Drive

Don't forget, refer your colleagues! Your involvement in the 2019 membership development program plays an essential role in the vitality of your organization. Diplomates and Members are our most valuable resource! To say thanks and recognize your commitment to quality, ABQAURP credits your account $25.00 for each referral that becomes a Member or sits for the HCQM Exam. The member who recruits the most is awarded a Member Spotlight in the ABQAURP newsletter, a $500 Visa Gift Card, and admission to the annual conference. If you cannot attend the conference, you will receive a $500 credit on your account.

Don't miss this opportunity to advance your association's goals and save money on your annual fees!

Membership Referral Program Details



ABQAURP is Awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
    Earlier this year, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) completed the ACCME reaccreditation process and we are proud to announce an award of Accreditation with Commendation.

ABQAURP has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that ABQAURP delivers education that is relevant to clinicians' needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

According to the ACCME, approximately 40% of accredited CME providers achieve commendation status (the highest level of accreditation available), demonstrating their capacity to become strategic partners in health care improvement initiatives.

Read the Press Release here!

Is Your Continuing Medical Education Accredited?


ABQAURP welcomes applications for joint providership of educational activities for continuing medical education credit. ABQAURP accredits a variety of activities including live activities, enduring materials, and more. As an accredited provider, ABQAURP works with each joint provider organization to ensure the accreditation process runs as smoothly as possible.

For more information, please call Deborah Naser at (800) 998-6030, ext. 118 or CLICK HERE for details.



Recertify Now!

Those that completed the HCQM Certification Exam or last recertified in 2017 are due to recertify this year. The deadline to complete or submit 8 CME/CE hours is December 31st. Only THREE months remain to meet this deadline!

Unsure of your current recertification date? Sign In to the website and click on the button with your name to access your profile or call Member Services at (800) 998-6030. Now is the time to update your profile information.



Connecting People, Purpose & Passion
The 42nd Annual Conference is Now Available as an Online Course!
    If you were not able to attend this year's annual conference, sessions are now available as an 8-hour online course!

Don't miss this opportunity to earn CME / CE credit from the comfort of your home or office. ABQAURP courses provide ACCME-approved CME credit and nursing continuing education hours. Additionally, this activity meets the education criteria for CHCQM recertification.

ABQAURP's Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference (HCQ&PS) delivered multiple innovations, models, and best practices that have evolved to address the challenges you are facing. As we address our core competencies, high quality and safe health care still remains anchored to the partnership between patients and their health care providers.

Don't just take our word for it, here's what attendees had to say:

"As a new ABQAURP Diplomate, it was a great opportunity to meet with other Physician Advisors and those who work in Quality Assurance. But more than just simply networking, the ABQAURP Annual Conference allowed me to meet leaders in the field as well as hear insightful, cutting edge talks on pertinent topics. This will be a yearly must go-to event on my calendar from now on!"

When asked how patient outcomes will be effected by the activity...
"I will focus more on Quality Improvement from now on that will impact the standard of life for my patients."

"I have better insight into what our patients need to be successful post-discharge."


Register Now!


New This Year - Apply for Recertification Online!

Do you have CME / CE you have already earned this year that applies to your Health Care Quality and Management Certification? You can utilize credits earned from other organizations toward your CHCQM Recertification. You can now submit these hours online for your convenience!

Simply review the Recertification Policy, choose Option 2, and click on the recertification period that applies to you to begin.




Now Taking Applications for the 2020 HCQM Certification Exam!
    Certification in Health Care Quality and Management (HCQM) is for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals who are committed to Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. Validate your expertise by earning the only health care quality certification administered through the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)!

Professionals who have achieved certification in HCQM are deeply committed to patient safety, health care quality, and effective care. Those certified in HCQM demonstrate their superior ability to critically evaluate industry literature, identify evidence-based best practices, and make recommendations that balance appropriateness of health care services with cost and quality.

Early Registration Discounts Apply! Save $75 by January 28, 2020.

Download the new 2020 HCQM Exam Brochure and Application today!


Additional Sub-Specialties are available:
  • Case Management
  • Managed Care
  • Patient Safety/Risk Management
  • Physician Advisor (physicians only)
  • Transitions of Care
  • Workers' Compensation


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