CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award Submissions with Honorable Mention


To recognize the achievements of our extraordinary Diplomates, ABQAURP presents the CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award bi-annually in conjunction with our Annual Health Care Quality & Patient Safety Conference. ABQAURP presents the Award to recognize the Diplomate that embodies the values of the medical profession through leadership, service, excellence, and integrity; demonstrating their commitment to advancing our mission to improve the quality of health care.

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A sincere "Thank You" to all of our ABQAURP Diplomates that submitted outstanding initiatives leading to sustainable change in patient safety outcomes, provider and/or patient engagement, and overall quality improvements. Below is a summary of their submissions:



Valerie Allusson


Valerie Allusson, MD, SFHM, MMM, FACP, CHCQM
Chief Medical Officer, Hackensack UMC Mountainside


Highly Reliable Rounding: The Quest Toward a Highly Reliable Organization






Aly Feroze

Aly Feroze, MBBS, CHCQM, DPD (UK), DipHSM (UK)
Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore, Pakistan


World’s first free Patient Safety course which is globally accessible online having self-study format offering a Certificate of completion. The course is hosted by People's Open Access Education Initiative UK under the academic guidance of Professor Richard Heller.




Russell Firman

Russell Firman, MD, FACEP, CHCQM-PHYADV
Physician Advisor & Chief Medical Officer, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center


Educate providers on MAGIC guidelines outlining appropriate and inappropriate insertion of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) lines. Educate providers and nursing on other alternatives such as central venous catheters (CVC) insertion by surgeons and emergency physicians or EZ – IO placement.




Marcus Oginsky

Marcus Oginsky, MD, CHCQM
Chief Quality Officer, Midtown Inpatient Medicine / Sisters of Charity Leavenworth (SCL) Health


Hospitalist Company Quality Improvement of Inpatient Hyperglycemia Management





Mark Safalow Mark Safalow, MD, FHM, CHCQM-PHYADV
Regional Vice President & Physician Advisor, Prospect Medical Holdings


Choosing Wisely is all about improving communication between patients and providers with the goal of reducing unnecessary testing, improving quality and safety, and reducing cost to the patient, the hospital, and more broadly, our healthcare system in the United States.



Khiet Trinh


Khiet N. Trinh MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM-PHYADV
Chief Medical Officer of Revenue Cycle, System Physician Advisor, Bon Secours Mercy Health


Implementation of a Physician Advisory Program to service twelve hospitals to address payer denials, compliance concerns, and protect patients' inpatient rights by assuring correct hospitalization status





CHCQM Diplomate Achievement Award presentation will take place on April 26, 2019, in conjunction with ABQAURP’s 42nd Annual Conference!