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Letter from the Program Director

Happy Fall! The MOQC Coordinating Center team has enjoyed traveling across Michigan to see you at our fall regional meetings, soaking up the electric sunshine and the bright leaves across our beautiful state. We have been particularly gratified by lively conversation, insightful questions, and your ideas for how to improve the care of our patients and their loved ones. A summary of our meetings is inside this newsletter. It is energizing to celebrate the performance of our practices on our measures, which we create with your input.

Particularly exciting to me have been the discussions about interprofessional development. We are looking forward to meeting with those of you who volunteered to join a Working Group to create resources and other learning opportunities for those members of your practices who interact with patients. If you did not have the chance to indicate your interest, please do let us know if this is something you’d like to help with.

The process of certifying MOQC practices has been approved by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Our abstractors are already collecting data to identify any barriers to high quality data on the measures that will be part of this pathway, which will be associated with a 12% VBR opportunity. Part of the certification process will be to create an equity action plan for your practice. We will show you how to create this plan at our January biannual meeting.

We are delighted that Karen Winkfield, MD, MPH will be our keynote speaker for that meeting. Dr. Winkfield is the first author of the JCO Oncology Practice article, “Development of an Actionable Framework to Address Cancer Care Disparities in Medically Underserved Populations in the United States: Expert Roundtable Recommendations,” a valuable resource to us as we lay out our efforts to provide equitable care to our patients regardless of where they live, who they are, or what they look like. The meeting promises to be engaging with speakers on drug shortages, partnerships with community hubs, and news from our many initiatives. Registration for this virtual meeting is open now, and we can’t wait to see all of you.

There is, as always, a lot going on at MOQC. Please spend some time reading this entire newsletter.

Dr. Jennifer Griggs
Program Director