QAPI/QAA: What Medical Directors Need to Know

Date: September 4, 2019

Time: 07:00PM - 08:30PM

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Medical directors and attending physicians are an integral part of every Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) committee. There are myriad legal responsibilities and traps for the unwary. For example, the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance for surveyors that goes into effect in November 2019 seemingly eviscerates the “quality assurance privilege.” It is essential that medical directors and attending physicians who are responsible for the performance of a QAPI program and QAA committee understand how to help maintain the privilege over “internal documents” while maximizing the committee’s effectiveness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain what the federal regulation requires from a QAPI program and QAA committee
  • Describe the “Five Elements” of QAPI
  • Understand the medical director’s role in QAPI and the QAA committee
  • Explore the case law regarding “privilege” and discovery of the QAA committee’s “internal documents” and learn how to maintain protection from discovery by plaintiffs’ lawyers and surveyors of confidential and privileged resident information


Credit Information:

1.50- CMD Management
1.50- MOC
1.50- CME

Disclosure Information:

Speakers are required to provide verbal disclosure prior to each talk. If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, please report this to the Society’s staff. According to the Society and ACCME policy, all those in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships.

The following AMDA Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: John Loome – Genesis HealthCare: Full-Time Employee; Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD – UHG-Optum: Full-Time Employee; all others have no financial relationships to disclose.

The Online Education Subcommittees have no financial relationships to disclose.

The speaker has no financial relationship to disclose.

AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.