Addressing Health Disparities in Quality Measurement: ...

Addressing Health Disparities in Quality Measurement: An Examination of the "Vital Few"

This course shares how a health provider prioritized a subset of quality measures targeted at high-risk patients. By revamping tools, operational teams were equipped to shift from their traditional outreach program to fully implement new work driven by the "Vital Few" measures. Results show an appreciable impact in reducing disparities in quality outcomes for the target measures and population.

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Resource: NCQA's Health Equity webpage.

Target Audience

Leaders in quality measurement, health equity and ambulatory care operations

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how the pandemic set the stage for addressing health disparities.​​
  • Explain the communication framework used to engage patients to resume care.​
  • Define the elements of our Vital Few Initiative.​
  • Evaluate the impact of the Vital Few Initiative.​
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE
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Edward Yu, MD, CMQ, CPPS, CPEE
Edward M. Yu, MD, FAAFP, CMQ, CPPS, CPE is Chief Quality Officer for Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) at Sutter Health. He is in charge of strategic and tactical elements of PAMF’s quality and patient safety programs. He leads various performance evaluation programs to monitor outcomes across patient populations and oversees PAMF’s patient safety reporting system and improvement efforts. Dr. Yu is a current Fellow in the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program.

imageIn support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This educational activity is approved for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

This educational activity is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.*

This live course grants 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:

Edward Yu: None

Additional Planning Committee Member:
Joseph Fojtik:          None
Lincoln D. Haynes:  None
Vincent Pereira:       None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.


Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 PCMH CCE


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