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Geisinger endocrinologist named to quality improvement committee

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
Feb. 12, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Geisinger endocrinologist Ronald Harris, M.D., has been invited to serve as a member of the Endocrine Society’s Quality Improvement Sub-Committee (QISC). The QISC was established to enhance educational and practice management programs in the area of quality improvement.

Dr. Harris also has been a long standing member for NCQA’s Clinical Programs Committee which provides strategic direction, oversight and approval of requirements and scoring for evaluation programs of physicians and physician groups across the country.

“For someone who is passionate about improving the care endocrinologists around the country provide, being invited to participate in the QISC is an incredible honor,” Dr. Harris said. “I will be sure to devote the same dedication for excellence Geisinger displays for its patients to the efforts of the QISC and the countless endocrinology practices that will benefit from its work.”

The QISC was established in 2007 as the Performance Measures Subcommittee to identify areas within endocrinology in which performance measures would be appropriate and develop evidence-based practices all endocrinologists could implement to improve overall quality. Responsibilities of the subcommittee expanded in recent years, leading to the newly named QISC.

The new responsibilities of the QISC include overseeing the Endocrine Society’s quality improvement initiatives, identifying clinical guidelines and monitoring the quality improvement programs proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The subcommittee is comprised of experts in the areas of performance measures, health information technology, clinical practice guidelines/decision support tools and general quality improvement. The initial term for your membership will be for two years beginning immediately.

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