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A Message from your President

Tuesday, January 7, 2020  


Making An Impact on Healthcare Quality in 2020
Donald E. Casey Jr., MD, MPH, MBA, DFACMQ 


I am writing to convey my gratitude for all members, committees, and affiliates who have been involved with ACMQ over the past year. The past 12 months have been marked by noteworthy achievement and change. From the success of our Annual Conference to launching a new podcast, I couldn’t be more proud of­­­­­­ the hard work we have all contributed to this organization. As we wrap up an eventful 2019 and shift our momentum into the next calendar year, I’m excited to share a few organizational updates and describe what ACMQ has in store for 2020.

To start, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to watch What’s New at ACMQ, for an overview of our incredible organization and an update on the new and future features to your ACMQ Membership. This includes updates on our Student, Resident, & Fellow Section (SRF), the American Journal of Medical Quality, and other important member benefits.

Moving forward, I’m excited to share some new information on ACMQ’s Annual Conference, Medical Quality 2020, which will take place August 24-26 at the prestigious Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. Medical Quality is a wonderful tradition, allowing representatives from many top healthcare organizations to participate in state-of-the-art conversations with national experts about successes and challenges facing the field today. I encourage you all to mark your calendars and join us in August as we explore the theme, Ensuring Quality in the Era of Digital Health.

MQ 2020 will highlight seasoned speakers and experts from around the country focused on digital health and attempting to define the “Impact on Quality” (“IoQ”) of digital health technologies. With a goal of convening leaders and practitioners from a broad base of health systems, academic institutions, professional societies, health insurers, and healthcare technology firms, ACMQ expects that MQ 2020 will be the “first of a kind” event, offering cutting edge keynote sessions and highly “audience interactive” panels of top leaders in the Digital Health field who will address some of the most challenging issues in healthcare. Visit ACMQ's abstracts page for instructions on submitting your abstracts online and to find the latest information on the meeting’s cutting-edge Digital Health Agenda as it evolves. 

At this time, we are searching for applications for ACMQ’s Quality Scholars program. In the past we’ve awarded approximately 100 of these early-career healthcare quality professionals with national recognition, funding to attend Medical Quality, and the ability to publish their results in AJMQ. While the competition is stiff, we do believe we get the best applications and look forward to hearing from all the eligible SRF section members for this prestigious award. We also look forward to additional participation opportunities from the SRF section including early career mentoring programs and additional training courses for early career quality experts. More information coming soon. 

Also this year, ACMQ will be publishing the 3rd edition of its seminal textbook Medical Quality Management (MQM 3rd Edition). This internationally renowned book, first published in 2005 and edited by ACMQ Past President Dr. Prathibha Varkey, has served as the basis for guiding quality practitioners who are attempting to improve their knowledge skills and ability in the area of medical quality management. Please watch for an announcement of the publication date for MQM 3rd Edition, as there will be a special “ACMQ Members Only” discount rate offered for this updated great resource for expanding your Medical Quality knowledge base.

I’m looking forward to the progress and success we will continue to make in 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at


For more information on Medical Quality 2020 and other ACMQ initiatives, access my new column in the Jan-Feb 2020 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ) here

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