September 2015 Meeting – The role of quality in the transition to Value Based Reimbursement in Healthcare

Many health care providers today receive a payment for each individual service they provide such as a physician visit, surgery, or blood test, and it matters to a lesser extent today whether these services directly improve the patient’s outcome. In other words, providers are paid primarily based on the volume of care they provide, rather than the value of care provided to patients. Emerging value-based reimbursement models increasingly require providers to prove that they’re meeting quality standards and benefitting patients while cutting costs. As a result, providers need actionable information to help them continually measure, monitor, and improve financial and quality performance. Furthermore, if they aren’t on track to meet quality standards, they need to be able to pinpoint root causes: Does performance differ by facility? Which providers are performing best and what can be learned from them?

To thrive in a value-based environment, health systems must develop the sophistication to understand their quality and cost structure in granular detail. Reducing every category of waste — e.g. waste that occurs when work isn’t standardized, waste that stems from unnecessary orders, waste that results from uncoordinated patient care — are all absolutely essential for improving margins.

Do these concepts seem familiar to you as a quality practitioner? If so, join us for a discussion of how quality professionals can support the transition to a value based reimbursement model in healthcare.
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2015 ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award Presented to Dak Murthy

Photo Dak MurthyThe NY/NJ Metropolitan Section is pleased to announce the 2015 ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award has been presented to Mr. Dak Murthy. Dak is a long time section member, past Section Chair and currently is serving as both a Volunteer-at-Large and as the Section’s Nomination Committee Chair. The the award was presented to Dak on Sunday, June 21st 2015.

ASQ Metropolitan Legacy Award is the highest ranking & most prestigious award for ASQ Metropolitan Section & is awarded annually.

2015 Walter Young Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Alex Wang the recipient of the 2015 Walter Young Scholarship!

Photo-Alex Wang

Brief Bio about Alex

After going to college to pursue software engineering, Alex discovered an interest in design and user experience. This summer, he is interning at GoDaddy, working on improving and standardizing the company’s UX across all products.

In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, exercising, and watching shows.

Alex is interested in constantly improving user experience in every aspect of life, and consistent quality is one of the most important aspects of it.

He plans on using the scholarship to continue pursuing his education.

Process and Quality Improvement Specialist – Vermont

Process and Quality Improvement Specialist (Value Performance Specialist) Link to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)

Under the guidance of the Putnam Quality, Safety, and Value Director,, the Value Performance Specialist participates in and leads projects to design, develop, modify, and implement processes to improve quality, safety, and value. This position is also responsible for applying change management techniques, systems thinking methods, and targeted, data-driven problem solving skills to promote a deeper understanding of system failures and opportunities for improvement. The selected candidate will be an employee of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center but will be based at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center located in Bennington, Vermont.
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Independence Park Beautification Event on 4/18/15 in Newark

41 volunteers and their families participated in this 2nd Annual event (up from 25 volunteers last year…SWEET). The event was co-sponsored by the ASQ NY/NJ Metro Section and The Spanish Tavern (our Section’s home away from home) located on McWhorter Street in the Ironbound Section of Newark. They were also joined by enthusiastic volunteers from Virgin America located in Newark Airport and students from NJIT (Yes…students up at 9 am on a Saturday to give back to their community!).

They all worked together to help beautify a park with and for people that we truly care about. All of our the volunteers worked tirelessly to help make Independence Park the most beautiful Park in all of Essex County. The entire day was a true “Labor of Love”. We all agreed that there WILL BE a 3rd Annual Independence Park Beautification Event next year held on the weekend that coincides with Earth Day.

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Participants in the Independence Park Beautification Event on 4/18/15 in Newark

Once again, on behalf of the ASQ NY/NJ Metropolitan Section, our heartfelt THANKS to everyone involved in this fun “feel good” event. See you next year!


David H. Sherman
ASQ NY/NJ Metropolitan Section; Education/Programs Committee Co-Chair

Section Meeting – Emerging Trends in Quality

With the growth in Internet of Things and Data Analysis, customers today expect complete support, billing accuracy and delivery, in addition to the quality of product and service rendered. Organizations are, therefore, paying more attention to delivering high quality, reliable user experience. These, and other trends, have important impacts on the future of Quality Assurance (QA).

This presentation will focus on the emerging trends including but not limited to:

  • Latest tools in the field of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement that are affecting the way quality is integrated in an organization.
  • QMS Standards- Cross pollination of ISO-9001 QMS concepts into other management system types and standards.
  • Sustainability- Reviewing and updating of standards to meet evolving market expectations and address results of ongoing research in sustainability.

PRESENTED BY: Vidya Neti, Industrial Engineer; QA Department, Mini-Circuits

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QC Manager for Precision Textiles in Totowa, NJ

Job Title: Quality Control Manager
Location: Totowa, NJ (20 miles from midtown NYC)
Type Full-Time

The individual in this position will serve as Precision Textiles’ quality control subject matter expert creating long-term value for the company by ensuring all products produced at PCC’s corporate headquarters meet Industry standards and all agreed to standards from our valued accounts.
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