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1 The Western Pennsylvania Association For Health Care Quality

2 WPAHQ History H Organized to fill a need for education in the area of Utilization Review H Started as a support group for QA/UR professionals

3 WPAHQ History (Cont.) H February Virginia Finn (North Hills Passavant Hospital) wrote to administrators of 109 participating Blue Cross hospitals in Western Pennsylvania and introduced the idea of initiating a Utilization Review group

4 WPAHQ History (Cont.) H May 16, First meeting was held at Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh H Twenty-nine representatives of nineteen hospitals were present

5 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H The organization chose “The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania” as it’s name. May 16th, 1972

6 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H Officers first named for the organization were: 1. President - Virginia Finn (North Hills Passavant Hospital) 1. President - Virginia Finn (North Hills Passavant Hospital) 2. Vice President - Dorothy Strubel (Westmoreland Hospital) 2. Vice President - Dorothy Strubel (Westmoreland Hospital) 3. Secretary/Treasurer - June Albert (Hamot Medical Center) 3. Secretary/Treasurer - June Albert (Hamot Medical Center) 4. Assistant Secretary/Treasurer - Mary Ann Darragh (Western Psychiatric Institute) 4. Assistant Secretary/Treasurer - Mary Ann Darragh (Western Psychiatric Institute)

7 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H September The Constitution and By- Laws were developed H The President appointed the position of Librarian/Historian H The Organization grew rapidly and the meetings had to be moved from various Hospitals to public accommodations H Skilled Nursing Facilities expressed an interest in joining, thus the first sub-interest group was formed

8 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H The Association Produced a Utilization Review Coordinators Manual for new U.R. staff to use as an orientation tool

9 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H Psychiatric sub-group was organized H Office of Secretary/Treasurer became two Offices

10 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H The state organization was formed (Pennsylvania Association of Utilization Review Coordinators {PAURC})

11 Pennsylvania Association of Utilization Review Coordinators (Cont.) H The first state meeting was held in Hershey H Approval was received as a satellite group of the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania PAURC

12 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H May the office of Vice-President became President Elect H The Medical Records Association granted continuing education credits to AMRA members for attendance at the Association meetings

13 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H National Utilization Review Coordinators was formed (NAURC) H Donated $ to the Johnstown Flood Relief Fund

14 The Association of Utilization Review Coordinators of Western Pennsylvania H Was a real transition year 1. There was expanding Membership role with new Priorities 1. There was expanding Membership role with new Priorities 2. The name was changed to Association of Quality Assurance Professionals of Western Pennsylvania (AQAPWP) 2. The name was changed to Association of Quality Assurance Professionals of Western Pennsylvania (AQAPWP)

15 AQAPWP 3. It was agreed that a treasury balance of $ would be carried from year to year 3. It was agreed that a treasury balance of $ would be carried from year to year 4. The association sponsored a seminar on “Revised Concurrent Utilization” by Joanne Lamphery, INTERQUAL 4. The association sponsored a seminar on “Revised Concurrent Utilization” by Joanne Lamphery, INTERQUAL +This seminar was a revolution in the evolution of what is practiced today +This seminar was a revolution in the evolution of what is practiced today

16 AQAPWP H We started issuing our newsletter AQAPWPNewsletter Vol. #I No. I 1985 Welcome to the very first addition of the AQAPWP Newsletter. Welcome to all of our new Members!

17 AQAPWP H Our name was changed from the Association of Qualtiy Assurance Professional of Western Pennsylvania to The Western Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Quality (WPAHQ) WPAHQ

18 WPAHQ H We celabrated our present Logo

19 WPAHQ H We formed the Alternative Healthcare Sub-group

20 WPAHQ H We renamed and changed the focus on the sub-group for Utilization Management to Case Management H Our Twenty-Fifth (25) year


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