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HSR&D Investigator among National Quality Forum’s 2017 Innovation Challenge Winners

December 20, 2017


Sameer Saini, MD, MS Sameer Saini, MD, MS

Sameer Saini, MD, MS, a research scientist with HSR&D’s Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) in Ann Arbor, MI, is among five National Quality Forum (NQF) 2017 Innovation Challenge winners. The NQF is committed through its Measure Incubator™ to foster learning and improvement in the measure development process. As part of the 2017-2018 Learning Collaborative Patient-Centered Measurement Webinar Series, NQF held its 2017 Innovation Challenge focused on patient-centered healthcare measurement. Winning submissions were selected by an expert panel, including patients, Learning Collaborative members, and representatives from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

NQF awarded a cash prize to five winning submissions selected by an expert panel. Learn how the winning submissions help advance patient-centered measurement by joining the 2017-2018 Learning Collaborative Patient-Centered Measurement Webinar Series. Dr. Saini’s webinar will discuss measures of colorectal cancer screening that incorporate individual screening benefit and patient preferences – and will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 1:00 to 2:00pm (ET). Current measures focus largely on whether or not screening was completed. These measures do not explicitly consider how likely someone is to benefit from screening nor their personal preferences. Using simulation modeling and group consensus approaches, Dr. Saini will develop measures that take these factors into account, with the long-term goal of aligning screening use with individual patient benefit, values, and preferences. This work is funded by VA HSR&D.

A previous HSR&D Career Development Awardee, Dr. Saini is a gastroenterologist and health services researcher with a long-standing interest in the appropriate use of resource-limited medical procedures, such as colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. He also has an interest in developing and testing interventions to reduce the use of low-value care, a high-priority area for VA. He currently leads an HSR&D-funded study to examine the impact of a more patient-centered approach to CRC screening, including development of patient-centered performance measures for screening.