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Quality Measures Reminder Updates, August 2018

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August is a great month to reach out to patients to schedule recommended screenings.  Identifying and closing gaps in care can improve physician practice quality measures, revenue and patient care. Focusing on closing gaps early helps avoid large, last-minute, time-consuming outreach efforts at the end of the year.

Targeted quality measures

(focus areas for TPA private practices)

Internal Medicine focus:  Preventive screenings

Family Medicine focus:

  • Well child 0-11 years (Combo 10 and Combo 2 immunization schedule)
    • Combo 10HEDIS measure childhood immunization status 1
      • Assesses children 2 years of age who had four diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP); three polio (IPV); one measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); three H influenza type B (HiB); three hepatitis B (HepB), one chicken pox (VZV); four pneumococcal conjugate (PCV); one hepatitis A (HepA); two or three rotavirus (RV); and two influenza (flu) vaccines by their 2nd birthday.1
    • Combo 2: Immunizations for Adolescents2
      • Assesses adolescents 13 years of age who had one dose of meningococcal vaccine, one Tdap vaccine and the complete human papillomavirus vaccine series by their 13th birthday.2 

Pediatrics focus:

  • Well child visit 3-6 year

 

To view the CDC 2018 chart for recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents (18 years and younger) click here.

By coordinating and implementing an outreach plan around the recommended childhood immunizations along with patient preventive health screenings, physician practices can begin to close gaps and schedule appointments.

To order preventive screening posters along with valuable patient education materials through The Physician Alliance website, click here now.

 

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Sources:  Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)1,2

To read additional blog articles, please visit our Blog archives page. 

 

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