On May 31, we come together worldwide to support those wanting to quit smoking on World No Tobacco Day. Annually, this day is an opportunity to reinforce the dangers of tobacco use while educating the general population that tobacco-related disease is preventable. Learn more information you can share with patients, family, friends, employees, or colleagues that offer education and support.
Quality assurance and HEDIS®
AllWays Health Partners’ behavioral health partner Optum provides a quality assurance (QA) toolkit for primary care providers (PCPs). This toolkit was designed to explain the substance use disorders and depression measures of HEDIS® to PCPs and give recommendations for meeting these measures. HEDIS stands for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, describing a set of performance measures for both behavioral and physical health conditions. The intent is for purchasers and consumers to use HEDIS to compare and evaluate health plans easily. Not only that, HEDIS sets a standard for the quality of care that patients should be receiving. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) uses HEDIS to evaluate PCPs, health plans, and Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organizations.
Have any of your patients recently received a text message AllWays Health Partners? Maybe they’ve gotten a message about a well child visit or about diabetes care. These messages are part of our initiatives to engage patients and make it easy for them to be proactive about their own care.
Topics: Clinical health
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $4.4 billion in emergency department (ED) visits could have been managed in physician office, clinic, and urgent care center. The American Council on Science and Health notes that hospital readmissions can double the cost of an episode. Unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and hospital readmissions are two areas where we can easily see the intersection between lower costs, improved outcomes, and higher patient satisfaction.
Topics: Clinical health
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. The impact of depression on physical health can include chronic pain, increased risk of heart disease, exacerbation of chronic conditions, and insomnia.
Primary care providers (PCPs) are often the first to recognize the signs of depression. In order to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, PCPs should use the PHQ-9 screening tool. For more information regarding the PHQ-9 and to obtain the screening tool in additional languages, please refer to PHQ screener website.