May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
As we get closer to the beginning of summer in Michigan, we need to be sure our sunscreen is bought, ready or already being used. Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the U.S., and the three major types are basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous of all.
UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer, but UV radiation also comes from tanning booths and sunlamps. People at highest risk for skin cancer are white or light-colored skin with freckles, blonds and redheads, and blue and green eyed people.
Remind your patients to protect themselves and others by:
- Not going in the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Using a minimum of 15 SPF sunscreen
- Apply 30 minutes before going in the sun
- Apply liberally to lips, ears, hands, feet, and back of neck
- Apply under clothing If wearing light clothing
- Repeat sunscreen every few hours and after swimming or sweating
- Wearing long-sleeved garments and long pants or skirt
- Wearing a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and neck areas, and wrap-around sunglasses to protect eyes and skin
- Completing a whole-body check once a month in a well-lit room in front of a mirror
- Identify birthmarks, spots and moles and what they usually look and feel like
- Check for changes in size, shape, color, or feel
- Check for new growths, sores that don’t heal, and moles that bleed
- Schedule an appt with a doctor when changes are worrisome
Please access the following updated guidelines and guideline update alerts below:
In Office Use of Sedation
• Guideline Update Alert Office-based Surgery
Management of Diabetes Mellitus
• Guideline Update Alert – Diabetes
Management of Overweight and Obesity in the Adult
• Guideline Update Alert Adult Overweight and Obesity
MQIC guidelines assist by providing evidence-based recommendations in order for you to be able to focus on your patients. To help your patients increase their knowledge and commitment in their overall health, pass along MQIC guidelines and refer them to the website at www.mqic.org.
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About Our Committee
The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium will establish and implement a core set of clinical practice guidelines and performance measures with a focus on improvement for effecting positive health outcomes.
Medical Directors' Committee
- Develop common evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
- Provide direction and final decisions for MQIC
- Establish common definitions of populations among all health plans
- Establish common measurement protocols consistent with MQIC guidelines
- Report and trend community-based performance results for key measures related to MQIC clinical practice guidelines, providing data for benchmarking and improvement
- Research and provide tools and educational materials as supplemental resources for physicians and their staff that support implementation of the MQIC clinical practice guidelines
- Coordinate health plan and physician activities that complement MQIC quality improvement efforts
- Coordinate MQIC communications
The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium will establish and implement a core set of clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The interventions designed and implemented by each plan to improve consistent delivery of services will be at the discretion of individual plans, but guidelines, performance goals, measurement methodology, and performance reporting will be standardized.
MQIC membership is diverse and includes physicians, health plan administrators, researchers, quality improvement experts, and specialty societies. The consortium recognizes the need to collaborate with other entities and experts to successfully achieve the consortium's vision.
Organizations and Health Plans