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.
In July, MQIC released the General Principles for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma clinical practice guideline. With this review, the MQIC asthma age-specific guidelines for 0-4 years, 5-11 years, and 12 years and older were discontinued. So MQIC can continue to provide you with assessment and treatment recommendations, links have been placed in the general principles guideline which take you to the 2007 NHLBI EPR3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma figures. The three sets of figures linked are:
- 1) Classifying Asthma Severity and Initiating Therapy
- 2) Assessing Asthma Control and Adjusting Therapy
- 3) Stepwise Approach for Managing Asthma Long Term
September is Obesity Awareness Month
Obesity is the result of taking in more calories than you burn through exercise and daily activities, and the excess calories are then stored as fat. In 2012, the CDC reported that 66.1% of Michigan residents were overweight with a BMI of ≥ 25, while 30.9% were obese with a BMI of ≥ 30. Some causes of obesity include:
- Lack of physical activity, and sedentary lifestyle
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Lack of sleep
- Certain medications
- Medical problems
- Social and economic issues
Obesity can lead to many health problems, and increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and even some types of cancer. By losing just 5 to 10 percent of body weight can help prevent some of these health issues. Controlling and preventing obesity can occur by:
- Following a healthy diet, limiting eating out, and avoiding fast food
- Increasing intake of fruits and vegetables
- Focusing on portion control
- Being physically active most days of the week
- Keeping track of your weight on a regular basis
Please access MQIC clinical practice guidelines for overweight and obesity prevention and management, as listed:
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, feel free to 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 establishes and implements 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
- Coordinate MQIC communications
- Coordinate health plan and physician activities that complement MQIC quality improvement efforts
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.
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