Elements of a CCoE #6 – Addressing Smoking; Understanding Your Practitioner Performance Summary; See You at NWHSU’s Homecoming; Helping Patients Make Wise Choices Through Shared Decision Making
Elements of a CCoE #6 - Addressing SmokingThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Calculating national estimates from 1995 to 1999, the CDC found that “smoking caused approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the United States annually, and approximately $157 billion in annual health-related economic loses.” As a health care professional, you can play a role in helping your patients quit smoking and eliminate a major risk factor for the four leading causes of death – heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Want to help your patients quit but don’t know where to start? Here are a few resources to get started.
- The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, offers presentations, tearsheets and other references designed specifically for health care providers.
- The state of Minnesota offers a free QuitPlan® that includes a starter kit with gum, lozenges, or patches; text messaging, an e-mail program, and Quit Guide to help your patients build a personal plan to quit smoking.
- The CDC offers an “I’m Ready to Quit!” patient-tool that consists of live phone support, patient guide to quitting smoking, a mobile app, and a texting program smokefreeTXT that offers 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips right to the patient’s phone.
In the words of smokefree.gov – “It doesn’t matter where you start. Just start.”
Understanding Your Practitioner Performance Summary (PPS)Your personalized Practitioner Performance Summary (PPS) was mailed to you in hard copy back in November of 2015, and will be mailed again in February 2016. This valuable tool offers the benefits of drilling down to specific patients, viewing the number of visits, the diagnostic group, CMT levels, total number of billed therapies (including manipulation) and radiology.
Did you know this information is also available online and updated monthly at ChiroCare Connect?
Viewing your PPS online offers some advantages over the hardcopy version. Although we mail out PPS reports on a quarterly basis, the online version is updated monthly, giving your access to the most current information.
The online PPS drill-down feature allows you to go behind the aggregate performance reports and view detailed patient and claims information used to create the summary views. There you can see the source data at its most granular level and can use it to monitor and manage your patients and organization more effectively.
If you click on the blue column labeled “% of patients with over 10 visits” or “% of patients with over 15 visits,” it will take you to the list of patients in that particular category and their diagnosis. The diagnosis will link to the Clinical Practice Guidelines document, which gives suggestions for treatment and expected recovery timeframe for each diagnosis. Many doctors find this tool an efficient way to review case management.
Remember to have your clinic passcode ready to access ChiroCare Connect and your individual provider passcode to view your personalized PPS. If you have questions regarding your access to ChiroCare Connect and/or your PPS Security Code, please contact our Provider Services Team at 877-886-4941 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. CT.
See You at NWHSU's Homecoming EventChiroCare will be exhibiting at Northwestern Health Science University’s (NWHSU) annual Homecoming event next Thursday, February 4 through Saturday, February 6, 2016. We will be handing out flyers with tips on infection prevention for the chiropractic setting, as well as hand hygiene buttons that let your patients know you’ve washed your hands for their safety.
Also, ChiroCare providers will be acknowledged at the Alumni Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, February 4, 2016, for receiving the prestigious Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey for achieving the 95th percentile of performance in Patient Experience.
We look forward to seeing you at Homecoming!
Helping Patients Make Wise Choices Through Shared Decision MakingShared decision making is a key component of patient-centered health care. It is a process where clinicians and patients work together to make decisions and select tests, treatments and care plans, based on clinical evidence that balances risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values.
Choosing Wisely® is an initiative of the ABIM Foundation (American Board of Internal Medicine) to help health care providers and patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures. Resources and information made available through the Choosing Wisely initiative supports patients in making smart and effective choices for themselves and their families.
Recognizing the importance of providers and patients working together, leading health care provider organizations, along with Consumer Reports, have joined Choosing Wisely to help improve the quality and safety of health care in America. Patient fact sheets on subjects such as optimal care for headaches and back pain are available on the Choosing Wisely website.
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Did you know? ChiroCare offers a dedicated phone line for questions specific to authorizations. You can avoid general phone prompts and wait time by directly calling one of our case managers at (866) 525-5029.
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