December is Prevention of Communicable Diseases month!
The year is winding down, and it's time to wind down the spread of diseases. Many diseases occur because of poor choices or lack of education, including not vaccinating, unsafe sexual practices, or not practicing good behaviors. There are many communicable diseases that could be decreased or prevented by reminding people to:
- Get vaccinated!
- Prevent spreading the cold and flu by:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. Wash your hands often and well when sick.
- Washing your hands before and after eating, and always after using the restroom.
- Get a flu shot.
- Prevent HIV and STDs:
- Get tested so not to spread if infected!
- Practice safe sex by using condoms correctly AND every time you have sex — learn what proper usage means.
- Do not share needles with someone who has HIV.
- Cook poultry, beef and eggs thoroughly.
- Wash hands thoroughly after handling animals and animal feces.
The above are only a few recommendations for safe practices, and there are many things people can do to prevent the spread of disease. The internet has a wealth of information to learn more about communicable diseases and prevention. Don’t forget, Michigan has many diseases which are required to be reported to the Michigan Department of Community Health, and you can access the list here.
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.
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