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.
From the Michigan Department of Community Health – Your Public Health Partner
Self-Management Support – Help your patients keep their New Year’s resolutions!
We all know the statistics. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the US and account for 75% of all health care spending. Half of all Americans have at least one chronic condition. Based on your day-to-day interactions with patients, you know that those are not just statistics. They are real people whose pain, social and work limitations, and poor mental health seriously compromise their quality of life. As each year draws to a close, many make resolutions for the new year like losing weight, starting to exercise or getting organized, but family and work demands, financial constraints, and limited knowledge of healthy lifestyle practices make it difficult to maintain their resolve.
As a provider, you want to help your patients be successful in keeping their resolutions for improved health and well-being. One NCQA standard directs you to help patients achieve improved health by offering self-management support in clinic and referring them to self-management programs and resources in the community. One Michigan program makes it easy to do just that!
Personal Action Toward Health or PATH (Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) is an evidence-based program designed to help people with chronic conditions be more engaged in their own health and healthcare. Workshops are offered in most communities across the state for free, or at very low cost. They are designed to give participants tools to break the cycle of symptoms common to many chronic illnesses: pain, poor sleep, fatigue, physical limitations, depression and other difficult emotions. Over the course of a six-week PATH workshop, patients learn about:
- Self management
- Goal setting and decision-making
- Appropriate use of medications
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity, and exercising safely
- Good sleep habits
- Communication with family, caregivers and healthcare providers, and more…
Every week each participant sets a weekly action plan, a goal they want to achieve, and report out at the next session. Together, they celebrate when they’re successful, and problem-solve around obstacles that stood in their way when they are not.
Help your patients keep their New Year’s resolutions for better health. PATH has been shown to help participants reduce pain, depression, fear, and frustration; improve mobility and exercise; increase energy; and boost confidence in their ability to manage their conditions1. Your recommendation is key. Researchers at the CDC report patients are 18 times more likely to participate in a self-management program if their provider recommends it! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org for brochures, Rx-style referral pads and other materials to facilitate recommendation.
An up-to-date, searchable PATH workshop listing can be found here. Diabetes and Chronic Pain variants of the PATH program are available in some locations and can be found at the same link. New workshops are being scheduled every day. For more public health information and resources, access the Michigan Department of Community Health.
MQIC has released the following updated guideline and guideline update alert:
Diagnosis and Management of Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
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.
Organizations and Health Plans