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.
October features Mental Illness Awareness Week and National Depression Screening Day
Mental illness is a serious medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. Recovery is possible for these types of mental illnesses. However, seeking care and treatment is the biggest factor towards living a better and happier life.
Major depression is a mental illness that is defined as a mood state that goes beyond temporarily feeling sad or blue. Depression can be a life-long condition in which periods of wellness alternate with recurrences of illness. Depression affects five to eight percent of adults in the United States. This equates to about 25 million Americans who will have an episode of major depression this year alone, however, only one-half receive treatment.
Screening for major depression should be done by a health care professional. Post-partum patients should be screened between three and eight weeks after delivery. People at risk for suicide should be directed to an emergency department or crisis intervention center. Treatment for depression may include talk therapy, lifestyle changes and prescription medication, and all are important aspects to getting better. Patients who are prescribed medication therapy should be followed closely to assess how well the medication controls their condition, and adjustments should be made when necessary.
It’s important to remember depression spans across all age, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Medical professionals should screen for depression whenever they are interacting with patients so proper treatment can be administered.
Please access the MQIC 2014 Primary Care Diagnosis and Management of Adults with Depression guideline which provides recommendations for treating patients with depression.
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