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.
Immunizations are Important!
With the new school year fast approaching, it’s time to check your patient’s immunization status. The month of August is a great time to get children and adults caught up on vaccines, although this should be done routinely throughout the year when caring for patients.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Michigan Department of Community Health work hard to prevent vaccine preventable diseases. MDCH reported only 72% of Michigan children and 63% of adolescents are fully immunized. The CDC reported Michigan is the 4th worst state in the country with 5.3% of parents refusing vaccinations for their children. With the number of children in day care increasing, and society becoming increasingly mobile within and outside the U.S., unvaccinated MI residents are at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases. In MI alone there were almost 1,000 cases of whooping cough in 2013, which was an increase of almost 18% from the previous year. Let’s hope that trend gets reversed.
ACIP and MDCH have a number of educational materials for providers and the public on the importance of immunizations. ACIP’s immunization schedules and resources can be found here. Please access the MDCH Immunization Program here and their Immunization Timely Tips newsletter here.
MQIC has released the following guidelines and update alerts:
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