March is National Kidney Month
The CDC estimates that more than 10% of adults in the U.S. may have chronic kidney disease to varying degrees. With the high prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure, the major risk factors for CKD, and the baby boomer generation getting older, CKD may become increasingly prevalent. After 50 years of age the risk of CKD is higher. It is most common in people over 70. Unfortunately, people with early CKD may not feel ill or have symptoms.
In January, the National Kidney Foundation reported that almost 100,000 people are awaiting a kidney transplant. Over 14,000 transplants were done in 2013. Also reported is 2,500 people a month are added to the transplant list, and 14 people die each day waiting for a new kidney. Men are more likely than woman to develop kidney failure.
MQIC has developed and maintains the Diagnosis and Management of Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease clinical practice guideline to assist physicians and other providers in managing this debilitating disease. It is increasingly important to get patients’ “buy-in” to help manage their disease. Providing them with information may help improve their knowledge about important steps they can take to curb the progression to needing kidney transplant. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is a good resource for patient materials.
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 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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