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Several weeks ago, Dr. Syed Anwar, SETMA’s medical director, saw a 62-year-old lady with a history of hypertension, elevated cholesterol and rheumatoid arthritis. She had a strong family history of cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Anwar did a complete workup, which included the usual evidenced-based tests. The patient was very concerned about “having a stroke.” Because of her concern, Dr.

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For the past several years, SETMA has been involved in a research project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation conducted by the MacColl Institute in Seattle, Washington. In the fall of 2014, a SETMA team attended a face-to-face meeting with all 30 practices that are part of the “Learning from Exemplar Ambulatory Practices” study (see www.setma.com/letters/Robert-Wood-Johnson-Foundation-PCT-LEAP).

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HEDIS@ is the most commonly used quality metric set. The only successful way to use quality metrics consistently is to have data aggregated automatically and to allow providers to see their performance at the time they are seeing each patients. This has been the key to SETMA’s success in improving care with the help of metrics.

SETMA’s Quality Metrics Philosophy

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The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS@) is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Qualtiy Assurance (NCQA). HEDIS@ was originally titled the “HMO Employer Data and Information Set” as of version 1.0 of 1991.

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The movie The Ultimate Gift, begins with a video that declares that Red Stevens has died, and his older offspring having received their millions with greedy anticipation. But a different fate awaits young Jason, whom Stevens, his great-uncle, believes may be the last vestige of hope for the family. By video, Red said, “Although to date your life seems to be a sorry excuse for anything I would call promising, there does seem to be a spark of something in you that I hope we can fan into a flame.

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