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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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Due to the Ebola outbreak, the critical role of the Centers for Disease Control in the health of the United States has come to the forefront of news and reporting. No one who has taken the time to listen to the public statements by the Director of the CDC Tom Frieden, MD, cannot be impressed with the mission, passion and expertise of the CDC. This dramatic and critical function of the CDC is newsworthy.

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