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In a September 2012 article titled, “Atypical Antipsychotic Use in Patients With Dementia: Managing Safety Concerns,” the American Journal of Psychiatry stated: “In the elderly population, the largest number of prescriptions for atypical antipsychotics is written for the neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) of dementia, e.g., delusions, depression, agitation which affect up to 97 percent of people with dementia.

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The team leaves for home March 25 after a very successful meeting. The team incl

An announcement of and introduction to the seventh Medical Home Summit was published in this column Jan. 22.

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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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