Well-Ahead Louisiana Promotes Quality Improvement Efforts within Health Clinics
Improving the standard of care in health systems is vital to improving chronic disease rates. Recently, Well-Ahead Louisiana partnered with the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum to improve hypertension and diabetes outcomes by implementing Quality Improvement (QI) best practices. To do this, the Quality Forum provided QI practice coaching and technical assistance to several Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout the state.
Participating clinics selected different steps in the care continuum to target for improvement. This ranged from scheduling follow-ups, increasing the use of diabetes management education, and improving coding within the Electronic Health Record. All efforts supported the overall goal of controlling blood pressure and glucose levels. To get started, participants performed a chart audit or added data to an existing patient registry to enable them to assess problem areas. For example, one clinic identified that it was not consistently receiving test results performed by an outside provider. Upon tracking this, the clinic saw significant improvement in obtaining such results.
Well-Ahead Louisiana would like to congratulate the following sites who participated in this effort: Total Family Medical; Abbeville General; RKM Primary Care Clinic; and Winnsboro Health Clinic. Special thanks to the Quality Forum for its dedication to improving patient care in Louisiana!
Did You Know?
Quality improvement in health systems is essential to improving chronic disease rates in Louisiana. In 2014, Louisiana had the fifth highest mortality rate for heart disease, seventh highest for diabetes, and fourth highest for stroke in the nation.
MOVING LOUISIANA'S HEALTH FORWARD
Are you interested in improving the standard of care in your health clinic? In 2018, Well-Ahead will partner with four additional Rural Health Clinics to provide Quality Improvement coaching. Clinics will receive a $4,000 incentive payment upon completion of quality improvement activities. For more information, or to apply, email Marie Darr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is November 30th, 2017!