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.
The Great American Smokeout – Let's celebrate by quitting on Thursday, November 20, 2014!
The Great American Smokeout began with an initiative in Massachusetts in 1970, then proceeded on to Minnesota, California, and finally developed into a national program in 1976 by the American Cancer Society.
There are so many reasons to quit smoking and your patients should be asked and counseled at every visit to quit. Remind them that quitting will:
- Decrease the risk of dying from lung cancer
- Decrease the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, larynx, pancreas and cervix
- Decrease the risk of stroke
- Improve heart rate and blood pressure, and decrease the risk of coronary heart disease
- Improve the carbon monoxide level in the blood to normal
- Decrease coughing and shortness of breath
Secondhand smoke is also a serious problem. The World Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. National Toxicology Program classify secondhand smoke as a "known human carcinogen". Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds, and more than 250 of them are known to cause harm, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. This affects the health of children negatively, and leads to increased risk for major health problems, including many cancers.
Please access the MQIC Tobacco Control guideline which recommends specific interventions for current smokers and tobacco users, including offering nicotine replacement therapy.
Please direct your patients to the American Cancer Society's Guide to Quitting Smoking to support them in their effort to quit.
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 establishes and implements 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
- Coordinate MQIC communications
- Coordinate health plan and physician activities that complement MQIC quality improvement efforts
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.
Organizations and Health Plans