The Check Up
Relevant news, resources, and events for outpatient practices
Vol. 1, Qtr. 2 | June 1, 2022

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Have you implemented chronic care management (CCM) services? 

CCM is a critical component of primary care that contributes to better outcomes and higher satisfaction for patients. CCM can help you deliver coordinated care to your patients that will improve their health and make such care patient-centered. If you are not yet providing and/or billing for CCM services, contact Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) to work with you to implement CCM services in your practice and get reimbursed for doing so.
Engage High-Risk Patients in Safe Transitions Across Ambulatory Settings

Transitions of care among ambulatory sites are vulnerable to patient safety gaps. This toolkit, designed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), helps staff actively engage patients and their care partners to prevent errors during transitions of care: The Toolkit to Engage High-Risk Patients in Safe Transitions Across Ambulatory Settings.
Did You Know: Four Out of Every Nine Adult Cigarette Smokers Who Saw a Health Professional During the Past Year Did Not Receive Advice to Quit?

Even brief advice to quit (<3 minutes) from a physician improves cessation rates and is highly cost-effective. Learn more about best practices for comprehensive tobacco control programs with the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC's) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs' Cessation Interventions (PDF).
Are Your Patients Prepared to Manage Diabetes in an Emergency?

As we live through a global pandemic and various natural disasters, emergency preparedness has taken on a whole new significance. While emergency situations are stressful and challenging for anyone, they can be potentially life-threatening to a person with a chronic medical disease, such as diabetes. Share this Diabetes Emergency Kit Checklist (PDF) by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology in English or Spanish with your patients to prepare their kit. Advise them to keep it accessible and take it with them when travelling.
This material was prepared by Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. Publication No. QN-12SOW-XC-03232022-01