The Check Up
Relevant news, resources, and events for outpatient practices
Vol. 2, Qtr. 1 | March 1, 2023

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Help Your Patients Reduce the Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes by More Than 50%

Research shows that participants in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recognized lifestyle changes program, who lost 5–7% of their body weight and added 150 minutes of exercise per week, cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58%.

Share this no-cost Prevent T2 webinar series on diabetes prevention with your patients who are at a risk for type 2 diabetes. Through this evidence-based program, patients will gain a support group of people with similar goals guided by a lifestyle coach to lose weight, get more activity into their lives, and reach their health goals.

Webinar Dates: Every Tuesday, January 17, 2023, through January 16, 2024
Time: 7 p.m.–8 p.m. MT
Z Codes: What Are They & How Do You Use Them

Positive social as well as economic and environmental conditions are associated with a wide array of positive or improved patient medical outcomes and lower or reduced costs, while worse conditions negatively affect health and health-related outcomes, e.g., hospital readmission rates, length of hospital stays, and use of post-acute care services.

Attend the HSAG webinar on the Health Area Deprivation Index to learn how to visualize your community’s level of social need and how to use "Z Codes" to document social determinants of health (SDOH) in the medical record.
Webinar Date:
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Time: 11:00–11:30 a.m. PT
Refer Your Patients to a Tobacco Quit Line

Tobacco quit lines can help your patients succeed in quitting smoking. Refer your patients to the tobacco quit lines below to increase their likelihood of quitting and staying tobacco-free:

Arizona: ASHLine. Download the referral form and fax the completed form to 1.800.261.6259. 

California: Kick It California. Complete the referral form and submit it online.
AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

Is your practice interested in improving the cancer diagnostic process for your patients who receive some or all of their care via telemedicine?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is recruiting practices for a free 18-month program to improve diagnostic verification, timeliness, and communication with patients.

Practices will receive training and one-on-one expert coaching to implement sustainable improvements to effectively close the loop at critical points in the cancer diagnostic process. Learn more in AHRQ's flyer, and sign up for an informational webinar on the program website at
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-02102023-04