The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
Resource stewardship initiative focuses on decreasing Pap/HPV tests
The Physician Alliance is committed to helping provide appropriate use of healthcare services and tests to improve patient care, while also working to lower costs by avoiding unnecessary testing. Through participation in BCBSM's Resource Stewardship Initiative, TPA is focused on decreasing the use of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing, alone or in combination with cytology for cervical cancer, in women younger than 30 years old and decrease unnecessary annual Pap tests in women over 3 0.

HPV testing is not recommended for average-risk women. Studies have shown that unnecessary testing can cause more frequent testing and invasive diagnostic procedures such as a cervical biopsy. An American Journal of Managed Care study highlights that more than 40% of completed Pap smears are unnecessary.

  • TPA's current rate for HPV testing on women under 30 years is 20.6% (April 2018-March 2019) - TPA has a benchmark goal of 14.3% for this measure.
  • TPA's current rate for Paps on women 30-65 years is 11% (April 2018-March 2019) - TPA has a benchmark goal of 8% for this measure.

Evidenced-based guidelines recommend the following guidelines for Pap smear tests:*

  • Women below age 21: No Pap or HPV screening.
  • Women ages 21 to 29: Pap every three years; no HPV testing.
  • Women ages 30 to 65: Pap with HPV every five years (preferred) or Pap alone every three years.
  • Women after age 65: Discontinue Pap screening in women with previous negative Pap test.
  • Don’t perform screening in women who have had a hysterectomy for benign disease.

TPA created education materials to help practices initiate conversations with patients on these guidelines. Practices can download the materials or order printed copies from TPA's website .

*Sources: American Cancer Society, U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Community Resource Fair offers local information to help patients
Don't miss the opportunity to help patients access local community information! Attend TPA's Community Resource Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 8:30-10:30am in Novi.

Click here for a list of participating organizations.

Register today for this event!
Seminar offers tips to maximize practice, personal profitabiity
Learn strategies to maximize your time and energy as it relates to practice management, practice income and personal wealth.

Strategies to maximize profitability seminar
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019; 8-9:30am

Key topics covered in this seminar:

  • Make what you have work for you - Lori-Ann Rickard, Rickard & Associates, P.C.
  • Learn the importance of risk management, contract negotiation and compliance in your practice.

  • Maximize the value of your time - Donovan Miske, Kona Medical Consulting
  • Learn how enhanced practice management can improve patient care and revenue.

  • Plan for wealth - Dan Hollander, Hollander & Lone
  • Help accomplish personal and professional goals with the right plan and tools.

Click here for a flyer with more details.

On demand education videos available on TPA's website
If you missed some of TPA's recent education programs, no worries! Video links for the following programs have been added to TPA's website:

Understanding Practice and Coding Compliance Rules seminar link
Wednesday, Sept. 18

Lunch with the Coder: Top 10 HCC Specific Codes webinar link
Wednesday, Oct. 2

Check out past program videos here .
Diagnostic errors webinar helps patient safety (CME available)
Research suggests 1 in 20 U.S. adults have a misdiagnosis each year. A complimentary webinar, Diagnostic Errors: How to Help Write a New Chapter in Patient Safety Improvement , will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 2-3pm to address these issues.

The webinar will help participants c reate a shared mental model of what is diagnostic error and how to address, identify opportunities for improvement in current practice that address high-risk areas, and apply knowledge and best practices to reduce harm from diagnostic errors.

A continuing education credit is available to participants through Coverys/Med-IQ. Click here for more information and to register.
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