The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
Education materials help improve patient care, quality metrics
With a new year here, it's a good time to start working with patients on important screenings to ensure these are completed to help improve patient care and quality metrics.

The Physician Alliance created a multitude of education materials that focus on key screenings and quality metrics for adult and pediatric patients. These range from diabetes action plan to managing low back pain (without imaging) to facts about colorectal cancer screening to self-management forms. There are also non-prescription pads to help physicians not prescribe antibiotics or imaging. Practices can use these materials to stimulate conversations with patients regarding important preventive screenings, decreasing utilization of tests and more.

The patient education marketing materials are available complimentary to The Physician Alliance member practices by downloading from TPA's website or submitting the online order form. Practices are encouraged to display materials in waiting areas and exam rooms, and share with patients.
Updated tip sheets focus on improving HEDIS measures and billing
Is your focus for the new year on improving quality metrics, ultimately leading to improved patient care? Updated tip sheets to improve adult , adult condition specific and pediatric HEDIS measures are available on TPA's website . These include various measures, required services and billing and documentation tips (and codes).

Visit the Learning Center on TPA's website for these tip sheets and many more resources and information.
Focus on cervical health awareness with free materials, resources
It is estimated that more than 13,000 cases of cervical cancer occurred in 2018. The good news is that the incidence of cervical cancer in the United States has decreased more than 50 percent in the past 30 years because of widespread screening with cervical cytology, according to the American Cancer Society. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, offering a great opportunity to talk with patients about Pap tests and other screenings.

The Physician Alliance created a poster, 6 Tips Women Should Know about Pap Tests , to help initiate conversations with patients about the importance of appropriate screening, available on TPA's website .

The HPV vaccine can help prevent cervical and other cancers in females and males. A ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the vaccine is most effective when administered at age 11-12 years, however, can be started at age 9 and given through 26 years. Adults 27-45 years may also receive the vaccine. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers resources to educate and inform patients about the HPV vaccine. Pediatric patients without insurance or insurance that doesn't cover the HPV vaccine may be eligible for Vaccines for Children to cover this and other vaccines. The Michigan Cancer Consortium also is providing free resources to promote cervical health awareness.
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