Health Care Quality Forum To Develop Chronic Care Standards

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Chronic Care Standards

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The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, which seeks to developstandards for chronic disease care in the state, will use data from arecent reportthat suggests Louisiana medical care is influenced by institutional andeconomical factors to help it identify areas for improvement, the New Orleans Times-Picayunereports. The forum was developed last year after discussions on how thestate could reform its health care system for the uninsured afterCharity Hospital closed.

With the data collected from thereport, as well as additional data from Medicare, Medicaid and privateinsurance companies, the forum plans to "determine whether doctors indifferent parts of the state are following a consistent set ofpractices to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and high bloodpressure, which tend to account for a large proportion of insuranceclaims," the Times-Picayune reports. The forum also willuse the data to examine the state's overall health, such as thepercentage of residents who are obese, the number of residents who haveaccess to a primary care physician and the number of premature deathsrecorded annually.

Karen DeSalvo, chief of internal medicine and geriatrics at Tulane University,said data from the report will be available online and to policymakerswithin three to six months. Forum board members said while the groupwould not have authority to discipline physicians or hospitals for notmeeting quality standards, it plans to establish a set of bestpractices for doctors to follow (Moran, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 11/12).

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