About Quality Improvement Connection
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Improvement Connection is an educational resource and gateway to CME Performance Improvement (PI) activities. PI activities are structured, long term processes by which physicians can use performance measures to retrospectively assess care in their practice, apply these measures prospectively over a useful interval of time, and re-evaluate their performance.1 PI activities on this site are based on the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®).2 Completion of a PI activity offers up to 20 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.3
The Obesity Epidemic: Improving Practice to Provide Proactive Care for Adults
Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States and a leading cause of morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs. Although Medicare lists obesity as a billable disease as of July 2004, many clinicians fail to prioritize it as a clinical issue.

This program is designed to help you improve your practice of diagnosing and managing patients who are overweight or obese. The program involves an audit of charts of your patients who are obese or overweight. You will be looking to see if you documented a Body Mass Index (BMI) for these patients, screened for comorbid conditions, and how you intervened to help these patients manage their weight. Once you receive baseline data, you will be asked to implement a plan to help improve your practice. Once you have implemented your plan and worked with it for a few weeks, you will be asked to audit another set of charts to assess the effectiveness of your plan.

This activity is available for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, ANCC contact hours, American Osteopathic Association Category 1-B Credit, and AAFP Prescribed Credit. Also, this module is approved for 20 points of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV Self-Evaluation of Practice Performance credit by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Treating children with ADHD: How well is your practice doing?
The ADHD Performance Improvement (PI) CME Program has expired. If you have completed this program and would like to view your certificate, please login at the top of this page and go to the Transcript tab.
Additional PI CME Activities:
ABOUT PROTECT™ Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Imunization
PROTECT™ (SupPorting AppROpriate ImmunizaTions Across thE Age SpeCTrum) is a collaborative educational curriculum with the mission of improving clinician performance and patient health associated with immunizations across the age spectrum.

NCQA in cooperation with ten other organizations are working to address specific unmet needs and clinical and clinical gaps in the area of vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) by improving the performance of clinicians who are currently responsible for administrating immunizations to the applicable childhood, adolescent, and adult patient populations.

The PROTECT™ Performance Improvement-CME activities enable practicing clinicians to assess their performance, knowledge, and practice infrastructure in immunization services and offers guidance as well as tools to bridge identified gaps. PROTECT™ allows the clinicians to choose among three different on-line modules for their performance improvement efforts. Using a HIPAA-compliant, confidential platform, clinicians can evaluate how well their practice manages patient immunizations, and be guided toward resources that help to overcome barriers and initiate systems-based solutions. Each module focuses on a different age group. These programs award AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, and American Osteopathic Association Category 1-B Credit.

Immunization in Early Childhood

Immunizations in Adolescents

Immunization in High-Risk Adults

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Care Team Resources
The Care Team Resources page is designed for the entire health care team engaged in patient treatment. This page provides links to a variety of educational activities and quality improvement resources highlighting the latest research and clinical guidelines associated with the clinical conditions addressed by Performance Improvement (PI) CME programs on this website. While only health care providers with prescribing authority and a patient caseload can participate in these PI CME programs, members of the entire health care team can access this page and participate in the activities.

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About NCQA
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.

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1 American Medical Association, "The Physician's Recognition Award and credit system" 2006:10 -11. 2 HEDIS is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
3 NCQA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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