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
Expires August 31, 2015
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, AAFP Prescribed Credit, and AAPA Category 1 PI-CME 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.

Registration is closed. This program expires August 31, 2015.

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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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