Quality Efforts and Improvements at the MOVMG
People with Type 2 diabetes are at especially high risk for hyperlipidemia (also known as high cholesterol or having too many lipids or fats in the blood). Hyperlipidemia is associated with having a greater risk for heart disease. Monitoring our Type 2 diabetic patients for elevated cholesterol levels once a year with an LDL screening is one of the quality focus areas that we are measuring at MOVMG. LDL screenings enable the physician to work with the patient to customize a treatment plan if hyperlipidemia is present. If you have Type 2 diabetes, please speak with your health care provider about your LDL Screening.
Kidney disease or damage that occurs in people with diabetes is called diabetic nephropathy. This condition is a complication of diabetes. It is recommended that all patients with diabetes receive routine screening tests for diabetic nephropathy so that appropriate treatments can be instituted as early as possible. Nephropathy can be easily detected with a urine test. Monitoring our Type 2 diabetic patients for kidney damage once a year is one of MOVMG’s quality focus areas. If you have Type 2 diabetes, please speak with your health care provider about Nephropathy Screening.
Shingles is a contagious painful nerve root infection that causes a skin rash. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (2014), about 25 percent of all adults will get shingles during their lifetimes, usually after age 50. The incidence increases with age so that shingles is 10 times more likely to occur in adults over 60 than in children under 10. The vaccine for shingles (Zostavax®) is recommended for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. To prevent complications related to Shingles, MOVMG is striving to increase the percentage of patients who receive the Zostavax vaccine. If you are 60 years of age or older, ask your physician if receiving the Zostavax vaccine would be beneficial for you.
All people with Medicare are covered for a free wellness exam once per year. The purpose of this visit is to develop or update a personalized prevention health plan to prevent disease and disability based on your current health and risk factors. The visit includes: A review of your medical and family history; Developing or updating a list of current providers and prescriptions; Height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements; Detection of any cognitive impairment; Personalized health advice; A list of risk factors and treatment options for you; A screening schedule (like a checklist) for appropriate preventive services. The exam takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. If you are a Medicare patient, please call to schedule your Medicare Wellness Exam.
Because smoking is directly correlated with lung cancer (along with many other diseases), it is recommend that patients between the age of 55-80 have a CT scan of the chest completed annually. Early detection of lung cancer is extremely vital to successful treatment. MOVMG’s goal is to increase the percentage of patients (between the ages of 55-80 whom smoke) who receive a CT chest completed annually.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second most common in the U.S. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime (http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics). Mammography is the most effective breast cancer screening tool used today. The goal of screening exams for breast cancer is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms (like a lump that can be felt). Earlier detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and successfully treated. MOVMG strives to increase the percentage of female patients who have a mammogram completed at least every 2 years.
For the sake of planning, MOVMG tracks the percentage of patients who do not show up for their scheduled appointments each month. Because there are only so many appointments available and it is important to us that all of our patients get seen as soon as feasibly possible, it is essential to understand the frequency of “no-show” visits. Our goal is to decrease the percentage of patients who do not show up for their scheduled appointments and therefore provide our patients with as many available appointments as possible.