Prevention and Chronic Care
Scientific evidence shows that patients benefit from preventive care services as well as receiving certain tests, treatments and medications to manage chronic diseases. We look at how our primary care practices are doing in preventive care services as well as managing certain diseases such as asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
At Partners HealthCare, we track how we perform on asthma metrics that are part of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), a set of measures used in more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance and improve quality on a broad range of health issues, including asthma.
Breast cancer screening through mammography can help detect cancer at an early and more treatable stage. The measurement is the rate of women having a mammogram at least every other year between age 40 and 69.
The Pap smear test can detect abnormal or precancerous cells before they turn into potentially fatal cervical cancer. Physicians at Partners Healthcare primary care practices track the percentage of our female patients between ages 21 and 64 who have had a Pap smear within the past three years.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and is the second most common cause of cancer related death. This measure looks at adult patients, ages 50 to 75, who have been screened for colorectal cancer
If it is undetected, Chlamydia can result in significant long term problems, including infertility and serious complications during pregnancy. At Partners, we track screening rates for women ages 16-20 and 21-24.
Diabetes is a serious chronic illness which has become an epidemic in the United States. Diabetes affects the entire body, partly through its potentially harmful effects on blood vessels. At Partners, we measure how well our physicians perform on HbA1c Testing, LDL-C Screening, and Monitoring Nephropathy
During a child’s first few years of life, he or she experiences a period of rapid growth and change. Children should visit their doctors frequently during their first few years of life. At Partners, we track our performance on well-child visits for children.