Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
Physician quality group aims to impact health outcomes
Participate in a webinar Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern time to learn how the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) has positioned itself to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery. Register today.
The webinar will discuss the PCPI's new activities aimed at achieving better patient care, improved population health and lower costs through improvement. Participants will learn about four key strategic initiatives the PCPI will lead:
- Identification of clinical and patient-reported outcomes relevant to a variety of patient populations.
- Enhancement of patient registries as a source for high-quality data to monitor and benchmark improvement.
- Advancement of the culture and science of quality improvement.
- Development of measurement capabilities in partnership with member organizations.
The webinar will include a time for questions and comments from participants.
Part D enrollment extended for Sandy's storm victims
While most seniors wishing to make changes to their prescription drug coverage must do so by Dec. 7, CMS has announced an extension for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Medicare patients impacted by this disaster can call a Medicare hotline at (800) 633-4227 or TTY (877) 486-2048 for assistance with Medicare Part D open enrollment. If these seniors are unable to meet the Dec. 7 deadline, whether they live in an area hit by the storm or rely on friends or family who live in affected regions, they will have extra time to enroll.
During open enrollment, Medicare patients should review their current prescription drug coverage and determine whether another plan would meet their needs better. The National Council on Aging offers an easy-to-use website that walks seniors step-by-step through the process of evaluating their current plan and selecting a new one.
Seniors can compare Medicare plans in their area through the official Medicare website. Physicians also can download a pocket reference guide to help answer their elderly patients' questions about drug coverage and enrollment.
Patients who do not wish to change their plan for 2013 need not take any action.