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Select Core Measures
A project meeting to discuss core measures and to brainstorm changes that are necessary to accomplish your goals.
- Identify measures for common conditions, such as diabetes. For diabetes, consider the following: glycemic control; intensive self-management support (diet, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, foot care); cardiac risk reduction (smoking, aspirin, blood pressure, lipids); screening and management of complications (retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy).
- Start with just a few measures. You can add more at a later time, when you have gained more experience with measuring performance.
Define desired outcomes
- Start with small changes that will help you accomplish your goals.
- Pilot changes that you plan to make before institutionalizing them in your practice. Doing this will allow you to make adjustments if your idea doesn't work as well as you thought it would.
What You Will Need
Where to Go for Help
This Patient-Centered Medical Home section of the AAFP web site was supported in part by a grant from Merck & Co.