This week's insight...
Dr. Gregory Spencer
Chief Medical Officer for Crystal Run Healthcare

May 30, 2012
Vol. I, No. 3

Dr. Gregory Spencer
Dr. Gregory Spencer,
Chief Medical Officer for
Crystal Run Healthcare


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"We use most of the common quality measures such as mammograms, prostate specific antigens, colonoscopies, and most of the shots specifically for adults such as Pneumovax®, tetanus and flu shot. For kids, we have all the childhood immunizations. We have a program that tracks that, and high-risk patients with diabetes with A1Cís greater than 9.

We have good registries, too. For patients with well-controlled diabetes or hypertension, there are positive and negative lists. If you are going to gather the information, you know where the blood pressure field is kept. You know that there are good quality measures and bad quality measures, and you can leverage that. Suddenly, you have two measures rather than one. We are developing a library of these, and we are going from meaningful use that has many measures in registries that are required. We are working toward that as well."

Dr. Gregory Spencer presented during Patient Registries: A Cornerstone in Creating and Delivering Accountable Care, a 45-minute webinar, during which he shared patient registry best practices and inside details on redesigning internal processes so that a registry can be used most effectively, steps to improve accuracy and completeness of registry data, the evolving role of patient registries in delivering accountable care, and much more.


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