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June 2017 Edition

Welcome to Goal Post, our monthly newsletter highlighting Together 2 Goal® and the latest campaign news and updates.

Due to the changes to the HEDIS 2017 Physician Measurement Value Set, we have updated the Together 2 Goal® campaign’s measurement specifications and value set documents. The 2.0 version of the documents can be found on the Together 2 Goal® data reporting page. We have also provided a summary of changes to the data specs, which can be viewed as a quick reference guide to the updates.

Specifically, we have updated the Excel value set workbook to include a tab for the new HEDIS value set for identifying patients receiving hospice care and have deleted some diagnosis codes for identifying patients with ischemic vascular disease (IVD). Additionally, we have included a tab with a detailed description of the HEDIS 2017 updates. All this can be found in the 2017 HEDIS Value Sets for Together 2 Goal® Measures 2.0 Excel workbook, which you can download from our data reporting page.

Version 2.0 of the measurement specifications and values sets should be used starting Q2 2017. The HEDIS value set changes and spec updates are minimal and only apply to optional measure exclusions.

For questions or concerns regarding the data specifications, accompanying value sets, problems submitting data, or issues with the data portal, please contact: DataHelpForT2G@amga.org.

Questions about Together 2 Goal®? Please reach out to your Regional Liaison or email together2goal@amga.org.

The Together 2 Goal® Team
Upcoming Dates

June 15: Monthly campaign webinar on Integrating the Patient Voice into Diabetes Management (register here)

June 23: Blinded, comparative reports sent to participating groups

July 20: Monthly campaign webinar on Innovative Technologies in Diabetes Care (register here)

September 12-13: Together 2 Goal® Diabetes Symposium in Indianapolis, IN (register here)

Campaign Spotlight

Together 2 Goal® welcomes Anne Keeney to the team as manager, national health campaigns. Anne previously served as a Development Manager for AMGA Foundation. She will serve as the new contact for participating groups in the Central Region, along with leading other communications and programmatic activities to help groups get to goal.   

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Resource of the Month

The diaTribe Foundation’s senior editor, Adam Brown, recently published a new patient resource, Bright Spots & Landmines: The Diabetes Guide I Wish Someone Had Handed Me. The book, suited for patients with Type 1, Type 2, or prediabetes, is available online for a free/name-your-own-price download.

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