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Friday, 21 December 2012
NICE approves plans to develop diabetes QOF indicator 'bundle'
NICE has agreed to develop various ‘options’ for a composite QOF indicator that will require practices to carry out a number of checks in patients diabetes before they are awarded points.
Under the proposed plans, practices could lose over £5,000 if they fail to invite a diabetes patient to eight annual care checks, but NICE has stopped short of recommending the bundled indicator to include all nine recommended annual checks for diabetes patients, as the ninth test – a retinal screen – was deemed to be out of GPs’ control.
The development of a bunded indicator was approved for development by the Primary Care QOF Indicator Advisory Committee last week, and is likely to include current indicators for measurement of HbA1c, cholesterol, blood pressure and foot checks. Practices would have to carry out all the specified checks in each patient before they are awarded the points for the indicator.