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July 19, 2012
A catch-all diabetes indicator would be good for audits but not for patients, says Dr Gavin Jamie

Setting targets is hard. It requires considerable clarity about what you want to happen - and a strong awareness of how things actually work on the ground.

There was a good example of this recently when it emerged that Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, had written a letter to NICE suggesting a new indicator for the QOF.

May 23, 2012
Researchers have been focused on evaluating the quality of treatment and the effectiveness of the QOF.

The large amounts of data produced by incentive schemes such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework has proved to be an attractive target for researchers. The two areas most researched have been measures of quality of treatment and the effectiveness of the QOF itself.

April 26, 2012
The CQC will keep an eye on practices’ QOF scores to assess their risk of non-compliance.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will monitor practices’ Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) scores to assess their risk of non-compliance from April 2013.

March 22, 2012
It’s likely to be a busy year for practices so early QOF preparation will pay off. The atrial fibrillation area has changed for 2012/13 and is joined by new area peripheral arterial disease.

Like the apocryphal painting of the Forth Bridge, the work towards the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) never ends. As many of the indicators cover 15 months, practices have actually started working towards a new year three months before the previous one has ended.

March 22, 2012
There is a single achievement indicator worth 11 points and three organisational indicators worth another 11 in total.

The old adage that 'prevention is better than cure' has seldom been closer to mainstream health official policy than it is now.

November 30, 2011
The smaller areas of the Quality and Outcomes Framework are not to be ignored. Investment in building up registers can prove profitable in the long term.
While the major areas of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) such as diabetes and heart disease are well known and have been present since the introduction of the framework, smaller areas should not be ignored. These sections tend to have fewer patients and provide only a few points individually but together they make up a sizable proportion of the points available. Many of these areas first arrived in a flurry of changes about four years ago and can still feel quite new and different. 
November 30, 2011
The importance of maintaining a good register for patients with epilepsy and the benefits it can bring to your practice
Epilepsy can be complicated to treat and the fairly complicated rules in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) do not make it any easier. It has also become more complex this year with an additional indicator. 
Epilepsy can be complicated to treat and the fairly complicated rules in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) do not make it any easier. It has also become more complex this year with an additional indicator. 
 
November 17, 2011
Patient exclusions from QOF submissions remained unchanged in 2010/11

Patient exclusions from QOF submissions remained unchanged in 2010/11.

The overall exception rate in England has stayed at 5.4% during 2010/11 - the same figure as the year before - figures from the NHS Information Centre shows.

Exception rates between practices varied from 0.6% to 40.3%.

The variation at SHA level also remained stationary this year, with 0.9% the difference between the highest and lowest.

PCT exception rate variation narrowed slightly during 2010/11, closing by 0.1%.

November 8, 2011
Why it can be profitable to compare performance in QOF with that of other practices