First annual report on Quality Improvement Measures in general practices

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

The Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement (known as PIP QI) is a payment to general practices to encourage participation in quality improvement activities in the delivery of best practice care and patient outcomes. 

In the SEMPHN catchment, 87% of General Practices (343) participate in the PIP QI.

The first annual report from the newly established national PIP Eligible Data Set was published on 27 August 2021 and brings together data collated by Primary Health Networks from over 5,700 general practices across 10 Quality Improvement Measures. 

The 10 Quality Improvement Measures focus on areas that represent a significant burden on the health of Australians – especially factors associated with complex and chronic diseases.

These include immunisation against influenza among vulnerable populations, cardiovascular disease assessments, and cervical screening. 

Findings include:

  • Nationally, 59% of regular clients who had a recorded diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes had an HbA1c result recorded within the previous 12 months in their GP record.
    This varied from 49.0% to 69.4% across PHNs.
    SEMPHN had this information recorded for above 60% of clients.

  • Nationally, 73.4% of regular clients who had a recorded diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes had an HbA1c result recorded within the previous 12 months in their GP record.
    This varied from 66.5% to 82.1% across PHNs.
    SEMPHN had this information recorded for just under 80% of clients.

  • Nationally, 64.2% of regular clients aged 65 years and over had an influenza immunisation status recorded in their GP record in the previous 15 months.
    This varied from 47.3% to 73.5% across PHNs.
    SEMPHN had this information recorded for just over 70% of clients.

View the full report and data.

The findings will help improve patient care and planning for the health needs across Australia.


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