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Lessons from the Low Back Pain Demonstration 103 We list here some items that arose from the low back pain demon- stration buy discount kamagra soft 100 mg online, which are within the authority and responsibility of MEDCOM. Careful attention to the following should help build an effective program to support the MTFs in their implementation activities: • Commit corporate leadership to implementation of evidence- based best practices, which is essential to establishing a viable program across the AMEDD system. MEDCOM has eased the workload for MTFs by providing tools and techni- cal guidance, thus enhancing the potential to achieve practice improvements. Maintain a balance between flex- ibility for local MTF approaches and provision of sufficient policy direction to ensure that AMEDD is moving toward greater consistency in practices. This function should develop the data and analytic capa- bility to perform the measurement and report results to the MTFs, and it also should be equipped to provide training and support to MTFs for their local monitoring processes. Although the low back pain documentation form was shown to improve provider efficiency, it became a point of con- 104 Evaluation of the Low Back Pain Practice Guideline Implementation tention that often distracted from the real task at hand—the im- provement of low back pain care. The number of new forms will multiply as more guidelines are introduced, which could be a deterrent for the program if not presented appropriately. Con- tract providers resisted participation for the low back pain guideline, and similar resistance was observed in other demon- strations. These attitudes are due in part to financial incentives created by their contracts, where they are paid based on the number of visits they complete, and time spent on any other ac- tivities is unpaid time. Individual MTFs are not likely to take the lead in communicating information or ideas with others because each of them has a full set of work commitments that tend to discourage it from looking beyond the MTF boundaries. Examples of issues that oc- curred in the low back pain demonstration (as well as later in the asthma and diabetes guideline demonstrations) include how to handle patients presenting with multiple concerns or diagnoses, placement of documentation forms in the medical chart, proce- dures for use of diagnostic codes for visits, and the reading level for patient education materials. Thus, consider replacing traditional utilization review functions with this more proactive approach to achieve appropriate and consistent practices.

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