QOF thresholds need to rise, CQC says

QOF thresholds for cardiovascular indicators should be increased to help tackle health inequalities, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.

The commission also suggested in a report that PCTs should ‘systematically' monitor GP prescribing and ‘take action where necessary to ensure prescribing is cost efficient'.

‘PCTs should feed back to GPs the inequalities in statin prescribing patterns that indicate unmet need and formulate a clear response to balance out such trends,' the CQC said. ‘This will ensure cost-efficient prescribing.'

The recommendations come in a CQC report into tackling health inequalities in CVD treatment and smoking cessation services.

 

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