Join us for free webinar, “To X-ray or Not to X-ray? Getting the Lowdown on Low Back Pain,” on Oct. 18, 2022, from 11 a.m. to noon MT. Doctors (MDs and DOs), physician assistants, registered nurses and nurse practitioners will earn one continuing medical education (CME) credit for attending.
How to attend
Registration is required. Register here.
The webinar will be led by Mary Barton, MD, an internal medicine-trained physician who serves as vice president of performance measurement at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Discussion will include:
- Recommended conservative treatment, including prescription-strength analgesics and physical therapy
- Avoiding unnecessary diagnostic imaging for low back pain
- Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measure on use of imaging studies for low back pain
We track this HEDIS measure to help monitor and improve our members’ care. It captures patients ages 18 to 75 with a primary diagnosis of low back pain who did not have an imaging study (plain X-ray, MRI or CT scan) within 28 days of the diagnosis.
About the speaker
At NCQA, Dr. Barton oversees the development, use and maintenance of techniques NCQA uses to evaluate health care quality. She ensures the scientific integrity of NCQA measurement and research. She trained in primary care internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and completed a general medicine research fellowship at Harvard.
The New Mexico Osteopathic Medical Association (NMOMA) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. NMOMA designates this program for a maximum of 1 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation.
The above material is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician or other health care provider. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the appropriate course of treatment. References to other third-party sources or organizations are not a representation, warranty or endorsement of such organization. Any questions regarding those organizations should be addressed to them directly. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.
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