REPORT REVEALS VARIATION IN CHLAMYDIA SCREENINGS FOR ADOLESCENT WOMEN IN OREGON
Despite an increase in chlamydia screening rates, confidentiality and access issues for adolescents are barriers to receiving screenings for the most common reportable illness in Oregon
PORTLAND, ORE. (September 8, 2014) – Clinics across Oregon show wide variation in screening practices for chlamydia, according to a new report released today from the nonprofit Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp). The report reveals that issues of confidentiality and access to care are major barriers for women 18 and younger, whose screening rate is significantly lower than the rate for older women.
The Information for a Healthy Oregon report also shows an improvement in rates of chlamydia screenings for sexually active women 16 to 24 years of age, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. In 2009, Q Corp published its first statewide report, which showed that Oregon’s chlamydia screening rate was 28.8 percent. In the report released today, the screening rate increased to 45.5 percent of women eligible for this service. However, Oregon’s chlamydia screening rate remains below the national average of 49.1 percent.
“Since 2008, we’ve worked with our community members to measure the quality of health care in Oregon to help identify areas for improvement and demonstrate the impact of local efforts to transform care,” says Mylia Christensen, executive director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. “The significant increase in chlamydia screening rates is a major step forward for women and families in Oregon. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to help improve the health of all Oregonians.”
In addition to tracking the use of preventive care for women, Information for a Healthy Oregon also examines pediatric care, chronic disease care and the use of health care services, such as emergency department visits.
For the first time this year, the report includes Medicare data through the Qualified Entity Certification Program. In 2012, Q Corp was one of the first three organizations in the U.S. selected as a qualified entity by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This designation permitted it to obtain fee-for-service claims data submitted by Oregon clinics to Medicare. The new Medicare data offers information on the quality of care provided to more than 350,000 Medicare members in Oregon.
In addition to the data from CMS, 12 of Oregon’s largest health plans and the Oregon Health Authority’s Division of Medical Assistance Programs also contributed claims data for this report. Combined, this data represents care given to more than 2.6 million Oregonians and provides more comprehensive information than any contributing organization can provide on its own.
Information for a Healthy Oregon is also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative, a program operating in 16 communities across the United States. Q Corp’s national recognition also includes designation as a Chartered Value Exchange by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and membership in the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement.
For more information about Information for a Healthy Oregon, including a copy of the report, visit www.Q-Corp.org.
The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon by leading community collaborations and producing unbiased information. We work with the members of our community – including consumers, providers, employers, policymakers and health insurers – to improve the health of all Oregonians. For more information, visit www.Q-Corp.org or follow us at @OR_QualityCare.