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QOF changes for 2015/16 - Scotland

There are minor changes to the QOF in Scotland for this financial year. Full details below.

In 2014 the Scottish GPC and the Scottish Government agreed a deal for practices until March 2017.

However, there are minor changes to the QOF that come into effect on 1 April 2015. These are:

AF004

This indicator will be renumbered AF002(s) and will be reworded to reflect NICE recommendations. The percentage of patients with atrial fibrillation in whom stroke risk has been assessed using the CHA2DS2-VASc risk stratification scoring system in the preceding 15 months (excluding those whose previous CHA2DS2-VASc score of 2 or above.

The number of points will increase to 8 (from 6). Thresholds will remain the same.

AF005(S)

Indicator wording changed to: In those patients with atrial fibrillation with a record of a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 2 or more, the percentage of patients whoa re currently treated with anti-coagulation drug therapy.

The number of points will increase to 9 (from 6). Threshold will remain the same.

Other changes

  • CVD-PP003(S), which relates to advice on increasing physical activity for patients with hypertension, will be retired.
  • CVD-PP002(S): the government will correct a business rules error relating to this indicator and ensure no practice is disadvantaged by the mistake.
  • QS002(S): practices will have the option to undertake a higher level access review.
  • QS003(S): the Scottish GPC and Scottish Government will consider a new clinical area for review. This will not increase practice workload.
  • QS004(S), QS005(S), QS006(S) were all due to be renegotiated for 2015/16, but they will remain unchanged until 2017.
  • QS007(S): the inclusion of additional risk groups is being considered.

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