Smoking recording - don't panic

It is only two weeks until the final collection of data for payment for this year. However it seems that this will not be collected correctly, at least in the case of smoking status. Appearing in the less than grippingly titled QMAS End of Year Communication is the revelation that the business rules have been incorrect this year and that there is not enough time left to correct them.

Don't panic though. There will be new searches put in by the GP computer system suppliers and put into QMAS (and presumably the separate systems in Wales and Northern Ireland) at some unspecified point in the future. This will inevitably increase the number of points to each practice. No practice will lose due to these changes. Practices need to make sure they look out for when to correct this data and that their PCTs remember to give them the opportunity.

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