Quality Data Initiative (QDI)

The Quality Data Initiative (QDI) is a quality reporting process braided with current and emerging best practice learnings. QDI is designed to leverage existing best practices at Montana health centers and enable the replication of these best practices at other centers across the state. The goal of QDI is to improve clinical outcomes in all health centers.

Key Components:

  • Monthly data reporting of the five core measures: Diabetes Management, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Cervical Cancer Screening, Breast Cancer Screening, and Medication Assisted Treatment Data
  • Monthly peer learning calls which include data review of the past month’s data reporting and a multidisciplinary call that explores a different topic each month

QDI Data is self-reported by clinics monthly. As the Azara project develops, we will work to validate the accuracy of the QDI/Azara data. All health centers participate in the Quality Data Initiative. Health centers that are not included in the data below either have not consented to have their data shared or missed the monthly data reporting deadline.

Cervical Cancer Screening (CMS124v7)
Percentage of women 21–64 years of age who were screened for cervical cancer using either of the following criteria:

  • Women age 21-64 who had cervical cytology performed every 3 years.
  • Women age 30-64 who had cervical cytology/human papillomavirus (HPV) cotesting performed every 5 years.

Denominator: Women 23 through 64 years of age with a medical visit during the measurement period.
Numerator: Women with one or more screenings for cervical cancer. Appropriate screenings are defined by any one of the following criteria:

  • Cervical cytology performed during the measurement period or the 2 years prior to the measurement period for women who are at least 21 years old at the time of the test.
  • Cervical cytology/HPV co-testing performed during the measurement period or the 4 years prior to the measurement period for women who are at least 30 years old at the time of the test.

QDI Statewide Goal: 45%

Diabetes Management: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Poor Control (>9 percent) (CMS122v7)
Percentage of patients 18–75 years of age with diabetes who had hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) greater than 9.0 percent during the measurement period.

Denominator: Patients 18 through 75 years of age with diabetes with a medical visit during the measurement period.
Numerator: Patients whose most recent HbA1c level performed during the measurement year is greater than 9.0 percent and patients who had no test conducted during the measurement period.

QDI Statewide Goal: 15%

Colorectal Cancer Screening (CMS130v7)
Percentage of adults 50–75 years of age who had appropriate screening for colorectal cancer.

Denominator: Patients 50 through 75 years of age with a medical visit during the measurement period.
Numerator: Patients with one or more screenings for colorectal cancer. Appropriate screenings are defined by any one of the following criteria:

  • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) during the measurement period.
  • Fecal immunochemical test (FIT)- deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) during the measurement period or the 2 years prior to the measurement period.
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy during the measurement period or the 4 years prior to the measurement period.
  • Computerized tomography (CT) colonography during the measurement period or the 4 years prior to the measurement period.
  • Colonoscopy during the measurement period or the 9 years prior to the measurement period.

QDI Statewide Goal: 45%


Breast Cancer Screening (CMS125v7)
Percentage of women 50-74 years of age who had a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.

Denominator: Women 51-74 years of age with a visit during the measurement period
Numerator: Women with one or more mammograms during the measurement period or the 15 months prior to the measurement period.

QDI Statewide Goal: 55.26% 

Medication Assisted Treatment
Number of waived providers and patients treated with MAT by a waived provider per center.