Appropriate Testing for Pharyngitis Toolkit

Needs Statement

The overall activity takes a multifaceted approach to address the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of our learners. It begins with a needs assessment to pinpoint specific areas of deficiency among clinicians. Once identified, the curriculum is tailored to directly target these gaps, ensuring that learners receive focused education on their areas of weakness. Importantly, the content is rooted in the latest evidence-based practices, ensuring that learners are equipped with the most current knowledge and guidelines.
To engage learners effectively, the activity incorporates interactive learning methods such as case-based discussions, simulations, and workshops. These hands-on approaches allow clinicians to apply their knowledge in practical scenarios, reinforcing their understanding. Ongoing assessment and feedback mechanisms are integrated throughout the program, enabling learners to track their progress and address any remaining gaps promptly.
Furthermore, the activity emphasizes resource accessibility, providing clinicians with readily available reference materials, guidelines, and tools to support their practice. It also promotes a multidisciplinary approach, recognizing that collaboration among healthcare professionals is vital in-patient care. Learners are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues from different specialties to gain diverse perspectives.
Beyond knowledge dissemination, the activity encourages clinicians to participate in quality improvement initiatives, bridging the gap between knowledge acquisition and practical application in real healthcare settings. Continuous evaluation and adaptation are integral, allowing the curriculum to evolve based on learner feedback and changes in clinical practice. In summary, this comprehensive approach equips clinicians with the skills and knowledge they need to close practice gaps and deliver the highest quality of care to their patients.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, the participants should be able to:

  • Define the CMS 146 metric, specifically addressing its criteria for Appropriate Testing for Pharyngitis.
  • Discuss the reasoning behind the development of a guideline for appropriate pharyngitis testing.
  • Describe the point system used to for determining appropriate testing.
  • List the steps to document the order for point of care testing and the subsequent test results in both the Epic and ECW Electronic Health Record Systems.
  • Identify strategies for closing the gap in compliance with the CMS 146 metric.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 Participation
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Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baylor College of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Available Credit

  • 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.25 Participation
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