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Choosing Quality Healthcare

Here are some tips for including quality in your healthcare decisions. Such decisions involve CF care centers, treatments, health plans and you.

Look for a CF care center that:

  • Has received accreditation by the CF Foundation;

  • Is working to improve the quality of care they provide;

  • Has the training and experience to meet your needs;

  • Takes steps to prevent illness — for example, will talk to you about getting the screening tests or is working to avoid the spread of germs;

  • Will work with you to make decisions about your or your child’s healthcare;

  • Can get you or your child admitted to, or treated at, a hospital with experience in caring for CF;

  • Will partner and communicate with your primary healthcare provider;

  • Is part of your health plan.

When choosing a treatment, make sure you understand:

  • When and how soon problems need to be treated;

  • Your treatment options;

  • The benefits and risks of each treatment;

  • The costs of each treatment;

  • Whether the treatments are based on the latest scientific evidence.

Make sure you have a health plan that:

  • Allows you to use an accredited CF care center;

  • Allows you to use a pharmacy and hospital familiar with CF care;

  • Provides the benefits (CF medicines and covered services) you need;

  • Provides services where and when you need them;

  • Does a good job of helping people stay well and get better;

  • Has been given high ratings by its members on the things that are important
    to you.

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Updated 02/19/10

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.