QOF income protection
As practices will be aware, Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) 2020/21 has been revised to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on general practice. We recognise that practices need to reprioritise aspects of care not related to COVID-19 and the QOF requirements have been modified for 2020/21 to support this and to help release capacity in general practice. Practices and commissioners have been asked to work together to confirm that any population stratification is clinically appropriate for their local population.
Clinical system suppliers have recently updated QOF indicators and prompts. In some instances, this may have impacted on practices’ records of progress to date. Practices should be reassured that the indicators affected by this update are those that are subject to income protection as outlined in 2020/21 QOF guidance. Practices are not expected to re-code or re-review patients for indicators affected by this system update, unless there is a clinical need to do so.