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30 points for atrial fibrillation

GPs will get 30 points for diagnosis and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation under the new QOF.

Pulse understands the points will be divided between setting up a register, ensuring accurate diagnosis by ECG or specialist and initiating and monitoring anticoagulation treatment.

Dr Jonathan Mant, who submitted evidence on atrial fibrillation to the QOF review, said: 'We need to make sure people are properly identified and treated. 'What we were hoping was that practices would set up atrial fibrillation registers and that the diagnosis should require an ECG.'

Dr Mant, senior lecturer in the department of general practice at the University of Birmingham, said: 'It reflects the importance of atrial fibrillation as a risk factor for stroke and reflects that there's a treatment to lower that risk.'

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