Public Policy Roundup

It’s that time again: NCQA gives a rundown of the best national, state and private sector health care articles from the week. Here are our picks for today’s Public Policy Weekly Clips.   National: CMS has delayed nationwide implementation of plan ratings on HealthCare.gov. Safety net PCMHs reduce ED use & increase office visits among Medicaid […]

Alexandra Drane talks about her presentation at Quality Talks 2016: What’s Really Killing Us?

A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Alexandra Drane is “pathologically obsessed with the health care space.” She believes that everyday stressors (such as divorce, financial stress, caregiver stress) are leading to an epidemic of chronic illness and addiction in the United States. She calls it “Life Sucks Disease,” and believes that health care providers need to urge […]

MACRA’s Chosen One: PCMH (and PCSP, too)

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that NCQA has a special interest in MACRA. Each week, we pinpoint a topic outlined in CMS’ final proposed rule for MACRA’s new payment system. This week we talk about practices that should perform well on quality measures and that make the cut for quality […]

Are You Moving From Volume to Value of Care?

Are you moving from volume of care to value of care? How do you make that transformation? NCQA knows there’s a lot of help out there for practices looking for guidance, and we can help, too, by sharing information when it comes our way. For example, CAPG—the California Association of Physician Groups—is hosting its CAPG Colloquium […]

New England Journal of Medicine: It’s Time to Transform Care for People with Complex Needs

In the July 28, 2016 New England Journal of Medicine, Blumenthal et. al. identified improving care for high-need, high-cost patients as an urgent priority. We agree that understanding diversity, identifying programs that offer high quality and lower cost and speeding implementation are critical next steps. At NCQA we are working hard to transform health care […]

Peggy O’Kane Named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

It is with great pride we announce that our president, Margaret E. O’Kane, has been named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016. This is Peggy’s 11th year on the list, which includes leaders from the private, public and non-profit health care sectors. Peggy O’Kane’s Commitment to Health Care The ranking is testament to Peggy’s—and […]