Top 3 Reasons to Give Your Feedback! Public Comment Period is Open!

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Public Comment
Public Comment – Nov. 14 – Dec. 1

A good deal of our work at NCQA involves public input. We rely on health plans, purchasers, consumers and other stakeholders to weigh in on the relevance and feasibility of various aspects of our work; from measures to updates on accreditation programs.

Starting today, we are inviting the public to comment on Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures included in Health Plan Accreditation (HPA) scoring for the 2019 reporting year.

Three Reasons to Give us Your Feedback:

  1. This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to give feedback on measures proposed for scoring in HPA.
  2. The changes pursue better alignment between the Health Plan Ratings (HPR) measure set and the HPA measure set.
  3. Your voice counts!

Read proposed measure changes below and let us know what you think!

NCQA proposes to add these measures to those scored in HPA

  • For commercial plans:
    • Metabolic Monitoring for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotics (APM).
    • Use of First-Line Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents on Antipsychotics (APP).
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Care (PPC)—Timeliness of Prenatal Care Rate.

NCQA proposes to remove these measures from scoring in HPA

  • For commercial and Medicare plans:
    • Persistence of Beta-Blocker Treatment After a Heart Attack (PBH).

For measures with multiple indicators, NCQA proposes to remove these indicators from scoring in HPA to focus on the more desirable rate

  • For commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans:
    • Antidepressant Medication Management (AMM)—Acute Phase Rate.
    • Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment (IET)—Initiation Rate.
    • Statin Therapy for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease (SPC)—Received Statin Therapy Rate.
    • Statin Therapy for Patients with Diabetes (SPD)—Received Statin Therapy Rate.
  • For commercial and Medicaid plans:
    • Follow-Up for Children Prescribed ADHD Medication (ADD)—Initiation Phase Rate.
    • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents (WCC)—Counseling for Physical Activity and Counseling for Nutrition Rates

The public comment site is http://www.ncqa.org/homepage/ncqa-public-comments/hpa-2019-public-comment.

Public Comment Period: November 14–Dec 15, 2017.

Cindy Peña
Cindy is Senior Communications Manager at NCQA. Her focus is building consumer awareness through media and public relations. A communications and public engagement strategist with a background steeped in TV news reporting, Cindy is also part of NCQA’s Creative Services unit developing messaging through visual storytelling.

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