HEDIS 2018 Public Comment Period is Open!
That’s right, our HEDIS 2018 public comment period is open and ready for your input!
We are inviting the public to comment on new and revised measures for the 2018 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). This is an opportunity for health plans, purchasers, consumers and other stakeholders to weigh in on the relevance, scientific soundness and feasibility of new and revised measures.
We are proposing new measures, revisions to existing measures, strategies to address cross-cutting topics across various HEDIS measures and updates to guidelines for Electronic Clinical Data Systems (ECDS).
HEDIS 2018 Public Comment Period is Open
HEDIS comprises measures of clinical quality and patient experience that are based on published clinical guidelines and published scientific evidence. When clinical guidelines change or new evidence becomes available in the scientific literature, NCQA reviews HEDIS measures to determine whether changes may be needed. NCQA convenes multi-stakeholder advisory groups—including independent scientists, clinicians, consumers and purchasers—to ensure that measures meet and balance the high standards of relevance, scientific soundness and feasibility.
An important part of developing and updating HEDIS is to provide the opportunity for the public to review and comment on draft measures. NCQA reviews every comment received during public comment and presents results to its multi-stakeholder advisory panels and the NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement for deliberation.
Proposed New Measures
- Use of Opioids at High Dosage or From Multiple Providers
- Follow-Up After Emergency Department (ED) Visit for People With Multiple Chronic Conditions
- Transitions of Care
- Depression Screening and Follow-Up for Adolescents and Adults
- Pneumococcal Vaccination Status for Older Adults
- Unhealthy Alcohol Use Screening and Follow-Up
Proposed Changes to Existing Measures
- Immunizations for Adolescents
- Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependence Treatment
- Identification of Alcohol and Other Drug Services
- Plan All-Cause Readmissions
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Addressing Socioeconomic Status
- Accounting for Individuals Enrolled in Medicare Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs)
- Guidelines for Measures Collected Using Electronic Clinical Data Systems
How to Participate in Public Comment
For details on the proposed changes and make your comments, visit http://www.ncqa.org/HomePage/NCQAPublicComments.aspx
The public comment period begins at 9:00 AM (EST) on February 22 and ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on March 22.
NCQA will review input from public comment and will publish new and updated measures and guidelines in HEDIS 2018, Volume 2, in summer 2017.
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