NCQA’s recent announcement that our eMeasure testing laboratory won approval by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), received great press coverage…and for good reason. This is a big deal in the health IT world. As an ONC-Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL), NCQA can perform health IT tests as part of the ONC Health IT Certification program. And we’re the only approved alternative to this government-based electronic quality measure testing procedure.
Why Does This Matter?
With this approval, health IT and data vendors can use the NCQA generated test decks for two certifications; ONC HIT Certification for use in reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to CMS for the Quality Payment Program; as well as NCQA eMeasure certification for use in NCQA’s recognition for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and as a standard supplemental dataset in support of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measure reporting.
As Rick Moore, our Chief Information officer here at NCQA so aptly stated, “as the country moves from fee for service to fee for value, there is an increasing reliance on performance measurement. NCQA is pleased to provide the industry a rigorous validation of the systems being used to produce these rates. We believe our 20-year history of producing HEDIS, the most widely used nationally comparable performance measurement set, offers vendors an assuredness that when they pass our testing, their system is ready to accurately select the correct records for reporting.”
NCQA in the News with Health IT…a Smattering of our Coverage
ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification – EHR Intelligence
Federal government approves NCQA as an ONC-Authorized Testing Lab – Healthcare Business Daily News
NCQA Approved by Government as ONC-Authorized Testing Lab – Healthcare Informatics
NCQA approved as ONC-Authorized Testing Lab – Healthcare IT News
ONC allows NCQA to offer health IT testing services to vendors – HealthData Management
ONC approves NCQA as authorized testing lab: 3 things to know – Becker’s Healthcare
For more information visit NCQA’s eMeasure Certification website.
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.