The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced it is looking for the public’s input on new Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures.
“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 and to provide input on HEDIS guidelines,” the nonprofit says in a press release.
According to the release, NCQA is looking for comments on several areas, including:
- New measures for HEDIS that assess risk of chronic opioid use, hospitalizations following discharge from a skilled nursing facility, health assessments for people with multiple high-risk chronic conditions, adult immunization status and prenatal immunization status;
- Four new measures that will be part of a new HEDIS volume focusing on organizations that provide or coordinate long-term services and supports; and
- Revisions to measures assessing blood pressure control, follow-up after emergency department visits for mental illness and hospital readmissions.
“When clinical guidelines change or new evidence becomes available in scientific literature, NCQA reviews HEDIS measures to determine whether changes may be needed,” NCQA says in the release.