Updated Physician and Hospital Quality Program Offers Flexibility, Streamlined Certification Process

WASHINGTON, DCThe National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released the latest version of its Physician and Hospital Quality (PHQ) Certification, the program that evaluates how well health plans and other organizations measure and report the quality and cost of physicians and hospitals.

The new PHQ Certification streamlines the evaluation and certification process and encourages greater participation from more organizations. It also provides more guidance to plans that create physician measurement programs based on cost and quality.

The updated standards and guidelines move the review process from the organization level, to the program level, offering a more practical review approach. This gives health plans the flexibility to determine what programs can benefit from certification. With this new approach, NCQA calls for organizations  to be transparent about their cost and efficiency, even when small population sizes or lack of measures makes it hard to gauge quality.

“NCQA is excited to offer an up-to-date approach to certification of measurement programs focused on cost and quality,” said Patricia Barrett, NCQA Vice President of Product Development. “The new PHQ program will provide consumers and purchasers with the same objective, reliable data in a more understandable and accessible fashion.”

PHQ is the first program to independently assess provider measurement programs. Learn more about PHQ. Download the application.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.


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