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Quality Compass 2012 Updated with Performance Data from Medicaid Plans

Washington, DC —The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released Quality Compass® 2012: Medicaid, the nation’s leading online database of comparable information on clinical performance and patient experience for 146 Medicaid health plan products serving 10 million lives. 

Quality Compass 2012: Medicaid builds on last year’s addition of Medicaid patient experience data from parents’ perspective regarding their child’s health care. This year’s edition has more detailed results on quality measures for children and information on the performance of health plans related to child care. 

Additionally, NCQA added benchmarks for the Antibiotic Utilization for the first time as part of the regular package, making it easier for users to analyze results. The download features benchmarks for each of the total indicators for the ABX measure set. Users can continue to examine ABX results in detailed table format within Quality Compass.

Quality Compass 2012: Medicaid allows for comparison of clinical performance and customer experience for Medicaid plans and is the most comprehensive database of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) data on the market. As such, Quality Compass 2012: Medicaid is an excellent tool for benchmarking plan performance.

Quality Compass 2012: Medicaid will include the following new measures:

  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care - Blood Pressure Control (<140/80) 
  • Frequency of Selected Procedures: Bariatric weight loss surgery
  • Use of Appropriate Medications for People with Asthma (new age stratifications)
  • Language Diversity of Membership - Detail Table* 
  • Race/Ethnicity Diversity of Membership - Detail Table* 
  • Measures Collected Through CAHPS Health Plan Survey 4.0H, Child Questionnaire**
*Measures reintroduced after major revisions in HEDIS 2011
**Measures publicly reported for the first time, available only for Quality Compass 2012: Medicaid

Health plans, employers, regulators and others use Quality Compass to analyze industry trends and identify opportunities for quality improvement.  

NCQA will release Quality Compass 2012: Medicare, as well as the RRU + Quality Index modules for the commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare datasets later this fall. All Quality Compass® editions can be ordered online through NCQA’s Web site,, or by calling NCQA Customer Support at 888-275-7585.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical areas. HEDIS is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices.