NCQA Introduces Updated 2010 Quality Compass With Performance Data From Medicaid Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today released Quality Compass® 2010: Medicaid, the nation’s leading online database of comparable information on clinical performance and patient experience for 118 Medicaid health plan products serving eight million lives. Health plan leaders, employers, policymakers, consultants, regulators and others regularly refer to NCQA’s Quality Compass® analyze industry trends and identify opportunities for quality improvement.

Quality Compass® contains information drawn from audited data reported to NCQA through its Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) as well as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®). Quality Compass® 2010: Medicaid allows for the comparison of clinical performance for over a hundred Medicaid reporting products and is the most comprehensive database of HEDIS and CAHPS data on the market. The product is an excellent tool for benchmarking plan performance.

The 2010 package features the following new measures:

  • Adult BMI Assessment
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care - HbA1c Control (<7% for a selected population
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Care - HbA1c Control (<8%)
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents - BMI percentile
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents - Counseling for Nutrition
  • Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents - Counseling for Physical Activity

“Health plans, employers, consumers, and policy makers look to NCQA’s Quality Compass® 2010: Medicaid to help plan their quality improvement initiatives, choose the best Medicaid plans and look for regulatory improvements,” says NCQA’s Chief Information Officer, Rick Moore. “Quality Compass: Medicaid offers invaluable data on plans that serve millions   of lives.”

In late October, NCQA will release Quality Compass® 2010: RRU + Quality Index (Commercial). This new product incorporates Relative Resource Use (RRU) measures that capture the total number of resources health plans use to treat patients with select chronic conditions, and aligns their utilization with their HEDIS quality results. To learn more about these measures, visit www.ncqa.org/RRU.  Quality Compass® 2010: Medicaid edition is available for purchase at www.ncqa,org/qualitycompass.aspx.

About the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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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