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The State of Health Care Quality Report

 The 2014 State Health Care Quality Report will include NCQA's latest findings about the nation's health care system, notably:

Almost half of quality measures show significant, long-term improvement
46 percent of measures show consistent, statistically significant gains over three to five years. Progress is stalled in many areas; a handful show consistent, significant decline. 

Populations have doubled in health plans that report quality results 
The number of Americans enrolled in health plans that report Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) results has doubled in 11 years to more than 171 million, or 54 percent of the U.S. population.

That means more Americans than ever can benefit from the accountability that public reporting of quality results brings. Providers, payers, consumers and others also have more insight into health plan performance than ever before.

A few bright spots on overuse and appropriateness
A key measure related to overuse of antibiotics shows its first significant improvement in seven years. But performance remains low on many other measures of judicious, appropriate care; too few Americans receive efficient, effective care or recommended tests and treatments.  

Poor results but a promising future for behavioral health 
More children with ADHD are receiving recommended treatment than ever before—a rare highlight amid many poor results on behavioral healthcare measures. 

Performance on mental health and addiction treatment metrics is weakest. Fortunately, a proliferation of new measures is bringing needed attention to behavioral health and has the potential to improve care in this vital area.

The State of Health Care Quality Report 2014 summarizes HEDIS results from calendar year 2013, collected from a record 814 HMOs and 353 PPOs. 



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