Each year, NCQA asks for feedback on proposed new measures, changes to existing measures and proposed measures for retirement. Public comment is now open for HEDIS® MY 2022.
Future of HEDIS
- Introduction of Race and Ethnicity Stratification Into Select HEDIS Measures: High-quality care must be equitable care. To be able to identify and reduce disparities in care, the first step must be measuring and reporting on performance . NCQA seeks public comment on a proposal to introduce race and ethnicity stratifications to five HEDIS measures, including feedback on two potential approaches to assessing data completeness. NCQA plans to expand the race and ethnicity stratifications to additional HEDIS measures over several years to help reduce disparities in care among patient populations. This effort builds on NCQA’s existing work dedicated to advancing health equity in data and quality measurement.
- Roadmap for Electronic Clinical Data Systems Reporting Method: NCQA seeks feedback on our proposed plan to add the ECDS reporting standard to three additional existing measures and a proposed pathway to remove traditional reporting from measures currently specified for ECDS. These efforts are part of NCQA’s strategy to encourage clinical data exchange and measure more of what matters, including outcomes and care for both individual patients and general populations.
Proposed New Measures
- Advance Care Planning
- Deprescribing of Benzodiazepines in Older Adults
- Antibiotic Utilization for Acute Respiratory Conditions
Proposed Changes to Existing Measures
- Acute Hospital Utilization
- Use of Imaging Studies for Low Back Pain
- Mental Health Utilization
- Identification of Alcohol and Other Drug Services
- Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse or Dependence Treatment
- Follow-Up After Emergency Department Visit for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse or Dependence
- Comprehensive Diabetes Care
Proposed Measures for Retirement
NCQA announces the following changes for HEDIS: Notification of Changes
Comment Submission Instructions
About Public Comment
The public comment system is integrated with NCQA’s single sign-on platform. If you have access to any of the systems listed below, you can use the same credentials to log in and submit comments:
- Interactive Data Submission System (IDSS).
- Health Organization Questionnaire (HOQ).
- Download Center.
- Recognition Program Online Application.
- Quality Compass (QC).
Note: If you use the Forgot Password feature, you will change your password for all NCQA systems to which you have access.
If you don’t have access to any system listed, click Create Account and complete the entire form. Retain the password for your records.
How to Comment
Submit all comments through NCQA’s public comment website. NCQA does not accept comments via mail, email or fax.
- Go to https://my.ncqa.org/.
- Once logged in, click to select Public Comments box.
- Click Add Comment.
- In the Product field, click to select HEDIS Public Comment from the drop-down menu.
- Click the Instructions link to view public comment materials, including instructions and proposed measure specifications.
- Click to select the Topic and Element (measure) on which you want to comment.
- Click to select your support option (e.g., Support, Do not support, Support with modifications).
Note: If you chose Do not support, include the reason in the text box. If you chose Support with modifications, enter the suggested modifications in the text box.
- Enter your comments in the Comments
Note: Comments may not be more than 2,500 characters. We suggest you develop comments in Word to check your character limit and save a copy for reference. Use the “cut and paste” function to copy your comment into the Comments box.
- Click Submit after each comment. After you have submitted all comments, click Close. You will be able to view and download all your submitted comments.
All comments are due Thursday, March 11, by 11:59 PM (ET).
Contact NCQA Customer Support at 888-275-7585, Monday–Friday, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM (ET).
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