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NCQA has released an issue brief - Leveraging Electronic Clinical Data for HEDIS®: Insights & Opportunities - which summarizes strategies to improve clinical data use and sharing, based on interviews with health plans that have begun reporting HEDIS measures using the ECDS reporting standard.
- While the number of health plans reporting measures using ECDS has increased, participation is still lower than other HEDIS
- Health plans see great value in leveraging electronic clinical data for quality measurement as it can lead to a more complete picture of quality and support better care management.
- Challenges remain for using these data, including lack of standardized data capture at the point of care and inefficient sharing of relevant information between health care systems.
- Various stakeholders (e.g., NCQA, health plans, policymakers) can take actions to help address challenges and drive better use and sharing of electronic clinical data across the health care system.
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Fern McCree, Senior Research Associate, NCQA
Fern McCree, MPH is a Senior Research Associate in the Performance Measurement Department at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Ms. McCree is responsible for managing and coordinating research, measure development and maintenance activities of health plan level quality measures. Her work is primarily focused on behavioral health, geriatric and risk adjustment utilization. Ms. McCree also leads efforts to develop measures within the electronic clinical data system (ECDS) domain which aims to enable reporting health plan level measures using data sources that provide more accurate and timely clinical information. Ms. McCree holds a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University and a Bachelor in Science in Public Health Administration from Temple University.