Tue, May 4–Thu, Mar 31

Evolving HEDIS for Equity: Updates and Future Directions

Health care quality cannot exist without equity. NCQA is committed to building, measuring and promoting equity through all our programs.

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Evolving HEDIS for Equity: Updates and Future Directions

Health care quality cannot exist without equity. NCQA is committed to building, measuring and promoting equity through all our programs. Empowering HEDIS to speak directly to these goals is a central part of this effort. Join NCQA staff for an overview of our equity measurement strategy and learn more about how we are evolving HEDIS to build toward better transparency and action. This course will include a review of new race and ethnicity stratifications, next steps for a more inclusive HEDIS and a preview of a new measure concept for social needs screening.

Click here to access the Quality Innovation Series registration page to register or review the full course content.

Resource: NCQA's Health Equity webpage.

What You Will Learn

  • Describe NCQA's strategy for expanding R/E Stratification.
  • Identify three data standards organizations or resources for health equity data.
  • Summarize the development process for a new measure to assess screening and intervention for unmet social needs.
  • Explain the differences between social determinants of health, social risk and social needs.


Rachel Harrington, PhD

Rachel Harrington is a Research Scientist in the Performance Measurement department at NCQA. She leads measure development and testing in the area of health care resource utilization and serves as the scientific and project lead on multiple federally funded NCQA measurement projects, including HEDIS risk-adjusted utilization measures, appropriate medication use in the elderly and strategies for evolving approaches to social determinants of health in quality measurement.

Before joining NCQA, Dr. Harrington led North American health economics and outcomes research for anti-infective products at Astellas Pharma. She holds a PhD in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy and a BA from Marquette University.

Deidre Washington, PhD

Deidre Washington is a Research Scientist in the Performance Measurement department at NCQA. She is currently co-leading efforts to bring health equity, social determinants of health and social needs into HEDIS. Her current portfolio also includes work on measures related to respiratory conditions, such as asthma and COPD, antibiotic overuse measures, and pediatric dental measures.   Prior to joining NCQA in 2019, she served for three years as research project director at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. She earned her doctoral degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Continuing Education

imageIn support of improving patient care, the National Committee for Quality Assurance is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide Interprofessional Continuing Education for the healthcare team. 

This educational activity is approved for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

This educational activity is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.*

This live course grants 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) points for PCMH Certified Content Experts.  

* Please note – You must attend the entire program to be eligible for total number of contact hours.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) endorses the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education which specify that sponsors of continuing medical education activities and presenters at and planners for these activities disclose any relevant financial relationships either party might have with commercial companies whose products or services are discussed in educational presentations.

For sponsors, relevant financial relationships include large research grants, institutional agreements for joint initiatives, substantial gifts, or other relationships that benefit the institution.  For presenters or planning committee members, relevant financial relationships include the receipt of research grants from a commercial company, consultancies, honoraria, travel, or other benefits, or having a self-managed equity interest in a company; or having an immediate family member or partner with such a relationship.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone bias in any presentation but is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.

Relevant financial relationships exist with the following companies/organizations:

Rachel Harrington: None
Deidre Washington: None

Additional Planning Committee Members:
Tammy Donnelly: None
Joseph Fojtik: None
Lincoln Haynes: None

This program was developed in part by NCQA staff.

This program received no commercial support.

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