Organizations may reduce the sample size for the TRC measure based only on the prior year’s audited, product line-specific rate for the lowest rate among all reported TRC indicators.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about NCQA’s various programs. If you don’t see what you are looking for in one of the entries below, you can ask a question through My NCQA.
There is no minimum enrollment requirement. Per General Guideline 15, members must meet the measure’s continuous enrollment requirements and be considered dually enrolled based on continuous enrollment criteria or the service date.
Organizations must follow General Guideline 15 with regard to assessing coverage and should review enough data to meet the measure specification requirement.
As stated in the General Guideline 15, the time frame is assessed by measure. For measures with continuous enrollment, dual enrollment is determined as of the end of the continuous enrollment period, or the last enrollment segment, if there is a gap at the end of the continuous enrollment period.
For measures without a continuous enrollment requirement, members must have dual enrollment on the date of service or the date of discharge.
The fifth bullet in the Numerator is missing value set references. Replace the bullet text with:
A community mental health center visit (Visit Setting Unspecified Value Set; BH Outpatient Value Set; Observation Value Set; Transitional Care Management Services Value Set) with (Community Mental Health Center POS Value Set).
**This FAQ applies to QRS MY 2020.
Yes. Members with unknown or non-binary gender are excluded from only the utilization measures that require a specific gender (male or female) and the ENP measure because this measure requires a gender to be assigned in the reporting tables. NCQA continues to track industry standards for non-binary gender.
*Originally posted on 11/16/2020, this FAQ was updated on 1/5/2021.
Yes. Supplemental data may be used for all four indicators, including indicators that do not allow administrative reporting (Notification of Inpatient Admission and Receipt of Discharge Information).
Because there are no administrative codes to map to for the Notification of Inpatient Admission and Receipt of Discharge Information indicators, supplemental data must include all elements required by the measure's hybrid specifications for these indicators and once validated, the plan must determine how to get the results integrated for reporting. Plans should work with their vendors and this process should be reviewed and approved by the auditor.
Yes. When confirming that an ED visit does not result in an inpatient stay or an observation stay, all inpatient and observation stays must be considered, regardless of payment status (paid, suspended, pending, denied). Measure Certification will test this scenario to ensure all inpatient and observation stays are considered, regardless of payment status. For example, if an ED visit is paid but an inpatient stay is denied, the ED visit resulted in an inpatient stay and is not included in the Emergency Department Utilization measure when identifying observed ED visits.
A Corrective Action Plan (CAP) is required when an organization does not meet the minimum threshold for one or more must-pass elements. The CAP must be submitted to NCQA within 30 days after receipt of the final Accreditation status and must meet NCQA approval. The organization undergoes a CAP Survey that focuses on the failed must-pass elements (not at the factor level), i.e., all element factors, will be reviewed in addition to the factor(s) that failed the must-pass requirement.
NCQA schedules the CAP Survey for submission 6 months following the organization’s last full survey; the file review is 4 weeks later. The organization’s Accreditation status is noted “Under Corrective Action” status modifier noted on the report card during the corrective action period.
The fees for the CAP Survey can be found in the Pricing Exhibit on My NCQA. The look-back period is from the date of implementation of the corrective action up to the CAP Survey submission date and may be between 3 and 6 months before the CAP Survey submission.
After successful completion of the CAP Survey, the status modifier is removed from the organization’s status on the report card. The expiration date of the Accreditation status remains the same as the date specified in the decision that precipitated the CAP Survey. If a CAP Survey is unsuccessful, the Review Oversight Committee (ROC) may: