No. HEDIS RRU measures are specified for assessment at the plan level, not for measurement of individual physician performance.
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.
11.17.2008 Relative Resource Use (RRU) Measures Are HEDIS RRU measures appropriate for PHQ 1 Element B?
11.17.2008 Delegating PHQ 2 to an NCQA-Certified HIP PHQ has no delegation oversight standard, but information distributed by NCQA in response to HIP Certification indicates that a delegation agreement with an NCQA-Certified HIP is required to receive automatic credit in PHQ 2. Must a health plan show an agreement that meets the six factors typically required by other NCQA delegation standards?
11.17.2008 Measure requirements Regarding standardized measures, will the requirement of 70% of measures being standardized increase over time or will it be held constant?
11.17.2008 Risk adjustment How is risk adjustment defined for quality measures?
Case-mix adjustment considers variations in the health of physicians populations, often defined by age and gender. Severity is a patients degree of illness for a specific mix of conditions (e.g., cancer stages), morbidity or comorbidity. Together, case mix and severity are often called risk. Risk can be either the risk for needing a mix of medical services (utilization and associated costs) or the patients likelihood of achieving a specific level of quality-related outcome.
Risk adjustment may not apply to quality measures, particularly process measures. For quality measures, NCQA requires the organization to demonstrate that it has considered whether to risk-adjust measuresand that it has an explicit methodology if it does and an explicit rationale if it does not. If the organization determines that case-mix and severity adjustment do not apply to a quality measure, it provides documentation that supports the determination. If the organization adjusts measures for case-mix or severity, it provides documentation describing the methodology used.
11.17.2008 Survey pricing How much does the PHQ Survey cost?
11.17.2008 Coding accuracy Is evaluation of coding accuracy and quality considered to be in scope for these measures?
NCQA does not evaluate coding accuracy and quality. Element D, Verifying Accuracy requires an organization to have a process to evaluate the accuracy of its measure results. The organization may use external auditors to verify its methodology, but is not required to do so. In the future, NCQA may develop standards for auditing physician measurement and a program for certifying auditors. With such standards, NCQA will consider making external audit a requirement.
11.17.2008 Requests for corrections or changes What does NCQA look for in file review with regard to requests for corrections or changes?
Element G, Request for Corrections or Changes has four factors. 1. Documentation of the substance of the request 2. Investigation of the request 3. Notification of the specific reasons for the final decision 4. Notification of the outcome prior to taking action on measure results NCQA reviews an organizations documentation to determine if it follows its process for handling physician requests for corrections or changes related to the four factors. In response to inquiries from many organizations, NCQA issued a clarification on the expectations of the process (which is scored in Element F) and the file review against that process. See the Corrections, Clarifications and Policy Changes Web page at www.ncqa.org/tabid/120/Default.aspx.
11.17.2008 Small physician sample size If only a small percentage of available physicians in any specialty within a market have sufficient NQF measures available, may there be an assumption of appropriate quality, thus allowing members access to higher benefits with a larger number of physicians?
11.17.2008 PHQ and Physician Practice Connection Recognition Do you have a crosswalk for PHQ as it relates to Physician Practice Connection (PPC) Recognitionstandard 8 in particular?
No. The PHQ standards evaluate organizations that measure physician performance; PPC recognizes physician practices that use systematic processes and information technology to enhance quality of patient care. The two programs serve different purposes. In particular, PPC 8: Performance Reporting and Improvement focuses on the practices internal measurement and quality improvement process. It does not address the methodology required in PHQ, but focuses on the QI process.
11.17.2008 Physician requests For PHQ 1 Element G, could a collaborative manage the process?
Yes. PHQ requirements do not prohibit a collaborative from managing a request for corrections or changes made by physicians, but the organization remains accountable and responsible for responding to complaints from consumers and to requests for changes from physicians or hospitals based on actions taken by the organization.
11.17.2008 Board certification and physician quality Will NCQA accept board certification, maintenance of certification and NCQA Recognition as markers of physician quality, or must there also be measurement of NQF markers?
The organization may take action based on physician completion of an ABMS or AOA board performance-based improvement module (generally, in conjunction with maintenance of certification) at least every two years. These activities may be used as a quality measurement activity to meet PHQ 1. Under certain circumstances, the organization may use measures from other national or regional performance-based designation programs to satisfy some or all requirements for PHQ 1, Element A. The organization must discuss this in advance with NCQA to determine if the designation program meets the criteria.