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11.17.2008 Use of rental networks and hospital quality For PHQ 2, Element E, if we "rent" our national hospital network and do not contract directly, may we share hospital results with the entity we rent from, rather than the individual hospitals?

Each hospital must receive results. Either the organization must provide results to each hospital or it may have a written agreement with the national network stating that it will provide results to hospitals. If the national network provides results to each hospital, it must provide documentation (e.g., reports, materials) to the organization that it has met the requirements.

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 Measure requirements Regarding standardized measures, will the requirement of 70% of measures being standardized increase over time or will it be held constant?

NCQA has not decided. All products are periodically evaluated and proposed changes are published for Public Comment before updates are released.

11.17.2008 PHQ and HP Accreditation When will the PHQ standards be folded in to the health plan accreditation standards?

NCQA has not made a decision about incorporating the PHQ standards into health plan accreditation. Should NCQA decide to do so, it will put such a proposal out for Public Comment.

9.15.2008 Applications for PHQ surveys How long after NCQA receives an application for survey does the survey begin?

NCQA suggests that organizations submit an application for survey at least 90 days in advance of the date requested for their Initial Survey, but applications may be submitted further in advance than 90 days. Organizations should indicate their preferred survey date and NCQA will accommodate them if possible.

9.15.2008 Providing Results and Estimates of Statistical Reliability Element F, factor 3 requires organizations to provide results and estimates of statistical reliability for comparative information to each physician. What evidence must organizations provide to meet factor 3?

To meet the intent of factor 3, the organization must provide physicians with the results of each applicable measure and an estimate of statistical reliability. The organization determines how it expresses the estimate of statistical reliability (e.g., range, standard deviation, confidence interval, coefficient of variation). The organization should also provide descriptive information with the numbers; the estimate of reliability is a numeric value.

9.15.2008 Standardized Measure Specifications For Element A, if physicians may eliminate noncompliant patients as part of the corrections process, are standardized measures still considered to be nationally recognized?

If a patient is removed from a measure for not taking prescribed medication or for not following recommended treatment, the measure is not considered standardized. If the patient meets specific exclusion criteria listed in the specifications and is removed from the measure, the measure is considered standardized.