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5.15.2023 Definition of Annual Does NCQA’s definition of “annual” allow for a 2-month grace period?

As noted in the Glossary appendix, NCQA’s long-standing definition of “annual” is 12 months plus a 2-month grace period (12–14 months). “Grace period” refers to allowing organizations to complete an activity after it is due and not before it is due.

CVO 2023

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Information Confirmation Why do I have to confirm this information if our plan is not Accredited, or we will say “No” to Public Reporting?

We need you to confirm your plan details (e.g., Accreditation status, State Coverage, Family Association, Organization ID, Submission ID) because this impacts how you will be listed publicly when we release HPR on or around September 15, regardless of your Accreditation status or Public Reporting decision.

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Public Reporting Decision Why don’t I see an option to make my public reporting decision?

Health Plan Ratings is not where you make your public reporting selection because that occurs in NCQA’s Interactive Data Submission System (IDSS). Please contact your NCQA Account Manager if you have questions about IDSS or public reporting.

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Overview How do the Ratings work, in brief?

NCQA’s HPR overall rating is the weighted average of a plan's HEDIS, CAHPS and HOS (Medicare only) measure ratings, plus Accreditation bonus points (if the plan is Accredited by NCQA), rounded to the nearest half point displayed as Stars. Dozens of measures are calculated on a 0–5 scale in half-points (5 is highest) by comparing the plan submitted rate to The National All Lines of Business 10th, 33.33rd, 66.67th and 90th measure benchmarks.


HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Accreditation Status in Health Plan Ratings How is my Accreditation status used in HPR and how will it be displayed?

We use your Accreditation status as of June 30 for display purposes and to calculate bonus points. If a plan has an NCQA status modifier (e.g., Under Review by NCQA, Under Corrective Action, Merger Review in Process, Appealed by Plan) as of June 30, it will be appended to the Accreditation status. Display options during the Plan Confirmation, Projected Ratings and Final Ratings releases are: Yes; Yes (Interim); Yes (Provisional); Yes – CAP; Yes (Interim) – CAP; Yes (Provisional) – CAP; Yes – Under Review by NCQA; Yes (Interim) – Under Review by NCQA; Yes (Provisional) – Under Review by NCQA; No; No (Scheduled); No (In Process).

Accreditation status display options for the public release of the Ratings on NCQA's Health Plan Report Card website on September 15 are: Accredited; Not Accredited; Accredited – Interim; Accredited – Provisional; Accredited – Under Review by NCQA; Under Corrective Action; Scheduled; In Process; Expired; Denied.

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Data for Scoring What data is 2023 HPR using to score plans?

  • Commercial: MY 2022 HEDIS and CAHPS submitted to NCQA by June 2023
  • Medicaid: MY 2022 HEDIS and CAHPS submitted to NCQA by June 2023
  • Medicare: MY 2022 HEDIS, MY 2021 CAHPS and HOS

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Advertise/Market Health Plan Ratings Scores How can I market or advertise my plans’ 2023 Health Plan Ratings scores?

4.24.2023 Plan Confirmation Login for Health Plan Ratings Why can’t I log on to Plan Confirmation? Or I can log on, but I don’t see any plans?

Access is controlled by the plan’s Primary HEDIS Contact, who can grant access through the “Manage Users” section of Plan Confirmation. Please contact this individual at your organization to request access.

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Data for Scoring What data is 2022 HPR using to score plans?

  • Commercial: MY 2021 HEDIS and CAHPS submitted to NCQA by June 2022
  • Medicaid: MY 2021 HEDIS and CAHPS submitted to NCQA by June 2022
  • Medicare: MY 2021 HEDIS, MY 2020 CAHPS and HOS

HPR 2022

4.24.2023 Plan Confirmation CAHPS Survey As a Medicaid plan, I can choose to be scored on Adult CAHPS, on Child CAHPS or on the General Population of Child CCC CAHPS. Why can’t I change my selection in plan confirmation?

Your CAHPS Component selection was made in the HOQ. It is final and cannot be modified.

HPR 2023

4.24.2023 2023 Health Plan Ratings Release Date When will the 2023 Health Plan Ratings be publicly displayed?

4.24.2023 Health Plan Ratings Lower is Better Rates Why don’t my “lower is better” rates match between IDSS and the projected ratings scoresheet?

For HPR, NCQA inverts all final rates and percentiles where a lower value represents better performance to a higher value represents better performance scale in the HPR scoresheets and then truncates to 3 decimals. For example, a raw rates of .2325 would display as .767 (1-.2325 = .7675, truncated at 3 decimals).

HPR 2023