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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.

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 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.