MY2021 Data Submission Timeline

The timeline below outlines the data submission process and runs from November 2021 through October 2022.

November 2021

  • NCQA HEDIS Data Submission Kick-off letter is sent to Primary and Secondary contacts.

December 2021

  • NCQA releases the 2022 Online Healthcare Organization Questionnaire (HOQ) for health plans to request and update submissions.
  • NCQA posts the XML templates, validation files and data dictionaries for Interactive Data Submission System© (IDSS) to the data submission webpage.

January 2022

  • Auditor completes the CAHPS survey sample frame validation in the HOQ by January 28, 2022.

February 2022

  • Health plans finalize commercial, Exchange, Medicaid and Medicare HOQ requests to obtain access to the IDSS and submission IDs for HEDIS®1 and CAHPS®2 on Monday, February 7 by 8:00 pm ET

March 2022

  • NCQA releases the 2022 Interactive Data Submission System (IDSS) for data loading and validation.
  • Submission IDs for survey measures are distributed to NCQA certified survey vendors.

May 2022

  • NCQA Conditions for Public Reporting letter is sent to Primary and Secondary HEDIS contacts. This letter includes the rules used for displaying data in our public reporting programs (Health Plan Ratings).
  • NCQA certified survey vendors begin submission of commercial and Medicaid CAHPS 1H member-level data files to NCQA.
  • Health Plan Ratings—Plan Confirmation is required for commercial, Medicaid and Medicare. Plans verify the information that will determine how their organization is displayed in the ratings (e.g., states, Accreditation statuses and Market Names).
  • NCQA Accreditation team will send out the annual HEDIS Assessment fee invoice (accredited plans only).

June 2022

  • Commercial and Medicaid CAHPS survey results are available for download in IDSS.
  • IDSS Plan-lock must be applied for all commercial, Exchange, Medicaid, and Medicare audited submissions on
    Tuesday, June 1 by 11:59 pm ET to ensure auditors have enough time to validate health plan results.
  • CMS requires a Patient-Level-Detail (PLD) file validation for Medicare submissions. Organizations must submit the patient-level-detail file to CMS’ vendor by Tuesday, June 15 by 11:59 pm ET.
  • Health Plans submit FINAL commercial, Exchange, Medicaid, and Medicare HEDIS (non-survey data) results via the IDSS on Tuesday, June 15 by 11:59 pm ET.
  • All commercial, Exchange, Medicaid, and Medicare Attestations must be submitted to NCQA on Tuesday, June 15 by 11:59 pm ET via electronic signature.
  • Last day for IDSS Resubmission requests for data and Attestation: June 30.

July 2022

  • NCQA releases the 2022 Quality Compass® commercial edition.3

August 2022

  • Projected Health Plan Ratings for commercial, Medicaid and Medicare are released. Plans are required to confirm their rating and Accreditation information (if applicable).

September–October 2022

  • Final Health Plan Ratings are posted on NCQA’s Website.
  • NCQA releases the 2021 Quality Compass® Medicare and Medicaid editions, respectively3.

1HEDIS®, IDSS and Quality Compass® are registered trademarks of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

2CAHPS® is a registered trademark of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

3Quality Compass release dates are general time frames and are subject to change.

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