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10.15.2021 Transitions of Care The TRC measure includes a summary of change (SOC) to indicate that it the value is stratified. Should this be removed from the SOC?

Yes. Remove the SOC text that reads, “Revised the Reporting Instructions for the ‘NumeratorByAdminElig’ data element in Table TRC-3: Data Elements for Transitions of Care to ‘For each Metric and Stratification.’” Organizations reported “NumeratorByAdminElig” by age stratification in the past, so this is not a change to the measure for MY 2020 & MY 2021 reporting.

HEDIS MY 2021

10.15.2021 Transitions of Care The TRC measure includes a summary of change (SOC) to indicate that it the value is stratified. Should this be removed from the SOC?

Yes. Remove the SOC text that reads, “Revised the Reporting Instructions for the ‘NumeratorByAdminElig’ data element in Table TRC-3: Data Elements for Transitions of Care to ‘For each Metric and Stratification.’” Organizations reported “NumeratorByAdminElig” by age stratification in the past, so this is not a change to the measure for MY 2020 & MY 2021 reporting.

HEDIS MY 2022

10.15.2021 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents The WCC measure includes a summary of change (SOC) to indicate that the value is stratified. Should this be removed from the SOC?

Yes. Remove the SOC that reads, “Revised the Reporting Instructions for the ‘NumeratorByAdminElig’ data element in Table WCC-1/2 to read ‘For each Metric and Stratification.’” Organizations reported “NumeratorByAdminElig” by age stratification in the past, so this is not a change to the measure for MY 2020 & MY 2021 reporting.

HEDIS MY 2022

10.15.2021 General Guideline 32: Obtaining Information for the Systematic Sample Should the number of numerator events by administrative data in the eligible population (before exclusions), the number of required exclusions and the current year’s administrative rate (before exclusions) data elements change with a data refresh after the sample has been drawn?

No. The number of numerator events by administrative data in eligible population, the number of required exclusions and the current year’s administrative rate data elements must remain frozen at the time of sampling and do not change with data refresh.

HEDIS MY 2022

10.15.2021 Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents The WCC measure includes a summary of change (SOC) to indicate that the value is stratified. Should this be removed from the SOC?

Yes. Remove the SOC that reads, “Revised the Reporting Instructions for the ‘NumeratorByAdminElig’ data element in Table WCC-1/2 to read ‘For each Metric and Stratification.’” Organizations reported “NumeratorByAdminElig” by age stratification in the past, so this is not a change to the measure for MY 2020 & MY 2021 reporting.

HEDIS MY 2021

10.15.2021 General Guideline 32: Obtaining Information for the Systematic Sample Should the number of numerator events by administrative data in the eligible population (before exclusions), the number of required exclusions and the current year’s administrative rate (before exclusions) data elements change with a data refresh after the sample has been drawn?

No. The number of numerator events by administrative data in eligible population, the number of required exclusions and the current year’s administrative rate data elements must remain frozen at the time of sampling and do not change with data refresh.

HEDIS MY 2021

9.15.2021 PCS Questions Do answers from the Policy Clarification Support system have an expiration date?

We recommend that organizations not use PCS responses that are over 3 years old. If a question relates directly to a measure specification or a general guideline that was revised from a previous measurement year, we recommend resubmitting the question.

HEDIS MY 2022

9.15.2021 PCS Questions Do answers from the Policy Clarification Support system have an expiration date?

We recommend that organizations not use PCS responses that are over 3 years old. If a question relates directly to a measure specification or a general guideline that was revised from a previous measurement year, we recommend resubmitting the question.

HEDIS MY 2021

9.15.2021 Follow-Up After Emergency Department Visit for Substance Use (FUA) It appears that the medication tables for the Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Medications List and the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Medications List needed to identify pharmacotherapy dispensing events in the numerator are not included in the FUA measure. Where can they be found?

The medication tables for the Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Medications List and the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Medications List were inadvertently omitted from the measure specifications. The full medication lists are included in the MY 2022 Medication List Directory (MLD). The medication tables can also be found in the following measures: Follow-Up After High-Intensity Care for Substance Use Disorder, Identification of Alcohol and Other Drug Services, Initiation and Engagement of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse or Dependence Treatment.  

HEDIS MY 2022

9.15.2021 Acute Hospital Utilization, Emergency Department Utilization and Hospitalization for Potentially Preventable Complications When should rounding occur for variance calculations?

The variance should not be rounded until the final step in the calculation. The final variance calculation for reporting should be rounded to four decimal places using the .5 rule. For example, the PPD and PUCD values are truncated to 10 decimal places, multiplied together at the member level and summed across members for the total. Round the total sum to four decimal places.

HEDIS MY 2022

9.15.2021 Acute Hospital Utilization, Emergency Department Utilization and Hospitalization for Potentially Preventable Complications May covariance values be rounded before using them in the variance calculation?

No. Do not round covariance values for use in variance calculations. Member-level PPD and PUCD should be unrounded in covariance and variance calculations, although truncation to 10 decimal points is applied, per the previous step. NCQA intends to evaluate truncation and rounding logic throughout intermediate calculations to ensure consistency and reduce potential bias in a future publication release.

HEDIS MY 2021

9.15.2021 Guidelines for Calculations and Sampling: Hybrid Measures How should exclusions be applied when found during an administrative data refresh for hybrid measures?

Per General Guideline 32, there are two ways to apply exclusions after samples have been pulled and chart review has begun. Because the sample must be reproducible, the members remain in the eligible population but are removed from the sample and reflected in the denominator. Organizations should indicate the exclusions by reporting them as valid data errors. When the population is larger than the MRSS, replace those members with members from the oversample.

Remember that the denominator is used to calculate and report the measure. All exclusions and replacements are reflected in the denominator calculation. The following are examples:

Example 1:
Eligible population = 300
MRSS = 300
Oversample Rate = 0%
Oversample Records Number = 0
Number of valid data errors = 3
Oversample Records Added = 0
Denominator = 297

Example 2:
Eligible population = 5,800
MRSS = 411
Oversample Rate = 5%
Oversample Record Number = 21
Number of valid data errors = 11
Oversample Records Added = 11
Denominator = 411

HEDIS MY 2022