Death as an Exclusion in HEDIS
NCQA expects plans to disenroll deceased members. Members who died during the continuous enrollment period would not meet the measure’s eligible population criteria (e.g., continuous enrollment and anchor date requirements) and would not be included in the measure denominator. However, a member who meets the continuous enrollment criteria remains in the measure. For example, when reporting the MRP measure, a member who was discharged on July 1 and died on August 1, but enrollment data indicates the member is enrolled in the organization during the continuous enrollment period (the date of discharge through 30 days after discharge) must remain in the measure.
Keep in mind that organizations may not use other data sources (e.g., medical record data) when removing deceased members.