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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation If during MRR validation, a plan fails two samples, and informs the auditor they corrected the problem, what follow-up items are required to validate that the corrections were appropriate?

The auditor may use one or more methods to validate the chart error corrections. Follow-up actions should include:
· reviewing the error investigation and results
· reviewing policies and procedures to correct the error
· reviewing the corrected sample to ensure the updated numerator counts are correct and performing final hybrid rate review
· re-sampling charts for a new validation

Examples:

1. For the exclusions or data errors in the diabetes measure records, the auditor identified a pattern: she found two cases where the chart reviewer said the members did not have diabetes, but the chart showed that both members had elevated blood sugars and above average HbA1c results. One member had a PCP diagnosis of metabolic syndrome that placed him in the measure. The other member had a diagnosis of insulin resistance. The auditor required the plan to re-review all CDC exclusions and submitted charts for the remaining correct exclusions from the measure. The auditor approved reporting.
2. For the two MRRV samples, there were two errors found _ one in each sample. The auditor required the plan to do an analysis and demonstrate corrective actions.
The plan reported that one abstractor made the errors by incorrectly identifying the prior years CDC eye exams. The plan re-reviewed 100% of that abstractors hits and reversed 12 hits to misses. The plan had originally reported 100 admin hits and 200 hybrid hits for CDC eye exam. Of the 200 hybrid hits, 160 were measurement year eye exams, and 40 were negative retinopathy cases from the prior year. The auditor pulled another sample of 16, found no errors, and confirmed that the reported rate for the measure dropped from 73% to 70% as a result.
The auditor approved reporting.
3. The auditor found four errors in the first sample for AWC. He notified the plan and required them to do an analysis and demonstrate corrective actions. The plan submitted:
· the error investigation and results
· the policies and procedures that corrected the error
· a new sample of 16 that proved to have zero errors

The auditor approved reporting.

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1.16.2013 General Guidelines Can Health plans collect data from charts for a supplemental database and use the results for administrative rates?

Looking at charts is one way to collect data for a supplemental database (note: this activity should be distinguished from and not include chart review activities for the hybrid measures). All data in the supplement database, regardless of how it was collected, should be treated as administrative data. With the exception of standard data sources such as EHRs and state registries, supplemental databases should not be used during chart review for the hybrid measures.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation Can auditors provide plans with the measures selected for over-read earlier than May 1? What if the plan finishes MRR earlier?

The current timeline says that the auditor selects the measures for review on May 1 and not before; however, if the auditor reviews the health plans internal timelines, and finds that the plan expects to finish MRR early, it is acceptable that the auditor send the measure list when all chart review is complete and he has received a final count of numerator hits for each hybrid measure. For example, if the plan finishes all chart chases on April 29 and provides the numerator count lists, the auditor can select the measures for validation and start the process early.

Note: If the auditor allows for an earlier MRRV timeline, the plan may have to adjust other deadlines affected by this change.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation What records are included in Group F (Exclusions)?

MRRV Group F (Exclusions) includes all optional and required exclusions and valid data errors found during medical record review. It does not include records excluded through administrative data or that belong to employees or their dependents. Other hybrid medical record exclusions that should not be reviewed in Group F are exclusions for CBP and the HbA1C Less Than 7% indicator. Because of the large volume, auditors review exclusion rates for these indicators separately. See the instructions in Volume 5, page 65 for reviewing CBP and HbA1c<7%.

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1.16.2013 General Guidelines Should Medicare Advantage (MA) members who elect the hospice benefit and choose to remain enrolled in the MA plan be excluded from MA HEDIS denominators?

No, not for HEDIS 2013 reporting; however, beginning with HEDIS 2014, exclude MA members who elect the hospice benefit available through original Medicare. This change will be in the HEDIS 2014 Volume 2 specifications.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation What happens if a plan doesnt report any measures in a group?

The auditor selects one measure from each measure group that applies to the health plan, and exclusions from the exclusions group. If the plan doesnt report any measures in a particular group, the auditor will use his discretion, based on past performance and current progress, to determine if an additional measure should be selected from a group already used.

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1.16.2013 Medical Record Review Validation If a plan has one failed medical record during MRR validation, and a second sample also fails, do the measure and all the measures in that group receive an NR?

If a plan fails the test – one error in each of two samples – and cannot correct the error and resubmit the correction to the auditor, the plan may not use the Hybrid Method for reporting that measure. The plan can report the administrative rate or report an NR for that measure. The auditor must determine whether the error affects all the other measures in the group and their reportability.

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12.16.2012 Guidelines for Relative Resource Use Measures The table under step 9 on page 350 of the HEDIS 2013 Volume 2 should be used when assigning members to a RRU risk group. This year, the final risk score is rounded to 4 decimal places. In the table, Risk Group 1 is between 0.0000 and 0.2490. Risk Group 2 is between 0.2500 and 0.4990. To which risk group should a member be assigned whose risk score is 0.2495? The score does not fall in either group.

All the last digits of "0" in the table should be replaced with "9" for the upper score. For example, Risk Group 1 should be revised so it is between 0.0000 and 0.2499. A score of 0.2495 should be assigned to group 1.

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12.16.2012 General Guidelines Some cells in the HEDIS 2013 Pharmacy Standard Pricing Table (SPT-Pharm) include dashes (-) instead of prices. Are the dashes equivalent to $0.00?

11.16.2012 Medication Reconciliation Post-Discharge If a member's discharge is followed by a readmission or direct transfer to a nursing home or long term care facility, is the discharge included in the measure's denominator?

If there is evidence that the member remained in the nursing home or long-term care facility through December 1 of the measurement year, the discharge must be excluded from the denominator. If there is evidence that the member was discharged from the nursing home or long term care facility by December 1 of the measurement year, the discharge must be included in the denominator. Organizations may not assume that the member remained in a nursing home or long-term care facility through the end of the measurement year, based solely on the discharge status; there must be a method for identifying the members status for the remainder of the measurement year.

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11.16.2012 Cardiovascular Monitoring for People With Cardiovascular Disease and Schizophrenia The CMC event/diagnosis criteria were revised in the Volume 2 Technical Update to include both facility and professional claims when identifying an AMI or CABG event. Should both facility and professional claims be included when identifying AMI or CABG for the SMC measure?

Yes. Organizations should include AMI and CABG from inpatient claims only, but may use both facility and professional claims to identify these events for HEDIS 2013 reporting.

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11.16.2012 Cardiovascular Monitoring for People With Cardiovascular Disease and Schizophrenia In the Volume 2 Technical Update, the Continuous Enrollment criteria were revised to read "the measurement year and the year prior to the measurement year." Should the Allowable Gap criteria also include the year prior to the measurement year?

Yes. Members should have no more than one gap in enrollment of up to 45 days during each year of continuous enrollment.

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