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12.14.2018 Mental Health Utilization When reporting ED or observation visits the measures states to exclude ED/observation visits that result in an inpatient stay. Should the ED/observation visit be excluded if the inpatient stay does not contain a principal mental health diagnosis?

The intent of excluding ED/observation visits that result in an inpatient stay is to not double count events. For example, an ED visit with a principal mental health diagnosis that resulted in an inpatient stay for a principal diagnosis of mental health is reported only once in the “Inpatient Stay” category. An ED visit with a principal mental health diagnosis that resulted in an inpatient stay with a principal diagnosis for something other than mental health (e.g., heart attack) is reported only once in the “ED” category.

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12.14.2018 Identification of Alcohol and Other Drug Services When reporting ED or observation visits, the measure states to exclude ED/ observation visits that result in an inpatient stay. Should the ED/observation visit be excluded if the inpatient stay does not contain a diagnosis code for alcohol disorder, opioid disorder or other or unspecified drug disorder?

The intent of excluding ED/observation visits that result in an inpatient stay is to not double count events when the diagnosis category is the same for both events. For example, an ED visit for alcohol disorder that resulted in an inpatient stay for alcohol disorder is reported only once in the “Inpatient Stay” category. However, an ED visit for alcohol disorder that resulted in an inpatient stay for opioid disorder is reported in both the ED category (alcohol diagnosis category) and the Inpatient Stay category (opioid diagnosis category). An ED visit for alcohol disorder that resulted in an inpatient stay for something other than an alcohol, opioid or other or unspecified drug disorder (e.g., heart attack) is reported only once in the “ED” category.

HEDIS 2019

12.14.2018 ECDS Who is considered part of the care team?

Any practitioner who provides care to or makes care decisions for or about a member’s care is part of the care team. Please note, if a measure has a practitioner type requirement the services required by the measure must still be performed by the appropriate practitioner type. However, the care team requirement for the data to qualify for ECDS reporting is not restricted by the practitioner type requirement.

HEDIS 2019

12.14.2018 SES Guidelines* To calculate a member’s SES stratification, the instructions say to use the Monthly Membership Detail Data Files (MMDDF) for the measurement year to assess the member’s LIS, DE payment status. We find that in some months, members have multiple rows of data in the MMDDF, which represent adjustments for previous months. What should we do in this situation; is there a better file to use for determining SES?

Because the SES assessment is new and requires files not normally used for NCQA’s measure calculations, we have explored options for reporting members with these scenarios, and we think there are options for these data.
NOTE: NCQA’s Certification program tests one record per member based on the MMDDF.

  • Option 1: If you are using MMDDF and one month has multiple rows for a member with different values in one row or more, sum the values and use the result to compare to the other 3 months. Remember that what is important is whether the number is > 0 or it is < or = 0. See this example:

 

MemberRunDateLisPremiumSubsidy
12018 10 120000.00
12018 10 120035.50
12018 11 080035.50
12018 11 08-0035.50
12018 11 080035.50
12018 12 080035.50

This member is counted as LIS eligible: the sum of October = 35.50, the sum of November = 35.5, and December = 35.50 (all months are >0).

MemberLowIncomePeriodStartDateLowIncomePeriodEndDateLipsPercentagePremiumLisAmountContractYear
12016 09 012016 12 3110036.002016
12017 01 012017 12 3110036.002017
12018 01 01 10035.502018

 
This file clearly shows that the member was LIS eligible for the HEDIS 2019 measurement year (calendar year 2018). If you have access to this file, it may be the easiest, most accurate data to use.
 
NOTES:

  1. If the LowIncomePeriodEndDate is blank, the member is still eligible.
  2. Plans should use a copy of this file from December 2018 or later.

 
*This same FAQ was posted on November 15, 2018 but was updated in the December 2018 FAQ posting. In the above “NOTES” section, it used to read that plans should use a copy of the file from January 2019 or later. This date was corrected to December 2018 or later.
 

HEDIS 2019

12.14.2018 Identification of Alcohol and Other Drug Services and Mental Health Utilization In the “Any Service” category, how should we count members who have had eligible services in different age groups?

Categorize members in the “Any Services” category based on their age as of the first eligible encounter in any service category.

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12.14.2018 ECDS Must a plan be fully integrated to report HEDIS ECDS measures?

No. Although this plan type may have a slight advantage in accessing medical records because of its integrated system, EMRs do not necessarily contain comprehensive information on individuals. Many other data sources qualify as ECDS data sources, and plans are encouraged to utilize every reliable source of member data.

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12.14.2018 ECDS Are EMRs the best data source for HEDIS ECDS measures? Do they contain all the information needed to report the measures?

EMRs are limited in the amount of longitudinal information they contain for any one patient. Many data sources meet ECDS requirements. Plans have access to a wealth of information from across a much larger network than any single provider. ECDS is designed to encourage plans and providers to seek alternative sources of data (already being collected) to fill gaps in knowledge about a person’s health care experiences and future requirements.

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12.14.2018 ECDS Must plans provide direct access of data to providers in order to meet the “data must be accessible to the care team” requirement in the ECDS general guidelines?

No. Plans do not need to be able to populate information directly into a provider EMR to meet this requirement. Plans can meet the requirement if they can provide requested information (phone, secure email, direct feed, provider portal, file request) to providers who are treating their members. Plans should have documented processes for providing information on how this works to be reviewed as part of the audit.

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12.14.2018 ECDS May plans use administrative data (e.g., claims, enrollment) for ECDS reporting?

Yes. Plans may use administrative data to report HEDIS ECDS measures. Administrative data are a relevant data source and are one of four categories of data for ECDS reporting. If a plan’s administrative data files contain all the information it needs for a measure, it does not need additional data.

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11.15.2018 Transitions of Care When reporting Receipt of Discharge Information, if the PCP or ongoing care provider is the discharging provider, are the requirements the same to meet numerator criteria?

Yes. When the PCP or ongoing care provider is the discharging provider, they must document the required discharge information specified in the measure. This must be done in the patient's outpatient medical record on the day of discharge or on the following day.

HEDIS 2019

11.15.2018 Transitions of Care When reporting the Patient Engagement After Inpatient Discharge indicator, if the member is unable to communicate with the provider, does an interaction between the member’s caregiver and the provider meet criteria?

Yes, if the interaction meets criteria based on the measure specifications. The caregiver is not required to be designated as the patient’s legal guardian for the interaction to count toward the measure.  

HEDIS 2019

11.15.2018 General Guidelines Do standard supplemental data files need to contain all data elements required by the hybrid specification, regardless of the method used by the plan to report the measure?

Yes. As stated in General Guideline 30, both standard and nonstandard supplemental data files must contain all data elements required by the hybrid specification, regardless of the reporting method used (administrative or hybrid). However, for HEDIS 2019, NCQA makes an exception for only standard supplemental data files and for only the Adult BMI Assessment (ABA) and Weight Assessment and Counseling for Nutrition and Physical Activity for Children/Adolescents (WCC) measures.

Because the values (height, weight) used to calculate BMI are often stored in EMRs and not included in data extracts, NCQA does not want to penalize plans for not having these data elements in their data files. Auditors may approve standard supplemental data files that include only the date and the BMI value or percentile.

For the WCC nutrition and physical activity counseling indicators, a date of service and an applicable code from the VSD counts as compliant.

NCQA is evaluating the standard supplemental data requirement for all other hybrid measures for HEDIS 2020.

HEDIS 2019