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What is The NCQA?

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance, or NCQA, is an independent non-profit organization that measures provider and health plan quality and offers accreditation to high-performing organizations. NCQA's goals are to promote high-quality care, identify best practices, and help health plans and providers improve patient outcomes. 

NCQA's primary programs include health plan and practice accreditation and the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Their accreditation programs evaluate health plans' quality using clinical and consumer experience measures, including HEDIS and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). NCQA also offers the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition program for health care practices.

What Is NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition Program?

PCMH Recognition evaluates practices to encourage care coordination and stronger relationships between providers and patients. Research has shown that the program can help your practice improve care quality and reduce healthcare spending, and NCQA estimates that over 10,000 practices nationwide have received PCMH Recognition. Many healthcare payers offer financial incentives or other support to encourage pursuing this accreditation. If your practice is interested in PCMH Recognition, TempDev's consultants can help you leverage your NextGen EHR to meet the certification requirements.

What Are NCQA's HEDIS Measures?

NCQA also develops and maintains HEDIS, a commonly-used set of healthcare quality measures. Many healthcare payers, including Medicare Advantage, require practices to collect and report HEDIS measures. HEDIS measures of healthcare effectiveness and utilization require your practice to aggregate and analyze data from your EHR. TempDev has developed a Quality Measures Dashboard Template to help your practice collect, aggregate, and report a range of quality measures, including HEDIS. 

How TempDev Can Help Your Practice with NCQA's HEDIS Measures and PCMH Recognition Program

TempDev's NextGen experts have developed valuable templates to help your practice easily collect and report HEDIS measures. Our consultants can also help your practice prepare for NCQA's PCMH Recognition program and ensure your NextGen system is ready to comply. 

Call us at 888.TEMP.DEV or contact us to get help with HEDIS measures and PCMH Recognition.

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