NCQA Updates Quality Measures for 

HEDIS® 2018 Webinar

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM ET

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released the new technical specifications for the 2018 edition of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Fill out the form below to register for the webinar.

The new HEDIS technical specifications include seven new measures, changes to four existing measures and two cross-cutting topics that address issues across multiple measures.  

New measures and changes follow a rigorous development process that ensures they are relevant, scientifically sound and feasible for implementation. Mindful of stakeholder feedback, NCQA seeks to introduce new measures only where needed and improve measures only when appropriate. Our NCQA leadership team will walk through the changes and discuss the importance of the new measurements. Questions are welcome. You must log into your Gmail/YouTube account in order to ask questions during the webinar.

For more information, refer to the full measure specifications in HEDIS® 2018 Volume 2: Technical Specifications for Health Plans. HEDIS publications are available in print and electronically. To order, call 888-275-7585 or visit the NCQA Publications website at store.ncqa.org.

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Mary Barton, Vice President Research & Performance Measurement, NCQA

Dr. Mary Barton, oversees the development, use and maintenance of techniques NCQA uses to evaluate health care quality. She ensures the scientific integrity of NCQA measurement and research. She also leads NCQA in winning and executing health care quality measurement contracts for federal and state governments. Prior to NCQA, Barton worked for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), where she was the scientific director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). She supported and provided oversight for the methodological, evidence review and recommendation-making work of the USPSTF.

Lisa Slattery, Vice President, Accreditation and Recognition Operations

Lisa Slattery oversees the growth and delivery of all NCQA evaluation programs, including Health Plan Accreditation and PCMH Recognition. “With the shift from pay for volume to pay for outcomes and efficiency, the conversations around what defines true quality health care have become more crucial than ever before.” 

She comes to NCQA from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, where she was vice president, Enterprise Quality, and directed corporate clinical quality strategy across the commercial, Medicaid and Medicare lines of business. Previously, Slattery held senior quality roles at Health First, where she led her teams through NCQA Accreditation.

NCQA Webinar Leadership Team

Raena Akin-Deko, Assistant Vice President, Product Development

Raena Akin-Deko leads activities to develop products that evaluate health care organizations to drive improvement in clinical quality, patient experience, and the cost of care. She is responsible for directing the work of the Product Development department and coordinating with other functional units to build new products and to extend existing products into new markets. Activities include product design, research, analysis, consultation, meeting facilitation, and measure development. Raena directs the activities that develop standards for health plans, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and population health management organizations to name few.

Matt Brock, Director of Communications

Matt Brock is the Director of Communications at NCQA. After more than two decades working in broadcast journalism, Matt now leads NCQA's efforts to develop unique content that engages and informs consumers as well as providers, plans and policymakers via this blog, our website, NCQA.org and numerous social media platforms. Matt's goal is to educate consumers and to direct them to the best resources when considering quality in their health care decisions.

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