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The National Committee for Quality Assurance Released New Quality Measures for 2019

Posted on September 28, 2018

The National Committee for Quality Assurance Released New Quality Measures for 2019

Just when you think you’ve finally got an understanding of the HEIDS quality measures, the National Committee for Quality Assurance goes ahead and changes them. Just like that, it’s back to “school” to learn how those changes affect you. Recently, the National Committee for Quality Assurance released the updated HEDIS quality measures for 2019 and that means it is again time for a refresher course. HEDIS Nurses is here to bring you a breakdown of the new HEDIS quality measure for 2019. The following four measures are aimed at addressing emerging health priorities and helping to evolve the care delivery process.

Hospitalization Following Discharge From a Skilled Nursing Facility

Due to a growing number of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries requiring skilled nursing services, the NCQA has come to the conclusion that there is no adequate measure to assess the outcome coordination of providers and services. This is a vulnerable population and this new measure is aimed at addressing how successful the transition is to the community from a skilled nursing facility. This quality measure looks at the percentage of skilled nursing home discharges to the community that results in hospitalization that is unplanned within 30 to 60 days.

Risk of Continued Opioid Use

Opioid use continues to be an issue and noncancer use of opioids for pain is associated with an increased risk of opioid use disorder. This measure is aimed at addressing members with ah new episode of opioid use who are dispensed opioids for a period of time that puts them into a category of risk for increased risk of continuing usage.

Prenatal Immunization Status

This tracks the percentage of deliveries on or after thirty-seven weeks when women received influenza and diptheria and Tdap vaccinations. It is used to assess how important prenatal vaccines are administered.

Adult Immunization Status

This measure is intended to assess vaccinations that are routine for all adults. It is the percentage of adults that are 19 years of age or older that are up to date on all of the recommended vaccinations. These include influenza, diptheria, tetanus, Tdap, herpes, and pneumococcal.

Do you need assistance with your HEDIS tasks?

We get it. Keeping track of the ever-changing and updating HEDIS quality measures and timelines is no easy feat. Thankfully, HEDIS Nurses keeps track of the updates and changes for you. In fact, we can also assist with your HEDIS projects and tasks to make things even easier. We can handle any size workload, from assisting you with chart abstractions to full outsourcing of your HEDIS work. Whatever you need, we can take care of. Our team of quality nurses is skilled and experienced, ready and willing to assist when you need them. To learn more, contact us at 877-328-2343 or visit us on the web at HEDIS Nurses.