Each year, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the leader in health care accreditation in the United States, offers a State of Health Care Quality Report which focuses on major healthcare issues, records trends and data over time, and seeks to recommend quality improvements.
Your Doctor’s Immediate Care encourages you to stay up to date on important changes in the healthcare arena; view more details on the report, and watch the NCQA webinar in our post below.
NCQA produces the State of Health Care Quality Report every year to focus on major quality issues the U.S. faces and to support the spread of evidence-based care.
This report documents performance trends over time, tracks variation in care and recommends quality improvements.
The report summarizes the quality and consumer satisfaction results of health plans covering more than 171 million people.
The 25th anniversary of this report has prompted a new direction. This year’s report takes a broader view of key drivers affecting quality:
- Progress on Medicare Star Measures: Star measures that show some of the strongest improvement in this year’s report. On some measures, Medicare performance has overtaken that of Commercial plans.
- Statistically Significant Trends: There’s good news on obesity and mixed results for behavioral health.
- Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA): This recent legislation revises Medicare fee-for-service payment for providers, rewarding value instead of volume. Implications for the quality world could be dramatic.
- The Future of Performance Measurement: The transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value-based payment will require more sophisticated metrics. Priorities include moving from measures of process to measures of outcome, incorporating patient experience and patient-reported outcomes, and adapting how we evaluate cost and resource use.