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New HEDIS Measures for 2018 Announced

Posted by David Morris on Feb 9, 2018 3:36:16 PM

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Performance levels are fast becoming the new currency in healthcare. After all, quality scores are the primary way that plans are rated for quality care delivery and billions of dollars in reimbursements hinge on quality ratings.

As the most widely leveraged performance measure set, HEDIS tracks important dimensions of quality care and service. Under the shift to delivering quality and better outcomes, measuring value is a critical component of care. However, care gaps emerge in challenging populations such as Medicare and Medicaid and in Commercial populations as well. Closing gaps requires comprehensive planning and approaches.

With seven new HEDIS measures for 2018, it is an ideal time to assess your preparedness. In addition to the new measures, there are changes to four existing measures and two cross-cutting topics that address issues across multiple measures. At a minimum, your chosen quality improvement solution should help you:

  • Meet year-round quality rating goals
  • Identify and segment at-risk members for intervention or prevention
  • Use the best communication mix to engage members
  • Remove complex compliance barriers
  • Refer physicians and schedule appointments
  • Provide clinical support immediately

As more health plans implement quality improvement programs, minimizing burdens and closing care gaps is the goal with better tools and solutions for streamlining reporting.

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David Morris

Written by David Morris

David Morris serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Citra Health Solutions with oversight of all commercial efforts, including Market Strategy, Sales, Marketing and Account Management. With over 25 years of executive leadership experience at blue chip companies throughout the healthcare ecosystem, David drives client success across the value-based healthcare landscape by addressing the technology and service needs of the Payer, Provider, Employer, Pharma and Retail markets. Prior to joining Citra, David held key leadership roles as Chief Revenue Officer with Eliza Corporation (acquired by HMS Holdings), Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services with Bupa Health Dialog (acquired by Rite Aid), National Vice President of Healthcare for SAP America, IMS Health, Baxter and George Washington University (GWU) Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University’s School of Government and Business Administration and now resides in Boston, MA with his wife Karen and their two retrievers. David and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with their three grown children.

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