New Report: NCQA State of Health Care Quality 2012

Earlier this week, the National Committee for Quality Assurance released its annual State of Health Care Quality Report for 2012.

The report synthesizes quality data collected by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data Set (HEDIS®), one of the industry’s most widely-used performance improvement tools, according to NCQA’s press release.

The report finds that clinicians are placing increased emphasis on health and wellness promotion, and particularly on fighting obesity. The Adult Body Mass Index Assessment – a HEDIS® measure released in 2009 – was the most improved measure in 2012 of more than 40 quality measures.

The greatest gains were seen among Medicare plans, with an increase of 18 percentage points for HMOs and almost 26 percentage points for PPOs.

Medicare Advantage plans also had larger overall improvements than commercial or Medicaid plans, the report found.

View the entire report for a summary of significant changes in HEDIS® and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) measures, as well as an overall assessment of health plan performance on each HEDIS® measure.