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Top Health Plans Excel in Preventive Care, Chronic Disease Management

September 24, 2018 - Health plans that offered high-quality preventive care and comprehensive chronic disease management received top marks in the latest health plan rankings from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA ranks health plans in three major performance domains including preventive care, chronic disease management, and consumer satisfaction. Plans earn an overall score as well...


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Da Vinci Project Connects Payers, Providers, FHIR for Value-Based Care

by Thomas Beaton

Payer and provider members of the Da Vinci Project are undertaking a series of pilot projects exploring how to best leverage FHIR for data exchange to enhance value-based care. “Da Vinci is a collective initiative of concerned,...

Using a Commercial Shared Savings Program to Reduce Care Costs

by Thomas Beaton

A commercial shared savings program equipped with the right leadership, clinical insights, and comprehensive care strategies can help payers save significantly on healthcare costs and produce exceptional beneficiary outcomes. In order to...

How Payers Can Succeed Under Updated 2019 HEDIS Measures

by Thomas Beaton

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) provides 90 percent of America’s health plans with the ability to directly compare performance across the national stage.   Currently, the HEDIS set contains 92...

NCQA Updates, Adds HEDIS Performance Measures for Plan Year 2019

by Thomas Beaton

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released updates to its HEDIS performance measures for plan year 2019. The refresh includes several new measures to guide population health management initiatives, as well....

Quality Analytics, Risk Adjustment Tools Prep Payers for Success

by Thomas Beaton

Quality analytics and risk adjustment technologies are effective solutions for payers when these tools can structure claims and clinical information into actionable models, identify multiple risk indicators, and foster provider...

Improving Health Plan Customer Service Through Technology

by Thomas Beaton

High quality health plan customer service is critical for payers who want to create meaningful, positive beneficiary interactions. Customer service plays several important roles for health plans.  In addition to the stand-alone goal...

Patient, Provider Engagement Drives High Health Plan Performance

by Thomas Beaton

Health plan performance, and how to improve it, is always an issue at the forefront of payers’ minds.  While payers have engaged in several strategies in the past aimed at improving clinical quality, reducing costs, and boosting...

Payer Input is Key for High Performance Provider Networks

by Thomas Beaton

Payer input is critical for developing high performance networks (HPNs) that are efficient and cost-effective while delivering high quality care, says the Academy of Actuaries in a new report.   HPNs are narrow provider networks...

Top 10 Highest Performing Medicare, Medicaid Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

The top-performing Medicare and Medicaid health plans for the 2017-18 plan year earned exceptional quality scores based on the plans’ customer satisfaction, preventive care, and treatment outcomes of beneficiaries, according to the...

Top 10 Highest Performing Commercial Health Plans

by Thomas Beaton

The top performing commercial health plans in the US for 2017-18 exceeded expectations for customer satisfaction, preventive care, and outcomes of their beneficiaries, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA...

How Process, Outcome Measures Contribute to Population Health

by Thomas Beaton

Payers rely on process and outcome quality measures to communicate healthcare performance to new and current beneficiaries. Quality measurements such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) are some of...

How HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, CQMs Impact Healthcare Payers

by Thomas Beaton

Quality performance metrics such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) can give consumers an objective indication of healthcare payer quality. Standardized quality measures aggregate how well a payer...

CMS Uses Gender, Race For Quality of Care Medicare Study

by Jesse Migneault

The CMS office of Minority Health released a report with data on the quality of care received by Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees by gender in four ethnic or racial categories.  The data generated by these reports was not used to...

How to Develop HEDIS Quality Measures for Pediatric Care

by Vera Gruessner

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced yesterday on its website that it will be partnering with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to connect quality metrics to the interests of children and pediatric care. The National Quality...

How to Reduce Obesity Rates, Increase HEDIS Quality Scores

by Vera Gruessner

When attempting to improve provider performance on HEDIS quality scores, healthcare payers may need to pick and choose the quality measures that could be realistically raised. For example, childhood obesity may be one of the most common...

Cigna’s Key Principles for Healthcare Quality Measures

by Vera Gruessner

Cigna is one national health insurance company that has moved forward with creating successful healthcare quality measures for their provider networks. The company uses national standards along with physician feedback when creating its...

4 Key Ways Payers Could Reach HEDIS Score Thresholds

by Vera Gruessner

Health payers looking to increase consumer satisfaction and member retention may need to reach care quality metrics and HEDIS measures. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is responsible for many aspects of HEDIS measures...

Top 10 Healthcare Insurance Headlines from 2016 Involve Value

by Vera Gruessner

Over the last year, the medical insurance industry has undergone a variety of changes and overcame challenges as the space transitioned to value-based care. Below we outline ten of the most influential healthcare insurance headlines from...

Top 3 Trends Affecting the Health Insurance Market in 2016

by Vera Gruessner

Looking back at 2016, there were a number of different trends that continued to impact the health insurance market. The Triple Aim of Healthcare continues to be a major part of the ongoing reforms and trends throughout the insurance...

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