The National Committee for Quality Assurance is updating the standards used in its Physician and Hospital Quality, or PHQ program, which evaluates how health insurers are ranking providers, and has opened the changes to a public-comment period.
The update comes at a time when several organizations use various sets of standards and measurements to determine quality and performance, and the NCQA wants to ensure that the health plans that report that performance are themselves using fair and accurate information, the certification group said in a written statement. Only the physician component of the program is affected by the proposed changes.
The changes open the PHQ program to accredited and nonaccredited health plans in addition to requiring health plans to use nationally endorsed standards on quality, not just cost, in their reporting models, the NCQA said. Participants may submit comments through April 1. Final requirements for the program will be published in July. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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