The National Committee for Quality Assurance is seeking public comment on several new and revised measures to be included in the next version of their Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), a widely used tool to measure healthcare performance. The tool is updated as needed to support the latest scientific evidence about what works in healthcare.
This year, two new measures address the potential overuse of prostate and colorectal cancer screenings. Among the new science being taken into consideration are the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer, which suggest the risks might outweigh the benefits, as well as the USPSTF recommendations against screening for colorectal cancer in adults over age 85 who are not at high risk. The NCQA also notes the American Urological Association recommendations against routine PSA-based screenings in men 70 years and older who are not at high risk.