NU Online News Service, Feb. 22, 2005, 3:10 p.m. EST
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, Washington, is beefing up standards that discourage doctors from prescribing too much medicine with too little oversight.[@@]
The NCQA, a nonprofit health plan rating group, is seeking public comments on a draft of its 2006 Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set standards.
The first versions of HEDIS asked health maintenance organizations and other health plans about patients’ access and use of the right kinds of care.
In recent years, HEDIS has expanded to include measures of over-use or misuse of certain kinds of care.
Some of the new measures proposed in the 2006 draft include measures to assess whether doctors are doing enough to monitor patients who have certain kinds of long-term prescriptions.