A top player in the health plan quality assessment market is comparing measures it could use to rate the quality of accountable care organization (ACO) programs. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is conducting tests to see what kinds of data ACOs can create and what kinds of quality measures might work well in the real world.
The NCQA hopes to report on the performance of the performance benchmarks through a webinar this fall. The study includes the ACO measures already required by the two big Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ACO programs.
The NCQA is also looking the measures it applies to health maintenance organization (HMO) plans and preferred provider organization (PPO) plans through the HEDIS performance reporting system.