The nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance has revised quality measures for health plans in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) for measurement year 2023. NCQA has added race/ethnicity stratifications and made revisions to acknowledge and affirm member gender identity.
Collecting race and ethnicity data is key to improving health disparities, NCQA said. Better transparency into health plan performance by race and ethnicity will aid the illumination and investigation of care gaps and inequitable care so that the industry can learn from top performers. To identify and reduce disparities in care, NCQA has added race and ethnicity stratifications to eight HEDIS measures.