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Quality group proposes 3 new depression measures

February 20, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) measures health plan performance on key indicators. It has defined new measures for 2016, which are open to public comment through March 18, 2015.

Depression Care for Adolescents and Adults

NCQA proposes a set of three measures to assess care for depression for adolescents and adults:

1.     Utilization of the PHQ-9 to Monitor Depression Symptoms for Adolescents and Adults.

2.     Depression Remission, Response or Treatment Adjustment for Adolescents and Adults.

3.     Depression Screening and Follow-up for Adolescents and Adults.

The proposed measures address several significant quality concerns including under-diagnosis, under-treatment and lack of routine outcome monitoring among people with depression. To measure patient-reported outcomes for depression requires NCQA to imagine new methods of HEDIS reporting. As such, the depression measures would have a new reporting methodology to leverage electronic clinical data sources and a phased approach for implementation in HEDIS.

How to Participate in Public Comment

To read and comment on the proposed changes, visit http://www.ncqa.org/HomePage/NCQAPublicComments.aspx. The public comment period begins at 9 AM (ET) on February 18 and ends at 5 PM (ET) on March 18. NCQA will review input from public comment and will publish new and updated measures and guidelines in HEDIS 2016, Volume 2, in summer 2015.