NCQA State of Health Care Quality Press Briefing

--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA):

WHAT: The debut of the 2011 State of Health Care Quality Report, NCQA's main analysis of the quality of care received by 118 million Americans—two-fifths of the population.

The 2011 report includes NCQA's latest findings about the nation's health care system, notably:

  • PPO performance is catching up with HMO performance.
    For the first time in the 15-year history of this annual study, NCQA publicly compares HMOs and PPOs across all measures of care. HMOs were first to embrace quality improvement, but PPOs are gaining ground.
  • Health plans’ performance has improved substantially over time.
    Insurers’ commitment to measurement, transparency and accountability has made care better over long periods.
  • Encouraging trends in heart-related care provide momentum for the CDC Million Hearts Campaign.
    Million Hearts aims to prevent one million heart attacks in five years. NCQA's data show that this effort has a head start.
  • Opportunities abound to get more value in health care.
    Value includes both quality and cost. With cost increasing at a ruinous rate, getting better value is essential for the nation's fiscal health.

WHO: Guest speakers will be:

  • John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, President and CEO, CDPHP Health Plan
    CDPHP operates the nation's #5 Medicaid plan, #16 Medicare plan and #22 commercial plan, according to NCQA's latest quality rankings of 830 insurers. Among other topics, Dr. Bennett will address how insurers can be quality leaders.
  • Peter Briss, MD, MPH, Medical Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
    Dr. Briss’ insights on quality reflect the CDC’s singular role applying research and findings to improve people's lives and respond to health emergencies.
  • Laurel Pickering, MPH, President & CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health
    Businesses are the main buyers of health care. Historically, the Northeast is home to America's best care. What can firms elsewhere learn from Yankee businesses about demanding and getting better care?
  • John Santa, MD, MPH, Director, Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
    Quality comes down to consumers getting the right care, in the right amount, safely, at the right time—without impoverishing them. Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center has unique influence in commenting on how quality affects people.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Continental breakfast for all attendees will be available at 8:00.

WHERE: Barbara Jordan Center/Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

To participate remotely:

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National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Andy Reynolds, 202-955-3518

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