Health Care Quality Congress by Debra

UDS Presents on Health Care Measures for Home and Community Based Services

United Disabilities Services was inducted onto the faculty to present at the Health Care Quality Congress held in Dallas, Texas this October.  The Quality Congress is an official event held by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  The title of UDS’s educational session was “Merging Social & Medical Models in Home and Community Based Services to fully embrace Person Centered Care through Quality Measures”. The session focused on how to create quality performance measures using a process improvement analysis.  This is an internal process that UDS affectionately refers to as a PIA. Debra Scheidt, the Executive Director of HCBS was the presenter and went on to identify how to track and trend quality measures effectivity and then analyze the data against an original hypothesis to determine next steps for success.  These processes have been widely established in the current UDS quality culture. The outcome has been a decrease in unplanned, preventable hospital admissions for the people they serve.

This conference was designed for the seasoned health care management professional responsible for managing, implementing and assessing the Health Plan Accreditation survey process and those professionals gathering, analyzing or reporting HEDIS data.  Several hundred professionals from as far away as Puerto Rico attended this event.

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service. The Health Care Quality Congress offers attendees the first opportunity after the data is released to ask questions, learn about the latest developments’ in Health Plan Accreditation and HEDIS measures directly from NCQA, and expand their ability to offer high-quality value-based care to their plan members.

Earlier this year, UDS was an early adopter and as such was awarded full accreditation from NCQA on behalf of Care Management For Long Term Services and Supports. UDS has presented on core measures in best practice webinars for NCQA in the past and was a presenter at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) conference. That was held in Baltimore, MD in August of this year. UDS took first place in the “Stories from the Field” competition.  UDS also won the video contest and the submission which illustrated the UDS Mission, was shown at the NASUAD conference.