What You Should Know:
– The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today launched the Race and Ethnicity Stratification Learning Network, a free, interactive, online tool that offers data and best practices to help health plans improve how they collect race and ethnicity data on their enrollees. Improving data collection of race and ethnicity data is vital to improving health equity.
– The data available in this new resource summarize the care of 20 million people enrolled in 14 health plans that reported results on 5 HEDIS measures, stratified by race and ethnicity. Best practices on the site come from NCQA’s qualitative interviews of key staff at the 14 plans that compose the learning network.
About the Race and Ethnicity Stratification Learning Network
The Race and Ethnicity Stratification Learning Network was convened in late-2022 to develop a greater understanding and resources to support the stratification of quality performance data and use of stratified data to advance health equity.
Learning Network findings reflect 101 contracts across Commercial (27%), Medicaid (41%), Medicare (24%), and Exchange (9%) product lines, representing over 19 million covered lives. One participating organization could contribute multiple contracts. Each contract was assigned to a geographic region. Data submissions reflect a measurement period of January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021.
Each participating organization was asked to identify key stakeholders to participate in the interview process. The final list of participants represented a range of roles, including data analytics, quality improvement, accreditation, quality management and improvement.