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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) will take on two activities to support Million Hearts™. One activity will be to shine a spotlight on excellent performance in practices and health plans. For example, NCQA supports a recognition program for physicians who step forward to provide excellent cardiovascular care. This Heart Stroke Recognition program with participation from more than 3,700 physicians across the US assesses key quality performance measures for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke. From this program (and possibly from practices that also participate in the Patient-Centered Medical Home program), NCQA will pick practices and showcase excellent results. The second activity will be to investigate alignment of measures around cardiovascular care. NCQA supports HEDIS a standardized measurement set used for health plans and physicians. We will examine in depth the specifications for our HEDIS measures for prevention of cardiovascular disease and how they compare with the measures used in Million Hearts™.

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