Posted on: October 14, 2020

Health plans can use Hixny data in Healthcare and Efficiency Data Information Set (HEDIS®) quality reporting.

ALBANY, NEW YORK. October 9, 2020—Hixny announced today that it has received the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)’s Data Aggregator Validation (DAV) Status of Validated with Exception, which will make quality reporting more efficient for both participating health plans and contributing healthcare providers.

NCQA’s DAV program is a voluntary review process that was designed to address feedback received from health plans, vendors and government agencies concerned about improving streamlined access to clinical health data for use in Healthcare and Efficiency Data Information Set (HEDIS)® performance rates. The program ensures that NCQA’s DAV standards and protocols are met and validate that the data provided from the original source accurately reflect the data reported by the aggregator.

Validation demonstrates that Hixny meets these standards and protocols for data quality. As a result, health plans can leverage the data available through the health information network as standard supplemental data or abstracted medical records to meet HEDIS® quality reporting requirements.

“This is a tremendous step toward involving the entire healthcare community in using Hixny,” said Hixny CEO Mark McKinney. “NCQA validation for Hixny will significantly reduce the time and expense that, to this point, health plans have needed to invest in verifying the accuracy of data from aggregators like Hixny against the original data held by primary sources—healthcare providers.”

Through the DAV program, data being contributed and reported through Hixny is automatically checked at the point of input and output, eliminating the need for health plans and auditors to check this manually during their annual HEDIS audit.

This efficiency encourages health plans to work with data from Hixny, while preventing the disruption of provider operations with numerous requests for medical records from auditors representing multiple health plans.

About Hixny

Hixny is the nonprofit electronic health information network (HIN) serving Eastern New York and parts of Vermont. Its secure technology allows healthcare consumers and providers to access health records in real time, ensuring providers have the details they need to provide high-quality care and empowering patients to become more active participants in their own care. Hixny facilitates collaboration, helping establish the foundation of effective population- and community-level health initiatives. Hixny is a nationally recognized leader in HIE technology innovation.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

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