National Committee for Quality Assurance
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States that works to improve health care quality through the administration of evidence-based standards, measures, programs, and accreditation. The private, nonprofit organization operates on a formula of measure, analyze, and improve. And it aims to build consensus across the industry by working with policymakers, employers, doctors, and patients, as well as health plans.
The NCQA was established in 1990 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
NCQA manages voluntary accreditation programs for individual physicians, health plans, and medical groups. It offers dedicated programs targeting vendor certification, software Certification, and compliance auditing. Health plans seek accreditation and measure performance through the administration and submission of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. NCQA provides an evidence-based program for case-management accreditation available for uses in payer, provider, and community-based organizations.
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