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National Association of Local Boards of Health Profiles IMPAQ International’s Work on the Medicare Data Sharing Program

Columbia, Maryland

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April 01, 2013

IMPAQ International’s ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Data Sharing Program was recently profiled in the National Association of Local Boards of Health’s (NALBOH) quarterly newsletter, the NALBOH NEWSBRIEF.

The Medicare Data Sharing Program, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, makes Medicare fee-for-service and Part D prescription drug event claims data available, under strict privacy requirements, to organizations qualified to handle Medicare data and maintain patient privacy protection.

These organizations, called Qualified Entities (QEs), will combine Medicare data with other payer sources of claims data to create provider performance reports that individuals, consumer groups, employers and providers can use to make informed decisions regarding the quality and cost of their health care.

Authored by Shanise DeMar, IMPAQ Senior Analyst, the profile highlights IMPAQ’s role as the lead organization providing implementation support to CMS for the Qualified Entity Certification Program (QECP), the certification arm of the Medicare Data Sharing Program.

The QECP ensures QEs have adequate policies and processes in place to support transparency and fairness in public reporting, while maintaining privacy and protecting beneficiary data, through the development and implementation of a formal certification process. Led by Dr. Sally Turbyville, IMPAQ’s Quality of Care/Performance Measurement Practice Area Lead and QECP Senior Program Director, the program also includes ongoing monitoring to verify compliance throughout all stages of QE participation in the program.

At the time of this publication, six organizations have received certification through the QECP:

The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, the Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation, New Mexico’sHealthInsight, and the California Healthcare Performance Information System.

Together with key partners — The National Committee for Quality Assurance, NORC at the University of Chicago, and General Dynamics Information Technology —the IMPAQ team is proud to be involved in the program, as this demonstrates IMPAQ’s commitment to helping government, the private sector, and the public tackle important issues and make decisions that positively improve the lives of people across the globe.

A copy of the article can be found here.

To learn more about the Medicare Data Sharing Program, please visit www.qemedicaredata.org. More information on IMPAQ’s role in this program and in other innovative public policy initiatives can be obtained by visiting the company’s website, www.impaqint.com, or following IMPAQ on Twitter (@impaqint).