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National Committee for Quality Assurance Certifies McKesson's HEDIS Reporting Software for Third Year
NEWTON, Mass., Feb 12, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- McKesson Corporation announced
today that CareEnhance(TM) HealthPlan Reporter(TM) version 5.1.1 was certified
by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for HEDIS(R) 2003. It is
the third consecutive year the McKesson product has undergone automated testing
to attain NCQA HEDIS Software Certification(SM), a program that validates then
certifies software that uses health plan data to calculate HEDIS results.
McKesson's CareEnhance HealthPlan Reporter software application is the leading
product used by health plans to manage the Health Plan Employer Data and
Information Set (HEDIS) reporting process.
NCQA updates specifications for HEDIS reporting annually, and requires
verification that HEDIS reporting software offered by vendors produces results
that are consistent with those specifications. NCQA's Software Certification
program, which is voluntary, streamlines the process for health plans by
replacing an auditor's manual inspection of a vendor's source code.
CareEnhance HealthPlan Reporter is a component of McKesson's CareEnhance
Resource Management Software (CRMS(TM)), a business intelligence tool that
integrates clinical and financial information to help measure and improve care
delivery. HealthPlan Reporter was 100 percent certified--all measures
passed--for the third year in a row.
"We value McKesson's participation in our HEDIS related programs," said Alisa
Ray, NCQA's assistant vice president of certification and information products.
"In addition to taking part in software certification since its inception and
serving as a beta partner last year, they contribute their expertise and
experience as ongoing members of our pharmacy review panel."
According to Dr. Paul Steen, vice president of product management and clinical
development for McKesson CareEnhance Products, it's all part of a broader
strategy. "McKesson's goal is to help our clients achieve success with their
HEDIS processes, and do it as efficiently and economically as possible. NCQA
software certification for HealthPlan Reporter means less time and cost for
clients. We also recently formed a partnership with FMG Technologies to
integrate its handheld data collection software with HealthPlan Reporter to make
HEDIS(R) chart reviews less resource intensive and more accurate at the same
NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to measuring the
quality of America's health care, whose mission is to provide information that
enables purchasers and consumers of managed health care to distinguish among
plans based on quality, thereby allowing them to make more informed decisions.
About McKesson Corporation
McKesson Corporation is the leading provider of supply, information and care
management products and services designed to reduce costs and improve quality
across healthcare. Founded in 1833, with annual revenues of more than US$50
billion, McKesson ranks as the 31st largest industrial company in the United
States. The McKesson Health Solutions business unit offers integrated
technologies and services for the payor, provider and pharmaceutical
manufacturer markets. The CareEnhance(TM) Products division supplies workflow
technology that facilitates case, disease and utilization management; business
intelligence tools for measuring, reporting, and improving clinical and
financial performance; and InterQual(R) Criteria for clinical decision support.
The CareEnhance(TM) Services division provides call center and online programs
for disease management, nurse triage, early identification and referrals. The
Specialty Pharmaceutical division supplies multiple channels with services for
specialty product dispensing, reimbursement, patient support and compliance, and
HEDIS(R) is a registered trademark of NCQA.
HEDIS Software Certification(SM) is a service mark of NCQA.
McKesson CareEnhance Products
Marian Mostovy, 800/522-6780 ext. 2859