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Defense Health Agency eyes better analytics

The Defense Health Agency wants better analytics to measure the quality of the health care in the Military Health System and meet requirements in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

Right now DHA uses what it calls a “human resource intensive” process to measure results against a variety of national standards.

In a new sources sought notice, DHA says that the NDAA requires it to look for ways to improve how it evaluates the Tricare program. It is looking for a commercial software solution that can assess performance according the following standards as well as other measures:

  • National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCAQ) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) Measures
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators
  • Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Core Collaborative Measures
  • National Perinatal Information Center (NPIC) Measures
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Measures

DHA wants a better way to collect data and analyze it to take advantage of data visualization and advanced analytics. The agency wants these capabilities to make better decisions and be more effective.

In addition to the software, DHA will need support for data integration and contract management.

DHA wants to take the data it collects and transform into performance measures for providers, provider groups, treatment facilities and other areas.

The logic of the solution will need to be updated frequently to keep up with changing rules, accreditation requirements, and certifications. It also must be able to analyze the impact of changes to the logic.

Responses are due June 9.

Posted by Nick Wakeman on May 10, 2017 at 1:40 PM

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