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HEDIS® lessons from the ant and the grasshopper

September 27, 2017

Remember Aesop’s Fables? They may be thousands of years old, but the moral of each tale is just as relevant today. One of the most famous fables, “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” tells of a careful ant that stored up food for the winter. The grasshopper put this task off until the last minute and would have starved during the winter if not for the ant’s help. The moral to the story: “It’s best to prepare for the days of necessity.” 


What does this have to do with HEDIS and quality improvement? Well, although HEDIS submission occurs only once a year, quality departments are steadily increasing the number of prospective data runs they conduct before that final deadline. 


Just like the industrious ant, more than 60 percent of our clients said in a recent poll that they perform at least two prospective runs each year, with some assessing their performance monthly. In fact, Verscend completed more than 200 proactive runs during the first half of 2017 alone—twice as many as we did during all of 2016.


So which is your health plan—the ant or the grasshopper?


Join us for our upcoming webinar featuring quality improvement experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Health First Health Plans, and Quartz Health Solutions, who will share tips for managing their quality improvement projects to achieve their goals.


You’ll learn: 

  • The measures to focus on for optimal return
  • Tips on measurement frequency
  • Best practices to engage, educate, and track members
  • The way downstream processes affect measurement outcomes

You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions of all the experts at the webinar.


We hope to see you Wednesday, October 18, at 1 p.m. ET!

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As director of product marketing, Kenny Bailey focuses on Verscend’s Quality Improvement and Performance Analytics solutions. He brings more than 15 years of healthcare marketing experience to Verscend, having held marketing management and product roles at Intel’s Digital Health Group (later Care Innovations) and Healthways, where he was vice president of product management for Total Population Health. Most recently, Kenny founded his own consulting company focusing on business and go-to-market planning for healthcare technology companies.

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