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If you’re in the market for new Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set-related software, check out the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) web site (www.ncqa.org). The Washington, DC-based organization is due to announce certification in December of 10 more vendors who completed the certification process.
To validate vendors’ software, NCQA generates unique sets of sample data, or "test cases," that vendors process using their HEDIS software. NCQA then compares the vendor’s output to the expected results to determine if the software computes HEDIS results correctly.
A vendor’s software receives a final "pass/fail" status for each coded measure. The certification process is voluntary, and successful completion satisfies the source code review component of the audit required as part of the NCQA Accreditation process.
All five vendors that received certification in 2000 are participating again in the program. In addition, five vendors are participating for the first time.
The vendors are: AdvanceMed Corp., Catalyst Technologies, Elytix, LLC, Ingenix Inc., McKesson LLC, The MEDSTAT Group Inc., OAO HealthCare Solutions, Qmark/HEDISHelp, Vector Research Inc., and ViPS Inc.