The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is revising its Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) standardized measures assessing plan performance for 2023. Notably, the 2023 dataset will include a new measure related to diabetes management: the risk-adjusted ratio of observed to expected emergency department visits for hypoglycemia among older adults (aged ≥67 years) with diabetes.
This measure reflects a key component of health plan quality pertaining to the management of diabetes, since older adults are more likely to experience severe hypoglycemia, potentially leading to several adverse outcomes: fall-related events and fractures, increased risk of cardiovascular events, and cognitive decline. Similarly, prevailing clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of older adults with diabetes emphasize the prevention of hypoglycemia as an important outcome. The new HEDIS measure provides an opportunity for health plans to identify older members with diabetes who are at highest risk of hypoglycemia and implement preventive interventions and more intensive management.