About the Clinical Quality Report

One way of measuring quality in primary care is by looking at the care that a doctor gives to each patient, and comparing it with a set of national standards. The standards—called clinical quality measures—tell us what high-quality health care should look like in a doctors' office. Comparing doctors to these standards shows us how consistently each doctor delivers care to patients.

 

When you search for doctors' offices on this website, you can compare how well each office performed on 9 clinical quality measures for adult primary care, and 7 for pediatric primary care.

 

Having this information can help you make a more informed choice when choosing a doctors’ office. You also can use it to improve the quality of your own health care. Doctors also use this information to know how they can make the care they give even better.

 

The health topics in this resource section relate directly to the clinical quality measures this website reports on. The clinical quality measures reported on this site were developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care in America. Doctors’ offices, hospitals, and most other health care organizations around the country use these same measures to track the quality of care they are providing. 

What is the Clinical Quality Report?

The Clinical Quality Report has information about the quality of health care given to patients in Massachusetts. This includes preventive care services (such as cancer screenings or children's well visits) and chronic disease care (such as asthma or diabetes care). Healthcare Compass has results on clinical quality care for over 500 doctors' offices in Massachusetts. This report comes from data that were collected in 2018. The patients included in this report have commercial insurance. This report does not include information for patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

How did MHQP select clinical quality measures to report?

MHQP is using Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) quality measures that were developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). These measures are evidence-based (researched) and are used across the United States for measuring health care quality in doctors' offices. These measures are used with NCQA’s permission, and HEDIS® benchmarks* were created independently by MHQP. 

 

HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Was my doctors' office included in this report?

To be included in this report:

What measures are reported?

Clinical quality measures for adult primary care:

Asthma Care

Medicine Use for People with Asthma (Ages 5-64)
Why measuring asthma medication use is important:

Behavioral Health

Long-term Medicine for Depression

Why measuring long-term use of medicine for depression is important:

Diabetes Care for Adults

Blood Sugar (HbA1C) Screening Test

Why measuring diabetes care is important:

Tests to Monitor Kidney Disease

Why measuring diabetes care is important:

Diagnostic and Preventive Care

Cervical Cancer Screening (Ages 21 to 64)
Why screening for cervical cancer with a Pap test is important:

Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests (Ages 50 to 75)
Why measuring colorectal cancer screening tests is important:

Using Imaging Tests for Lower Back Pain Only When Appropriate
Why measuring use of imaging tests for lower back pain is important:

Women's Health

Breast Cancer Screening (Ages 50 to 74)
Why screening for breast cancer with a mammogram is important:

Chlamydia Screening (Ages 21 to 24)
Why getting tested for chlamydia is important:

Clinical quality measures for pediatric primary care:

Asthma Care

Medicine Use for People with Asthma (Ages 5-64)

Why measuring asthma medication use is important:

Pediatric Medications and Testing

Correct Antibiotic Use for Upper Respiratory Infections
Why measuring if antibiotics are correctly used for upper respiratory infections is important:

Correct Testing for Strep Throat
Why measuring correct testing for strep throat is important:

Well-Child Visits

Well Visits for Children 0 to 15 Months of Age

Why measuring if children have well visits is important:

Well Visits for Children Ages 3 to 6

Why measuring if children have well visits is important:

Well Visits for Adolescents Ages 12 to 21

Why measuring if children have well visits is important:

Women's Health

Chlamydia Screening (Ages 16 to 20)

Why getting tested for chlamydia is important:

 


 

* Massachusetts HEDIS® Measure Benchmarks Disclaimer

 

The Massachusetts HEDIS® Benchmarks were created independently by MHQP.  The Massachusetts HEDIS® benchmarks stem from HEDIS® rates that have been audited and approved by a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-certified HEDIS® Compliance Auditor. HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

 

NCQA has granted MHQP permission to create and display the Massachusetts HEDIS® Benchmarks. The creation, display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion based on the Massachusetts HEDIS® Benchmarks is solely that of MHQP, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such display, analysis, interpretation, or conclusion.