Protocol - Substance Abuse Treatment Quality
The protocol is based on extracting data for the initiation and engagement of alcohol and other drug dependence treatment measure in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) 2009 and 2010 using the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Quality Compass tool. Researchers can then use this tool to obtain quality performance data for enhanced analysis and research on treatment services in specific communities.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Quality Compass is a proprietary instrument. A fee must be paid to NCQA to gain access to the data.
Quality Compass is an indispensable tool for examining quality improvement and benchmarking plan performance.
Researchers are able to generate custom reports by selecting measures and benchmarks for up to 3 years of trended data. Results are offered in table or graph format.
This option features downloads, custom-built reports as well as the complete All-Measure Download directly from the online tool into spreadsheets for enhanced analysis and research opportunities. Also included with the Data Exporter are confidence intervals.
This is a set of measures based on records of services received and is designed to describe how well a system of care or insurance plan is providing substance abuse treatment.
- Identification Rate is defined as the number of individuals identified as needing substance treatment divided by the number in the eligible population in the past year.
- Initiation Rate is defined as the number of individuals who are admitted to treatment (or receive subsequent substance abuse treatment service) within 14 days of initial assessment divided by the number identified within the past year.
- Engagement Rate is the percent of individuals who received two additional services within 30 days divided by the number of people initiating treatment within the past year.
- Continuing Care Rate is the percent of people who initiate outpatient treatment within 14 days after discharge from residential treatment.
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Personnel and Training Required
Knowledge of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Quality Compass. The data need to be analyzed in order to interpret the data.
Access to a desktop/laptop computer with Internet access to download raw data. Statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS) for data manipulation.
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||No|
Mode of Administration
Secondary Data Analysis
Infant, Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult, Senior, Pregnancy
Not applicable: Derived from publicly available secondary data
The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is used by 90% of U.S. health plans to measure health care. Over the past 20 years, the National Committee for Quality Assurance has been developing, testing, implementing, and refining these HEDIS performance measures. The indicators are widely used by researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and consumers in analyzing health care delivery. Every 3 years, HEDIS measures are reviewed against evidence-based guidelines. HEDIS measures can also be derived by state-level data on publicly funded treatment and/or from specific providers.
The protocol text includes the substance abuse treatment performance measures developed by the Washington Circle Group (WCG).
|Common Data Elements (CDE)||Substance use Treatment Quality Assessment Description Text||3373326||CDE Browser|
|Human Phenotype Ontology||Addictive behavior||HP:0030858||HPO|
Process and Review
The Quality Compass is a proprietary instrument and be obtained through:
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Department 4038
Washington, DC 20042-4038
Dennis, M. L., Ives, M. L., White, M. K., & Muck, R. D. (2008). The Strengthening Communities for Youth (SCY) initiative: A cluster analysis of the services received, their correlates and how they are associated with outcomes. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 40(1), 3-16.
Garner, B. R., Godley, M. D., Funk, R. R., Lee, M. T., & Garnick, D. W. (2010). The Washington Circle continuity of care performance measure: Predictive validity with adolescents discharged from residential treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, 3-11.
Garnick, D. W., Lee, M. T., Horgan, C., Acevedo, A., Botticelli, M., Clark, S., Davis, S., Gallati, R., Haberlin, K., Hanchett, A., Lambert, D., Leeper, T., Siemianowski, J., & Tikoo, M. (2011). Lessons from five states: Public sector use of the Washington Circle performance measures. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40, 241-254.
Ives, M. L., Chan, Y. F., Modisett, K. C., & Dennis, M. L. (2010). Characteristics, needs, services, and outcomes of youths in juvenile treatment drug courts as compared to adolescent outpatient treatment. Drug Court Review, 7(1), 10-56. Retrieved from http://www.ndci.org/publications/publication-resources/national-drug-court-institute-review
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Substance Abuse Treatment Quality
February 24, 2012
A measure of the quality of treatment services, based on data from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS).
Using the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) tool, this measure examines the initiation and engagement of alcohol and other drug dependence treatment.
Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, HEDIS, National Committee for Quality Assurance, NCQA, Treatment quality, Treatment performance, Alcohol treatment, Drug dependence treatment, Washington Circle Group, WCG, SAA, Substance Use-related Community Factors, proprietary