National Committee for Quality Assurance: Testing The Global Cardiovascular Risk Score

The traditional means of measuring quality in health care focuses on processes, rather than disease outcomes, so providers often are forced to check off boxes without really focusing on the health status of the patients they are treating. These measures aren’t based on the care patients actually received, and they don’t truly capture what every provider can do to prevent bad outcomes.

With support from RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is evaluating a promising way of measuring quality that focuses on improving health outcomes for patients with heart disease and diabetes. Called the Global Cardiovascular Risk Score (GCVR), this new approach is being co-developed by NCQA and Archimedes, Inc., another Pioneer grantee. The GCVR score is seen as a next-generation quality improvement tool that will provide much more accurate and effective incentives to providers for preventing disease.

The GCVR score has the potential to transform how providers, patients and payers view the measurement of health care quality because it will assess how well providers engage in prevention strategies to keep high-risk patients as healthy as possible.


National Committee for Quality Assurance

Washington, DC

Benjamin N. Hamlin, MPH
Director, Performance Measurement, NCQA

Nancy Barrand

Nancy Barrand, senior advisor for program development

Focusing on Prevention

This is an example of a truly disruptive innovation that could really make quality measurement a much more meaningful exercise. It focuses providers on preventing disease and averting bad health outcomes and tells us what works,” says Nancy Barrand, senior advisor for program development for the Pioneer Portfolio.


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A Pioneering Way to Measure Health Care Quality

The GVCR will help purchasers of health care benefits get the best value for their health care dollar. “This particular measure is a very different approach and therefore it could be a game-changer,” says Helen Darling, President of the National Business Group on Health.

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Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of RWJF

A gAme-Changer for Measuring Quality

The GCVR is a game-changer for measuring quality, promoting prevention, and assessing the impact of health care decisions on patient outcomes,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Measuring quality in this way could have major implications for improving patient care and lowering costs because this is focused on preventing adverse health outcomes, not just on care processes or goals, which has been the standard until now.”

Read what People are saying about NCQA...

...In Modern Healthcare: “Its widespread adoption could have a profound impact on healthcare costs"

...In Healthcare Finance News: “The GCVR will help employers choose their health benefits either by comparing providers or the health plans themselves.”

...In Information Week: "This will be the first large-scale test of the GO Score"                             

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