Developing and testing an expanded Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set tobacco measure

The purpose of this project is to develop and field test additional National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) HEDIS (Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set) measures assessing the quality of health plan treatment for tobacco use and addiction. The current survey measure of provider advice to quit was developed with support from the Foundation and implemented in 1996. Strengthening the current tobacco measure to include valid and reliable indices of brief provider assistance to quit (i.e., brief counseling, self-help materials, effective pharmacotherapies as spelled out in the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research smoking cessation clinical practice guidelines) holds enormous potential to boost smoker quit and success rates nationwide. This two-phase project will respond to the NCQA's request for data on the reliability and validity of expanded HEDIS measures to assess the type, frequency, and extent of brief intervention provided by health plans and providers. The project has been designed to provide data on the reliability and validity of new measures to assess the frequency and scope of tobacco cessation assistance provided during routine care.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $178,500.00

Awarded on: 8/24/1999

Time frame: 9/1/1999 - 10/31/2000

Grant Number: 37080


Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute


Nancy H. Vuckovic
Project Director