Azara Healthcare customers have the confidence in knowing that our products meet the most rigorous healthcare IT standards. These standards enable organizations to participate in quality reporting and incentive programs, exchange and secure health information and succeed in value-based care. Details are provided below on Meaningful Use, PCMH, and HITRUST certifications.
Supporting NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation program to ensure data accuracy and integrity
Burlington, MA - February 15, 2022
Azara Healthcare, a leading provider of population health solutions, is pleased to announce that it has earned Certified Data Stream status for NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation Program from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA Data Aggregator Validation program evaluates clinical data streams to help ensure that health plans, providers, government organizations and others can trust the accuracy of aggregated clinical data for use in Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) reporting and other quality programs. A Certified Data Stream has demonstrated capabilities to support data stream validation.
“NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation program helps identify clinical data that can be trusted and sets a high bar for how the data are managed,” said NCQA President, Margaret E. O’Kane. “We are excited that organizations like Azara Healthcare are working to improve trust in clinical data and help ensure the data’s accuracy and broader usability.”
The Data Aggregator Validation program assesses two sets of standards looking at the ingestion, data management and output of clinical data:
“We are very excited about Azara’s Certified Data Stream Status within NCQA’s Data Aggregator Validation Program,” said Sam Joseph, Sr. Vice President, Population Health at the Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Health+. “The ability of Azara DRVS to send standard supplemental data to the payer partners of our member FQHCs is critical to the long-term success of our members in their value-based, managed care contracts.”
NCQA validates one or more clusters of clinical data that are ingested, processed and ultimately output as CCD files. NCQA evaluates data streams from the point of ingestion through output of CCD files, ensuring that standards and protocols are met and that the data provided from the original source accurately reflects that reported for use as standard supplemental data for HEDIS® or for other quality programs.
“We are proud to support NCQA’s efforts to provide accurate data to our customers so they can effectively fulfill HEDIS® reporting requirements and focus energy where it will have the greatest impact,” said Jeff Brandes, Azara’s CEO. “Becoming a Certified Data Stream is a testament to Azara’s commitment to maintaining the highest data quality standards as well as the unrelenting dedication of our team.”
Azara Healthcare is one of 12 organizations that validated data streams or earned Certified Data Stream status as part of NCQA’s first program cohort, which began validation review in July 2021.
> View the Data Aggregator Validation Directory
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA Accredits and Certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also Recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices. NCQA can also be found on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.
HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
Burlington, MA - September 21, 2021
Azara Healthcare, a leading provider of population health solutions, announced today that it has received certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 35 HEDIS® Measure Year (MY) 2021 Health Plan and Allowable Adjustments Measures.
HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness and Data Information Set) measures, as established by the NCQA, are used to evaluate health plans’ clinical quality and customer service. More than 191 million people are enrolled in plans that report HEDIS results, which includes measures for physicians, Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and other organizations, making it one of healthcare’s most widely used performance improvement tools. Certification validates Azara Healthcare’s quality measures in their calculation of measure performance and care gap reporting.
Certification of these 35 HEDIS measures span the following domains:
Azara solutions empower healthcare providers to track HEDIS performance, identify care gaps, and implement intervention models that can proactively improve the health of their population. Together with the newly certified HEDIS measures, Azara maintains one of the industry’s largest active measure libraries with over 800 discrete quality measures, spanning dozens of practice specialties and programs.
“Azara’s health and quality measure solutions allow our clients to track and compare quality performance across their member and patient populations to improve their health and quality of life,” said Jeff Brandes, CEO of Azara Healthcare. “NCQA certification attests that these measures meet NCQA’s rigorous testing and reporting requirements, saving our clients time and resources that can better be directed to improving the health outcomes of their population as part of performance improvement initiatives, accreditation, and value-based contract requirements.”
Azara solutions empower more than 1,000 Community Health Centers, physician practices, Primary Care Associations, Health Center Controlled Networks, and clinically integrated networks in 38 states to improve the quality and efficiency of care for more than 25 million Americans.
> View HEDIS® Certified Vendor list.
HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
NCQA HEDIS Health Plan Measure Certification Program™ is a trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.
Burlington, MA - May 31, 2018 - Azara Healthcare, a leading provider of data-driven reporting and analytics for the Community Health marketplace, announces that their Data Reporting and Visualization System (DRVS) is now NCQA Prevalidated for Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) 2017 standards.
NCQA PCMH Prevalidation is a voluntary review process that includes a rigorous evaluation of DRVS functionality to support the Patient Centered Medical Home as a model of care capable of transforming the delivery of primary care. The model is based on the philosophy that primary care should bepatient-centered, comprehensive team-based, coordinated, accessible and focused on quality and safety. Using DRVS allows for the visualization and use of clinical and payer data to achieve these goals necessary for the transition to value-based care and the transformation of primary care.
“We are pleased to offer NCQA Prevalidation to the community health centers that use DRVS and the PCMH model of care, said Jeff Brandes, Azara President and CEO. “With the demands of healthcare reform, we will continue to provide centers with the tools they need to advance their practice.”
NCQA’s PCMH Prevalidation evaluates Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, advanced registries, population health management tools, care coordination tools, patient engagement tools and other related health technology solutions providing functionality that completely meet or support requirements within applicable NCQA PCMH Standards. If a Health IT solution completely meets the functional requirements of a given factor, automatic credit, “autocredit” points are awarded. If the health IT solution provides significant functionality that aligns with the requirements of the PCMH standards for a given factor, but does not fully meet the factor level requirement, a “supporting” designation is awarded. Once a solution receives autocredit or a supporting designation for one or more factors, it is considered “Prevalidated.” Practices that use an NCQA Prevalidated system with autocredit awarded to a factor do not have to submit documentation for that associated factor within their PCMH Survey.
PCMH Prevalidation is designed to help practices identify health IT solutions that alleviate or make more efficient administrative aspects of meeting NCQA PCMH Program requirements.
“By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, Azara is helping practices be part of modern health care’s most important transformations,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Medical homes are the way of the future, and Azara is helping practices get there.”
Azara Healthcare’s DRVS is prevalidated by NCQA to receive 10 Fully Meets Eligible Transfer Credits and 8 Partially Meets Eligible Transfer Credits toward NCQA’s PCMH 2017 scoring. DRVS also received a supporting designation (Practice Support) for 24 criteria in the PCMH 2017 standards. Autocredit is transferrable to Azara’s PCMH client practices seeking NCQA’s PCMH Recognition. Azara’s PCMH eligible client practices must be actively utilizing the reviewed capabilities associated with Azara’s PCMH prevalidated product in order to be eligible for transfer of awarded autocredit.
Resources are available for DRVS users to guide them through the NCQA Prevalidated process.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.
Completed Certification of the Following Health IT Modules:
Criteria Tested: 170.315 (c)(3); (d)(1-3, 5, 12-13); (g)(4-5)
Clinical Quality Measures Tested: 122v7, 124v7, 125v7, 130v7
Additional Software Used: None
This Health IT Module is 2015 Edition compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. Drummond Group is accredited by ANSI and approved by ONC for the ONC Health IT Certification Program to certify Health IT
Module(s) and Certification of other types of Health IT for which the Secretary has adopted certification criteria under Subpart C of 45 CFR.
Holds Certificate No: 15.99.04.1134.A105.33.01.0.211201
Date Certified: 12/01/2021
Effective Date: 2015 Edition
> View Drummond Group 2015 Edition Health IT Certified Products