Tool Calculates ROI for High-Quality Health Plans

November 20, 2006 ( - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced a new version of its free Quality Dividend Calculator (QDC) which helps determine the return on investment when health plan purchasers choose high-quality plans.

According to the announcement, the QDC was recently updated with new data about clinical performance, disease prevalence, employee wages and other information.

Employers can plug in unique details about their company and receive estimates of potential savings, the announcement said. The QDC also provides summary data showing how effectively various plans treat prevalent, high-cost illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiac issues – offering users a means to determine which plan in their area represents the best value.

QDC uses NCQA Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS) data to estimate the number of sick days and lost productivity resulting from illness. HEDIS is a set of standardized performance measures used by most health plans to see how effectively they treat various clinical issues such as controlling heart attack patients’ blood pressure and cholesterol. Users who have access to two or more plans’ HEDIS scores can make side-by-side comparisons, or use pre-loaded data to compare an average health plan to a high-performing health plan.

Purchasers of NCQA’s Quality Compass also have access to a specialized copy of the QDC that allows them to run comparisons between two health plans.

The QDC is available at .